Feature Articles

March Issue 2002

Illustrations From DuBose Heyward's Classic Tale at the Gibbes Museum of Art in Charleston, SC

The Gibbes Museum of Art in Charleston, SC, opens a new exhibit for children of all ages, The Country Bunny: A Union of Words and Images on view through Apr. 18, 2002. The exhibition is inspired by Dubose Heyward's best-selling children's book, The Country Bunny and the Little Golden Shoes, and features original illustrations by artist Marjorie Flack. First published in 1939, the book is based on a story about a mother rabbit and her 21 children told by Heyward to his daughter Jenifer. The exhibition will feature the Gibbes's collection of original illustrations and letters relating to the book from the South Carolina Historical Society's DuBose Heyward Collection.

"I think all parents can remember making up stories for their child, but when a master story-teller like Heyward took on the task it is no wonder that the tale produced an amazing heroine like the Country Bunny," said School Programs Coordinator, Susan Earhart. "Despite being written in 1939, the tale is very modern in its look at female role model. The story not only rewards kindness and cleverness over size, but also presents a modern self-reliant mother."

The Gibbes education department will be hosting several programs for school children based on the Country Bunny exhibition. For more information, contact Stephanie Coakley at 722-2706 ext. 25 or email to (scoakley@gibbes.com).

For more information check our SC Institutional Gallery listings or call the museum at 843/722-2706.

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