The cooler autumn weather heats up the activities at the Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art. The Museum, located at 386 Beach Boulevard in Biloxi, Miss. shares ongoing exhibits in many disciplines and celebrates the legacy of George Ohr, the Mad Potter of Biloxi.
Even toddlers can get in on the action with the Clay Babies: Make a Clay Turtle class scheduled for Saturday, November 9. Children between the ages of 2 and 6 can create and paint a clay turtle under the tutelage of award-winning sculptor Stacey Johnson. During the one hour session, children will build and paint the turtle. Museum staff will fire the creations and have them available for pick up in a week. Class registration of $10 per child covers the clay and glazes used to create the turtle, instruction and firing of the creations. The class accommodates a maximum of 12 students, so call for registration availability.
Johnson will lead students ages 12 and up in a Studio Ohr: Clay Cornucopia class on Saturday, November 9. From 12:30-3:30 p.m., students will create a 12-inch cornucopia and smaller sculptures to fill it. The class fee of $35 ($30 for OOMA members) includes materials, instruction and firing. With a class limit of 18 students, advance registration is required. Bring a plate of cookies to share with classmates. Hot cider and seasonal music provided by the Museum.
Mississippi residents can visit OOMA for free on Fridays through the end of the year. The program offers access to the pavilions housing exhibits, the Pleasant Reed Interprative Center and the Mississippi Sound Welcome Center and Gift Shop.
Visions: Art Outside the Box
The Beau Rivage Resort and Casino Gallery holds the Visions: Art Outside the Box exhibit through November 30. Art by Theodore Brooks, Martin (“Marto”) Green, Charles W. St, Julien, Dr. Charles Smith and Willie White take viewers through the experiences of the artists in sometimes raw, sometimes elegant, always powerful depictions of their Mississippi and Louisiana roots.
Shearwater: The Christopher and Kristen Hogan Collection
Shearwater Pottery, an Ocean Springs pottery company begun by Peter Anderson and his brothers, produces dramatic work in both functional and purely decorative forms. The Hogans share their personal collection through November 30 in the Mississippi Sound Welcome Center.
Mississippi Gulf Coast native Frank Janca’s exhibit Following the Light – France to Mississippi: Painting by Frank Janca hangs in the IP Casino Resort Spa Exhibitions Gallery through December 7. Janca’s work covers the world with scenes of his home state interspersed with those of France in this collection.
George Edgar Ohr
George Edgar Ohr: Selections from Gulf Coast Collections offers examples of the work that made “The Mad Potter of Biloxi” such a leader in the American modernist movement. His eclectic style and vivid imagination left a lasting impact on the world of ceramics.
Call for artists
OOMA has issued its second annual call for artists to create ornaments in any medium to decorate the Christmas tree in the Mississippi Sound Welcome Center. Each ornament sold will yield 60% of the sales to the artists. Each artist may submit up to 10 ornaments, none of which can exceed the 6”X4” size limit. Ornaments should be delivered to OOMA no later than November 22 and have a price sticker with the artist’s name. Ornaments must be ready to hang.
The Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art
386 Beach Boulevard
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