For Immediate Release

Media Contacts: Melanie Mathos / Hannah Nuccio
Lou Hammond & Associates /
(843) 371-1363 / (843) 410-5306


Explore Folk Art and Enjoy the Gibbes for Free Saturday, September 17 from 10am – 1pm at Community Day

Sponsored by Roper St. Francis Healthcare

(August 24, 2011 - Charleston, South Carolina) - The Gibbes Museum of Art is pleased to announce that Roper St. Francis Healthcare will be sponsoring Community Days at the Gibbes beginning this fall. Community Days are held quarterly to offer visitors the opportunity to experience the Gibbes’ dynamic programming free of charge.

A folk art-inspired Community Day will be held on Saturday, September 17 with complimentary admission and art-making activities from 10:00am – 1:00pm. A special musical performance by The 3 Dudes, a talented band of pre-teen brothers, will begin at 11:00am. Visitors can enjoy the folk art exhibition The Creative Spirit: Vernacular Art from the Gadsden Arts Center Permanent Collection in the Main Gallery as well as the exhibition In Search of Julien Hudson: Free Artist of Color in Pre–Civil War New Orleans in the Rotunda Galleries.

“We are excited that Roper Saint Francis Healthcare will be underwriting the costs of admission to our quarterly Community Days. Roper is committed to the concept of ‘the art of healing,’ the understanding that the arts can play a role in recovery from illness and that the arts contribute to us all living a healthy and vital life. We encourage visitors of all ages to come to the upcoming Roper St. Francis Community Day at the museum” noted Gibbes Executive Director Angela Mack.

The Creative Spirit: Vernacular Art from the Gadsden Arts Center Permanent Collection
Organized by the Gadsden Arts Center in Quincy, Florida, The Creative Spirit: Vernacular Art from the Gadsden Arts Center Permanent Collection is on view in the Main Gallery though October 16. The exhibition features paintings, drawings, and sculpture by the foremost self-taught artists of the American South. Centered around works of art by the most acclaimed southern vernacular artist, Thornton Dial Sr., the exhibition also includes other well known self-taught artists such as Lonnie Holley, Joe Light, Jimmy Lee Sudduth, Mose Tolliver, and Purvis Young.

Roper St. Francis Healthcare
Roper St. Francis Healthcare is the South Carolina Lowcountry’s only private, not-for-profit health care system. The 657-bed system consists of 90 facilities and services in seven counties. Member hospitals include Roper Hospital, Bon Secours St. Francis Hospital, Mount Pleasant Hospital and Roper Rehabilitation Hospital. Plans to build a hospital in Berkeley County are in progress. Roper St. Francis Physician Partners is a comprehensive network of more than 180 physicians that covers a complete range of primary care and 20 subspecialties.

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