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Society 1858’s Winter Party Heats Up on February 10: Luce e Colore: La Bella Notte Italiana

Celebrating the Exhibition Jill Hooper: Contemporary Realist

(January 25, 2012 - Charleston, South Carolina) - Society 1858, a dynamic member auxiliary group of the Gibbes Museum of Art, hosts Luce e Colore: La Bella Notte Italiana on Friday, February 10 from 8 – 11pm. Society 1858's winter party at the Gibbes celebrates the classical traditions of the great masters and spotlights Jill Hooper and her solo exhibition, Jill Hooper: Contemporary Realist. Guests will experience la dolce vita while savoring delicious Italian aperitivo provided by Oak Steakhouse and enjoying the jazz music of Julep and the Lewis/Gregory/Wiltrout trio. Classically-trained professional artists working in the style of Michelangelo, Raphael, and Leonardo da Vinci will bring the galleries to life and classically trained opera singers will fill the museum with song.

Tickets for Luce e Colore are $40 for members of Society 1858 and $70 for non-members. Tickets may be purchased in advance either online at or by calling 722-2706 x22. Due to capacity limits, 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.

“Jill Hooper is one of the founding members of Society 1858, and so we are celebrating her solo exhibition in a big way. We invite everyone to come out and enjoy a classic evening of gorgeous art, music, food, and drink,” notes Society 1858 President Helen Pratt-Thomas.

Luce e Colore is sponsored by Oak Steakhouse, Wells Fargo Bank, Wells Fargo Insurance Services, Fia Forever Photography, Maybank Industries, and PDA. Additional support is provided by Ann Long Fine Art, All Occasions, Event DRS/ICEBOX, The Fine Arts League of the Carolinas, Opera Carolina, Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, LLP, and Anonymous.

Jill Hooper: Contemporary Realist
On view through April 22nd in the Rotunda Galleries, this exhibition features recent work by Charleston artist Jill Hooper, a classically-trained, realist painter whose extraordinary portraits have earned international recognition.

Society 1858
Society 1858 is a dynamic group of artists, patrons, and art enthusiasts who support the mission of the Gibbes Museum of Art. The auxiliary group’s purpose is to inspire, entertain and inform a new generation of art philanthropists with a love for the visual arts.

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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