“Gullah Culture…Remembering While Evolving” Exhibit
January 11 through March 13

Free with garden admission, visitors will have an opportunity to view this exhibit of visual art by Patricia Sabree in Learning Lab I of the Wall Lowcountry Center from 12-4:30 p.m. daily. Sabree's art reflects her Gullah experiences growing up on a farm with 15 brothers and sisters in Lake City, SC.
Vibrantly colored and filled with energy, each painting tells a story about Gullah culture and lore. “Love Grows” depicts the work ethic of a woman and child planting vegetables. “Son Raise” showcases the pride of a father and son fishing. And “Before Convenience” portrays the discipline and joy of hard work as a woman cooks on a wood burning stove. Sabree, a resident of Bluffton, SC, says her work provides reminiscences of the deep south. She is owner/operator of Sabree's Authentic Gullah Art Gallery, Savannah, GA; Sabree's Headquarters, Charlotte, NC; and an online gallery at www.sabreesgallery.com.

"Sandy Scott: A Retrospective" 
January 23 - April 24, 2016

A major traveling museum exhibition exhibition is comprised of a retrospective range of 45 or more sculptures and 35 etchings and drawings. Sandy Scott received her formal art training at the Kansas City Art Institute and later worked as an animation background artist for the motion picture industry. She turned her attention to etchings and printmaking in the 1970’s and to sculpture in the 1980’s. 
Born in Dubuque, Iowa in 1943 and raised in Tulsa,Oklahoma, she works today in Lander, Wyoming in a studio near the foundry that casts her bronzes. She also maintains studios on Lake of the Woods, Ontario, Canada, and in the mountains of northern Colorado. Sandy is an avid outdoorswoman who loves to hunt and fish. She has made 16 trips to Alaska and has been to Europe, Russia, China, South America, and Africa to visit the world’s great museums. She believes wildlife artists should be in the field to accurately present their subject to the viewer. Her work is authentic. She has experienced and lived what she depicts. The exhibit is free with garden admission. 

Otter Celebration
Saturday, March 5

Join the zoo keepers for a fun and interactive day with our playful River Otters. There will be craft tables with color sheets, word finds, masks, and more. Storybook reading and an Otter Birthday Party with cake and ice pops for otters and keeper talk as the otters unwrap their presents. Mother Nature’s Café Tour and Meet the Animals programs will be available and all activities are included in garden admission.

The Reign of Rice Lecture Series
Saturday, March 12

Melissa Cooper, Ph.D., will conclude the Reign of Rice series with “Women’s Work: Gendering the Gullah Experience in the Fields and in the National Imagination.” Cooper is Research Assistant Professor, Institute for Southern Studies, USC, Columbia.Her lecture is at 1 p.m. in the Wall Lowcountry Center Auditorium and is free with garden admission. “The Continuing Evolution of Rice Heritage” is the theme of the 2016 “The Reign of Rice Lecture Series.” Programs inform guests about the complexity of Gullah Geechee heritage through the production of rice.

'Diggin It' Spring Garden Festival
Saturday, March 19

Members and guests will have an entire day of programs and talks when you can interact with some of the top gardening experts in the Southeast and Brookgreen's horticulture staff. The event is free with garden admission.