August 1, 2014  

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Gulf Coast Library Featuring Works of Artist Sam Stolte

LONG BEACH, Miss. – The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast Library is currently featuring six new paintings by artist Sam Stolte, whose work is heavily influenced by abstract expressionism, contemporary art and cubism.

Of the six paintings, three large oil paintings, titled Humming Murmuring No. 1, We Build Walls, and Saskatchewan Lightning Storm, hang on the library’s second floor and are available for purchase. The remaining works, Drinking Their Own, Sometimes I Sits, and Foot, Arm, In may be viewed on the library’s third floor.

Shortly after graduating from Oak Grove High School, Stolte moved to Austin, Texas, where he received his bachelor of fine arts degree in painting from Texas State University. In addition to being a well-known artist, Stolte is also a musician and slight-of-hand magician. More information about the artist and his works can be viewed at www.samstolte.com.  

For more information, contact the Southern Miss Gulf Coast Libraries at 228.214.3450.

Gulf Coast Library to Host Book Talk on Invention of the Modern Lighthouse

LONG BEACH, Miss. – The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast Library will host a book talk about the invention of the modern lighthouse featuring Dr. Theresa Levitt on Monday, August 26, at 5 p.m. in room 204 of the library. The book talk is part of the university’s Welcome Week events.

Levitt, author of the recently published book, “A Short Flash: Augustin Fresnel and the Birth of the Modern Lighthouse,” is an associate professor of history at the University of Mississippi. She studies the scientific and historic account of the invention of the Fresnel lens, an invention by Augustin Fresnel that forever changed lighthouses worldwide. In addition to being a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Levitt also earned her master’s degree from Iowa State University and Ph.D. from Harvard University.

Copies of “A Short Flash: Augustin Fresnel and the Birth of the Modern Lighthouse” will be available for purchase at the book talk. Refreshments will be provided.

For more information, contact the Southern Miss Gulf Coast Libraries at 228.214.3450.