New Exhibit at the Charleston Museum

The Charleston Museum presents a new exhibit in the Lowcountry Image Gallery that blends art from the 1920s and reinterprets them for today, From Etchings to Pastels: A New Artistic Interpretation of the Charleston Renaissance. This exhibit is now open at The Charleston Museum through November 29, 2020.

Charleston Museum 2The Charleston Museum has partnered with the Pastel Society of South Carolina to present a new interpretation of a selected number of etchings originally created by members of the Charleston Etchers’ Club. The exhibit, From Etchings to Pastels, displays twenty etchings from the Museum’s Archives next to their artistic interpretation by twenty different artists of the Pastel Society of South Carolina. Twenty historic etchings; twenty new works of art. View the works side by side and vote for your “People’s Choice Award,” to be announced at the end of the exhibit. Votes may be cast by emailing (One vote per email address.)

Museum hours are Monday through Saturday 9:00 am to 5:00 pm and Sunday 12 noon to 5:00 pm. Museum admission is $12 for adults and $5 for children; Tickets, including admission to two or more sites offered at a discount, can be purchased at the Museum, its historic houses, or online in advance.

Note: Per Charleston City Council ordinance all persons are required to wear face coverings when entering buildings open to the public within the City limits. Masks must be worn while visiting The Charleston Museum and its historic houses.

The Charleston Renaissance Movement was a cultural renewal that brought a diverse group of people together to improve and preserve the city through artistic expression. Artists, musicians, architects, writers and photographers participated in organizations such as the Charleston Etchers’ Club, the Jenkins Orphanage Band and the Poetry Society of South Carolina, to communicate Charleston’s past through art.

The Charleston Etchers’ Club was founded in 1923 by some of the most prominent artists in Charleston, among them Elizabeth O’Neill Verner, Alfred Hutty, Antoinette Rhett and Alice Ravenel Huger Smith. Under the leadership of then director Laura Bragg, The Charleston Museum housed a large etching press for the Club in exchange for their etched creations. Donating a total of 136 etchings, they are some of the Museum’s most prized works on paper.

-Submitted by The Charleston Museum

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