Gibbes Art of Design 2018

Gibbes Museum of Art Women’s Council presents

New York Times Bestselling Author and Fashion Editor

11 AM | Registration
12 NOON | Luncheon, Lecture & Book Signing

LOCATION | Lenhardt Garden at the Gibbes Museum of Art
135 Meeting Street, Charleston, South Carolina

To be added to the waiting list, please email Wendi Ammons at


Party Girls Die in Pearls by Plum Sykes | $30 each

Raffle tickets $5 each

Purchase tickets, books, and raffle tickets for table floral arrangements on the Gibbes website, or by calling 843.722.2706 x222. Pre-purchased books will be held at the Gibbes Museum for pick up following the luncheon.

Become a sponsor and reserve your seat today!
Corporate Sponsorship Opportunities | Individual Sponsorship Opportunities

All proceeds benefit the Gibbes Museum of Art education and outreach programs.

Born in London and educated at Oxford University, Plum Sykes is a contributing editor for American Vogue, and has written two bestselling novels. Her experiences reporting on the lifestyle of the rich and famous gave her the inspiration for her first book, Bergdorf Blondes, published in 2004 and on the New York Times bestseller list for 16 weeks. Her second novel, Debutante Divorcee, published in 2006, was also a bestseller. Her third novel and comic murder mystery, Party Girls Die in Pearls, published in May 2017, will be available to purchase at the Art of Design Luncheon and Lecture.

Since 2011, the Women’s Council has presented the Art of Design, a seated luncheon and lecture featuring internationally renowned experts in the world of design. Speakers have included Andrew Prince, Downton Abbey’s Jewelry Designer, Chris Giftos, former Metropolitan Museum of Art floral designer, tastemaker Carolyne Roehm, New York Times Fashion Critic Cathy Horyn, interior designer Charlotte Moss, Hamish Bowles, Vogue’s International Editor at Large, and Vern Yip, acclaimed interior designer and HGTV host. Through this event, the Women’s Council has raised over $400,000 in support of the Gibbes Museum’s exhibition and educational programming. Sponsorship opportunities are now available to support the 2018 event.

Founded in March 1950, the Women’s Council of the Gibbes Museum of Art serves as a vital support system of the Gibbes Museum of Art, with its dedicated members volunteering time, talent and financial support to the Museum and serving as liaisons between the Gibbes and both residents of and visitors to the Charleston community. The annual Art of Design Luncheon and Lecture features internationally renowned experts in the world of design and is the Women’s Council’s signature event. In addition to its annual Art of Design fundraiser, the Women’s Council organizes numerous educational programs and social gatherings from September to June for members and their guests. To learn more about the Women’s Council and how to join, contact membership chair Marilyn Colen,, 843.367.9983.


Thank you to our corporate sponsors


Steering Committee

Sonja Golinski and Kay Wendell, Co-Chairs
Whitney Jones, Sponsor Event Chair

Louise Allen | Caroline Barnes | Lane Becken | Ginny Brush | Caroline Burns | Marilyn Colen | Barbara Edwards | Joan Fallon | Jodie-Beth Galos | Peggy Groce | Whitney Jones | Gillian Mark | Clare Meyer | Barclay Murphy | Margaret Ann Pearson | Sherry Ray | Katie Renner | Karen Ross | Pat Sedlacek | Annette Wanick | Andrea Woodfield

Additional support provided by

Mrs. Jeannette Alexander | Mr. and Mrs. John Allen | Mr. and Mrs. Richard Almeida | Mr. and Mrs. Allan J. Anderson | Mrs. Tater Beak | Mrs. Lane Becken | Mrs. Judy Bleecker | Mr. and Mrs. Theodore Brush | Ms. Carolina G. Bryan | Ms. Caroline Burns | Mr. and Mrs. Van Campbell | Mrs. Marion Rivers Cato | Ms. Lindy Keane Carter | Mrs. Francine Christiansen | Mrs. Marilyn Colen | Mrs. Lisa Craig | Mrs. Melissa Efird | Ms. Mary L. Elson | Ms. Joan Fallon | Ms. Jodie-Beth Galos | Mrs. Shannon Gillespie | Mrs. Sonja S. Golinski | Ms. Peggy L. Groce | Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Harley | Mr. and Mrs. George Hartley | Mrs. Bobbi Hill | Mrs. Whitney Jones | Ms. Stephanie Kirkman | Mrs. Frances Lambrecht | Dr. Pamela C. Levi | Mr. and Mrs. Ross Lipman | Mrs. Gillian Mark | Ms. Meaghan McKinney | Mrs. Mary W. McNab | Mrs. Clare E. Meyer | Ms. Barclay Randall Murphy | Neita’s Charleston Vinaigrettes & Marinades | Mrs. Kathy Nistad | Mrs. Venita L. Olson | Mr. and Mrs. Warren Onken | Ms. Lynda Panaretos | Ms. Patsy Pettus | Ms. Susan Porter | Mr. and Mrs. Sonny Ray | Mrs. Martha Ann M. Robertson | Ms. Karen Kichline Ruef | Ms. Betsy Saal | Ms. Melissa G. Sauls | Ms. Marilyn J. Schultz | Dr. and Mrs. Douglas Sedlacek | Ms. Sally Smith and Mr. Gene Byers | Mrs. Judy Tarleton | Mrs. Annette Wanick | Mr. and Mrs. Charles H. Wendell | Mr. Charles Stephen Wendell | Mrs. Andrea Woodfield | Mrs. Joan Zaleski

Interested in being a sponsor for Art of Design 2018?
Contact Jena Clem at | 843.722.2706 x225 or
Jennifer Ross at | 843.722.2706 x216
View Corporate Sponsorship Opportunities and Individual Sponsorship Opportunities here.

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