Artist Talk with John McDonald (Mississippi Sound Welcome Center, 6 PM):
“Shore Birds” is the result of more than 10 years of work that serves to highlight the roots of painting as a process rather than relying on the power behind Photoshop to produce a digital painting. McDonald began the work on canvas and transferred the work to digital via a 6-step process which he will discuss at OOMA’s opening reception. The artist will speak at 6pm.
ABOUT THE ARTIST: John McDonald was born in Bay St. Louis and received his BFA from The University of Georgia in 1976. He received his MFA from Yale University in 1978. McDonald went on to work in art preparation and handling for the Museum of Modern Art, The Guggenheim Museum of Art, The Rothko Art Foundation, The Dia Art Foundation, and Pace Gallery in New York before returning to the Mississippi Gulf Coast in 1985. Throughout his career as a working artist, he has won a long list of grants and awards including the Ford Foundation Grant, Southern Arts Federation Grant, the Pollock Krasner Foundation Grant, and more. His work can be found in the Mississippi Museum of Art, Lauren Rogers Museum of Art, and seen at Heriad-Cimino Gallery, and The Painting Center, New York.
Adrienne Brown-David (Beau Rivage Casino Gallery of African American Art)
A lot of my work centers around my girls and how they are growing up. Raising children of color here has a special set of joys and challenges. Childhood, as a stage, is very short and is exponentially shorter for black and brown kids. I try to capture the rapidly passing moments of their growth while also trying to maintain their fleeting girlhood as long as I can. I also just appreciate standing in the beauty that surrounds black girls and women as a whole.
Glistening Glass of the Gulf Coast (IP Casino Resort Spa Exhibitions Gallery)
Since the 1970s, Gulf Coast Artists detected the capability of glass for expression initiating a creative form of glass sculpture. Since this time the material glass has succeeded as a new art direction whereby today the Gulf Coast glass artists belong to a wide form of art.
Art glass is made by artists who have chosen to work in the medium of glass and both design and make their own pieces as fine art, rather than traditional glassworker craftsmen. Art glass has grown in popularity in recent years with many Gulf Coast artists becoming famous for their work.