Fall Arts Picks, Exhibits

Tokens of Affection: Miniature Portraits from the Gibbes Collection

When: Sat., Sept. 27, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. 2014

Art institutions take extreme measures to preserve their pieces, using cases and glass walls to keep treasures from harm. Even though the Gibbes Museum is closed for renovations, one upcoming exhibit in their Insider Art Series will give audiences the rare chance to see some paintings close-up at a show at The Charleston Museum. Gibbes Curator of Collections Sara Arnold will lead a tour through 10-15 miniatures all made from 1700s to the mid-1800s. “We’ll have examples that showed how the medium progressed, certain types of casework and jewelry that these tiny portraits were housed in, and we hope to give people a sense of the intricateness of the painting techniques,” Arnold says. Participants in the tour will then be turned over to painters David and Renee Gillespie for a demonstration on the work involved in making a miniature portrait. Arnold adds, “We’re excited because it’s a new way of doing things and how we’ll work in the future at the Gibbes. On the different floors, you’ll get to see the combination of the displays and then demonstrations of the art-making process.”

Michaela Michienzi

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