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Society 1858 presents Habanero Rhythm

(Charleston, South Carolina) – Society 1858 presents Habanero Rhythm, on Friday, February 8, from 8 – 11pm, in celebration of the Gibbes exhibition Vibrant Vision: The Collection of Jonathan Green and Richard Weedman. The auxiliary group’s winter party embraces the energy of the dance movement that was brought to Cuba by Haitian refugees in the mid-nineteenth century. The slow and rhythmic dance celebrates African art and music.

A dizzying array of visual, performance, and culinary arts, Habanero Rhythm offers a sultry escape in the middle of winter. Society 1858 President Helen Pratt-Thomas says, “This cutting edge event provides intimate access to an acclaimed local artist, builds future arts leaders, and the opportunity to give back to the Gibbes Museum.” Artist Jonathan Green, and his partner and studio director, Richard Weedman, will be the guests of honor at the auxiliary group’s February fiesta. Guests will enjoy live music by Leah Suárez, who blends traditional jazz standards and world folk music with a strong Latin influence, as well as a performance by the Garage Cuban Band who will play a mix of old Cuban folk and jazz standards. Throughout the evening, Latin-inspired foods will be provided by Moe’s Southwest Grill.

Tickets for Habanero Rhythm are $50 for members of Society 1858 and $75 for non-members. Tickets may be purchased in advance either online at or by calling 722-2706 x21. 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.
Habanero Rhythm is sponsored Wells Fargo, Lou Hammond & Associates, Dixon Hughes Goodman LLP, The Intertech Group, Maybank Industries, Moe’s Southwest Grill, MUSC, Art Mag, and PDA. Additional support is provided by FUEL and Palmetto Brewery.

Vibrant Vision: The Collection of Jonathan Green and Richard Weedman
Vibrant Vision: The Collection of Jonathan Green and Richard Weedman is on view at the Gibbes from January 11 – April 21, 2013. Over the past thirty five years, acclaimed artist Jonathan Green and his partner and studio director, Richard Weedman, have amassed an astonishing collection of paintings, sculpture, and works on paper. Selected from their collection, this exhibition features work by African American, Caribbean, Latin American, and American artists that reflect the diverse cultural influences that have shaped American art since the twentieth century.
Vibrant Vision is made possible by the generous support of Gibbes, etc., BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina, and Art Mag.

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. 

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