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Families Can Celebrate the Holidays and Enjoy the Gibbes for Free Community Day

Saturday, December 10 from 10am – 1pm

(November 22, 2011 - Charleston, South Carolina) - – The Gibbes Museum of Art announces a holiday-themed Community Day on Saturday, December 10 with complimentary admission and holiday art-making activities for children from 10:00am – 1:00pm. Community Days, sponsored by Roper St. Francis Healthcare, are held quarterly to offer visitors the opportunity to experience the Gibbes’ dynamic programming free of charge. A special musical performance by acoustic guitarist Dr. Johnny Weeks will take place between 10am and 12noon. Free cider will be sampled in the Gibbes Courtyard throughout the morning.

Visitors can enjoy the exhibitions Breaking Down Barriers: 300 Years of Women in Art in the Main Gallery and Camera Works: Masters in Photography in the Rotunda Galleries. Beginning with Henrietta Johnston—the first female professional artist in America—and continuing to the present, Breaking Down Barriers: 300 Years of Women in Art examines the challenges faced by women artists over the past 300 years. Camera Works: Masters in Photography features twentieth-century masters of photography selected from the Gibbes permanent collection and local private collections including works by Alfred Stieglitz, Margaret Bourke-White, Alfred Eisenstaedt, and many more. Both exhibitions are on view through January 8, 2012.

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