For Immediate Release

Contact: Amy Mercer
Marketing and Communications Manager
843-722-2706 ext. 38


The Gibbes Museum of Art in Charleston, South Carolina Hosts Art of Design Spring Luncheon and Lecture

With Carolyne Roehm on Friday, March 30, 2012

(December 8, 2011 - Charleston, South Carolina) - The Women’s Council of the Gibbes Museum of Art presents Art of Design, a benefit for the museum on Friday, March 30, 2012. Renowned designer and tastemaker Carolyne Roehm will be the featured presenter at the museum’s annual spring luncheon. Ms. Roehm will share her knowledge, enthusiasm, and extraordinary experiences that define the quintessential “Roehm style” at a noon luncheon in the Gibbes’ majestic courtyard. The tented gathering will be designed by Tara Guérard Soirée as a tribute to Ms. Roehm. The luncheon, catered by Caroline’s Market and Catering, will feature a menu and palette also inspired by Ms. Roehm.

Carolyne Roehm’s design career started in the fashion world where she worked for Oscar de La Renta for ten years. In 1985, she branched out to form her own fashion house, Carolyne Roehm Inc., but her passion did not end with clothing. She extended her influence by delving into flowers and entertaining, as well as garden, interior, and product design. A prolific author, Ms. Roehm has written numerous books and regularly contributes to national design magazines. Her late friend, Bill Blass, called Ms. Roehm, “the ultimate tastemaker.” Ms. Roehm will share insights from her multi-faceted career at the luncheon and will sign copies of her books following the lecture.

“Carolyne Roehm exemplifies the pinnacle of design and taste in America. We are deeply grateful to the Women’s Council and everyone involved in helping the Gibbes present such a dynamic program in Charleston,” said Angela Mack, Executive Director of the Gibbes Museum of Art.

Tickets and Sponsorships
Tickets for the luncheon are $100 and must be purchased in advance at or by calling 843.722.2706 x22. Check-in for the seated gathering will begin at 11:30am and the luncheon and lecture will begin promptly at 12noon.

A limited number of $1,000 sponsorships for individuals are available by contacting Lasley Steever at (843.722-2706 x24). Sponsorships include tickets to Art of Design as well as to a private sponsor party with Ms. Roehm at the Robert William Roper House on the Battery on Thursday, March 29. Corporate sponsorships are also available by contacting Ms. Steever. Wells Fargo Bank, Production Design Associates (PDA), and Croghan’s Jewel Box are the first major corporate sponsors to sign on for Art of Design.

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. 

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.

135 Meeting Street * Charleston, SC * 29401