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Women’s Council of the Gibbes Museum of Art Presents Fine Art & Flowers

Art Blooms at the Gibbes on March 24 and 25

(February 24, 2011 - Charleston, SC) – The Women’s Council of the Gibbes Museum of Art presents Fine Art & Flowers, a benefit for the museum on March 24 and March 25, 2011. This special two-day event showcases the talents of Charleston’s top floral designers who will create arrangements inspired by magnificent works of art from the museum\'s permanent collection. The floral displays will be on view in galleries throughout the museum and will be the focal point of Thursday’s Opening Night Party. The two-day affair will culminate in a Friday luncheon in the museum courtyard featuring a lecture and demonstration by the former floral director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Chris Giftos.

The Charleston-based designers slated to participate in Fine Art & Flowers are Anne Bowen of Stems, Mitchell Crosby of JMC Charleston, Tara Guérard of Soirée, Lee Horst Puckhaber of Forget Me Not Flowers, Elizabeth Klumb of Bloom Floral at Charleston Place, Jim Martin of the Charleston Parks Conservancy, David Singleton of eventsublime, Mary Silsby of Lotus Flower, Lisa Thomas of Out of Hand, and Clara Varga-Gonzales of Tiger Lily Florist.

Opening Night Party - Thursday, March 24 at 7:30pm.
Guests will enjoy cocktails and hors d’oeuvres in the tented courtyard and view the beautiful art and flowers throughout the galleries. Tickets are $75.

Giftos at the Gibbes: Memories of the Met Lunch and Lecture- Friday, March 25, 11:30am.
Along with lunch in the courtyard, guests will enjoy a lecture and demonstration by internationally renowned floral designer Chris Giftos. Admission to the museum and an opportunity to view the floral arrangements is included in the $65 ticket price.

A combination ticket for both the Opening Night Party and the Giftos at the Gibbes Lunch and Lecture is $125. Tickets can be purchased online at or by calling 722-2706 x22.

“We are delighted that the Women’s Council has decided to bring back this gorgeous event and are thrilled that Chris Giftos will be a part of it. Participants—both floral designers and ticket holders—are in for a real treat with the melding of fine art and floral art,” said Angela Mack, Executive Director of the Gibbes Museum of Art.

Fine Art & Flowers is sponsored by Croghan’s Jewel Box, PDA, All Occasions, and Lowcountry Eats. Additional support is provided by Elizabooth, James A. McAlister Funeral Home, SMG, and Stevenson Place Farms.

Chris Giftos
Chris Giftos spent more than thirty years at The Metropolitan Museum of Art where he served as the director of special events and master floral designer until his retirement in 2003. At the Met, Giftos worked directly on the legendary Costume Institute Gala with such luminaries such as Jackie Onassis, Diana Vreeland, and Anna Wintour. Even before he was hired at the Met, he was meeting the famous when he worked at Christatos and Koster, a flower shop on Madison Avenue in New York City where his customers included Astors, Paleys, Rockefellers, and Greta Garbo. While at the flower shop, Giftos was asked to make the bouquet for Elizabeth Taylor\'s first marriage to Richard Burton.

The Women’s Council of the Carolina Art Association/Gibbes Museum of Art
Founded in 1950 as the Gibbes Art Gallery Auxiliary, the Women’s Council currently boasts 150 active members in addition to association, sustaining, affiliate, guest, and honorary members. For over sixty years, members of the Women’s Council have donated time, talent, and financial support to the museum.

Established as the Carolina Art Association in 1858, the Gibbes Museum of Art opened its doors to the public in 1905 in historic Charleston, S.C. The Gibbes houses one of the foremost collections of American Art from the 18th century to the present. The Gibbes is currently undergoing major renovations and will reopen in the spring of 2016. The renovated museum will properly showcase its extensive collections and will feature an admission-free ground floor, providing a place to watch artists at work in studios and stroll through a world-class garden.

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