Magnolia Ball Auction Sneak Peek! The social event of the summer and a celebration of Southern art and culture

Ogden Museum of Southern Art is excited to bring Magnolia Ball back to the Museum on Saturday, June 12, with a fun evening of art, music and festive celebration. This summer event is fast approaching and the list of art and packages from regional artists and businesses for our online silent auctions is truly impressive with over 90 items!⁣ Here is a sneak peek of some of the available items in the Magnolia Ball silent auction.

Item: Framed photograph by David Armentor; Teche Motel, 2019, 7×7, Courtesy of the artist

David Armentor, a Gulf coast native, has been working in the photographic medium since 2002. He received a B.A. from Louisiana State University, where he learned the craft of traditional  photographic print making. After graduation he taught photography classes for the Baton Rouge Arts Council and worked as a freelance photographer until moving to Seattle, WA, where he continued his photographic endeavors with the Benham Gallery as the gallery manager and guest artist. He now resides in New Orleans, LA, and is the founder of St Veronica’s Photography, an art consulting firm which specializes in alternative photographic processes.

Item: Framed art by Emily Bankston; The Butterfly Effect, 2021, 22×30, Screenprint with gel pen, Courtesy of the artist

Emily Bankston is a printmaker and set designer from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Colorado at Boulder, where she majored in Studio Art and Art History. In May of 2020, she received her Masters in Arts Administration at the University of New Orleans. While working towards her Masters she worked at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art in marketing and curation. Emily now lives in Los Angeles working in production as a prop master and set designer.

Item: Framed art by Jacquelyn LeVan; Moon with Wild Flowers, 2021, 6x9x1.5, Resin, acrylic, wild flowers, Courtesy of the artist

Jacquelyn LeVan is a self-taught artist with a background in environmental science. Throughout her experience in school, she always knew that she wanted to pursue art but lacked the confidence to go for it. As a result, Jacquelyn does her best to create highly personal and empowering work that incorporates her education.

After completing a degree in Environmental Science at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, Jacquelyn immediately moved to New Orleans, LA to explore the local art scene. The city has been a massive inspiration every day whether it’s the musicians busking on the street or huge, handmade costumes for Mardi Gras. New Orleans is a city that will dramatically be affected by climate change and knows it’s impermanence more than most. There is an incredible beauty in understanding that and finding a way to celebrate through it all.

Item: Ceramic art by Maisha Joshua; Untitled, 2021, 3×2.75, Ceramic, Courtesy of the artist

Maisha Joshua, a native New Orleanian, is an emerging ceramicist who develops intuitive pottery grounded in red and brown clays, organic forms, and hand carving. Maisha started her engagement with ceramics while working with underserved youth in the city of New Haven, Connecticut. After returning to New Orleans to support her family’s business, she put her pottery work on hold to manage the operations and finance of the family’s chain of coffee shops. For the next 20 years, Maisha’s creative work slumbered, buried under a series of finance positions as Maisha worked to maintain a stable home for her daughter. In 2015, Maisha stepped into the role of Director of Human Resources at NOCCA, an arts conservatory high school. Her new role brought her back into the world of art.


Item: Crescent City Necklace by Brandi Couvillion

Brandi Couvillion‘s creativity has been inspired by the built environment juxtaposed with the ever-changing landscape from which it emerges. Her work comprises New Orleans maps, some culled from the archives dating as early as the 1700s, crafted with various metalworking techniques, predominately etching. From raw sheets of metal, her etched pieces have been transformed into jewelry through a handcrafted process.

Item: Set of Seven Three Distilling Spirits – St. Roch Vodka, Gentilly Gin, Black Pearl Rum, Irish Channel Whiskey

Seven Three Distilling Co. takes its name and inspiration from the seventy-three neighborhoods of New Orleans, with spirits ranging from St. Roch Vodka and Gentilly Gin to Black Pearl Rum and Irish Channel Whiskey.

Item: Pomegranate planter, papaya pipe, strawberry poker by Ficus Ceramica

Ficus Ceramica is a one-woman porcelain casting workshop, specializing in planters, pipes and smoking accoutrement cast from molds of real-life objects.

This year, to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our guests and allow for social distancing, we’ve implemented timed ticketing with 3 available entry times. Come support Ogden Museum’s educational mission and celebrate the exhibition, Outside In, Improvisations of Space: The Ceramic Work of MaPó Kinnord. The evening will feature art, live music, DJs, entertainers, an online silent auction, food vouchers from your favorite local restaurants, cocktails and more!

The online Silent Auction, featuring art and packages from regional artists and businesses, opens June 5! The Silent Auction will be on view at Ogden Museum May 29 through June 13, and bidding is open online Saturday, June 5 through June 13 at 5 p.m at can also get a sneak peek of the auction on Friday, May 28 during our extended hours event from 5 to 8 p.m. (Admission is free). Your Silent Auction purchase not only supports Ogden Museum, but also Silent Auction artists and businesses who receive a percentage of final sales.

Reserve your tickets now!

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