Archive for April, 2013

A New Twist on Art Programming

“So… what exactly is exciting about a museum?” I get that question a lot when I try to explain to people what keeps us on our toes here at the Gibbes Museum. I explain that several factors make the Gibbes a fun place to visit and become involved with; a relevant and beautiful permanent collection, new and thought provoking exhibitions, and exciting programs and events. All of these elements support one another, but our programming is especially inspired by the art displayed within these walls. The Gibbes is constantly planning new events for the community to become involved with, the most recent being the Art With a Twist event series.

Executive Director Angela Mack gave a lunchtime lecture.

Executive Director Angela Mack gave a lunchtime lecture on Impressionism and Charleston in January.

Launched in the fall of 2012, Art With a Twist is a series of events aimed at introducing new and varied experiences for all members of the community. The series kicked-off in November with a wine tasting and lecture by Mike Cohen, owner of Goat. Sheep. Cow. With close to 100 visitors in attendance, guests were in for a treat as Cohen explained the art and design behind wine labels and artistic depictions of wine consumption through the ages. A few weeks later in December, the Lower King Street Antique Stroll led visitors on tours of several beautiful antique shops along King Street. These tours were led by interior designer Kathleen Rivers, and fine and decorative art appraisers Elizabeth Ryan and George Reed. Having a chance to explore these shops with such knowledgeable tour guides, made for a wonderful and exciting evening! To close out January, nearly 80 guests enjoyed a catered lunchtime lecture from Executive Director Angela Mack who discussed Impressionism and Charleston. In February, creating a new twist on the idea of a field trip, a group of 40 participants visited the stunning Impressionism exhibition now on view at the Columbia Museum of Art, Impressionism from Monet to Matisse. The day concluded with a lovely lunch at the Palmetto Club just down the street.

Gibbes on the Go traveled to the Columbia Museum of Art.

Gibbes on the Go traveled to the Columbia Museum of Art for a curator-led tour of their Impressionism exhibition.

The key to any series of successful programming is to appeal to a broad audience and give people opportunities to experience something they might not otherwise be able to plan on their own. Each Art with a Twist program was planned to introduce new topics not previously discussed or experienced at the Gibbes Museum, and to bring in those within the community who may not have much prior connection with the museum. Two more programs are still ahead for this spring, a Jazz lecture and performance on April 11 and a lunchtime lecture on mixing antique and contemporary furnishings with author Susan Sully on May 20. More events are in the works for the summer and fall, including celebrity cookbook author Alex Hitz and a holiday children’s program in November. Keep checking back to the Gibbes’ calendar page for updates and to purchase tickets to any of these events.

Amanda Breen, Membership Coordinator, Gibbes Museum of Art

Kiawah Residents Open Homes to the Gibbes

The thirteen-annual Kiawah Art & House Tour, sponsored by the member auxiliary group, Gibbes, etc., will take place on Friday, April 5, 2013, from 1 to 5pm. We will have five fabulous homes within the gated community to tour. This may be the “The Year of the View” as most of the homes have stunning views that are not to be missed. Proceeds from the event benefit education, exhibition and outreach programs at the Gibbes Museum.

Kiawah Art & House Tour

The footprint of this home follows a 180 degree arced shoreline of a lagoon, which appealed to the homeowners’ desire for curving design elements throughout the house.

Kiawah Art & House Tour

Influenced by the British Arts and Crafts movement of the early 20th century is a lovely stucco cottage at the Cassique golf resort on Kiawah Island.

We have been so fortunate to have lovely weather on the day of the tour and we are hoping for that to happen again this year. There is one home on the tour I am dying to show my husband. From the “man cave” to the indoor theater, to the fabulous car collection, he will be amazed!

Kiawah Art & House Tour

A sweeping staircase welcomes visitors to this home with expansive views of the Kiawah River and marsh.

An added attraction this year is that we will two local artists, Anna Cox and Mark Horton. Each has donated a painting which will be available to bid on during the House Tour. Instructions on how to bid can be found on the Gibbes, etc. website. Several of Anna’s paintings will also be on display at one of the featured homes.

Kiawah Art & House Tour

Overlooking the 15th hole at the Cassique golf course, this beautiful shingle style home is inspired by the English Arts and Crafts movement of the early 20th century.

I have been involved with the tour for the past five years in a number of positions ranging from a docent to ticket chair. For the past two years, I have been the publicity chair which I particularly enjoy because it gives me the opportunity to work closely with staff at the museum in addition to all of the merchants at Freshfields Village. In addition to the house tour, we are inviting all ticket holders to come out early on the day of the tour and enjoy shopping and dining at Freshfields Village. The merchants will be offering discounts and drawings so it is well worth your time to come early and enjoy the island before the tour!

Kiawah Art & House Tour

Standing on a small peninsula with 250 degree views of marshland and the Kiawah River is a gorgeous zinc-roofed shingle style home.

Tour tickets are $55 and can be obtained by calling 843.722.2706, ext. 21, or purchased at one of the three real estate offices located on the island at Freshfields Village, the Main Gate or at the Sanctuary Hotel. They can also be purchased downtown at the Gibbes Museum Store. We hope to see you there!

Carroll Dunn, Kiawah Art & House Tour Publicity Chair, and guest blogger

All photos by by Tina Schell.