After a Three-Year Hiatus, LOVE in the Garden Presented by Hancock Whitney Returns to NOMA’s Besthoff Sculpture Garden
The event will be held in honor of Sydney J. Besthoff III.
NEW ORLEANS – LOVE in the Garden Presented by Hancock Whitney returns to the Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden at the New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA) on Friday, September 23, 2022. Presented in honor of Sydney J. Besthoff III, this year’s event will be the first since the passing of the garden’s namesake and most generous patron.
“We are honored to dedicate this year’s LOVE in the Garden to the memory of Sydney Besthoff, who created this incredible space with his beloved wife Walda,” said Susan M. Taylor, NOMA’s Montine McDaniel Freeman Director. “Sydney envisioned the sculpture garden as a joyful place, and I am proud to celebrate his legacy with this year’s event.”
Hosted in a one-of-a-kind location that was recently named the best sculpture park in the country by USA Today’s 10Best, the festivities will mark the end of a three-year hiatus of the event. Guests can expect a fun evening offering the best of New Orleans’s food, spirits, and entertainment alongside masterpieces of 20th- and 21st-century art.
Event co-chairs Sarah and Marshall Hevron, and Taylor and Martin Pospisil have worked enthusiastically to bring together all details of the event. Assisting the co-chairs is 2022 NOMA Volunteer Committee Chair Rebecca Friedman and the museum’s LOVE in the Garden Event Committee.
Kicking off the evening at 7 pm, Patron Party guests will enjoy entertainment by the NOCCA Trio. The Patron Party is followed by the Garden Party from 8 to 11 pm, with entertainment by the Bucktown All-Stars. The evening is presented by Hancock Whitney. Featured cuisine at LOVE in the Garden 2022 will be provided by Arnaud’s Restaurant, Aunt Sally’s Pralines, The Blue Crab Restaurant & Oyster Bar, Blue Oak BBQ, Café Degas, Café NOMA and Ralph Brennan Catering at NOMA, Chef Bryon Peck, Elizabeth’s Restaurant, Crescent City Brewhouse, Fogo de Chão Brazilian Steakhouse, Highly Seasoned Catering, LLC, Larder Gourmet Market + Eatery, Lula Restaurant Distillery, Mandina’s, Nothing Bundt Cakes – Metairie, Silk Road, Southern Candymakers, The Station Coffee Shop and Bakery, St. James Cheese Company, Swiss Confectionery, and The Vintage.
“It is a privilege for Hancock Whitney to serve as the presenting sponsor for this year’s LOVE in the Garden,” said Elizabeth Hefler, Senior Vice President of Hancock Whitney and NOMA Trustee. “We are delighted to partner with NOMA to support the museum’s exhibitions and programming, which are a vital part of our city’s cultural landscape. NOMA’s permanent collection represents over 5,000 years of world history, and LOVE in the Garden provides an opportunity to celebrate this art and its preservation for future generations.”
This year’s LOVE in the Garden approaches the 19th anniversary of the Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden, which is free and open to the public seven days a week. Since its opening in November 2003—and with the garden’s 6.5-acre expansion in 2019—NOMA’s Besthoff Sculpture Garden is consistently recognized as a must-see destination in New Orleans.
All proceeds from LOVE in the Garden support NOMA’s mission to unite, inspire, and engage diverse communities through the arts.
About NOMA and the Besthoff Sculpture Garden
The New Orleans Museum of Art, founded in 1910 by Isaac Delgado, houses more than 40,000 works of art encompassing 5,000 years of history. Works from the permanent collection, along with continuously changing special exhibitions, are on view in the museum’s 46 galleries. The adjoining Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden features more than 90 sculptures, including works from several 20th and 21st-century master sculptors, and is free and open to the public seven days a week. The New Orleans Museum of Art and the Besthoff Sculpture Garden are fully accessible to visitors with disabilities. Wheelchairs are available from the front desk. Museum admission is free on Wednesdays for Louisiana residents, courtesy of The Helis Foundation. Children 12 and under receive free admission. Teenagers (ages 13–19) receive free admission courtesy of The Helis Foundation.
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