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Art aficionados celebrated all things French last Friday, July 16, at Society 1858’s Evening at the Bastille Café. The Gibbes Museum courtyard had been transformed into a gorgeous Parisian paradise for the night, complete with a replica of the Eiffel Tower. Strings of lights, live jazz by Heddy Rae, a caricature artist, and absinthe shots helped set the festive mood, and the garden was quickly filled with a chic crowd.

Party-goers enthusiastically embraced the Bastille theme, participating in a French art-themed scavenger hunt to kick off the festivities. Attire ranged from summer sophisticated to full blown costumes, and the absinthe fairy and a man in full Marie Antoinette drag could be spotted meandering about the party.

Francophiles munched on a delicious array of hors d’oeuvres including smoked salmon, sausage, pate, and pommes frites, all courtesy of Rue de Jean. After relishing the savory, people made their way to a table of sweet treats as provided by Macaroon Boutique. The sated guests lounged at tables or chatted by the bar as the night wore on, enjoying tasty bites, good wine, and great company.

Society 1858, the Gibbes Museum of Art’s group of dynamic young professionals, officially debuted earlier this spring, and aims to promote and support the museum with social and educational programs for up-and-coming art patrons.