When the Gibbes Museum opened in 1905, the nation celebrated what Charleston has always understood: the power of art – to inspire our imagination, heal our hurt, and nourish our souls.

Giving Thanks at the Gibbes

As 2019 draws to a close, Gibbes staff took a moment to pause and reflect on all that’s happened this year, and what we are grateful for. Below are just a few things that the staff are thankful for here at the Gibbes, with our wishes for a wonderful and relaxing Thanksgiving!

1. I am always amazed and so grateful for the tireless efforts of our staff, volunteers, Board and donors. Because of these different groups, and their generous gifts of energy, inspiration, time and financial support, the Gibbes continues to thrive. –Courtney

2. I am thankful to have had the opportunity to attend the Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion training sponsored by the Donnelly Foundation. I’m also thankful it is a conversation the Gibbes is invested in prioritizing! -Chase

3. I’m also thankful to the Nathaniel Russell House and Lauren Northup for the sneak peek of their kitchen house project. -Chase

4. I’m thankful for Wendi Ammons for always being so helpful and patient with all of my Altru questions. -Chase

5. I’m thankful for the 10 years we’ve spent celebrating Gibbes on the Street and for all of the continued support from the talented Chefs, extraordinary committee and sponsors, and hardworking vendors. -Jena

2019 Street Party; Photo: MCG Photography

6. Gathering ideas from our beautiful Gibbes weddings for my own upcoming wedding! -Katie

7. Our amazing hardworking team who all support one another. -Katie

8. The Daily for providing me with my daily coffee! -Katie

The Daily at the Gibbes; Photo: Lindsey Shorter

9. The vendors who work hard to make each rental event flawless. -Katie

10. Our Special Events Instagram account, which has helped to grow our exposure, and allows us to interact with our past, present, and future clients and vendors. -Katie

11. I am so thankful that I get to interact with our guests every day. -Trish

12. I am also thankful for The Daily when I forget my lunch! -Trish

13. Our loyal and generous donors who allow us to provide innovative exhibitions and programming. -Jen

14. One of the most hard-working staffs, a true family! -Jen

15. A beautiful building and garden to enjoy every day. -Jen

The Lenhardt Garden; Photo: Steve Steinhardt

16. Amazing Visiting Artists who showcase their creativity and provide unique products in the Gibbes store. -Jen

17. Opportunities to attend programs and events with fun guests! -Jen

18. The pink wall for photo opportunities. -Jen

Veronica Lola Photography

19. My incredibly talented and dedicated staff! -Angela

20. A community that supports and engages with the arts. -Lasley

21. A team of colleagues who represent the best of the best. -Lasley

22. Board of Directors members and auxiliary group  members who volunteer their time, expertise and resources to help the Gibbes achieve its goals. -Lasley

23. The Daily’s chocolate chip and sea salt cookies. -Sara

24. For the artists, past and present, who provide inspiration through their tireless creativity. -Sara

MCG Photography

25. Community partnerships that have allowed us to create meaningful programming, like our poetry project with Marcus Amaker over the summer. -Becca

A student from James Island Charter High School poses with his poem installed in Black Refractions; Photo: MCG Photography

26. Surviving our biggest year of summer camp yet! -Becca

Summer campers at the Gibbes. Photo: MCG Photography

27. Expanding our roster of studio teachers and classes including soap making, calligraphy, and weaving. -Becca

28. Watching the shop unpack a box of new merchandise. Can’t wait to see what new treasures there are. -Becca

29. More student exhibitions at the Gibbes for in-school programs, including Art to Go and It Starts With a Dot. -Becca

30. Great co-works that have become real friends. -Becca

31. Thankful for beautiful publications! Extra grateful for winning 3 design awards from the Southeastern Museums Conference Publications Competition for our 2018 Annual Report, Private Events Brochure, and the campaign for Black Refractions: Highlights from the Studio Museum in Harlem. -Erin Banks

32. Thankful for design “firsts” and museum swag, including lamp post banners on Meeting Street, our first bus wrap on a CARTA bus, the Rauschenberg catalogue, and original shirts, mugs, and lapel pins for the Gibbes Museum Store. -Erin Banks

33. Thankful for our soon-to-be-released children’s book, G is for Gibbes: A Museum ABC Book! Written by Gibbes board member Cathy Jenrette and illustrated by creative director Erin Banks, G is for Gibbes (available in the Museum Store on December 7) introduces readers to the joy of visiting an art museum through the eyes of the Gibbes Gator. (Come for a special reading with the author at the Gibbes Museum Store on December 7 at 2pm.) -Erin Banks

34. Having the opportunity to attend the Southeastern Museums Conference here in Charleston in October! I feel so grateful to have had the chance to meet, network, and learn from such a creative and dedicated group of 800+ (the largest conference in SEMC’s history, by the way!) museum professionals. -Amanda

An evening at the Aiken-Rhett House was one of many highlights of the SEMC conference.

35. I’m so thankful for the privilege of curating my first ever solo exhibition here at the Gibbes, Luminous Landscapes: The Golden Age of British Watercolors. This exhibition was based on my research for my masters degree, and it was a wonderful experience to showcase these beautiful works in the Museum’s collection and share them with our visitors. -Amanda

36. For the best group of coworkers anyone could ask for! -Amanda

37. I am thankful for all the support of our Charleston cultural institutions and our amazing Gibbes staff that made it possible to pull off  SEMC2019 and welcome over 800 museum professionals from across the southeast to our city. -Zinnia

38. I am thankful to have had the experience of working with my peers at the Studio Museum and the American Federation of the Arts on the Black Refractions exhibition. -Zinnia

Top image: The Gibbes Museum; Photo: Newport Photography

Published November 22, 2019

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