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Brookgreen Gardens Hosts Black History Month Program

 “Mirrored Images:  Race Relations Today and Yesterday” is the theme of the  Black History Month observance at Brookgreen Gardens on Saturday, February 25.  It will include reflections by the authors of the book, “We Are Charleston:  Tragedy and Triumph at Mother Emanuel” and a performance of freedom songs, spirituals, and work songs, at 1 p.m. in the Wall Lowcountry Center Auditorium.  The program is free with garden admission; however, seating must be reserved at 843-235-6049.

(Left to right) Bernard Powers, Ph.D., Marjory Wentworth, Herb Frazier

Charleston authors Herb Frazier, Bernard Powers, and Marjory Wentworth will discuss mirrored images as reflected in their writings.  Singer Rozlyn Sorrel of Charlotte, NC will perform a mini-concert during the 90-minute event.

Frazier is the public relations and marketing manager for Magnolia Plantation and Gardens near Charleston, S.C. He grew up in the Ansonborough public housing projects in Charleston and at the U.S. Naval Base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. He has edited and reported for five daily newspapers in the South, including his hometown paper, The Post and Courier.  Powers is professor of history at the College of Charleston teaching courses in American, African American and African diasporic history. His major work, “Black Charlestonians: A Social History 1822-1885,” was designated an Outstanding Academic Book by “Choice Magazine.”  Wentworth, SC Poet Laureate, is a Pushcart Prize-nominated poet who has worked extensively in human rights for organizations such as the UN High Commission for Refugees in Geneva, Switzerland; The Whole World Institute of Boston; and Church World Service in New York. She is the co-author of “Taking a Stand.”
Brookgreen Gardens, a National Historic Landmark and non-profit organization, is located on U.S. 17 between Murrells Inlet and Pawleys Island, South Carolina, and open to the public daily.

For more information, visit our web site at www.brookgreen.org or call 843-235-6000.

 

Brookgreen Gardens Opens New Indoor Gallery

The new Naomi and Stanley Bleifeld Gallery recently opened to the public at Brookgreen Gardens. Located adjacent to the Mary Alice and Bennett Brown Sculpture Court, the gallery is open daily and showcases the work of historic and contemporary sculptors whose subjects are taken from the natural world.  Most prominent in the gallery are works of art by Stanley Bleifeld. Other artist works include Anna Hyatt Huntington, Sandy Scott, Walter Matia, Dan Ostermiller, Grainger McCoy, and numerous other important sculptors, past and present.

“The addition of the Bleifeld Gallery elevates Brookgreen’s status in the museum world and provides another indoor exhibit area to display some of our smaller and important pieces of art from our world class sculpture collection,” said Bob Jewell, President & CEO.  “Similar to the Offner Center, that opened several years ago, the Bleifeld Gallery was repurposed from an existing building that now has new life.”

The artwork of Stanley Bleifeld, given to Brookgreen Gardens by his widow, Naomi (“Nicky”), will be installed in the gallery by the end of January 2017.  Nicky Bleifeld also gave the lead gift to construct the gallery in his memory.  Although Stanley Bleifeld was renowned for his sculptures depicting the human figure, he was also known for his sculptures in the round and bas-reliefs depicting landscapes and ocean waves.  Brookgreen’s  Marine Relief on the exterior wall of the Jennewein Gallery is a prime example of Stanley’s genius in this subject matter.

Brookgreen Gardens, a National Historic Landmark and non-profit organization, is located on U.S. 17 between Murrells Inlet and Pawleys Island, South Carolina, and open to the public daily. For more information, visit our web site at www.brookgreen.org or call 843-235-6000.

Historian Joseph Opala Presents Gullah Heritage Program

Historian and anthropologist Joseph Opala will kick-off the 2017 “The Reign of Rice Lecture Series” at Brookgreen Gardens.  The theme for the three-monthly programs, which provide information about the complexity of Gullah Geechee heritage through the production of rice, is “Shared Cultural Elements of Rice Heritage.”  In recognition of Native American shared cultural vestiges, Opala will present “The Black Seminoles:  Gullah Freedom Fighters and the African Frontier in North America” at 1:00 p.m. in the Welcome Center Conference Room on January 21.  The program is free with garden admission.  Seating must be reserved at 843-235-6049.

