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Art aficionados, socialites, and philanthropists took to the streets in support of the Gibbes Museum of Art on Thursday, April 19. The third annual street party boasted a renovation theme and featured adult beverages and food from some of Charleston’s finest dining establishments. Bartenders sporting hard hats served up Ciroc vodka drinks in front of the caution tape-strewn steps of the museum, while guests noshed on tasty bites at tables decked with orange barricade lights.
The evening’s chefs served up a plethora of delicious gourmet dishes, while Husk opted to serve their take on the hard hat lunch: shrink wrapped sausage and cheese with tins of pimento cheese, pickles, and crackers. The more than 500 partygoers slowly made their way around all the tables, and several guests could be overheard raving about Cypress’ seared short ribs.
While guests were snatching up plates from Caviar & Bananas, Charleston Grill, Circa 1886, The Macintosh, Slightly North of Broad, and Wild Olive, Olivia Pool took to the stage to introduce the evening’s performance from Theatre Marvelosa.
Whenever Theatre Marvelosa is on the bill, you know you’re in for an interesting night filled with captivating entertainment, and the Gibbes Street Party was no exception. The troupe put on a fashion show that combined theater costumes with materials purchased at Lowe’s, with surprisingly impressive results. While each piece was more outlandish and fascinating than the one before it, it was the opening dancing that had some of the guests mesmerized.
The two neon-clad performers were carried to the end of the runway over the shoulder of a construction worker, where they were joined by a gentleman clad in flowing white skirts, sequins, and a huge top hat. As the three sprung to life and began twisting and gyrating about, one excited female spectator at the end of the stage could be overheard repeatedly tittering, “OH my Lord!”
The show drew to a close, but the party lingered on. Guests mingled until late into the evening when the barricades finally came down, marking the end of another successful Gibbes Street Party.
The Gibbes Museum of Art opened its doors to the public in 1905. Located in Charleston’s historic district, the Gibbes houses a collection of over 10,000 works, as well as offering an extensive complement of public programming and educational outreach initiatives that serve the community by stimulating creative expression and improving the region’s quality of life.