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Member Preview Party

Save the date for the member preview party on Thursday, January 21. Sponsored by the Women’s Council, the evening will include cocktails, light hors d’oeuvres, and the opening of two special exhibitions: Lure of the Lowcountry and Whistler’s Travels. This reception is for members only—click here to join the Gibbes.

Botany Bay Plantation Boardwalk, 2009, by John Folsom, archival pigment on board with oil and wax

Botany Bay Plantation Boardwalk, 2009, by John Folsom, archival pigment on board with oil and wax

 

Billingsgate, 1859, by James McNeill Whistler (American, 1834 – 1903), etching on paper, gift of Dr. and Mrs. (Caroline) Anton Vreede, 2004.004.0007

Billingsgate, 1859, by James McNeill Whistler (American, 1834 – 1903), etching on paper, gift of Dr. and Mrs. (Caroline) Anton Vreede, 2004.004.0007

CSO Spiritual Ensemble Performance

Photograph courtesy of William Struhs

Photograph courtesy of William Struhs

Join the Gibbes and the Charleston Symphony Orchestra Spiritual Ensemble on January 10 at 3pm for a spirited vocal performance titled A Lowcountry Spiritual Journey II.  On the final day of the exhibition Daufuskie Island: Photographs by Jeanne Moutoussamy-Ashe, Music Director Nathan L. Nelson, will lead the CSO Spiritual Ensemble on a musical journey honoring the spiritual—the historical musical form born of the suffering and endurance of African slaves in the South Carolina Lowcountry. In a setting surrounded by images of the past, this powerful performance will celebrate the unique, indigenous harmonies of the Lowcountry’s African American culture. 

Tickets are $7 for museum members and students and $15 for non-members.  Click here to purchase tickets or call the Gibbes Museum Store at 722-2706, ext. 18.  NOTE: THIS EVENT HAS SOLD OUT – TICKETS ARE NO LONGER AVAILABLE.

Brian Rutenberg Opening Reception and Preview

Kevin Mooney, artist Brian Rutenberg, Marnie and Marc Chardon

Kevin Mooney, artist Brian Rutenberg, Marnie and Marc Chardon

The crowd for the Brian Rutenberg opening reception and preview was as colorful as the incredible works on view. It was clear that the lingering excitement from Brian’s lecture the night before brought back many enthusiasts to enjoy another evening full of festivities and, of course, Brian and his wife Katie’s charming presence.

After members enjoyed hors d’oeuvres and wine all graciously provided by Gibbes, etc., Brian led an illuminating tour of the highly acclaimed exhibition inspired by the beautiful vistas of the Lowcountry.  Guests also enjoyed previewing the lovely photographs included in the exhibition Daufuskie Island: Photographs by Jeanne Moutoussamy-Ashe.

Be sure to mark your calendars for January 21, 2010 to join the Gibbes for our next opening reception and preview of Lure of the Lowcountry, mixed-media photographs by John Folsom and Whistler’s Travels, etchings and lithographs by James McNeill Whistler.  This reception is for members only—click  here to join the Gibbes.

Van Campbell, artist Brian Rutenberg, Susan Campbell, Gale and Jerry Messerman

Van Campbell, artist Brian Rutenberg, Susan Campbell, Gale and Jerry Messerman

Megan and Robert Lange

Megan and Robert Lange

Elizabeth Hall, Paolo Dalla Zorza, and Darcy Shankland

Elizabeth Hall, Paolo Dalla Zorza, and Darcy Shankland

Katie and Brian Rutenberg

Katie and Brian Rutenberg

Special thanks to Gibbes, etc., and our friends at In Good Taste, Bar Belles and Hamby Catering.
Photographs courtesy of Charleston Picture Company.

Christo Kickoff

On October 24th, the Gibbes held a kickoff party to build excitement and support to bring world renowned artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude to Charleston next April.  Hosted at the beautiful home of Steve and Laura Gates, the festivities included great food, lively conversation, and an eye-catching installation by artist John Dunnan.  The excitement was palpable as guests donned pink fabric scarves (inspired by Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s Surrounded Islands in Biscayne Bay) to show support for the upcoming event. 

Angela Mack and Kathleen Rivers

Angela Mack and Kathleen Rivers

Kate Nevin, Mimi Van Wyck, Carl Mabry, Linann Harder, and Ham Morrison

Kate Nevin, Mimi Van Wyck, Carl Mabry, Linann Harder, and Ham Morrison

Angela Mack, Laura Gates, Alice Wyatt, John Dunnan, and Marnie Chardon

Angela Mack, Laura Gates, Alice Wyatt, John Dunnan, and Marnie Chardon

Artist John Dunnan's installation on Meeting Street

Artist John Dunnan's installation on Meeting Street

Esther and Jim Ferguson, Laura Gates, and Angela Mack

Esther and Jim Ferguson, Laura Gates, and Angela Mack

Elizabeth and Julia Santen

Elizabeth and Julia Santen

Jeb Hallet and Ned and Susan Payne

Jeb Hallet and Ned and Susan Payne

Save the date for Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s visit on April 13, 2010.  The event will include a public lecture at Memminger Auditorium followed by a party at the Gibbes.  Tickets go on sale December 1, 2009—click here for more information.

Interested in helping the Gibbes bring Christo and Jeanne-Claude to Charleston?  Contact Elliott DeMerell, Director of Development, at (843) 722-2706, ext. 24 or edemerell@gibbesmuseum.org.

Photographs courtesy of Charleston Picture Company.

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