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An Afternoon with a Charleston Printmaker

Inspired by the exhibition Lasting Impressions: Japanese Prints from the Read-Simms Collection, join Society 1858 and the beloved artist Lese Corrigan as she explores the artistic process behind traditional woodblock printing with a Charleston twist! During this exclusive educational experience, attendees will observe traditional tools, materials, and processes in action while sipping on chilled saki. Following the demo, ticket holders are invited to join us on a private docent-led tour of the Lasting Impressions exhibition to learn more about the history of Japanese woodblock printing and revel in their newfound appreciation of the materials and care that went into creating the works from the Read-Simms Collection.

About the Artist:

Charleston native Lese Corrigan loves all forms of art that explore historic methods. She is primarily an oil painter but works in a variety of media including lino and woodcuts, photography and clay and marble sculpture. Corrigan's paintings are in collections in the United States, France, Great Britain and Japan. She was the Gibbes Museum Poets' and Painters’ program artist in residence for 2005 and the recipient of the Griffith-Reyburn Lowcountry Artist Award for her series of woodcuts depicting Charleston single houses. She presented at Charleston's Pecha Kucha 27 and studied marble carving in Greece in 2017 expanding her horizons immeasurably. She has run Corrigan Gallery for 16 years and has served on the boards of the former Lowcountry Heritage Society, Print Studio South and Redux. She was the president for 2009 of the CFADA - Charleston Fine Art Dealers' Association and remains active in the promotion of Charleston as the fine arts' destination it has been for centuries. She currently serves on the Mayor of Charleston's Commission for the Arts.

About Society 1858

A group of dynamic young professionals who support the Gibbes Museum of Art with social and educational programs tailored for up-and-coming art patrons, Society 1858 takes its name from the year that the Carolina Art Association was established. Although the Gibbes Museum of Art opened its doors in 1905, the museum's art collection began in 1858. Members gather several times a year to explore exclusive private art collections, experience new local exhibitions, and host the annual Society 1858 Winter Party.

Members of Society 1858 must be 21 years of age and must also join one of the above Museum Members or Museum Fellows levels. This event is open to the public.

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