The new Oddfellows Gallery in downtown Hattiesburg will host a Student Art Show during the upcoming Holiday Art Walk Saturday, Dec. 13. Located at 119 East Front St., the show will be open from 4-9 p.m., with a reception and opportunity to meet the artists from 4-7 p.m.
The gallery owners, Charles and Anita Price, offered its use because of their desire to support the efforts of young emerging artists. The gallery event is coordinated by Susan Fitzsimmons and students from the Department of Art and Design at The University of Southern Mississippi.
The show will be a mosaic of artists and artworks. Exhibiting artists include Charles Price, Taylor Thomley, Susan Fitzsimmons, Chewdie Cannon, Ronna Sandoval, Vickie Chiodo-Maung, David Jackson, Adam Davis, M.J. Hill, Eric Huckabee, Greg Gandy, Monica Smith and Nicole Moree.
Other artists displaying work are Kyle Goddard, Nick Vallas, Amanda Waguespcak, Madison Moore, Tristan Barlow, Megan Watkins, Dustin Wheeless, Ping Xu and Kyle Hilton.
Huckabee’s oil paintings are large-scale abstractions that envelope the viewer. Sandoval’s ceramic pottery shapes are organic, almost sea-like creatures.
Wheeless will exhibit both wood and ceramic sculptures, with triangular shapes innovatively used to form animal-like creatures. Simple but formal clay pieces with contrasting color and texture make up his other works.
Watkins uses charcoal and mixed media to center her drawings, paintings and ceramics on the human form. Moree’s sculpture “Kites” is made primarily for the enjoyment of the steel and rope linear shapes, an engaging piece where people can walk around and then through it. Her other work, “Apathetic Architecture,” is comprised of scraps of stoneware as a commentary on modern society.
Other works highlighted include Thomley’s large installment sculpture of cast iron, cast aluminum and sand and high-fired stoneware; photography by Moore and sculptures by Chiodo-Maung. One of Chiodo-Maung’s sculptures is made of balsa wood, trigs and vellum, a semi-transparent white paper; the other is made of paper with some unique shapes and interesting spaces.
Admission is free and open to the public. For more information, call Fitzsimmons at Southern Miss at 601.266.4973.
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