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Westport Arts Center ‘Art Noir Ball’ To Evoke Mystery

Weston resident and Westport Arts Center supporter Bill Felton will honored at this year's Westport Arts Center gala, the Art Noir Ball.
Weston resident and Westport Arts Center supporter Bill Felton will honored at this year's Westport Arts Center gala, the Art Noir Ball. Photo Credit: Contributed

WESTPORT, Conn. – Edgy, mysterious and elegant. This year’s Westport Arts Center gala, the Art Noir Ball, will be all of these and more, event planners say.

The swanky affair, set for May 18, will allow guests the opportunity to explore the boundaries of shadow and light, while helping raise funds to support the nonprofit and its programming.

“Art Noir evokes mystery, the unknown, elegance and surprise. The design is sure to excite the visual senses,” event developer Kelly Schutte said. “Think ‘Femme Fetal’ meets Alexander McQueen, which is sure to amaze, with light experiences, velvety textures and plenty of shadows.  This will be like no other party the Westport Arts Center has had before.”

Weston resident Bill Felton, a philanthropist who has been an active volunteer on the Westport Arts Center Board of Directors for more than 10 years, will be honored at the event. Felton is also chairman of the center’s Nominating Committee.

“The Westport Arts Center has become a significant part of my life,” said Felton. “WAC’s programming has touched the lives of thousands in multi-generations, and its impact continues to be more and more important.”

Judging by the success of last year’s gala, 500 guests are expected to attend the Art Noir Ball, said planners, who promise an evening of spectacle and surprise. Guests, they said, will be treated to “unique performances and interactive installations.”

The Art Noir Ball will begin at 8 p.m. at the Steel Shed in Norwalk. Three different ticket options are available: Ball-only tickets are $225. For $500, guests can enjoy an intimate pre-ball reception beginning at 7 p.m., which will include cocktails and entertainment. Tickets available for $1,000 include a seated dinner at 6 p.m. in honor of Felton.

Tickets can be purchased on the Westport Arts Center website or by calling 203-222-7070. More information about the event is also available online or by calling the arts center.

The Steel Shed is located at 140 Water St., Norwalk.

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