Today’s Art Talk Monday is from Jessica Slaughter, NCLAC Executive Director.
NCLAC is looking forward to Saturday’s Krewe of Allegro Mardi Gras Ball, where we have a wonderful silent auction planned for Ball guests. Today we’d like to thank the supportive artists, businesses, and individuals from whom we receive donations to make the auction possible. Note: If you haven’t bought your Ball ticket yet, there MAY be a spare table or two. Call Libby at the Dixie Center Box Office at (318)255-1450 before 3pm today! The event will be held Saturday, February 3 at the Ruston Civic Center.
Thank you to the following artists who have provided photos, prints, paintings, jewelry and more for this weekend’s silent auction: Bette Kauffman, Catherine McVea, Christiane Drieling, Dean Dablow, Deana Revels, Dianne Douglas, Emily Pullin, Frank Hamrick, Hooshang Khorasani, Jan Thibault, Jerry Keeton, Julie Crews, Karen Armstrong, Lauren Dixon, Linda Snider-Ward, Liz Zanca, Maggie Jones Boudreaux, Michele McGehee, MJ VanZandt, Patricia Tait Jones, Peter Jones, Raluca Iancu, Sarah Albritton, Shannon Steed Sigler, and Shelly Nealy.
Thanks as well to these generous donors: Accent of the East, Baldwin Jewelers, Bill Cox, Chris Turner, Bodie’s Furniture, Chartreuse Pear, Cleaners of Ruston, Danni Jones Physical Therapy, David Hedgepeth Interiors, Devine Wines & Spirits, Blue Sky Yoga, The Fashion of Ruston, Hart Designs LLC, Kathy & Chris Stone, Kathy & Les Guice, Better Living Market, Libby English, Louisiana Tech Recreation, Main Street Exchange, My Happy Place Vintage Market, Raising Cane’s Chicken, Ruston Farmers Market, Shreveport Symphony Orchestra, Saul Zalesch, Tom Boniol & Cathi Cox-Boniol, Utility Brewing, WCH3 Landscape Architecture, and LA Tech Theatre. The auction this year is exciting and has so much to offer! Proceeds from NCLAC’s silent auction go directly to help us carry out our programming.
Here are a few more Ball details for those of you on the fence about getting tickets…
Our King and Queen this year are Larry Jarrell and Mary Ann Woods, with a royal court that includes NCLAC’s Susan Roach and Peter Jones, Ruston Community Theatre’s Tami and Dee Alexander, and Dixie Center for the Arts’ Nancy and Chris Turner. These champions for the arts will be celebrating this event in its 19th year, and would love for you to join them. The evening’s announcements will be made by Cathi Cox-Boniol, dinner will be catered by Linda Peevy, and photos will be available from The Selfie Stop. A fun night of dancing is certainly in store, with music from Earshot Graffiti, an 8-piece band that brings old school soul and get down funk, plus classic and modern rock.
Most importantly, the Krewe of Allegro Ball provides funds that keep the Dixie Theatre in operation. This historic building adds to the landscape of our town, providing a home for community theatre, concerts, variety and talent shows, films, dancing, and even an occasional wedding and funeral. At 90 years old and with 540 seats, there are many components that have to be monitored and maintained, and funds raised at the Ball go directly toward this purpose. Thanks to Bank of Ruston, the Krewe of Allegro Title Sponsor!
Thanks again to our donors who help with our silent auction. If you haven’t bought your ball ticket yet, be sure to call the Box Office today at (318)255-1450. Dinner tickets are $65, and Dancing tickets (entry at 9pm) are $40. We hope to see many of you at the Krewe of Allegro Mardi Gras Ball this weekend!