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Celebrate Jonathan Green Week, March 1-8

Inspired by Jonathan Green's painting "Seeking", Jonathan Green Week involves a series of events throughout Charleston that celebrate the artist and his contribution to cultural life in the Lowcountry. Green's painting "Seeking" will be on display at the Gibbes Museum of Art March 1 - August 31, 2008. For more information on Jonathan Green Week, visit www.jonathangreenweek.com.


Jonathan Green Week is a collaboration between the City of Charleston, the Gibbes Museum of Art, the Charleston County Public Library, the Charleston Jazz Initiative, and the Coastal Community Foundation. Conceived and organized by Arts Advocacy, LLC.

Events at CCPL

Seeking the Spirit: Poetry and Jazz inspired by the art of Jonathan Green
Area poets and noted jazz musicians will use words and music to explore the significance of art on our daily lives,  particularly the importance of world-renowned artist Jonathan Green’s featured work "Seeking ." After the program, Green, the poets and musicians will be available to sign their books or CDs. The event is in cooperation with the  Charleston Jazz Initiative and the Lowcountry Initiative for the Literary Arts.

Jonathan Green Live: Film and Talk
Artist Jonathan Green shares his story of growing up in a rural Gullah community, struggling to pursue his life-long dream to be an artist and ultimately creating the painting "Seeking" – a reflection of the life, dreams and faith he was taught as a child. The program includes the airing of a new documentary by Charles Allan Smith, who worked with Green to explore the significance of the painting and what led to its creation.

Folk Songs and Spirituals featuring Andrew Calhoun
Chicago songwriter and guitarist Andrew Calhoun uses music to reflect on the African American folk tradition from the days of slavery until the early 20th Century. Calhoun spent more than a year studying this inspirational music and working on "Bound to Go: Folk Songs and Spirituals," his just released 11th album.

The Story of Seeking
In this illustrated presentation, Barbara Burgess tells the story of Mepkin Abbey's slave history and how it inspired famed artist Jonathan Green to paint "Seeking."