Degas Gala

Blockbuster Degas exhibit inspires magical Museum of Fine Arts Grand Gala

Blockbuster Degas exhibit inspires magical Museum of Fine Arts Gala

 Ballerina Emelia Perkins at Museum of Fine Arts Grand Gala Ball
Ballerina Emelia Perkins added a touch of Degas to the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston Grand Gala. © Michelle Watson/Catchlightgroup.com
Laurie Morian, Reid Morian at Museum of Fine Arts Houston Grand Gala Ball
Laurie Morian, Reid Morian. © Michelle Watson/Catchlightgroup.com
Museum of Fine Arts Grand Gala Ball overall shot with shadowbox of ballerina
A ballerina in a shadow box payed homage to a Degas painting. © Michelle Watson/Catchlightgroup.com
Mitchell Van Hoff, Natasha Oliver at Museum of Fine Arts Gala
Mitchell Van Hoff, Natasha Oliver. © Michelle Watson/Catchlightgroup.com
Mike Stinson, Vivian Wise, Peter Martino at Museum of Fine Arts Houston Grand Gala
Peter Martino, Vivian Wise, Mike Stinson. © Michelle Watson/Catchlightgroup.com
Museum of Fine Arts Grand Gala Ball Lynn Wyatt
Lynn Wyatt. © Michelle Watson/Catchlightgroup.com
Gary Tinterow, Christopher Gardner at Museum of Fine Arts Houston Grand Gala
Gary Tinterow, Christopher Gardner. © Michelle Watson/Catchlightgroup.com
Museum of Fine Arts Grand Gala Ball DIane Lokey Farb
Diane Lokey Farb, Todd Fiscus. © Michelle Watson/Catchlightgroup.com
Hank Fasthoff, Maya Fasthoff at Museum of Fine Arts Grand Gala
Hank Fasthoff, Maya Fasthoff. © Michelle Watson/Catchlightgroup.com
Krystal Thompson, Garrett Thompson at Museum of Fine Arts Gala
Garrett Thompson, KrystalThompson. © Michelle Watson/Catchlightgroup.com
Fred Heredia, Cassidy York at Museum of Fine Arts Gala
Fred Heredia, Cassidy York. © Michelle Watson/Catchlightgroup.com
Rich Kinder, Nancy Kinder at Museum of Fine Arts Grand Gala
Nancy Kinder, Rich Kinder. © Michelle Watson/Catchlightgroup.com
Overall view of Museum of Fine Arts Grand Gala Ball
The decor, by Todd Events, payed homage to Degas. © Michelle Watson/Catchlightgroup.com
Jim Ware, Dancie Ware at Museum of Fine Arts Gala
Jim Ware, Dancie Ware. © Michelle Watson/Catchlightgroup.com
Michael Vanderhider, Hallie Vanderhider at Museum of Fine Arts Grand Gala Ball
Michael Vanderhider, Hallie Vanderhider. © Michelle Watson/Catchlightgroup.com
Abby Venegas, Chris Venegas at Museum of Fine Arts Grand Gala
Chris Venegas, Abby Venegas. © Michelle Watson/Catchlightgroup.com
Austin Alvis, Holly Alvis at Museum of Fine Arts Grand Gala
Holly Alvis, Austin Alvis. © Michelle Watson/Catchlightgroup.com
Lucinda Loya, Javier Loya at Museum of Fine Arts Grand Gala
Lucinda Loya, Javier Loya. © Michelle Watson/Catchlightgroup.com
Ceron, Isabel David, Todd Fiscus at Museum of Fine Arts Grand Gala
Todd Fiscus, Isabel David, Ceron. © Michelle Watson/Catchlightgroup.com
 Ballerina Emelia Perkins at Museum of Fine Arts Grand Gala Ball
Laurie Morian, Reid Morian at Museum of Fine Arts Houston Grand Gala Ball
Museum of Fine Arts Grand Gala Ball overall shot with shadowbox of ballerina
Mitchell Van Hoff, Natasha Oliver at Museum of Fine Arts Gala
Mike Stinson, Vivian Wise, Peter Martino at Museum of Fine Arts Houston Grand Gala
Museum of Fine Arts Grand Gala Ball Lynn Wyatt
Gary Tinterow, Christopher Gardner at Museum of Fine Arts Houston Grand Gala
Museum of Fine Arts Grand Gala Ball DIane Lokey Farb
Hank Fasthoff, Maya Fasthoff at Museum of Fine Arts Grand Gala
Krystal Thompson, Garrett Thompson at Museum of Fine Arts Gala
Fred Heredia, Cassidy York at Museum of Fine Arts Gala
Rich Kinder, Nancy Kinder at Museum of Fine Arts Grand Gala
Overall view of Museum of Fine Arts Grand Gala Ball
Jim Ware, Dancie Ware at Museum of Fine Arts Gala
Michael Vanderhider, Hallie Vanderhider at Museum of Fine Arts Grand Gala Ball
Abby Venegas, Chris Venegas at Museum of Fine Arts Grand Gala
Austin Alvis, Holly Alvis at Museum of Fine Arts Grand Gala
Lucinda Loya, Javier Loya at Museum of Fine Arts Grand Gala
Ceron, Isabel David, Todd Fiscus at Museum of Fine Arts Grand Gala

What: Grand Gala Ball 2016.

Where: The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Caroline Wiess Law Building.

The scoop: One of the largest and most lavish balls of the fall social season celebrated the upcoming blockbuster MFAH exhibition, ​​Degas: A New Vision, with a magical wonderland that evoked the famed Impressionist artist's paintings.

Todd Events honcho Todd Fiscus created an entryway portico decked with rose gold garlands and sparkling chandeliers and transformed the interior space with centerpieces of antique pink roses, crystal candleabras, pave floral columns and projections of Degas' famed balleria paintings.

During the cocktail hour, ballerinas brought the artwork to life amid rose petal-covered pedestals and, later in the evening, posed in large shadowboxes that overlooked the dance floor, near the stage where the The Jordan Kahn Orchestra performed.

More than 450 guests, many dressed in spectacular gowns, dined on lobster salad, pan roasted breast of chicken with cognac and crème fraiche, pumpkin with sage and hazelnuts, and dessert of Ile flottante with crème anglaise prepared by City Kitchen. Lee and Cristina Hudson and Lisa and Ralph Eads provided vintage wines from their private collections for the evening.

Who: Chairs Laurie and Reed Morian. who were elated that the evening brought in more than $1.85 million, MFAH director Gary Tinterow and Christopher GardnerRich and Nancy Kinder, Diane Lokey Farb, Phoebe and Bobby Tudor, Barbara and Gerald Hines, Janice and Bob McNair; Cornelia and Meredith Long, Martha Long, Courtney Sarofim, Prince Piotr and Princess Maria-Anna Galitzine, and Lynn Wyatt.

Also spotted in the A-list crowd were Eliza and Stuart Stedman, Sara Paschall Dodd, Nancy and Butch Abendshein, Kathy and Jody McCord, Dancie and Jim Ware, Lucinda and Javier Loya, Holly and Austin Alvis, Vivian Wise and Peter Martino, and Hallie Vanderhider.

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