Opala, of Harrisonburg, VA, is known for his research on the “Gullah Connection.” He has spent 40 years using historical discoveries to bring Sierra Leoneans, Gullahs, and Black Seminoles together in a series of homecomings along the entire migration route, from West Africa to Mexico.  His talk will relay how some Gullahs used their rice farming skills to win their freedom.

 

Other events about Gullah heritage include an educational exhibit and two Wednesday programs.

 

“Shine On, Gullah.  Shine On.”, an exhibit of Story Quilts, Fabric Collages, and Prints by Fabric Chronicler Dorothy Montgomery of Charleston, will be displayed at Learning Lab I of the Wall Lowcountry Center from 12-4:30 p.m. daily from January 9 through March 12.  Her art reflects Gullah history and culture and her Gullah experiences, including language and traditions.  Each quilt uses a variety of mediums including fabric and acrylic paints, ink, crayons, embroidery floss, dye sticks, and appliqués.

 

The Wednesday “Gullah Geechee Program Series” will feature two guest presenters. On January 18, Montgomery will present a lecture about her exhibit. On January 25, Gillian Richards-Greaves, Ph.D., will present “Connections with Gullah Geechee and Caribbean/West African Cultures,” identifying Africanisms/African retentions in both.  Richards-Greaves is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology and Geography and the Assistant Director for the Charles Joyner Institute for Gullah and African Diaspora Studies at Coastal Carolina University.  Each program will be at 1:00 p.m., in the Wall Lowcountry Center Auditorium and is free with garden admission. Seating must be reserved at 843-235-6049.

 

Brookgreen Gardens, a National Historic Landmark and non-profit organization, is located on U.S. 17 between Myrtle Beach and Pawleys Island, South Carolina, and is open to the public daily. For more information, consult our web site at www.brookgreen.org or call 843-235-6000.

Brookgreen Gardens Hosts National Sculpture Society Annual Awards Exhibition

After the Bath by Ben Hammond

After the Bath by Ben Hammond

The ever popular National Sculpture Society Annual Awards Exhibition will be on display in an exclusive showing at Brookgreen Gardens from August 6 through October 20, 2016.  The collection of sculptures features the work of 45 talented sculptors from across the United States. The exhibition is included in garden admission and the public is invited to vote for their favorite sculpture for the People’s Choice Award.

Unbroken by Mark Edward Adams

Unbroken by Mark Edward Adams

 

The human figure dominates as the subject of the works, as does bronze as a medium of choice.  Included in the selections are carved works in stone by Bela Bacsi, Marciano Amaral, Carter Jones, Steve Flom, and Dominique St. Cyr, and in wood by Peregrine O’Gormley.  Sculptures in terra cotta, fired clay, and ceramic are by Mary Buckman, John Belardo, Pamela Mummy, Garrett Masterson, and Suzanne Storer. Whimsical works are alongside pieces depicting mythological themes, allegorical subjects, and moments of everyday life.  Portraiture is another popular subject, represented by 11 works.

The Messenger by Jeffrey Briggs

The Messenger by Jeffrey Briggs

 

The Jury of Awards will meet at Brookgreen Gardens in September to determine the winners of the 14 awards given by the Society.  Serving on the Jury of Awards are Simon Kogan, FNSS; Roger Martin, NSS; and Burton Moore, Director of the Audubon Gallery inCharleston, SC.

 

There will be a closing celebration and reception for the 83rd Annual Exhibition onOctober 29 for Brookgreen members and the sculptors in the exhibition.  The National Sculpture Society Awards will be presented at that time.  Also, the Brookgreen Gardens’ People’s Choice Award winner will be announced along with the winner of an award given byFine Arts Connoisseur magazine.

 

National Sculpture Society was founded in New York City in 1893 by a group ofAmerica’s most prominent sculptors.  Its members have created much of this country’s public sculpture, coins, and medals since the late 1800s.  It is the oldest organization of professional sculptors in the United States, and has been hosting exhibitions for over a century.

 

Brookgreen Gardens, a National Historic Landmark and non-profit organization, is located on U.S. 17 between Murrells Inlet and Pawleys Island, South Carolina, and is open to the public daily. For more information, visit our web site at www.brookgreen.org or call 843-235-6000.

