A new special exhibition is coming to the Gibbes Museum of Art, Charleston Collects: British Sporting Art from the Penkhus Collection. This exhibition is the second in the Charleston Collects series and will be on display February 7 – June 28, 2020.
This installment of the Charleston Collects Series, which highlights Lowcountry residents’ fine art collections, features artworks provided by Dr. Stephen and Mrs. Martha Penkhus of Seabrook Island. To coincide with the opening of the exhibition, the Gibbes will bring together experts to discuss British Sporting Art and the Penkhus Collection. Guided tours of the collection led by experts, scholars and artists will be available to visitors of the museum, including a members tour and reception featuring Turner Reuter, Jr., owner of Red Fox Fine Art in Middleburg, VA, on February 12 at 12:00 pm. There will also be an artist talk with Sporting Arts painter Joseph Sulkowski on Monday, May 4 at 1:00 pm.
The Penkhus’s journey collecting fine art started in 1986 when they purchased a portrait of the famous English racing horse Cotherstone, by John Frederick Herring, Sr. (British, 1795–1865). Their passion for British sporting art and culture blossomed, leading them to build a first-rate collection of animal and sporting paintings. The works provide glimpses into the English countryside, its occupants and their activities from 1800 to present day. The collection includes paintings by notable English painters including Frederick Herring, Sr., Harry Hall (British, 1814–1882), James Ward (British, 1769–1859), Sir Alfred Munnings (British, 1878–1959) and many more.
-Submitted by The Gibbes Museum
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