Monday, February 11, 2013

The Gibbes and James Karales

With the observation of  MLK day just passed and President's Day on the horizon, I had to stop by the Gibbes Museum of Art in downtown Charleston with my boys to check out the James Karales photography exhibit. This third grade year has been heaped with history for my boys and they have studied Thomas Jefferson, SC's own Andrew Jackson, as well as Martin Luther King. As a result, as we toured the museum, this is the exhibit that awed my boys and really got some interesting conversation going.

A native of Ohio, James Karales chronicled the Civil Rights Era as a photojournalist and the New York Times described his work as "a pictorial anthem of the civil rights movement." These images can't fail in stirring a lasting impact on your child.

There's so much more to see here at the Gibbes, starting with the first floor exhibits of portraits of local historical families. See the rotunda dome pictured above? You should see it from the inside!

An annual membership includes ongoing classes (with some additional fees) for children such as this one: Coming this February 23rd at 10:00 am, the Gibbes offers an art class for children ages 4-9 for members only through the "art with a twist" program (children $3, adults free). Refreshments are included.
I am also excited about the summer programs offered. Check them out here       

Gibbes Museum of Art
135 Meeting Street
Charleston, SC 29401
(843)-722-2706 x22

for more information on membership and programs, please visit

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