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The Gibbes Museum of Art Hosts the Art of Design Spring Luncheon and Lecture

Featuring New York Times Fashion Critic, Cathy Horyn

(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 15, 2013. Renowned New York Times fashion critic Cathy Horyn will be the featured presenter at the auxiliary group’s annual spring luncheon. Guests will dine in the fabulous setting of the tented Gibbes courtyard while Ms. Horyn shares stories of life in the fashion fast lane. The gathering will be designed by Christina Baxter of CiBi Events and catered by Caroline’s Market and Catering. A silent auction featuring fine art, jewelry, fashion, and other unique items will take place in the Welcome Gallery of the Museum prior to the luncheon.

Throughout her career, Cathy Horyn’s unflinching reviews of fashion’s top designers have generated both journalistic praise and criticism. She began her career in fashion journalism in 1986, writing for the Detroit News, and has contributed to Vanity Fair, Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, the Washington Post, and the International Herald Tribune, among other premier fashion publications. In 1999, she became the fashion critic for the New York Times and also maintains the popular blog, On the Runway. Fueled by a mixture of passion and intelligence, Ms. Horyn’s opinions of the fashion world are never dull!

Tickets and Sponsorships
Tickets for the luncheon are $125 and must be purchased in advance at or by calling 843.722.2706 x22. Check-in for the seated gathering and the silent auction will begin at 11:00am and the luncheon and lecture will begin promptly at 12:30pm

A limited number of $1,000 sponsorships are available by contacting Lasley Steever at , (843.722-2706 x24). Sponsorships include tickets to Art of Design as well as acknowledgement at the event. CiBi Events, Croghan’s Jewel Box, Production Design Associates (PDA), Stems, Studio R, and Event DRS are the first major corporate sponsors to sign on for Art of Design. Charleston Magazine is the media sponsor for the event.

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 120 active members in addition to association, sustaining, affiliate, guest, and honorary members. For over sixty years, members of the Women’s Council have donated their 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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