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Palette and Palate Stroll

For five years now, the Charleston Fine Art Dealers’ Association’s Annual Palette and Palate Stroll has made its name as one of the most anticipated visual art and fine food summer events in the South.

This year’s event will take place on Friday, July 16, 2010. Fine art and food connoisseurs will stroll through the historic streets of downtown Charleston, sampling tastings from twelve of the finest local restaurants in the beautiful setting of twelve prestigious galleries. The Palette and Palate Stroll starts at 5:30pm and ends at 7:30pm.

A smashing hit since its establishment in 2005, the Palette and Palate Stroll presents the best of Charleston in one amazing evening. Attendees make stops at CFADA member galleries to mingle with local and visiting artists, enjoy the memorable pairings of breathtaking art created by nationally and internationally renowned artists and fine cuisine prepared by the elite local chefs. The 2010 pairings are: Ann Long Fine Art & FIG; Carolina Galleries & Circa 1886; Charleston Renaissance Gallery & High Cotton; Corrigan Gallery & Cypress, Ella Walton Richardson Fine Art & BLU; Helena Fox Fine Art & Amen Street Fish and Raw Bar; Horton Hayes Fine Art & Shine; Martin Gallery & 82 Queen; Robert Lange Studios & Social; Smith-Killian Fine Art & McCrady’s; The Sylvan Gallery & Halls Chophouse and Wells Gallery & Charleston Grill.

“Since 2005, the event has attracted more than 3,000 people from across the nation. CFADA created this event to introduce our diverse art market to a new generation of local art collectors as well as art collectors from all over the United States,” says Helena Fox, co-president of CFADA. “We also wanted to reach out to our community and give local restaurants unique art venues to present their works of culinary art.”

“Our local chefs pride themselves on using local products and bringing farm to table. Our goal was to offer a special opportunity to present the bounty of local summer produce and products in the peak of the growing season and pair it with new works of art,” says Johnson Hagood, co-president of CFADA.

The event is presented as part of the Charleston Fine Art Dealers’ Association’s Studio Series, benefiting its visual arts scholarship fund. Money from the scholarship fund has been awarded to organizations such as Redux, the Gibbes Museum of Art and the College of Charleston School of the Arts. Cost is $45 per person and tickets are limited. Reservations are required. Tickets can be purchased by calling 843-819-8006 or on-line at

In conjunction with the event, Fulton Lane Inn is offering a special art package for two people (July 16-18, 2010). The package is $589.00 plus tax and includes daily continental breakfast, wireless internet access, afternoon wine and cheese reception, evening sherry & brandy, dinner for two at Circa 1886 Restaurant (Forbes 4 star, AAA Four Diamond restaurant located in sister property, Wentworth Mansion) with rickshaw rides to and from restaurant; tickets for two to Charleston's most celebrated summer event, the Charleston Fine Art Dealers' Association's Fifth Annual Palette and Palate Stroll. To book the Palette and Palate hotel package, please visit or call 800-720-2688.

Founded in 1999, the Charleston Fine Art Dealers’ Association consists of the city’s prominent galleries working together to promote Charleston as a fine art destination for passionate art enthusiasts, avid collectors and talented artists. Since 2004, CFADA has donated more than $150,000 to local public high schools and scholarships for future artists.

July 16, 2010


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