For Immediate Release

Contact: Amy Mercer
Marketing and Communications Manager
843-722-2706 ext. 38


Fresh Look and New Merchandise Highlighted at the Gibbes Museum Store

Remodeled Store Showcases Creative Finds

(November 11, 2009 - Charleston, South Carolina) – The Gibbes Museum of Art recently remodeled its 1,000 sq. ft. Museum Store. The Store, open free to the public during museum hours (Tuesday – Saturday from 10am – 5pm and Sunday from 1pm – 5pm), has been refurbished and re-merchandised in time for the holiday season. The merchandise mix now includes home décor, art-related gift items and books, unique jewelry, wool throws and reading glasses, as well as stunning evening handbags and more.

Artistic Items
The Gibbes Museum Store is now featuring for purchase limited edition hand-colored etchings by renowned abstract artist Brian Rutenberg. Rutenberg’s colorful paintings are currently featured in the exhibition Brian Rutenberg: Tidesong currently on view in the museum’s Main Gallery. The etchings are available for purchase in two sizes (6 x 9 in. and 17 x 23 in.) and are offered framed or unframed.

The Gibbes Museum Store and Coleman Fine Art are exclusively offering holiday cards featuring the watercolor "Paper Angel" by Mary Whyte. The holiday cards sell for $10 for ten cards with all proceeds benefiting art education programs at the Gibbes Museum of Art.

Artistic finds at the Gibbes Museum Store also include silk scarves with images of famous impressionist paintings created by Degas, Monet, Picasso and Van Gogh. The scarves, by MC Oasis, retail for $69.95.

Established as the Carolina Art Association in 1858, the Gibbes Museum of Art opened its doors to the public in 1905. 

Located in Charleston’s historic district, the Gibbes houses a premier collection of over 10,000 works of fine art, principally American works with a Charleston or Southern connection and presents special exhibitions annually. In addition, the museum offers an extensive complement of public programming and educational outreach initiatives.

As the aesthetic heart of the Lowcountry, the Gibbes serves the community by stimulating creative expression, increasing economic vitality through tourism, and improving the region’s superb quality of life.

135 Meeting Street * Charleston, SC * 29401