Set your eyes on beautiful birds in this art exhibition

A spectacular exhibit of 60 internationally-known artists!

Brookgreen Gardens

Birds in Art

You’ll have an opportunity to see the wonderful art work from Saturday, January 26, 2019Sunday, March 31, 2019, at the Noble and Jennewein Galleries of the Rainey Sculpture Pavilion.

Since 1976, the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum of Wausau, WI has organized the annual exhibit, Birds in Art, seeking to present the very best contemporary artistic interpretations of birds and related subject matter. Two- and three-dimensional artworks in all media other than crafts and photography are included in this This is a spectacular exhibit of 60 internationally-known artists (including 44 from the USA and 16 from England, Ireland, Wales, France, Holland, Sweden, South Africa, Australia, and Canada) who specialize in depicting birds of the world in their habitats.  It includes 45 paintings, drawings, and prints, and 15 sculptures.  Among the sculptors with work in the exhibit, five also are represented in the Brookgreen collection.  A beautiful catalog of the exhibit will be available for sale in Keepsakes.

This exhibition is made possible in part by the generous support of Richard and Gwen Heusel, Greg and Cheryl Sprole, and Kenneth and Elaine Trousdell.

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Botanical Gardens

The Live Oak Allée is comprised of 250-year-old Live Oak trees that were planted in the early 1700s when today’s Brookgreen Gardens was four thriving rice plantations.

The four wings of the butterfly garden offer many horticultural surprises and delights as you move deeper into the Huntington Sculpture Garden.

The most notable are the Dorothy P. Peace Garden Room for Children located in the lower right wing and the Kitchen Garden found in the lower left wing. The Brenda W. Rosen Carolina Terrace Garden has a spectacular array of perennials, roses, shrubs, and mature trees.

Three additional major gardens departed from the butterfly design with the focus on a formality not seen up to this point in the Gardens.

The Palmetto Garden, named for the use of Sabal palmetto, South Carolina’s state tree, was completed in 1950. The whimsical Fountain of the Muses Garden, displays the sculpture of the same name and takes bold garden design to new heights.

Gullah Geechee Programs

The Lowcountry is full of rich history and there is no shortage of learning that history at Brookgreen Gardens. Ron Daise, Vice-President for Creative Education and Gullah descendant, presents an entertaining and informative program about the culture, food, language, and history of the Gullah Geechee people. The program is in the Wall Lowcountry Center Auditorium and is free with garden admission. Exerperience it at 1 p.m – Wednesdays, January through November.

From Our Own Eyes education exhibit is being held from Friday, January 11, 2019 to Sunday, March 17, 2019. The art is housed at the Daily in Learning Lab One of the Wall Lowcountry Center from 12:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

“Frum We Ownt Yeye (Gullah Geechee from Our Own Eyes)” will feature pen-and-ink drawings by Clementia “Ment” Nelson of Varnville, SC.  The exhibit also will display visual art by Lillian Cotton of Georgetown, SC, and Alexandria “Alex” Gore of Conway.  The exhibit will be in Learning Lab One from January 7 through March 17 from 12:00 – 4:30 p.m. daily.

An Artist Meet-and-Greet will be in Learning Lab 1 of the Wall Lowcountry Center Complex from 12:00 – 3:30 p.m., on Saturday, February 23, 2019.

American Sculpture

Brookgreen Gardens contains the largest and most comprehensive collection of American figurative sculpture in the country, displayed in a stunning garden setting, three galleries and a visible storage and research facility.

The collection contains over 2,000 works by 425 artists and in the words of Wayne Craven, author of the book, Sculpture in America, it is “unequaled in its size, focus on figurative works, visibility of the sculpture to the visitor, and integration within a garden setting.”

Indoor galleries, such as those in the Rainey Sculpture Pavilion, present exhibits of smaller sculptures, as well as paintings, etchings, and other artworks by internationally-renowned artists. Often including works on loan from museums and private collections around the world, these exhibits give visitors an opportunity to see many important works of art.

Lowcountry History

The thousands of acres in Brookgreen’s Lowcountry History and Wildlife Preserve are rich with evidence of the native plants and animals of the South Carolina Lowcountry as well as the rice plantations of the 1800s.

Lowcountry Zoo

The Lowcountry Zoo has been an important element of the mission for Brookgreen Gardens since its inception. It is the one of five institutions accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) in South Carolina. The AZA is America’s most respected organization for zoos and aquariums. All of the native animals in the Lowcountry Zoo were either bred and raised in captivity, or have sustained a major disability due to injury. In either case, these animals could not survive in the wild.

Brookgreen Gardens
1931 Brookgreen Drive
Murrells Inlet, SC 29576

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