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Released April 28, 2004

SOUTHERN MISS GULF COAST LIBRARY OPENS DOORS TO ARTISTS

LONG BEACH-- As part of an effort to promote artistic and cultural awareness, The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast Library has opened its doors since last July to local and international artists.

"As the only public university on the Coast, we are very honored to have talented local artists expose their creative works in the new state-of-the-art library to the campus community, and Mississippi Gulf Coast residents in general," said Edward McCormack, director of the Southern Miss Gulf Coast Library.

The library has hosted and continues to host regularly scheduled exhibitions for artists, with five artists currently exhibiting their work.

Floyd Shaman, a Mississippi Delta artist has attained international recognition for his finely crafted sculpture. All of his works are for sale in the library. To learn more about Shaman and his sculptures, visit www.http//here2create.com and click on "Floyd Shaman."

Dusti Bonge is another artist, whose work is being displayed at the library. Born in 1903, the artist became a member of the Abstract Expressionist movement during the 1950s. Bonge was an internationally renowned artist and the subject of a 30-minute Mississippi ETV documentary featuring her abstract art.

Local artist Leif Anderson, whose works are also now being featured at the library, is the daughter of Coast artist Walter Inglis Anderson and Agnes Grinstead Anderson. Leif Anderson is primarily a modern interpretive dancer and teacher; the theme of dance is central to her sculpture and is represented in her poetry, drawing, painting and music.

Joey Rice's papermaking has been the subject of a two-part series on Mississippi ETV's "Southern Expressions." Currently, the library is displaying Rice's "Paper Vessels."

Another of the library's artists, Hank Abbot, uses stone to create unique pieces that integrate the rock's natural shape with areas of smooth carving.

The Southern Miss Gulf Coast Library will be presenting more work by Rice in the near future. Artists Jorge Lovato, Suzie Webb and Laura Cornell are tentatively scheduled for future exhibitions.

The library is open from 8 a.m.-10 p.m., Monday-Thursday; 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Friday; and noon-4 p.m., Saturday.
For more information about the art exhibitions or to purchase any of Shaman's pieces, contact Linda Burns at (228) 865-4543.

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