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Society 1858 Summer Party Set for July 29 Bitters & Twisted in the Salon d'Orleans

Museum’s Young Professional Group Invites All to Experience Old New Orleans

(June 30, 2011 - Charleston, South Carolina) – Society 1858, the dynamic young professionals group of the Gibbes Museum of Art, hosts Bitters & Twisted in the Salon d'Orleans on Friday, July 29 from 8 to 11pm in the museum courtyard at 135 Meeting Street. Guests will be transported back to 19th-century New Orleans with a lively atmosphere of nostalgic music and performance by Theatre Marvelosa, classic cocktails, regional delicacies, and vintage attire. Libations and hors d'oeuvres will be provided by Maverick Southern Kitchens and Palmetto Brewing Company. This sultry summer party complements the subject matter of the upcoming Gibbes exhibition In Search of Julien Hudson: Free Artist of Color in Pre-Civil War New Orleans, which opens on July 22.

Tickets for Bitters & Twisted in the Salon d'Orleans are $40 for members of Society 1858 before July 15 and will be $50 beginning July 15. Tickets for the general public are $60 before July 15 and will be $70 beginning July 15. Tickets may be purchased in advance either online at or by calling 722-2706 x22. Due to capacity, tickets may not be available at the door so everyone is encouraged to purchase their tickets in advance. All guests must be at least 21 years of age.

“After the success of our Flirting with Art party in February, we wanted to create another unforgettable event. We know our guests will be surprised by what we have in store for them – we really want to transport them to another place and time,” noted Society 1858 President Helen Pratt-Thomas.

Bitters and Twisted is sponsored by Maverick Southern Kitchens, FIA Forever Photography, Wells Fargo, Palmetto Parking, Maybank Industries LLC, Bradley Creger and Louisa Shingler, and Palmetto Brewing Company.

In Search of Julien Hudson: Free Artist of Color in Pre-Civil War New Orleans
This exhibition, on view in the Gibbes Rotunda Galleries from July 22 to October 16, 2011, is the first retrospective of the brief but important career of portraitist Julien Hudson, one of the earliest documented free artists of color working during the 19th century. In Search of Julien Hudson: Free Artist of Color in Pre-Civil War New Orleans is co-organized by Worcester Art Museum and The Historic New Orleans Collection. The exhibition is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts’ American Masterpieces: Three Centuries of Creative Genius. Initial research was funded by a grant from the Terra Foundation for American Art.

Society 1858
Society 1858 is a group of dynamic young professionals who support the Gibbes Museum of Art with social and educational programs tailored for up-and-coming art patrons. Society 1858 takes its name from the year that the Carolina Art Association was established. Although the Gibbes Museum of Art opened its doors in 1905, the museum’s art collection began in 1858. Society 1858 aims to continue the strong legacy of art appreciation in Charleston. Members of Society 1858 have access to private exhibition previews and receptions, invitations to social events throughout the year, and free or reduced admission to Society 1858’s exciting programs. Membership to Society 1858 is open to any member of the Gibbes Museum of Art.

Established as the Carolina Art Association in 1858, the Gibbes Museum of Art opened its doors to the public in 1905. 

Located in Charleston’s historic district, the Gibbes houses a premier collection of over 10,000 works of fine art, principally American works with a Charleston or Southern connection and presents special exhibitions annually. In addition, the museum offers an extensive complement of public programming and educational outreach initiatives.

As the aesthetic heart of the Lowcountry, the Gibbes serves the community by stimulating creative expression, increasing economic vitality through tourism, and improving the region’s superb quality of life.

TUESDAY - SATURDAY: 10 A.M. - 5 P.M., SUNDAY: 1 P.M. - 5 P.M.


135 Meeting Street * Charleston, SC * 29401