Following a gala reception on Friday evening, October 25 the Ocean Springs Art Association will display more than 200 pieces for public viewing in an exhibit hanging through November 9. The OSAA Fall 2013 Exhibit and Sale celebrates all media under the title “p’ARTake.p’ARTicipate.p’ARTy!”
The 42nd annual exhibit includes both 2- and 3-dimensional art. Photographs, prints and paintings share space with sculptures and collages in the Ocean Springs Community Center. More than 125 area artists, all members of OSAA, contributed work for the event.
Organizers of the juried show announced 21 awards as judged by artist/author Robert Burridge. Two more awards will be decided at the end of the show based on popular choice. The awards include a monetary value.
Burridge noted in his overall comments that he “selected both cutting-edge pieces along with traditionally executed pieces.” He sought works that contained “The WOW! factor” when he viewed them and found great examples of skilled artists displaying their passion for their art.
OSAA members display their works in Ocean Springs galleries as well as those in other communities along the Gulf Coast and around the nation. The association seeks to foster “the creation and appreciation of the Arts throughout the Gulf Coast Region, specifically Ocean Springs, Mississippi.” One of the ways the group reaches out to the community takes place on the first Saturday of each month with Saturday Art Market, held at the Mary C. O’Keefe Cultural Center in Ocean Springs. Others teach art classes across the region and participate in the town’s special events, such as the Peter Anderson Festival and the annual ArtWalk Downtown Ocean Springs.
The Fall 2013 Exhibit & Sale hangs in a space filled with Ocean Springs art history, as the walls of the Community Center have been painted with murals created by Walter Anderson, part of the Shearwater Pottery Anderson family. One of the awards honors his legacy by seeking works that use watercolor as the medium to express “the relationship between man and nature.” The Walter Anderson Museum of Art which focuses on preserving his work sits next to the community center on Washington Avenue in downtown Ocean Springs.
pART’ake. pART’icipate. pART’y!
Public Reception Friday, October 25, 7-8 p.m.
October 25 – November 9 (except November 4-5)
10 a.m.-4 p.m. daily
Ocean Springs Community Center
512 Washington Avenue, Ocean Springs, Miss.
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