For Immediate Release

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


Society 1858 Presents An Evening at Bastille Café July 16 at the Gibbes

New Museum Support Group for Young Professionals Hosts Event

(June 18, 2010 - Charleston, SC) – The newly formed Gibbes auxiliary group Society 1858, will celebrate Bastille Day in the museum courtyard on Friday, July 16 from 8pm – 11pm. Guests will enjoy live jazz by Heddy Rae and hors d’oeuvres and boissons (food and drink) courtesy of Rue de Jean. A French-themed art scavenger hunt will take place throughout the museum. In addition, ballots will be cast at the party for Charleston’s favorite pommes frites (French fries). Guests are encouraged to sample the pommes frites at four area restaurants prior to the party and then vote on their favorite at Bastille Café – a random winner will be eligible for free fries for a year! The participating restaurants are The Glass Onion, Blind Tiger, La Fourchette, and Rue de Jean.

Tickets for An Evening at Bastille Café are $25 and can be purchased online at The event is free to anyone who attended Society 1858’s May 21 Launch Celebration. Those individuals should call 722-2706 x22 to reserve their complimentary ticket.

Earlier in the evening of July 16, the Charleston Fine Art Dealers Association hosts the Palette and Palate Stroll. Art lovers can plan to attend that event from 5:30pm – 7:30pm ( for tickets) followed by An Evening at Bastille Café at 8:00pm.

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.

135 Meeting Street * Charleston, SC * 29401