Kicked-up art haunt: Orange & Black Ball After Party

Looking to up your Halloween game this year? Tired of schlepping around the Gaslamp Quarter and standing in endless lines for packed parties and terribly concocted theme drinks? Lift that chin, put on your Halloween best, and head to Balboa Park for the Orange & Black Ball After Party at the Timken Museum of Art and Prado Grand Ballroom on Saturday, Oct. 29.

Not only will you be in the midst of the best costumes and works of art in the city, you will be supporting worthy causes, for a truly beautiful and feel-good Halloween.

For $100, costumed guests enjoy cocktails and hors d’oeuvres from Snake Oil Cocktail Company, the mixology powerhouse responsible for the drink program at the San Diego Symphony. There will be art, music, dancing, and according to sources, “haunted happenings until the stroke of midnight.”

Proceeds from the event support the Timken’s art education and outreach programs, including ARTSonTOUR for low-income communities, the Juvenile Hall Project, Family Days, and programs for combat veterans. Co-chairwomen Jeanne Jones and Jessica Cline give the enchanted lowdown on the evening:

Why Halloween at an art museum?

Jeanne Jones: It’s different than a regular gala. We love the idea of taking Halloween to the Timken. We’ve embraced the holiday. People are encouraged to dress up, and there’s even a lookbook that displays paintings and art-inspired fashion ideas for what you can wear.

What’s the impetus behind the After Party, as a separate opportunity from the ball?

Jessica Cline: The idea is to appeal to a different generation, that they are just as important. We encourage them to come to the Timken. We’d love for people to come and check out the museum and the art first, then use the paintings to envision your outfit for the evening.

Jones: It’s an exciting and fun way to spend a Saturday before Halloween, but also look at the good you are doing for having a good time. Along with our outreach programs, we are working with the USO and Honor Foundation to sponsor active duty and returning veterans to be able to come to the party.

What can first-timers expect?

Cline: “Expect the unexpected” at this gala. There will be painted figures that will be coming out of the walls, bringing the art to life, and blurring the fantasy and reality. Halloween is spooky and joyous at the same time.

That’s why we chose “St. Francis in Meditation” by Francisco de Zurbarán for our invitation. Somehow it’s elegant, and you wouldn’t think wearing burlap would be elegant. The Prado ballroom will be transformed into an enchanted forest by well-known designer Janice Dodge Inc.

The Orange & Black Ball After Party runs from 8 p.m. until midnight. For those interested in the full ball experience, the evening kicks off at 6 p.m. for cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, followed by an elegant dinner and entertainment from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. in the Prado Grand Ballroom, joining the After Party at 9:30 p.m. Tickets for the full event start at $500. For more information and tickets, visit Also make sure to check out the corresponding Neiman Marcus inspiration lookbook.

The Timken Museum of Art is located in the heart of Balboa Park at 1500 El Prado and is open 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. Admission is always free.

Laurie Delk is an avid art historian, holding a master’s degree in art history, with concentrations in the modern and postmodern movements. She has taught classes at Tulane University, and has been published with several art publications including Sculpture Magazine and New Orleans Art Review. Send ideas for art stories to

Source: Discover SD