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Michael Mitchell Gallery does more than support local artists, the King Street art gallery gives back to our community as a whole through their annual series of events, Art for Charity, which benefit various local non-profits. This year’s series of fetes will feature gourmet eats and Lowcountry musical talent, and a portion of all art sales will go toward that evening’s respective charity.

This year’s Art for Charity kicked off with an intimate evening for Michael Mitchell’s featured artists, the respective heads of this year’s non-profit recipients, and other various VIPs. The light, airy space was awash with sunlight as guests filtered into the cocktail party, and the room was soon buzzing with conversation.

Partygoers circulated around the gallery, checking out all the beautiful works of art before heading for a second or third trip back to the delicious, health-conscious spread catered by Chef Maya Morrill. Guests snacked on roasted beet salad with black wild rice, quinoa, arugula, pistachios and dried cherries, as well as chilled carrot and pumpkin soup with cashew cream and mint, and roasted sweet potato rounds topped with dollops of sriracha cream and arugula.

Everyone ate their fill and grabbed a glass of wine as conversation began to shift toward the first upcoming Art for Charity event, kicking off this Friday, May 11. The fete is open to the public (with a recommended $10) and will feature hors d’oevures by O-Ku and entertainment by Lee Barbour and Ron Wiltrout, and the party will benefit MUSC Children’s Hospital.

Other upcoming Art for Charity parties will take place on May 18, May 31, June 1, June 7, and June 8. The featured charities will be, in order, Crisis Ministries, Susan G. Komen Lowcountry Chapter, Roper St. Francis Ryan White Program, Charleston Waterkeeper, and MUSC Hollings Cancer Center. Michael Mitchell Gallery is located at 438 King Street, and was opened by current executive director and John’s Island native Michael Mitchell, after the interior designer held a charity pop-up shop in the space.

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