Brookgreen Gardens Presents Final Week of “Cool Summer Evenings”

Enjoy Brookgreen Gardens in the cool of the evening for the final week  this summer when gardens stay open late on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays.

 

On Wednesday and Friday evenings, music fills the air with outdoor concerts, evening boat rides, and on Thursday evenings there are special programs just for kids. Food service is available all three evenings. Entertainment and programs are included in garden admission which is good for seven days! (boat rides are an additional fee – adults $8, Children $4.) Here is the entertainment schedule for the week of August 3-5.

 

Wednesday, August 3 at 7 pm – TruSol – hear the music of a Myrtle Beach based favorite Pop/Rock band.

 

Thursday, August – Start Family Night with a “A Pirate’s Journey Along the Creeks” aboard The Springfield. The pontoon boat rides are at 5, 6, and 7 pm. At the end of the trip, you’ll find the treasure chest and kids pick a keepsake coin from the chest to take home. Each child also gets a pirate hat and a treasure map that is theirs to keep. Arrrgh… don’t be a landlubber and miss the boat! (Regular boat ride tickets required) The Children’s Discovery Room is open until 7 pm and has 30,000 LEGO® bricks available for kids to play with during their visit. There will be a LEGO movie showing at 6:30 pm in the Lowcountry Center Auditorium and Nature Connects Art with LEGO Bricks® will be open until 8 pm in the Zoo!

 

Friday, August 5 – The Ross Holmes Band – performs big band standard, beach music and more!

 

Guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets to Wednesday and Friday performances. The Lowcountry Trail, the Zoo with the new exhibit “Nature Connects Art with LEGO Bricks”, Butterfly House, and Enchanted Storybook Forest close at 8 p.m. The gardens are open until 9 p.m. Pontoon boat rides are available all three evenings at 5, 6 & 7 p.m. Pirate Boat Tour is Thursday evening only.

 

Brookgreen Gardens, a National Historic Landmark and non-profit organization, is located on U.S. 17 between Murrells Inlet and Pawleys Island, South Carolina, and is open to the public daily. For more information, visit our web site at www.brookgreen.org or call 843-235-6000.

 

Brookgreen Gardens “Cool Summer Evenings” this week

Enjoy Brookgreen Gardens in the cool of the evening when the gardens remain open late on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from through August 5.

On Wednesday and Friday evenings, music fills the air with outdoor concerts, evening boat rides, and on Thursday evenings there are special programs just for kids. Food service is available all three evenings. Entertainment and programs are included in garden admission which is good for seven days! (boat rides are an additional fee – adults $8, Children $4.)

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Wednesday, July 20 at 7 pmPrettier than Matt, Folk/Pop, this likeable duo have made a name for themselves in the Carolinas with a mixture of rock ‘n’ roll energy and acoustic accessibility that allows them to appeal to a wide audience. They’re Americana, pop, rock, and more on the newly released album “Better Left Said” which features lead single “Anymore.”

Thursday, July 21 – Start Family Night with a “A Pirate’s Journey Along the Creeks” aboard The Springfield. The pontoon boat rides are at 5, 6, and 7 pm. At the end of the trip, you’ll find the treasure chest and kids pick a keepsake coin from the chest to take home. Each child also gets a pirate hat and a treasure map that is theirs to keep. Arrrgh… don’t be a landlubber and miss the boat! (Regular boat ride tickets required) The Children’s Discovery Room is open until 7 pm and has 30,000 LEGO® bricks available for kids to play with during their visit. There will be a LEGO movie showing at 6:30 pm in the Lowcountry Center Auditorium and Nature Connects Art with LEGO Bricks® will be open until 8 pm in the Zoo!

 

Friday, July 22 at 7 pm – Enjoy the Mike Frost Band a jazz staple in the Carolinas and beyond, regularly appearing on stages from California to New York. The band’s CD releases include Riddle Me This (2011), Get Frosted! Live at the Blue Horse (2011), Frosty Christmas(2012), Live at the Red Pepper (2013), and Inside Your Eyes (2015). Originally an instrumental trio, in 2011, the band teamed with singer-saxophonist Lauren Meccia.

