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Arts & Culture

OU Museum of Art presents spring exhibitions, concerts, authors, free admission events

The Oglethorpe University Museum of Art hosts three exhibitions this spring: Jane Robbins Kerr: Bits and Pieces from Mississippi (Jan. 10 – Mar. 1), Georgia Watercolor Society’s 41st National Exhibition (Mar. 14 – Apr. 26), and the Southeastern Pastel Society 19th International Juried Exhibition (May 8 – June 21).

The spring Skylight Gallery Concert series kicks off with “Quartet for The End of Time” on Feb. 23. Dr. Brent Runnels will be joined by violinist Helen Kim, cellist Charae Krueger, and clarinetist Ted Gurch to perform this iconic 20th-century masterpiece by French composer Olivier Messiaen. Partly written while Messiaen was in a German concentration camp, this work is one of the most unique and powerful chamber music compositions.

As a part of the Georgia History Festival, the museum will offer free admission on Feb. 9 for Super Museum Sunday. This event highlights the founding of the Georgia colony and encourages residents and visitors alike to discover the history and rich culture of the state.

Author Jennifer Renee Blevins

And once again, OUMA will participate in the annual nationwide Smithsonian magazine’s Museum Day and offer free admission on April 4 with a Museum Day ticket. (Admission is always free for OUMA members and with a Petrel Pass!)

OUMA will also welcome two authors this spring: Jenn Shapland on Feb. 10 to discuss her book, “My Autobiography of Carson McCullers” and Jennifer Renee Blevins on March 30, for her book “Limited by Body Habitus: An American Fat Story”.

Jane Robbins Kerr: Bits and Pieces from Mississippi

Bits and Pieces from Mississippi by Jane Robbins Kerr

This exhibition presents 30 photographs by Jane Robbins Kerr, a Jackson, Mississippi native who has spent most of her adult life in Atlanta, Georgia. After retiring from a real estate career, Kerr traveled the world photographing people and places.

Her travels led her to photograph the beauty of Morocco, Tanzania, Nepal, and Mexico, among other distant places. More recently she returned to her roots to photograph her home state of Mississippi. Whether in Greenwood, Tupelo, Jackson or Alligator, Jane Robbins Kerr brings her love of history, color, storytelling, and home to her images.

Georgia Watercolor Society’s 41st National Exhibition

Laundry Alley by Linda Baker

The Georgia Watercolor Society (GWS) presents its 41st National Watercolor Exhibition, a juried show open to all watercolor artists across the United States. The show will feature original artwork using watermedia.

The exhibition will be juried by Linda Baker. Linda Baker is a signature member of a number of societies including AWS, NWS, TWSA, and GWS. Her paintings appear in the Splash series along with the Artistic Touch and the Masters of Watercolor Artists by Konstantin Sherkov. She has been featured in American ArtistThe Artist Magazine, L’Aquarelle, and The Watercolor Magazine. Her awards include the Adirondacks, Fallbrook Signature Exhibition, along with the American Watercolor Society and National Watercolor Society. Her work was featured in the Shanghai Biennial, Shenzhen 2013, and will be included in the Shenzhen Biennial this year in China.

The Georgia Watercolor Society was formed in March 1975 to advance the art of watercolor painting while contributing to the cultural atmosphere and standards of the state of Georgia.  It also provides support and assistance for its members and others endeavoring in the field of watercolor painting.

Southeastern Pastel Society 19th International Juried Exhibition

Grand Dane by Jory Mason

The Southeastern Pastel Society hosts its 19th International Juried Exhibition featuring pastel paintings selected out of hundreds submitted.

The exhibition is juried by Debora Stewart, a Signature Member and a Master Pastellist of the Pastel Society of America and a member of the Master’s Circle of the International Association of Pastel Societies. Stewart has also authored a North Light book titled Abstract Art Painting: Expressions in Mixed Media and a series of videos on abstract painting from Northlight TV.  Her pastels and paintings can be viewed in galleries across the country.

The Southeastern Pastel Society was established in 1987 as a not-for-profit organization dedicated to promoting pastel as a medium in the Southeast. The society has grown to approximately 200 members from all over the United States and other nations throughout the world and includes many nationally and internationally acclaimed artists.

More information, including the exhibition’s prospectus, is available on the Southeastern Pastel Society’s website.

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