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Experience The Gibbes For Free At Suntrust Community Day

December 16 event features Stephen Colbert portrait and performance by New Music Collective

(Charleston, SC) – The Gibbes Museum of Art is pleased to announce SunTrust Community Day on Saturday, December 16, 10:00am – 2:00pm. SunTrust Community Day is free and open to the public and offers a great opportunity to experience the Gibbes’ dynamic exhibitions and programming. On view during Community Day will be the Stephen Colbert portrait from the set of Comedy Central’s “The Colbert Report”, won at Ebay auction by the owners of Sticky Fingers restaurant. The event also features a performance by members of New Music Collective at 11:00am and such activities as story time and a hat making craft. Coffee will be served courtesy of Starbucks. Over 1,000 people attended the last Suntrust Community Day – be sure to stop in at the Gibbes and see what the buzz is about!

December 16, 2006


You look marvelous!
Children will try on a selection of glamorous hats and learn about the various head positions common to portraits.
On-going 10:00 to 2:00 pm.

Gibbes museum teacher and storyteller Mary Droge will entertain with tales for the whole family!
10:30, 12:00

New Music Collective
Interactive performance investigates experimental and contemporary music

Make Your Own Hat
Visit the Crowns exhibition then create your own fantastic hat in our hands-on workshop!
10:30 to 2pm

Relatives Remembered
Create a collage in this hands-on workshop that remembers your grandparents, or favorite relatives. Bring copies of your favorite old pictures, quotes, handkerchiefs, or other materials to participate.
11am to 2pm

Reading Station
Check out great books that highlight ideas from Gibbes exhibitions!
12:00 to 2 pm

Babar’s Museum of Art
If you haven’t stopped in to see the original watercolors by Laurent de Brunhoff from the beloved children’s classic book, make sure to take advantage of SunTrust Community Day.The exhibition leaves the Gibbes on December 31 – don’t miss it!

Crowns: Portraits of Black Women in Church Hats
Each picture tells a poignant story in the exhibition Crowns: Portraits of Black Women in Church Hats, on view through January 14. The exhibition features 30 photographs by Michael Cunningham, five hats and one purse, all of which illustrate the inspiring stories of regal women and the crowns that they wear. The arresting visuals in the exhibition are enhanced by commentary by Craig Marberry that explores the African-American tradition of wearing marvelous hats to worship.

Now! The Gibbes Museum of Art presents a snapshot of current art trends this fall in Now!, on view through January 14. Now! showcases five young contemporary artists whose work, while maintaining a connection to the South, presents an alternative to traditional Lowcountry art. The widely anticipated first exhibition curated by Executive Director Todd Smith, Now! reaffirms the Gibbes’ commitment to advancing the visual arts in Charleston through the introduction of contemporary art from the South and beyond.

The New Music Collective (NMC) is a hybrid of an arts organization devoted to the composition, production, and promotion of new music. NMC hopes to educate the public about new music through concerts, performances, workshops and collaborations with artists of every medium. They are part performing ensemble, part composers collective, part concert presenter, and part arts event coordinator. The NMC is comprised mainly of 3 local musicians and composers, in addition to a "collective" of performers that help supplement the ensemble as needed for each concert. They focus on music and art that is new and has been recently composed, but also pay homage to those who started the sounds that made it necessary to create a genre called “new music” in the first place.

Established as the Carolina Art Association in 1858, the Gibbes Museum of Art opened its doors to the public in 1905 in historic Charleston, S.C. The Gibbes houses one of the foremost collections of American Art from the 18th century to the present. The Gibbes is currently undergoing major renovations and will reopen in the spring of 2016. The renovated museum will properly showcase its extensive collections and will feature an admission-free ground floor, providing a place to watch artists at work in studios and stroll through a world-class garden.

135 Meeting Street | Charleston, SC | 29401