Dallas Museum of Art’s Art Ball 60th Anniversary Pays Homage To Inaugural Art Ball With 60s-Themed Soirée

By Rob Giardinelli     Photography by Bruno and Kaitlin Saragusa/BFA.com

THE SETTING: A picture-perfect spring evening in Dallas was the recent setting for the Dallas Museum of Art’s TABLEAUX: 60 Years of Art Ball (1962-2022) event. The affair, which featured 350 of Dallas’ (and the country’s) most notable patrons of fashion and the arts, effortlessly combined a nod to their inaugural ball…and today, which resulted in a magical evening for the ages.


THE STYLE: Upon arrival, the black tie-attired patrons were greeted at the Dallas Museum of Art’s Ceremonial Entrance, which featured a vintage 60s Cadillac accented by couture-clad models wearing ensembles from Moschino by Jeremy Scott. Once inside, guests sipped cocktails in multiple 60s themed experiential activations, including Martini’s and Motown and
Champagne and Supremes, each of which included 60s-themed appetizers that got the partygoers into the spirit. Additionally, the art-loving crowd was able to view the Slip Zone exhibition of Post-War Contemporary Art in the Barrel Vault of the Museum, as well as preview six highly curated items available for a “Buy It Now” auction.


Partygoers then heard the dinner bell and were whisked away through a blackened passageway to the Harmon Atrium for the next part of the evening. As they entered the 60s-esque supper club inspired by art inside the venue, the crowd was treated to tunes by DJ Lucy Wrubel, who rocked a Moschino gold leather guitar-shaped dress. Once seated, the audience was treated to a scrumptious, multi-course meal and main program, which was capped off with a performance by Bob’s Dance Shop, which kicked off the afterparty, ensuring the fun lasted into the wee hours of the morning.


THE PURPOSE: The event, co-chaired by Agustin Arteaga and Brian Bolke, raised over $1.7 million for the Dallas Museum of Art. Funds raised from the evening will go towards DMA’s commitment to providing innovative educational programs, presenting diverse exhibitions, and offering engaging access to incredible works of art.

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Our Etiquette Guy Jay Remer is with you every step of the way to help determine the most appropriate course of good manners. After all, etiquette in social situations were created to help everyone feel as comfortable as possible.

Dear Etiquette Guy,

As our travels become more robust again, is it insensitive to post my own social media photos?

Hitting The Road

Dear Robust Traveler,

Up, up, and away has finally returned. Posting photos on social media is a great way to share the joy of your adventures with others. We live vicariously through others’ joy and love to see our friends thriving! However, as you suggest, it can be overdone. Always look at your intention before posting anything­–a photo or words. If you’re not using the platform for self-aggrandizement or some other unseemly reason, share away. If you enjoy seeing how much fun your friends are having, most likely, they will, too.


Dear Etiquette Guy,

A college friend, who lives in another city, is getting married this fall. There will be many bridal showers, yet I can’t attend them all due to logistics. Should I send gifts for the ones when I am unable to participate?

Wedding Goer

Dear Wedding Goer,

Isn’t it wonderful that large weddings can once again take to the stage? For once-in-a-lifetime celebrations, to borrow a phrase from Downton Abbey: nothing succeeds like excess. Nonetheless, with multiple showers, scheduling can be understandably difficult. If you are invited to more than one shower for the same bride, try to attend at least one. If you’ve received an invitation, your presence is truly wanted. When you accept an invitation to a shower, you should bring a gift or send one ahead whether you attend or not. There is, however, no obligation to accept every invitation you receive. If you send your regrets, you are not required to send a gift, but the option is still on the table. Follow your heart.


Dear Etiquette Guy,

Do I have to open a host or birthday gift that I might receive, right then and there, or may I wait until later?

Lucky Recipient

Dear Lucky,

Allow the circumstances to guide you in making your decision. There is no rule obligating you to anything in this case. Giving and receiving gifts should come from the heart. Therefore, I recommend listening to your heart more than your head. Choice is liberating, yet try to read how the other person is feeling. If they insist that you open the gift, try to make the time and space to do so. Because this can create an awkward moment, be cognizant when you are in this position–try to resist the insist.


Dear Etiquette Guy,

I recently went on a business trip to the West Coast and was shocked at the level of both professional and personal flakiness. How do I respond when a colleague or friend simply cancels a meeting or meal at the last minute?

                                                                                                                                         On The Ball

Dear Ball in Your Court,

Exacerbated by the excruciating and ongoing demands that COVID-19 extracted from us on all levels, many entrepreneurs and business executives no longer perform as they once did–personally or professionally. Moreover, given the recent departure of millions of people from the US workforce, of their own volition, the way we do business moving forward must change dramatically.


The old methods of power and control will transform into new inclusive and diverse ones where mutual respect and trust, a fair value-exchange agreement, common sense, and following The Golden Rule will prevail. While this transformation takes place, we may need to stretch our flexibility muscles. I recommend you hold people accountable while being as flexible as you can. Your time is every bit as valuable as theirs. A gentle reminder never hurts. We all must become better at picking our battles. Compassion goes a long way in keeping those muscles from seizing up.



Where to go, who to know…and what to play this spring? Look no further than our editorial team’s top picks as the restful summer season begins.

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The rise of real estate in Texas is a hot topic anywhere you go these days. Now, Monopoly’s new Texas Hill Country Edition is sweeping the state. The Top Trumps USA company has customized the fabled board game with plenty of familiar places that most will recognize…and want to win through their master maneuvering.

$39.95. At TopTrumps.us


Austinite Richard Linklater’s new animated film, Apollo 10½, is sure to strike a nostalgic tone with Texas viewers. The cosmic adventure is set in the late 1960s at NASA, in suburban Houston and outer space.

