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Families Can Celebrate Artistic Expression and Enjoy the Gibbes for Free

Community Day Scheduled for Saturday, February 25, 10am – 1pm

(February 15, 2012 - Charleston, South Carolina) – The Gibbes Museum of Art announces an “Artistic Expression” themed Community Day on Saturday, February 25 with complimentary admission and free activities from 10:00am – 1:00pm. Families can enjoy the exhibitions on view, hands-on art activities, and face painting throughout the morning. Special performances include the Charleston Symphony Orchestra Woodwind Quintet’s presentation of Musical Olympics in the Rotunda from 11:00 - 11:30am and a performance by the Charleston Argentine Tango Society outside on the front steps of the museum from 12:00 - 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.
Visitors can enjoy the special exhibitions The Art of Alfred Hutty: Woodstock to Charleston in the Main Gallery and Jill Hooper: Contemporary Realist in the Rotunda Galleries, as well as the ongoing exhibition The Charleston Story on view throughout the museum. Both special exhibitions are on display through April 22, 2012.

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