Archive for October, 2009

Photography Exhibition Now on View

Miss Bertha, by Jeanne Moutoussamy-Ashe, photograph, © Jeanne Moutoussamy-Ashe

Miss Bertha, by Jeanne Moutoussamy-Ashe, photograph, © Jeanne Moutoussamy-Ashe

The Gibbes recently opened a stunning new photography exhibition entitled Daufuskie Island: Photographs by Jeanne Moutoussamy-Ashe.  These compelling photographs document life on the remote South Carolina Sea Island during the late 1970s and early 1980s, a way of life that has now faded from existence.  Moutoussamy-Ashe’s intimate portraits depict men and women at work, children at play, families celebrating weddings, and the community gathering for a funeral.

Don’t miss the opportunity to meet Moutoussamy-Ashe on November 18 when she will deliver an artist talk during the Gibbes Museum’s Women in Art lecture series.  A reception and book signing will follow the lecture.  Click here for more information and to order tickets.

Self Portrait by Jeanne Moutoussamy-Ashe

Self Portrait by Jeanne Moutoussamy-Ashe

Painting the Masters

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Student Isabel Sonka

Over the past six weeks, children grades 1-4 have enjoyed the popular after school class Painting the Masters. Taught by Janet Hopkins, this art history-based studio class teaches students the basics of painting while using the Gibbes collection as a tool for learning. Students also have the opportunity to venture outdoors in search of artistic inspiration.

It’s not too late to join the fun—the next session of Painting the Masters begins October 27th.  For more information and to register for the class, click here or contact Rebecca Williams at (843) 722-2706 x41, rcwilliams@gibbesmuseum.org. All classes are held at the Hazel Parker Community Center at 70 East Bay Street.

Brian Rutenberg Artist Talk

<i>Pavilion</i>, 2008-09, by Brian Rutenberg, oil on linen, courtesy of Jerald Melberg Gallery, Charlotte, NC

Pavilion, 2008-09, by Brian Rutenberg, oil on linen, courtesy of Jerald Melberg Gallery, Charlotte, NC

Don’t miss Brian Rutenberg’s artist talk at the Gibbes on October 21 at 6pm. Rutenberg will discuss his working process and the inspiration behind his abstract paintings included in the exhibition Brian Rutenberg: Tidesong, on view at the Gibbes October 23, 2009 – January 10, 2010. Following the talk, the artist will sign copies of Brian Rutenberg, the first major monograph of the artist’s paintings and drawings.

This event is free for members and $10 for non-members. Click here to purchase your ticket.

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.

Welcome!

The new Welcome Gallery at the Gibbes

The new Welcome Gallery at the Gibbes

If you haven’t visited the Gibbes lately, we have big changes in store for you! We recently opened the Welcome Gallery in the front of the museum. This new gallery offers a behind-the-scenes peek of the Gibbes while sharing the museum’s history, beautiful architecture, expansive collection, and the artmaking process. To tell the Gibbes story, the Welcome Gallery includes historic photographs, rarely displayed objects from the museum archives, and even architectural details from the Gibbes dome. But that’s not all, this multi-media gallery also includes video, a digital slide show, and computer stations where you can learn more about the Gibbes collection. The Welcome Gallery was created with our members and visitors in mind, so please stop by and make yourself at home! 

Printmaking tools on display in the Welcome Gallery
Printmaking tools on display in the Welcome Gallery

And while you are here, check out the new fall merchandise in the museum store. With bags, totes, jewelry, scarves, and home décor items, we have something for everyone. 

We think you’ll like our new look and hope to see you at the Gibbes soon!