On Netflix.com.

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Roundtop, the artful destination between Houston and Austin, has a new chic destination. Hoteliers Cinda Murphy de Palacios and Armando Palacios have a property that offers 14 rooms spread across six 19th-century bungalows, as well as three private cottages. Watching the prairie sunset from a poolside perch is the perfect relaxation spot near the antiques fair and music festival.

At HotelLuLuTX.com.


Londoner-turned-Austinite Nick Campbell is bringing his artful finesse to Texas with his recently launched Campbell Art Advisory in Austin. His previous company, Narcissus Arts, was a London-based art advisory consultancy that helped private, commercial, and corporate clients find art, often under 10,000 British pounds. Campbell’s new art venture in the U.S. will source emerging and contemporary art at various price points, focusing on the global art market from his headquarters in Texas.

At CampbellArtAdvisory.com.

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Conversation just got more fun. Thanks to Table Topics, you never know what you’ll discover about someone when you ask the right question. There are several categories from which to choose, including: Happiness, Family, Couples, Not Your Mom’s Dinner Party, and more. Why not get a few for every occasion?

$25 each. At TableTopics.com.


How about something that can turn into a masterpiece, literally? It’s More Than A Puzzle offers a fun date night activity that can quickly become a hangable work of art that is colorful, bold, and whimsical. It includes puzzle glue and hanging strips for easy installation.

$39.99. At JoeAverage.com.

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Houston Ballet Ball 2022 Celebrates Jewels Theme


By Jennifer Roosth        Photography by Alida Bonifaz, Wilson Parish, Dave Rossman, and Johnny Than

THE SETTING: More than 400 guests, clad in black tie and a sea of elegant gowns, made their appearance at the Wortham Theater Center to salute the in-person return of the Ballet Ball after two long years. This year’s event was inspired by the glamour and elegance of George Balanchine’s ballet, Jewels. As guests made their way into the lobby, the attendees admired and took photos in front of a beautiful custom wall crafted out of both painted and actual pointe shoes. During cocktail hour, guests sipped on libations and elixirs while perusing impressive silent auction items.


THE STYLE: Richard Flowers of The Events Company transformed the Grand Foyer of the Wortham Theater Center into a dazzling venue dripping with gemstones. The balconies of the Grand Foyer, adorned with statement necklaces, overlooked a stunning gemstone-shaped dance floor and tables decorated with vivid emerald tablecloths and ruby-red centerpieces. Once seated, guests indulged in a decadent dinner prepared by Jackson and Company. The night’s first course featured a 50 Carat salad, an homage to the evening’s theme, accompanied by lemon thyme lavosh bread. The feast continued with snapper topped with leek and kumquat emulsion saffron, poached fennel, Yellow Diamond au gratin potatoes, and Romanesco. For dessert, guests delighted in a Jewelry Box, comprised of a blondie dressed in white chocolate and caramel mousse with caramel-filled chocolate jewels. Following dinner, attendees crowded the dance floor and danced the night away to the sounds of Gen 8 presented by Elan Artists.


THE PURPOSE: The 2022 Ballet Ball, chaired by Stephanie and Frank Tsuru, along with Kelli and John Weinzierl, raised nearly $1.4 million for the Houston Ballet, led creatively by The Harris Masterson III Artistic Director, Stanton Welch. The organization’s mission is to inspire a lasting love and appreciation for dance through artistic excellence, exhilarating performances, innovative choreography, and superb educational programs. 

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Texas Independence Day Dinner Honors James Dick And Lyda Hill

By Rob Giardinelli         Photography by Chris Caselli

THE SETTING: The Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum in Austin was the recent setting for the 22nd annual Texas Independence Day Dinner. The sold-out crowd of over 450 of the state’s most influential business, community, and political leaders turned out for an unforgettable night of fun and fundraising. The Texas State History Museum Foundation honored this year’s recipients, legendary pianist James Dick and world-renowned entrepreneur and philanthropist Lyda Hill with the History-Making Texan Award.


THE STYLE: The black tie affair began as guests walked the red carpet outside the Bullock Museum to pose for photos to commemorate the evening, with the iconic and massive Texas Lone Star serving as the perfect backdrop. Once inside, patrons ascended the grand staircase in the Bullock Museum foyer to the mezzanine level for a VIP reception where attendees mingled and had the opportunity to congratulate the honorees.


The action then moved downstairs to the atrium of the Bullock Museum for the dinner and program. The audience was treated to words from event leaders, followed by a delectable, multi-course meal where guests had the opportunity to enjoy the food and company of their dining companions. The festivities then moved to the main event of the evening, where both honorees had a touching video tribute from influential Texans. They also acknowledged and revered the award recipient’s contributions to Texas and beyond and were followed by humorous and heartwarming words from each of the honorees. Capping off the event was historian and media favorite H.W. Brands, who spoke about Sam Houston in keeping with the Texas heritage theme of the evening.


THE PURPOSE: The event, chaired by Lynn McBee with Jan Felts Bullock serving as honorary chair, raised over $1 million for educational and special programs at the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum. Since its opening in 2001, the museum has hosted 9 million visitors, including 1.2 million children on school field trips who have experienced Texas history through award-winning exhibitions, interactive media experiences, and educational programming.

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In the scenario of life imitating art, we are excited to present a fresh look at today’s vibrant art and jewelry scene. The artisans who create, from contemporary to classics, on canvas, metal and stones, are all individualistic. Our Society Texas editorial team is pleased to present an array of the most inspiring works to stir your own imagination of collecting and creating.