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Christo’s Visit to Charleston

The Gibbes is still abuzz from Christo’s visit to Charleston last month. The world-renowned artist gave an amazing lecture for a sold-out crowd of over 400 people at Memminger Auditorium on April 13. The evening before the lecture, event sponsors gathered at the home of Esther and James Ferguson for a cocktail party in celebration of Christo’s visit. The Gibbes is deeply appreciative of all of our sponsors, particularly Esther and James Ferguson, our lead sponsors who made this event possible.

Jim and Esther Ferguson with Christo

Jim and Esther Ferguson with Christo

 

Barbara Hearst, Carolyn Rivers, and Alice Wyatt

Barbara Hearst, Carolyn Rivers, and Alice Wyatt

 

Anton Vreede and Christo

Anton Vreede and Christo

 

Kevin Mauney, Helen Pratt-Thomas, Lucile Cogswell, Christo, and Michelle Mauney

Kevin Mooney, Helen Pratt-Thomas, Lucile Cogswell, Christo, and Michelle Mooney

 

Mickey Bakst and Esther Ferguson

Mickey Bakst and Esther Ferguson

 

Christo, Edith Howle, and Rick Throckmorton

Christo, Edith Howle, and Rick Throckmorton

 

Tippy Stern Brickman and Christo

Tippy Stern Brickman and Christo

 Photographs courtesy of Julia Lynn Photography.

Free Community Day Tomorrow

Join the Gibbes this Saturday, February 20, for our free Jr. League of Charleston Community Day from 10am to 1pm. Inspired by the current exhibition Lure of the Lowcountry in which artist John Folsom’s mixed media photographs are paired with early Lowcountry landscapes from the Gibbes collection, this Community Day will focus on nature. Families can enjoy nature inspired art-making activities throughout the morning. Scheduled happenings include a musical performance by students from Memminger Elementary at 10:30am and a book reading by author Christi Sanford from her Legare the Lizard series at 11:15am.

Cumberland Island Cemetery, 2009, by John Folsom

Cumberland Island Cemetery, 2009, by John Folsom

Lure of the Lowcountry and Whistler’s Travels: Preview and Opening Reception

Last month, members enjoyed a preview of the Gibbes’ current exhibitions, Lure of the Lowcountry, mixed-media photographs by John Folsom, and Whistler’s Travels, etchings and lithographs by James McNeill Whistler.

With artist John Folsom in attendance for the preview and reception, it was an exciting evening full of socialization and appreciation for the inspiring new works on view.

Special thanks to the Women’s Council for hosting the opening reception along with the contributions from Bar Belles and In Good Taste. Exhibition previews and openings are only for members of the Gibbes. If you are interested in joining, please click here.

Featured artist John Folsom and Jack Alterman

Featured artist John Folsom and Jack Alterman

 

Laura Gates, Alice Wyatt, Marnie Chardon, and Harriet Smartt

Laura Gates, Alice Wyatt, Marnie Chardon, and Harriet Smartt

 

Executive Director Angela Mack and Rebekah Jacob

Executive Director Angela Mack and Rebekah Jacob

 

Diane De Angelis and John Folsom

Diane De Angelis and John Folsom

 

John and Jeannette Alexander with Ginny and Ted Brush

John and Jeannette Alexander with Ginny and Ted Brush

 

Jill and John Chalsty

Jill and John Chalsty

 

Coco Matola, Steve Matola, Paul Kohlheim, and Marilyn Colen

Coco Matola, Steve Matola, Paul Kohlheim, and Marilyn Colen

Teacher Appreciation Days

To thank teachers for all their hard work, the Gibbes is offering free teacher appreciation days on January 30 and 31. During this weekend, teachers who show school ID gain free admission during regular museum hours. 

Not able to attend teacher appreciation days? Use the Gibbes Educator’s Guide to bring the museum to your classroom. Download the guide by clicking here or receive a copy in the mail by contacting Rebecca Williams at rcwilliams@gibbesmuseum.org or (843) 722-2706, ext. 41.

Christo Tickets Now on Sale

Join the Gibbes on April 13, 2010 for a memorable evening with the world-renowned artist Christo. For over forty years, Christo and Jeanne-Claude have collaborated on large-scale art projects using fabric in both urban and rural environments. The evening will begin with a presentation focusing on the artists’ previous and upcoming works of art, followed by an open question and answer session and book signing. Don’t miss this opportunity—click here to purchase tickets.

 

CHRISTO – A Presentation and Dialogue

Tuesday, April 13, 2010 at 5:30pm

Memminger Auditorium, 56 Beaufain Street

$25 members, $35 non-members, $15 student section (limited availability)

 

Christo and Jeanne-Claude: Surrounded Islands, Biscayne Bay, Greater Miami, Florida, 1980-83   © Christo 1983

Christo and Jeanne-Claude: Surrounded Islands, Biscayne Bay, Greater Miami, Florida, 1980-83 © Christo 1983

 

Christo: The Gates, Central Park, New York City, 1996, Collage in two parts, pencil, fabric, pastel, charcoal, wax crayon, and aerial photograph, © Christo 1996

Christo: The Gates, Central Park, New York City, 1996, Collage in two parts, pencil, fabric, pastel, charcoal, wax crayon, and aerial photograph, © Christo 1996

Upcoming Community Day

Mark your calendars for the next Jr. League of Charleston Community Day at the Gibbes on Saturday, December 12. This free day of family fun will help you get in the holiday spirit with hands-on activities for children, musical performances by Ashley Hall and Mt. Pleasant Presbyterian Church, face painting, and much more! Admission is free from 10am-1pm, click here for more information.  We hope to see you at the Gibbes!