 

 

Guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets to Wednesday and Friday performances. The Lowcountry Trail, the Zoo with the new exhibit “Nature Connects Art with LEGO Bricks”, Butterfly House, and Enchanted Storybook Forest close at 8 p.m. The gardens are open until 9 p.m. Pontoon boat rides are available all three evenings at 5, 6 & 7 p.m. Pirate Boat Tour is Thursday evening only.

 

Brookgreen Gardens, a National Historic Landmark and non-profit organization, is located on U.S. 17 between Murrells Inlet and Pawleys Island, South Carolina, and is open to the public daily. For more information, visit our web site at www.brookgreen.org or call 843-235-6000.

Brookgreen Gardens’ Cool Summer Evening Performances July 13-15

Enjoy Brookgreen Gardens in the cool of the evening when the gardens remain open late on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from through August 5. Wednesday and Friday evenings, music fills the air with outdoor concerts, evening boat rides, and on Thursday evenings there are special programs just for kids. Food service is available all three evenings. Entertainment and programs are included in garden admission which is good for seven days! (boat rides are an additional fee – adults $8, Children $4.)

Wednesday, July 13 at 7 p.m. – High Steppin’ Country is the longest running seasonal show in Myrtle Beach, SC. The show is host to some of the best high energy dancing and singing in America. High Steppin’ Country has 14 cast members that travel and perform all over the USA.

Thursday, July 14 – Family Night  with a “A Pirate’s Journey Along the Creeks” aboard The Springfield. The pontoon boat rides are at 5, 6, and 7 pm. At the end of the trip, you’ll find the treasure chest and kids pick a keepsake coin from the chest to take home. Each child also gets a pirate hat and a treasure map that is theirs to keep. Arrrgh… don’t be a landlubber and miss the boat! (Regular boat ride tickets required) The Children’s Discovery Room is open until 7 pm and has 30,000 LEGO® bricks available for kids to play with during their visit. There will be a LEGO movie showing at 6:30 pm in the Lowcountry Center Auditorium and Nature Connects Art with LEGO Bricks® will be open until 8 pm in the Zoo!

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  Friday, July 15  – 7 p.m. – Common Ground, Bluegrass – Founded in late 2000, Common Ground bluegrass band has become an iconic part of the Lowcountry scene.  The premier bluegrass band in Charleston, their captivating sound draws an amazingly diverse fan base. Their unique blend of progressive and traditional styling is often described by aficionados as “fresh, soulful, enchanting, and a great time.”

Guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets to Wednesday and Friday performances. The Lowcountry Trail, the Zoo with the new exhibit “Nature Connects Art with LEGO Bricks”, Butterfly House, and Enchanted Storybook Forest close at 8 p.m. The gardens are open until 9 p.m. Pontoon boat rides are available all three evenings at 5, 6 & 7 p.m. Pirate Boat Tour is Thursday evening only.

Brookgreen Gardens, a National Historic Landmark and non-profit organization, is located on U.S. 17 between Murrells Inlet and Pawleys Island, South Carolina, and is open to the public daily. For more information, visit our web site at www.brookgreen.org or call 843-235-6000.

Brookgreen Gardens Cool Summer Evenings Jazz July 6 & 8

Enjoy Brookgreen Gardens in the cool of the evening when the gardens remain open late on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from through August 5. Wednesday and Friday evenings, music fills the air with outdoor concerts, evening boat rides, and on Thursday evenings there are special programs just for kids. Food service is available all three evenings. Entertainment and programs are included in garden admission which is good for seven days! (boat rides are an additional fee – adults $8, Children $4.) uni

Wednesday, July 6 at 7 p.m. – U “N” I, Jazz 

Thursday, July 7 – Family Night  with a “A Pirate’s Journey Along the Creeks” aboard The Springfield. The pontoon boat rides are at 5, 6, and 7 pm. At the end of the trip, you’ll find the treasure chest and kids pick a keepsake coin from the chest to take home. Each child also gets a pirate hat and a treasure map that is theirs to keep. Arrrgh… don’t be a landlubber and miss the boat! (Regular boat ride tickets required) The Children’s Discovery Room is open until 7 pm and has 30,000 LEGO® bricks available for kids to play with during their visit. There will be a LEGO movie showing at 6:30 pm in the Lowcountry Center Auditorium and Nature Connects Art with LEGO Bricks® will be open until 8 pm in the Zoo!

