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Stroll down King Street on Second Sunday

Second Sunday on King Street is the brainchild of Susan Lucas of the King Street Marketing Group. If you haven’t come downtown for one of these events, you are missing out! With the streets closed off to traffic, King Street is transformed into a European city where strolling is a time honored tradition. Second Sunday draws tourists, locals, children, and even dogs who stroll in and out of delightful boutiques, stop for lunch at some of Charleston’s favorite restaurants, and of course, visit the Gibbes Museum.

King Street Second Sunday

The Gibbes offers three Free-Admission Sundays throughout the year. We have waived admission on select days for many years because it’s a way for us to open our doors and give back to the community. This is the first year that we have partnered with Second Sunday, and we want to encouraging strollers to continue down King Street, through the Gateway Walk next to the Charleston Library Society, and come into the museum.

Mending a Break in a Rice-Field Bank, from the series A Carolina Rice Plantation of the Fifties

Post-Conservation

This Sunday, July 14, visitors will have the rare opportunity to experience the stunning watercolor series, A Carolina Rice Plantation of the Fifties, by Alice Ravenel Huger Smith. This collection is not often on display because of the fragile nature of the watercolors. Curator of Exhibitions Pam Wall wrote an earlier post “A Commitment to Conservation” about the museum’s efforts to restore and preserve the vibrant colors of the watercolor series. In the recent article, “The Quandry of Alice Ravenel Huger Smith” Post and Courier Arts Editor Adam Parker writes, “Smith was a master manipulator of watercolor, creating images, landscapes mostly, influenced by Japanese printmaking and woodblocks and romantic English art that transformed the objects of nature into symbol, myth and memory.” This exhibition will close on Sunday so the free admission day gives visitors a final chance to see the works as a whole.

The Spoleto Watercolors of Stephen Mueller and Carl Palazzolo From the Collection of David and Carol Rawle is on display in the Rotunda galleries, and People’s Choice: A Community – Curated Exhibition is on view in the Main Gallery.

This Sunday we are also excited to offer visitors the chance to meet Monica Karales, widow of award winning photographer James Karales. Come to the Museum Store from 1 – 4pm for a special book signing as Ms. Karales celebrates the release of the book documenting the life of her late husband, Controversy and Hope: The Civil Rights Photographs of James Karales, by Julian Cox with Rebekah Jacob and Monica Karales. Stunning photographs chronicling the Civil Rights Movement were on view at the Gibbes in the recent exhibition Witness to History: Civil Rights Era Photographs by James Karales.

Ms. Johnson (Estelle), 1972, By Barkley Hendricks (American, b. 1945) 

So this Sunday, take advantage of our free admission and stroll through the museum. One of the best parts about my job is that I get to do that on a daily basis. On my way into the office I am greeted by the Veiled Lady. On my way to lunch I walk past Ms. Johnson (Estelle) and on my way home at the end of the day, I pass Persephone bathing in the courtyard garden. I am so grateful to have this opportunity to surround myself with art, and am excited that our free admission days will give visitors that same opportunity. Stroll down King Street this weekend, and come say hello to Ms. Johnson.

Amy Mercer, Marketing and Communications Manager, Gibbes Museum of Art

Upcoming Free Admission Days:
Saturday, September 28, 10am – 5pm: Smithsonian Museum Day Live! Must present pass, available on smithsonianmag.com, to be eligible for free admission.
Sunday, October 13, 1 – 5pm: Second Sunday Free Admission Day
February 9, 2014, 1 – 5pm: Second Sunday Free Admission Day

Community Days for Everyone

Cassandra Whiteside creates her own artwork.

Cassandra Whiteside creates her own artwork. Photo by Julia Lynn

As the Associate Curator of Education, Community Days are a highlight of my job. I organize these family-friendly, free days four times a year. But Community Days are not just for families. I love seeing young adults or elderly couples walking through the galleries. It warms my heart to think that by making the day free and accessible, new visitors may walk through our doors. I hear much too often that parents are scared to bring their children to an art museum for fear that they will talk too loud or touch something. My hope is that Community Days help everyone realize museums can be fun for all ages.

A young artist at work in the galleries.

A young artist at work in the galleries.

A volunteer helps with face painting activities.

A volunteer helps with face painting activities.

Our collection is so important to Southern culture and history. We make it a priority to provide opportunities for visitors to enjoy our galleries without a fee. This year we are able to do so with the help of Roper St. Francis Healthcare, and in past years we had the support of the Junior League of Charleston. Both the Junior League and Roper have helped us not only financially, but as importantly, by supplying wonderful volunteers to help me staff these days. For example, the volunteers act as ambassadors for the museum by meeting and greeting visitors and managing the hands-on art activities.

A choir from Blessed Sacrament School sings carols in the Rotunda gallery.

A choir from Blessed Sacrament School sings carols in the Rotunda gallery.

I strive to have music or dance performances at each event. In the past we have had groups such as local church and school choirs, a Charleston Academy of Music student, a local ballet troupe, and even an up-and-coming teen rock band! Roper physician Dr. Johnny Weeks will perform at this Saturday’s event. Yes, doctors are multi-talented and enjoy the arts, too!

The 3 Dudes on the front steps of the Gibbes.

The 3 Dudes perform on the front steps of the museum.

I like to think that Community Day visitors will return for more artistic inspiration down the road. Maybe they will become members, bring a friend the next time, or just reflect on an artwork that brings back good memories. We are Charleston’s only visual art museum. We belong to this community and it is my job to make our galleries accessible to everyone… at least four times a year!

A family explores the galleries together.

A family explores the galleries together.

I hope you will join us for an upcoming Community Day on December 10, February 25, or April 21, from 10am – 1pm.

Rebecca Sailor, Associate Curator of Education, Gibbes Museum of Art

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

Community Day

Mt. Pleasant Presbyterian Children's Choir caroling on the museum steps

Mt. Pleasant Presbyterian Children's Choir caroling on the museum steps

On December 12th, nearly 400 people visited the Gibbes for some holiday cheer during our free Community Day.  Sponsored by the Jr. League of Charleston, this day of family fun included activities for children, face painting, and musical performances by Ashley Hall and Mt. Pleasant Presbyterian Church. 

Be sure to mark your calendar for our next Community Day on February 20, 2010. 

Face painting is always a hit!

Face painting is always a hit!

Jr. League volunteers Kristi Dodd, Crissy Rowell, Alisa Brooks, Brooks Johnson, and Mollie Meares

Jr. League volunteers Kristi Dodd, Crissy Rowell, Alisa Brooks, Brooks Johnson, and Mollie Meares

Special thanks to our volunteers from the Jr. League of Charleston and the Women’s Council.

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.

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!