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Society 1858, Young Professionals Group of the Gibbes Museum of Art, Announces Flirting with Art Party on February 11

Local Artists Create Body Art in Response to Art of Our Time Exhibition

(January 11, 2011- Charleston, SC) – Society 1858, the dynamic young professionals group of the Gibbes Museum of Art, hosts a Flirting with Art party on Friday, February 11 from 8 – 11pm at the Gibbes Museum of Art, 135 Meeting Street. The multi-sensory event will feature musical entertainment by Klipart, and guests will enjoy wine, beer, and heavy hors d’oeuvres provided by Woodlands Inn. A group of Charleston artists will create body art in response to Art of Our Time: Selections from the Ulrich Museum of Art, the modern and contemporary art exhibition currently on view at the Gibbes. Twelve artists will interpret 12 works of art from the special exhibition onto the bodies of 12 models. Charleston magazine style director Ayoka Lucas will emcee the painted model promenade beginning at 9pm. Participating artists are: Charles Ailstock, Sally King Benedict, Lese Corrigan, Nathan Durfee, Linda Fantuzzo, Kat Hastie, Tim Hussey, Leslie Pratt-Thomas, Lynne Riding, Kristi Ryba, Andrew Smock, and Mary Walker.

Tickets for Flirting with Art are $40 for members of Society 1858 until February 1 and $50 after February 1. Tickets for the general public are $60 until February 1 and $70 after February 1. Tickets may be purchased in advance either online at or by calling 722-2706 x22. Due to capacity, 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.

“The event is close to Valentine’s Day so Society 1858 wanted to throw a party that was fun and provocative. Body painting is perhaps the first form of art, dating back to the origins of human culture. It will be exciting to see how our local community of artists transforms the human body to canvas,” suggests Gibbes Executive Director Angela D. Mack.

Flirting with Art is sponsored by Woodlands Inn, Wachovia Bank - A Wells Fargo Company, Charleston magazine and Stella Nova. Additional support is provided by Anne’s Downtown, John and Kimberly Baden, Cantey Technology, Dixon-Hughes PLLC, David Leonard and Tom McCarty, Maybank Industries LLC, Friend of Society 1858, and Anonymous.

Art of Our Time: Selections from the Ulrich Museum of Art

Art of Our Time: Selections from the Ulrich Museum of Art, on view at the Gibbes through March 27, features significant 20th and 21st century artists from the permanent collection of the Ulrich Museum of Art at Wichita State University. The exhibition offers an overview of modern and contemporary art created in a variety of media including painting, sculpture, photography, and video by such artists as Andy Warhol, Alexander Calder, and Robert Motherwell.

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