Picture Perfect: “Photographers on Painting” exhibit at the Ohr-O’Keefe

Published 4:50 pm Wednesday, March 5, 2008

From its temporary, post Katrina location, the Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art opened it’s doors to the public on Friday for its latest exhibit “Photographers on Painting”.

The exhibit is the first part of a two part series where the museum challenged artists to relate to the process of creating art. Photographers were asked to do studies of pictures relating to the process of painting.

After suffering five feet of water, and the loss of the new location that was started prior to the storm, the Biloxi museum continues to bring art to the Gulf Coast from the historical Glenn Swetman house, circa 1927. Sponsored by the City of Biloxi and supported in part by a grant from the Mississippi Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts, the museum continues to be a treasure for the artistic community of the Coast.

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The newest exhibit features photographers who live and/or work in Mississippi. The participating photographers are Jamie Bates, Leah Bray, Robert Brooks, Elihu Carranza, Billy Dugger, John Fitzhugh, Judy Gill, Kathy Gray, Linda Harris, Tim Isbell, Ken Murphy, Linda Nix, George Perina, Jeff Rester, John Rhodes, Charlie Taylor, Steve White, Mike Williams, Eric Wyble, and Nicole Young. Artist Robert Brooks also served as curator to the event.

The opening reception provided opportunities for the public to mingle with the artists, and with each other. A musician played while art patrons enjoyed refreshments and got a chance to view the work. The atmosphere was casual and relaxed.

The Glenn Swetman house is the perfect backdrop for these slice of life moments captured on film. Most of the work is for sale with prices ranging from $150-$1150. The work will be exhibited from now till April 4. The second part of the series, “The Second Dimension: Painters (and friends) Look at Pottery” will open on April 11. Visit www. georgeohr.org, or call 228-374-5547, for more information.