Staff reports | The Gibbes Museum of Art will offer a special exhibition of works by 18th century artist and naturalist Mark Catesby titled Artist, Scientist, Explorer: Mark Catesby in the Carolinas. The show, which runs from May 12 to Sept. 27, will feature 44 watercolor paintings by the English artist, scientist and explorer from the British Royal Collection thanks to the generosity of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, according to a news release.
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Bill Hawker, a photojournalist from Sydney, Australia, toured the area last week and offers these snapshots of what he saw in the Charleston area. Hawker, who has just completed a semester of study at the University of Texas to wrap up a master’s degree in communication, says he’ll send more photos from summer visits to Europe.
Staff reports | If there ever were a week for the arts in Charleston, it’s this week, which marks the May 28 reopening of the Gibbes Museum of Art after a two-year renovation and the start of the annual 17-day festival season featuring Spoleto Festival USA and the 2016 Piccolo Spoleto Festival.
Four new shows opening May 28 (of course they’re new … the museum has been closed for two years!) include:
* The Things We Carry: Contemporary Art in the South (Gallery 8), which features paintings, sculpture, photos and mixed media by a diverse group of artists who address the South’s troubled history, including responses to the 2015 Emanuel AME Church tragedy.
* Beyond Catfish Row: The Art of Porgy and Bess (Gallery 9) celebrates the George Gershwin opera as interpreted by visual artists. …
Calendar for the week of May 16 and beyond: Lunch in Hampton Park with the Charleston Parks Conservancy; Bulls Bay Nature Festival; Cycling speech; Gibbes Museum to reopen; more.
Staff reports | The South isn’t as mired in poverty as it once was, according to a new report, and South Carolina is no exception. But in many places in the Palmetto State, things still aren’t that great.
Before President Lyndon Johnson launched his War on Poverty campaign, the South was home to 49 percent of the nation’s poor, according to Pew Research. Today, the region is home to 41 percent of the nation’s poor. But what’s striking is how poverty overall is far different throughout the South.
In the full June 29, 2015, issue:
PHOTO: McLeod Oak
FOCUS: Art helps the community heal
DONATE: How to give to promote healing
BRACK: Confluence of factors led to momentum on flag
IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Charleston RiverDogs
GOOD NEWS: Planning underway for Lowcountry Blue Trail
FEEDBACK: Furl the flag
CALENDAR: Park meeting, flag film, July 4 fun
REVIEW: The Painter
S.C. ENCYCLOPEDIA: Gov. David Beasley
Staff reports | The Gibbes Museum last week highlighted a way to use art to promote community healing following the tragic June 18 church shooting that left nine dead.
“Throughout history, people have looked to the arts for inspiration and healing during times of deep sadness,” an email said. “Members of the local art community are responding to the tragedy through their creativity, and the staff and board members of the Gibbes Museum have been profoundly touched by theses meaningful photographs, videos, drawings and illustrations that have been shared with us.
More than 150,000 ladybugs will fly free July 25 at Magnolia Plantation and Gardens during the Lowcountry’s largest release of the environmentally-friendly insect.