Friday, July 8 at 7 p.m. Javier Jazz Project 

Guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets to Wednesday and Friday performances. The Lowcountry Trail, the Zoo with the new exhibit “Nature Connects Art with LEGO Bricks”, Butterfly House, and Enchanted Storybook Forest close at 8 p.m. The gardens are open until 9 p.m. Pontoon boat rides are available all three evenings at 5, 6 & 7 p.m.Pirate Boat Tour is Thursday evening only.

Brookgreen Gardens, a National Historic Landmark and non-profit organization, is located on U.S. 17 between Murrells Inlet and Pawleys Island, South Carolina, and is open to the public daily. For more information, visit our web site at www.brookgreen.org or call 843-235-6000.

Brookgreen Gardens Buzzes with New Honey Bees

Brookgreen Gardens will open to the public a newly installed observational bee hive Monday, June 27. Located in the Deer Savannah in the Native Wildlife Zoo the new hive will allow visitors to the gardens watch honey bees as they work. Visitation to the hive is included in garden admission.

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The new bee hive was provided by the Bee Cause Project of Charleston, SC, through a donation raised by Coastal Montessori Charter School of Charleston, SC. The installation was coordinated through Brookgreen’s Creative Education Department to help raise awareness of the importance of honey bees as a major pollinator of not only flowers but many of our food crops.

 

“It is estimated that bees pollinate a third of everything we eat and play a vital role in sustaining the planet’s ecosystems,” said Ron Daise, Vice-President for Creative Education. “We are partnering with beekeeper, Tom Frances, to help educate make the observational bee hive interesting and informative.” Interpretive signage is planned for the new bee hive.

 

Brookgreen Gardens, a National Historic Landmark and non-profit organization, is located on U.S. 17 between Murrells Inlet and Pawleys Island, South Carolina, and is open to the public daily. For more information, visit our web site at www.brookgreen.org or call 843-235-6000.

Brookgreen Gardens Presents Cool Summer Evenings

Enjoy Brookgreen Gardens in the cool of the evening when the gardens remain open late on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from through August 5. Wednesday and Friday evenings, music fills the air with outdoor concerts, evening boat rides, and on Thursday evenings there are special programs just for kids. Food service is available all three evenings.Entertainment and programs are included in garden admission which is good for seven days! (boat rides are an additional fee – adults $8, Children $4.) Here is the entertainment schedule for the week of June 22-24.

Wednesday, June 22 at 7 p.m. – Paperwork, Pop/Rock band

Thursday, June 23– Family Night  with a “A Pirate’s Journey Along the Creeks” aboard The Springfield. The pontoon boat rides are at 5, 6, and 7 pm. At the end of the trip, you’ll find the treasure chest and kids pick a keepsake coin from the chest to take home. Each child also gets a pirate hat and a treasure map that is theirs to keep. Arrrgh… don’t be a landlubber and miss the boat! (Regular boat ride tickets required) The Children’s Discovery Room is open until 7 pm and has 30,000 LEGO® bricks available for kids to play with during their visit. There will be a LEGO movie showing at 6:30 pm in the Lowcountry Center Auditorium and Nature Connects Art with LEGO Bricks® will be open until 8 pm in the Zoo!

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Friday, June 24 at 7 p.m. – Stirling Bridge, Celtic/Rock

Guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets to Wednesday and Friday performances. The Lowcountry Trail, the Zoo with the new exhibit “Nature Connects Art with LEGO Bricks”, Butterfly House, and Enchanted Storybook Forest close at 8 p.m. The gardens are open until 9 p.m. Pontoon boat rides are available all three evenings at 5, 6 & 7 p.m.Pirate Boat Tour is Thursday evening only.

Brookgreen Gardens, a National Historic Landmark and non-profit organization, is located on U.S. 17 between Murrells Inlet and Pawleys Island, South Carolina, and is open to the public daily. For more information, visit our web site at www.brookgreen.org or call 843-235-6000.