Celebrate fine art and fine cuisine in Charleston on July 16

July 16 in Charleston, South Carolina will truly feel like a day of celebration of fine art and fine cuisine. The exciting evening kicks off with the 5th annual Palette and Palate Stroll presented by the Charleston Fine Art Dealers’ Association at 5:30pm and will continue at the Gibbes with a celebration of Bastille Day at the museum’s courtyard from 8 pm to 11pm.

A smashing hit since its establishment in 2005, the Palette and Palate Stroll presents the best of Charleston in one amazing evening. Fine art and food connoisseurs will stroll through the historic streets of downtown Charleston, sampling tastings from twelve of the finest local restaurants in the beautiful setting of twelve prestigious galleries, all members of CFADA.

The 2010 pairings are: Ann Long Fine Art & FIG; Carolina Galleries & Circa 1886; Charleston Renaissance Gallery & High Cotton; Corrigan Gallery & Cypress, Ella Walton Richardson Fine Art & BLU; Helena Fox Fine Art & Amen Street Fish and Raw Bar; Horton Hayes Fine Art & La Fourchette; Martin Gallery & 82 Queen; Robert Lange Studios & Social; Smith-Killian Fine Art & McCrady’s;  The Sylvan Gallery & Halls Chophouse and Wells Gallery & Charleston Grill.

An Evening at Bastille Café presented by Society 1858 will feature 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 www.gibbesmuseum.org/events. 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.

The Palette and Palate Stroll is presented as part of the Charleston Fine Art Dealers’ Association’s Studio Series, benefiting its visual arts scholarship fund. Money from the scholarship fund has been awarded to organizations such as Redux, the Gibbes Museum of Art and the College of Charleston School of the Arts. Cost is $45 per person and tickets are limited. Reservations are required. Tickets can be purchased by calling 843-819-8006 or on-line at www.cfada.com.

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