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The Carolina Art Association is dedicated to the cultivation of arts and art education in the greater Charleston metropolitan area.
The association adheres to this purpose through the Gibbes Museum of Art. Through acquisition, conservation and interpretation of fine art emphasizing American art with a Charleston perspective, the Association enriches the lives of residents, regional communities and visitors.
To encourage an appreciation for art and the creative process with its
audiences, the Association engages in the research and display of the collection
and offers loan exhibitions, publications, public programs including studio art
instruction and community outreach services. Through these varied activities,
the Association conveys to its members and to a diverse public the human
experiences of this region in order that future generations may reflect and
build upon past artistic accomplishments. (Adopted 10/28/96)
Visitors to the Gibbes Museum of Art come face to face with Charleston's history.
The Gibbe features one of the finest historic portrait collections and miniature portrait collections in the United States.
The Museum houses a collection of more than 7,000 pieces that includes views of Charleston, portraits of notable South Carolinians, paintings, prints and drawings from the 18th-century to the present.
Permanent exhibits include a look at
Children love the Museum's collection of 10 miniature rooms that are exquisite reproductions of rooms from existing homes along the eastern seaboard.
The Museum also features special traveling exhibitions examining the works of artists with regional, national and international distinction.
The Museum Shop offers a creative children's corner, an outstanding selection of fine art prints, posters, cards, jewelry, books, and reproductions from the Gibbes' collection.
Charleston's Holiday Tour of Homes in Its Eighth Year this December
Eight of Charleston's most elegant downtown houses will be part of the Eighth Annual Tour of Homes on Saturday, December 9, 2000, from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. This event is sponsored by the Women. s Council of the Carolina Art Association, which is the primary support organization for the Gibbes Museum of Art.
The tour features special holiday decorations and docent-led tours of the interiors and gardens of historic homes. It will begin with a reception at the Gibbes Museum of Art, 135 Meeting Street in historic Charleston. Russian tea and holiday cookies will be served.
"The Holiday Tour of Homes is a wonderful way to get in the Christmas spirit, especially if you are interested in historic homes or decorating," stated Melaina Pate, chairman of the event. "No town celebrates more tastefully for the holidays than Charleston."
The Women. s Council has 275 active, associate and sustaining members who perform volunteer services and head special museum projects. The house tour raises funds for the museum. s education and studio art programs, special exhibitions, public programs and general operating costs.
"The Women. s Council is an extraordinary group of creative and dedicated volunteers," said Paul Figueroa, Director of the Gibbes. "Without its help, the museum could not offer the community the same quality or quantity of events and programs.
Tickets for the tour are $25 each; A limited number will be sold beginning November 1, but interested parties may make reservations as soon as August 1. For more information or reservations, please call Louise Thompson at the Gibbes Museum of Art, 843/722-2706, extension 24.
Accessibility: The Gibbes Museum of Art is wheelchair accessible. Large print exhibitions labels and assistive listening devices are available. For more information, contact Amy Watson Smith at (843) 722-2706, Ext. 23.
Paul Figueroa, Director
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