Children's activites

Children's activites

Musical performance from last December's Community Day

Musical performance during last December's Community Day

 

Community Day is made possible through the generous support of the Jr. League of Charleston.

Women in Art: Jeanne Moutoussamy-Ashe

Photographer Jeanne Moutoussamy-Ashe and Elnora M. Brown, the granddaughter of Miss Bertha, pictured in the background.

Photographer Jeanne Moutoussamy-Ashe and Elnora M. Brown, the granddaughter of Miss Bertha, pictured in the background.

Another packed house enjoyed the final installment of the Women in Art lecture series, a phenomenal talk given by photographer Jeanne Moutoussamy-Ashe. Jeanne captivated the audience with tales of her journeys to Daufuskie Island during the late 1970s and early 1980s, accompanied by her husband, the late tennis star Arthur Ashe. During her visits, Jeanne captured intimate images of island residents on film.

At the close of the lecture, several audience members shared recollections of their relatives who were included in Jeanne’s photographs. One woman, Carlette Geddis, recounted meeting Jeanne and Arthur on Daufuskie Island as an eleven-year-old girl. The stories were incredibly moving, and made for a special night for all of those in attendance.

Carlette M. Geddis with photographer Jeanne Moutoussamy-Ashe.  Ms. Geddis is the cousin of the girl in the photograph.

Carlette M. Geddis with photographer Jeanne Moutoussamy-Ashe. Ms. Geddis is the cousin of the girl in the photograph.

The crowd listens to Jeanne Moutoussamy-Ashe

The crowd listens to Jeanne Moutoussamy-Ashe

Book signing following the lecture

Book signing following the lecture

Daufuskie Island: Photographs by Jeanne Moutoussamy-Ashe will be on view at the Gibbes through January 10, 2010.
 

Special thanks to the Center for Women and Duvall Catering & Event Design.

Painting the Masters, Part II

To celebrate a successful Painting the Masters class, students held an art show on October 27th to share their work with family and friends.  Organized by teacher Janet Hopkins, the event included refreshments and big smiles from all of the proud artists! 

Selie Feldman and her father

Selie Feldman and her father

Cameron King and her parents

Cameron King and her parents

Julia Wall and her beautiful paintings

Julia Wall and her beautiful paintings

Jr. League of Charleston Community Day

Jr. League volunteers Crissy Rowell, Jennifer Dunlap, Molly Dargan, and Erica Shipkoski

Volunteers Crissy Rowell, Jennifer Dunlap, Molly Dargan, and Erica Shipkoski

On September 26th nearly 500 people visited the museum for a day of family fun during our fall Community Day. Sponsored by the Jr. League of Charleston, the day consisted of free admission, art-making activities for children, face painting, and musical and dance performances.

 

Visitors gather on the front steps to listen to banjo and guitar performers Lowcountry Bluegrass, to grab a balloon, and to get their face painted before moving inside

Visitors gather on the front steps to listen to banjo and guitar performers Lowcountry Bluegrass and to get their face painted before moving inside

 

Children and families enjoyed making All About Me Cubes with the help of Jr. League members Alisa Brooks and Katie Stevenson

Children and families enjoyed making All About Me Cubes with the help of Jr. League members Alisa Brooks and Katie Stevenson

 

Once Upon a Ballet teacher Rachel Epps leads young dancers during a performance in the Rotunda

Once Upon a Ballet teacher Rachel Epps leads young dancers during a performance in the Rotunda

Special thanks to our wonderful Jr. League volunteers, Lowcountry Bluegrass, and Once Upon a Ballet.

Be sure to mark your calendar for our next Community Day on December 12th!

Ancestry and Innovation Preview and Opening Reception

Marla Loftus, Nick Smith, Cheryl Washer, Sara Arnold, and Zinnia Willits

Marla Loftus, Nick Smith, Cheryl Washer, Sara Arnold, and Zinnia Willits

The summer heat was at its height in Charleston, but it was a refreshing, colorful evening at the Gibbes for the preview and opening reception of Ancestry and Innovation. Hosted by the Women’s Council, the reception proved to be an enlightening and fun-filled gathering for members, fellows, artists, and students. While the brilliantly displayed works on view took center stage at the reception, the other crowd pleasers could be found on the first floor of the museum.

The ladies of the Women’s Council created a stir among guests with their sought after recipes. The hit of the evening was a Bombay Cheese Dip, a tradition for the Women’s Council in years past.

Always guaranteed to be an evening filled with interesting discussion and familiar faces within the Charleston community, an opening reception at the Gibbes is an event not to be missed.

Mary Pat and David Blanton

Mary Pat and David Blanton

Walter Boags, Dick and Harriet Smartt, Theresa and Roy Green, Ralph Blakely, Ted and Ginny Brush

Walter Boags, Dick and Harriet Smartt, Theresa and Roy Green, Ralph Blakely, Ted and Ginny Brush

Marnie Chardon and Barbara Hearst

Marnie Chardon and Barbara Hearst

Photographs courtesy of Charleston Picture Company.

Special thanks to In Good Taste and Bar Belles.

Save the date for the opening reception for Brian Rutenberg: Tidesong and Daufuskie Island: Photographs by Jeanne Moutoussamy-Ashe on October 22, 2009 hosted by Gibbes, etc.  This reception is for members only—click here to join the Gibbes.

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