Holiday Exhibits Make the Season Bright

Friday November 28 – Sunday, January 4, 2015

One of the joys of the holiday season is seeing how the horticulture and sculpture departments transform the two galleries in the Rainey Sculpture Pavilion. Their imaginations, creativity, and hours of work help make the season bright. The exhibits are free with garden admission and included in admission for Nights of a Thousand Candles.

Presented by the Sculpture Department our holiday exhibit, Yes, Virginia, There is a Santa Claus, features paintings by Tom Browning, the world's premier Santa Claus artist. In addition to his Santa art, Tom Browning is a renowned painter of western landscapes and his works are highly acclaimed throughout the United States. Brookgreen’s electric model train village, including Lionel and American Flyer, has grown significantly since last year, both indoors and outdoors. It returns with tributes to Hershey, PA, and to Georgetown’s historic Front Street, plus an enhanced Erector Set display and a winter carnival with hundreds of moving parts. If you don’t believe in Santa Claus, you will after you tour this special exhibit.

For the Into the Woods exhibition, the Horticulture Department uses natural materials and plants to create a fantasy forest scene complete with a holiday feast for the animals as the centerpiece. The fantasy forest continues outside the window of the gallery to create the illusion of bringing the outdoors – indoors. You will be surrounded with plants from Brookgreen and see how the beauty of nature can be found in the smallest details. From moss growing on a log to the delicate buds on the beech trees, the staffs and volunteers' works display a beautiful combination of natural art with selected pieces of sculpture from our collection.

Below is a 20-second sneak preview video of behind-the-scenes preparations for the holiday exhibits. We'll update the video with new images after the exhibits open.


Here's a five-minute video that shows even more of our wonderful volunteers and staff preparing to make the holiday exhibits and Nights of a Thousand Candles the most beautiful event of the year!