Masked elegance

Maryville Arts Coalition ball is March ‘dream’

It was a who’s who -- literally -- gathering on Friday night, March 5, when the Maryville Arts Coalition hosted its first-ever Midsummer Night’s Dream Masquerade Ball. The temptation to peer behind the masks and see who was indeed who was great, but ball attendees also had fun admiring the colorful and creative masks that each guest wore with great style.

“Puck,” aka David Dwyer, kept the evening rolling as master of ceremonies for the ball fundraiser that featured live music, a contemporary dance performance, an art auction, delicious hors d’oeuvres and excerpts from a play by the Foothills Community Players. Catering at the ball, which was held at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, was by Something Savory.

Artist Mike Janke created a sculpture decoration in the form of a forest scene for the ball.

Katie Gamble, Maryville Arts Coalition board president, said the premise behind the fundraiser was that party attendees came to the ball to support the arts “as a piece of art. We figured we could use literary arts as an inspiration, hence the ‘Midsummer Night’s Dream,’” Gamble said.

To prepare for the evening, MAC board members made masks and sold them at the door and at Last Friday Art Walk the weekend before the ball.

The Maryville Arts Coalition is a non-profit dedicated to enriching the community through the arts through a collaboration with multiple discipline events and opportunities.

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