Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Mini-Artist Talk

A couple of months ago, a colleague of mine (Carlyle Wolfe) from Ole Miss, asked me to participate in a mini-documentary she was putting together for her online art 101 students. She came to my (old) studio and interviewed me again in my office.

I was really nervous to watch it, but I think Carlyle did such a great job! Thanks for including me!!!

Here is the link.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Mad Potter of Biloxi

On our way home, we checked out the Ohr-O'Keefe Museum in Biloxi. The museum is dedicated to George Ohr who called himself the Mad Potter of Biloxi. The building was designed by Frank Gehry and is an interesting mix of metal and red brick. I think Mr. Gehry was also influenced by the giant live oaks that survived Katrina. The museum overlooks the bay and these pictures are from the shoefly deck on the roof. The whole complex should be open in a year.

They had a strict no photo policy in the galleries and very friendly docents. However, I did sneak this one. It is a Ohr mug that is owned by the University of Mississippi Department of Anthropology and Sociology. hmmmm.... I would love to hear the rest of that story.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Ocean Springs, MS

 Spring has sprung on the coast. The azealas were giant and vibrant.
 We went to Davis Bayou on the Gulf Islands National Seashore. It was threatening to rain the whole time so we didn't stay long.

Pelicans in the bay.... This was at the end of the main street in Ocean Springs.

Modern technology saves the day... We were cruising around thinking about where we were going to eat. I remembered that I had bought John T Edge's Southern Belly app. I just loaded it up and it recommended a po-boy/ vietnamese place in D'Iberville. We had the best dinner- shrimp and soft shelled crab poboy and beef pho. Yum!


It is spring break around these parts so Kevin and I headed to the coast. We checked out the Walter Anderson Museum in Ocean Springs.The first exhibit was the Tradition/Innovation which focuses on Contemporary Craft from the South. There were some new (to me) artists....
Shawne Major, Opelousas, LA, Portal to Portal, 2005
and Elizabeth Brim!!! Oh Betty- it is a terrible picture but a lovely piece.
The other exhibits focused on Walter Anderson. Here are some drawings that I love (and did a master copy).
Walter Anderson's watercolors are incredibly vibrant and psychedelic. They remind me of Charles Burchfield.
Here is the little room off his studio that he painted a mural. Get ready Kevi Kev- I might get out my paint brush.