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The Charleston art community was abuzz about Honey Moon, this year’s bee-themed Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art membership party. Honey Moon is the 8th edition of the Moon Parties, and this year artist Becca Barnet created a site-specific installation piece, Apiary. 

The sculptural hive piece (made entirely of found and recycled materials), hovered over partygoers as they mingled and sipped on honey-inspired cocktails. Over 500 preserved honeybees dangled from the work of art, captivating guests as they made their way through the main hall toward the food table. 

Cheeses, pickles, and hors d’oeuvres went quickly amongst the sizable crowd, which swarmed to the stage to enjoy the rockin’ sounds of band The Local Honeys. Though this year’s theme seemed to only move a few guests to dress in bee-inspired clothing, several partygoers put their best foot forward in a stylish beehive... including Charlestonian Buff Ross, who sported a towering beehive laden with fake honeybees. “I was putting the bees in on the way over here,” he confessed. 

Guests milled about, enjoying the party and each other’s company before hitting the moon photo booth and heading out to the bustle of Calhoun Street. 

Honey Moon was a fundraiser for the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art. The annual membership parties offer everyone an opportunity to support the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art (HICA) through renewing, upgrading, or joining the HICA membership program. The Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art works to provide and encourage innovative contemporary art in the Lowcountry.