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Galleries Schedule Friday Openings For New Shows

The photographs of Jane Rule Burdine (below) at Yalo Studio and new work by Paula Temple and Cindy Aune (above) at Bozarts Gallery will be among the art on display this Friday on Main Street.

By Jack Gurner

WATER VALLEY – Nice weather and great art promise to make for a memorable Friday night experience downtown on Main Street.
The Valley’s three art galleries will be open late featuring new work in everything from ceramics to paintings to photographs.
In alphabetical order, Bozarts is presenting two accomplished artists in a new show featuring work that is both abstract and figurative.  
Cindy Aune’s new acrylic figurative work is expressive of the emotional states of her subjects, according to Bozart’s owner Annette Trefzer.  “Many of her canvases are fresh renderings of the human figure on canvases that are layered with paint and texture. Her portraits often radiate an emotional complexity that draws the viewer in,” Trefzer said.
The rich colors and loose fluid style of Cindy Aune’s paintings resonate beautifully with Paula Temple’s fresh watercolors, noted Trefzer.  “Temple’s exuberant abstract paintings were inspired by an Artist’s Residency in France last summer,” she added. “The expressive and colorful water imagery was drawn from her stay at the river town Marney-sur-Seine where she painted every day by the side of the Seine.”
Temple has been painting and teaching art for more than three decades at the University of Mississippi and her stunning work in this exhibition represents the culmination of her painting career, Trefzer said.  
The artists’ reception is from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. Also on view are the Oxford landscapes of Michael T. Maxwell and new work by the 15 members of the Bozarts Alliance. The show will be up until March 28. Regular hours are Thursday and Friday from noon until 5 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. and by appointment.
A short walk across the street will take art lovers to J. Clayton’s, an eclectic gallery owned by J. Clayton Peacock often described as having a little something for everyone.
Among the new works on display will be ceramics by Gretchen Harris and several pieces of John Forsyth’s custom furniture.
“We’re also taking orders on the latest limited edition Bo Wallace football-themed print,” said Peacock. “And, you can see examples of the latest in custom framing.”
J. Clayton’s will be open until 9 p.m.
Back across Main Street and a short walk south is Yalo Studio where a display of the photography of Jane Rule Burdine will open with an artist reception from 6 p.m. until 8:30 p.m.  
Burdine was called the “Gertrude Stein of the South” by author Barry Hannah and in a recent issue of the Oxford American writer Michael Bible said, “Within her circle, she is the most famous unknown artist in the South.”
Bible added, “She works professionally as a freelance photographer, but her passion is journeying on back roads and wandering through forgotten towns to take pictures and visit with people.”
Her photographs have been displayed in galleries and museums throughout the Southeast, and in 2008 the University of Mississippi Press published a collection of them titled Delta Deep Down.
Coulter Fussell, co-owner of Yalo, said, “We are thrilled to have Jane Rule Burdine’s work here at Yalo Studio.”

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