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New Programming Begins this Fall at the Gibbes

Art with a Twist

(October 22, 2012 - Charleston, South Carolina) – On Wednesday, November 14th at 6:00 pm, the Gibbes Museum of Art will host a lecture, An Artistic Pairing: Art and Wine, given by Michael Cohen, owner of Goat Sheep Cow and College of Charleston Adjunct Professor. A wine and cheese tasting will follow the lecture and guests will have an opportunity to bid on a bottle of Dom Ruinart Champagne. $20 Museum Members, $30 Non-Members

The lecture is the first in a series of new programs and events, Art with a Twist, launched by the Gibbes Museum. The series will feature a wide variety of exciting opportunities such as cocktail socials, trips to out-of-town museums and lunch time lectures.

Michael Cohen brings a fascinating mix of life-time experiences to the topic of art and wine. He is a former orthopedic surgeon who became interested in wine and several years ago opened Goat Sheep Cow, a specialty wine and cheese shop on Church Street in downtown Charleston. Cohen also teaches at the College of Charleston in the Business School and lectures on topics related to wine essentials for hospitality and tourism.

Cohen’s lecture at the Gibbes will look at artistic images of wine consumption from early civilizations to the modern day. He will consider the art of creating wine labels. Many top-notch vineyards have commissioned famous painters, such as Pablo Picasso and Janet Fish (the American realist painter), to create their labels. Cohen will show how wines and wine making have permeated many aspects of American pop culture. Wine has been featured in award-winning films including Alfred Hitchcock’s 1946 thriller, Notorious, the outrageous comedy, Sideways (2004), A Good Year (2006) in which Michael Crowe attempts to balance machismo with winemaking, and Bottle Shock (2009) which was a sort of coming out party for American wine in its direct competition with French wine. Cohen also explores the growing trend of celebrity wine makers – actors, musicians, and athletes. Drew Barrymore is perhaps the latest celebrity to launch a wine producing enterprise, located in the Italian Alps. The Rock group “Train”—famous for their song “Drops of Jupiter” has released a Petit Syrah named after their hit song. And hockey legend Wayne Gretzky produces Rieslings, Chardonnays and Merlots in the region around Ontario, Canada.

The dynamics between wine and the world of art are fascinating and are expanding all the time. It is with great joie de vivre that Michael Cohen will explore these intriguing topics at the Gibbes Museum of Art.

Art with a Twist Calendar of Events:
Lecture & Wine Tasting

An Artistic Pairing: Art and Wine with Mike Cohen, owner of Goat Sheep Cow
Wednesday, November 14 at 6pm at the Gibbes
$20 Members, $30 Non-Members (wine and cheese tasting to follow)

Lower King Street Antique Walk
A Stroll in Search of the Perfect Treasure led by interior designer Kathleen Rivers and fine and decorative art appraisers Elizabeth Ryan and George Read. Participants will gather at the Gibbes.
Wednesday, December 5 at 6pm
$20 Members, $30 Non-Members (wine and cheese along the way)

Lunchtime Lecture
Impressionism and Charleston with Angela Mack, Gibbes Executive Director
& Chief Curator
Monday, January 28 at 12pm at the Gibbes
$20 Members, $30 Non-Members (price includes box lunch)

Gibbes on the Go
Field trip to the Columbia Museum of Art for a special curator-led tour of Impressionism from Monet to Matisse followed by lunch at the Palmetto Club
Tuesday, February 12 at 11:30am
$45 Members, $55 Non-Members (transportation on your own)

Gibbes Kids
Art making with museum teacher Martha Criscuolo for ages 4 – 9
Saturday February 23 at 10am
Members only: Children $3, Adults Free (refreshments included)

Evening Lecture & Music
Warm Nights Cool Jazz: Charleston and Its Jazz with College of Charleston Associate Professor Karen Chandler and members of the Charleston Jazz Initiative
Thursday, April 11 at 6pm at the Gibbes
$20 Members, $30 Non-Members (reception to follow)

Lunchtime Lecture
Eclectic Interiors: A Mix of Antique and Contemporary Furnishings with Susan Sully based on her new book Houses with Charm: Simple Southern Style
Book signing immediately following the lecture
Monday, May 20 at 12pm
$20 Members, $30 Non-Members (price includes box lunch)

For details and to purchase tickets please visit or call 843.722.2706 ext. 21.

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