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Fine art, divine jewels and dramatic masks dazzle at gala kick-off in River Oaks mansion

Fine art & divine jewels dazzle at gala kickoff in River Oaks mansion

1 Michael and Melissa Mithoff, from left, Henry Richardson and Monsour Taghdisi at the Houston Ballet kick-of party October 2014
Ballet Ball chairs Michael and Melissa Mithoff, from left, Henry Richardson and Monsour Taghdisi. Photo by © Fulton Davenport/PWL Studio
4 David Peck with his masks at the Houston Ballet kick-of party October 2014
David Peck with his masks. Photo by © Fulton Davenport/PWL Studio
18 Tenenbaum & Co. jewelry at the Houston Ballet kick-of party October 2014
Tenenbaum & Co. jewelry makes a tempting display at the dinner table.. Photo by © Fulton Davenport/PWL Studio
2 Phoebe Tudor, left, and Monica Blaisdell at the Houston Ballet kick-of party October 2014
Phoebe Tudor, left, and Monica Blaisdell. Photo by © Fulton Davenport/PWL Studio
16 Stanton Welch at the Houston Ballet kick-of party October 2014
Houston Ballet artistic director Stanton Welch. Photo by © Fulton Davenport/PWL Studio
15 Nick Florescu and Dominique Sachse at the Houston Ballet kick-of party October 2014
Nick Florescu and Dominique Sachse. Photo by © Fulton Davenport/PWL Studio
3 Beth and Nick Zdeblick at the Houston Ballet kick-of party October 2014
Beth and Nick Zdeblick. Photo by © Fulton Davenport/PWL Studio
12 Monsour Taghdisi, from left, Diane Lokey Farb and Beth Muecke at the Houston Ballet kick-of party October 2014
Monsour Taghdisi, from left, Diane Lokey Farb and Beth Muecke. Photo by © Fulton Davenport/PWL Studio
8 Kelley Lubanko and Joe Mancuso at the Houston Ballet kick-of party October 2014
Kelley Lubanko and Joe Mancuso. Photo by © Fulton Davenport/PWL Studio
14 Nashat Latib and Vin Kumar at the Houston Ballet kick-of party October 2014
Nashat Latib and Vin Kumar. Photo by © Fulton Davenport/PWL Studio
9 Lauren and Jordan Mintz at the Houston Ballet kick-of party October 2014
Lauren and Jordan Mintz. Photo by © Fulton Davenport/PWL Studio
6 James and Erin Stewart at the Houston Ballet kick-of party October 2014
James and Erin Stewart. Photo by © Fulton Davenport/PWL Studio
7 Victor and Jerry-Ann Costa at the Houston Ballet kick-of party October 2014
Victor and Jerry Ann Costa. Photo by © Fulton Davenport/PWL Studio
17 Table with Tenenbaum & Co. jewelry and David Peck masks at the Houston Ballet kick-of party October 2014
Table with Tenenbaum & Co. jewelry and David Peck masks. Photo by © Fulton Davenport/PWL Studio
11 Model with David Peck mask at the Houston Ballet kick-of party October 2014
Model with a David Peck mask. Photo by © Fulton Davenport/PWL Studio
1 Michael and Melissa Mithoff, from left, Henry Richardson and Monsour Taghdisi at the Houston Ballet kick-of party October 2014
4 David Peck with his masks at the Houston Ballet kick-of party October 2014
18 Tenenbaum & Co. jewelry at the Houston Ballet kick-of party October 2014
2 Phoebe Tudor, left, and Monica Blaisdell at the Houston Ballet kick-of party October 2014
16 Stanton Welch at the Houston Ballet kick-of party October 2014
15 Nick Florescu and Dominique Sachse at the Houston Ballet kick-of party October 2014
3 Beth and Nick Zdeblick at the Houston Ballet kick-of party October 2014
12 Monsour Taghdisi, from left, Diane Lokey Farb and Beth Muecke at the Houston Ballet kick-of party October 2014
8 Kelley Lubanko and Joe Mancuso at the Houston Ballet kick-of party October 2014
14 Nashat Latib and Vin Kumar at the Houston Ballet kick-of party October 2014
9 Lauren and Jordan Mintz at the Houston Ballet kick-of party October 2014
6 James and Erin Stewart at the Houston Ballet kick-of party October 2014
7 Victor and Jerry-Ann Costa at the Houston Ballet kick-of party October 2014
17 Table with Tenenbaum & Co. jewelry and David Peck masks at the Houston Ballet kick-of party October 2014
11 Model with David Peck mask at the Houston Ballet kick-of party October 2014

What: Houston Ballet Ball kick-off.

Where: The River Oaks home of Melissa and Michael Mithoff.

The 411: In anticipation of the Feb. 18 gala, "The Masked Ball," Tenenbaum & Co. dressed the contemporary home in a dazzling display of gala-worthy jewels, curated by Tony Bradfield and Kevin Black. Adding to the entertainment of the 150-plus guests was a selection of major artworks for purchase, presented by Barbara Davis and her namesake gallery

Making this an even more spectacular kick-off party, designer David Peck presented a collection of custom-made masks and gowns, also must-haves for the black-tie evening at Wortham Theater Center.  The Mithoffs and Monsour Taghdisi and Henry Richardson are chairing the gala that will honor Phoebe and Bobby Tudor.

Who: The sophisticated gathering included ballet artistic director Stanton Welch, Beth and Nick Zdeblick, Monica Blaisdell, Dominique Sachse and Nick Florescu, Kelley Lubanko, Lauren and Jordan Mintz and Erin and James Stewart.