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Art Talk

By Andi Bedsworth

Arts offerings abound in the Valley right now, and there are several shows to see if you have not had a chance to yet.  Some were open on the studio crawl held recently, and one is a newly hung exhibit.            
Over at Renasant Bank, you can see new work by local painter Susan Richards. She has been painting for some time and has exhibited with the Oxford Artists’ Guild as well as at the Main Street Festival in recent years.
Her current work features still-life paintings and portraits (see story below). Notable works include her portraits of Elvis, Marilyn Monroe and Robin Williams. Coordi-nated by Pati D’Amico, the bank displays art exhibits on a rotating basis. This show will be up for two months, so stop by if you can to support this local artist.
Yalo Studio is showcasing new work by Coulter Fussell, also a local painter. The halls are lined with small paintings depicting cigar boxes and the contents collected in them.  These little “magical realist” paintings are delightful insights into the imagination of Fussell who creates imagery that is always interesting and compelling. All of the paintings are painted on 11 x 14 linen in oil.
Still up at Bozarts is Made in Mississippi-Canvas, Clay and Wood. The walls are lined with paintings by Nicole Gladden and tables are laden with hand-made pottery by Hanne  Gay-cken including cups, bowls, figures and slab drawings. Wood work by Jeff Long includes tables, stands, candle holders, bowls, and even a rustic little bed. The rustic beauty of these wood pieces shine through the craftsmanship used to create them making them a great addition to this show.
Stay tuned as the galleries have other shows planned this season, and I will do my best to keep you abreast of their current offerings.

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