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Society 1858 is a breath of fresh air to the already fabulous Gibbes Museum of Art, and Friday’s Rock, Scissors, Art on Paper Preview Party again demonstrated the young professionals’ contemporary approach to art appreciation and support of the arts. 

The Friday evening fete marked the kick off to the Gibbes’ first ever Art on Paper Fair, a weekend showcasing beautiful works on paper from twelve premier Southeastern fine art dealers. Events during the weekend included programs, demonstrations, events, and the opportunity to purchase work at a variety of price points, encouraging both new and seasoned art aficionados to add to their collections.

Attendees stepped through the doors of the Gibbes and into a festive but mellow cocktail party. Guests milled about downstairs, enjoying drinks and tasty bites from Gilligan’s Restaurant, including seared Ahi tuna, shrimp cocktail, sweet potato fries, and vegetable flatbread. 

All the buzz, however, was happening upstairs, where partygoers perused an extensive selection of works on paper, ranging from pen and ink drawings and photographs to mixed media pieces. The scope and quality of the work was a powerful reminder of the quality of art available in local galleries and from dealers throughout the Southeast, and guests chatted over their favorite pieces. 

Society 1858 is the Gibbes Museum of Art’s group of dynamic young professionals, who support the museum with social and educational programs tailored for up-and-coming art patrons.