Biloxi’s Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art offers a cornucopia of events to celebrate October. The museum, located on Mississippi’s Gulf Coast, shares the legacy of George Ohr, the Mad Potter of Biloxi, through exhibits and classes. The museum also features the work of local artists in an effort to preserve the diverse cultural heritage of the area.
With October comes Free Fridays, a program that offers free admission to Mississippi residents with ID each Friday in the month. The permanent and rotating exhibits of the museum provide an in-depth look at local artisans. Currently on display are works by Ohr, painter Frank Janca, and art pottery from the Shearwater Pottery collection of Christopher and Kristen Hogan.”Visions: Art Outside the Box” highlights the works of Theodore Brooks, Martin “Marto” Green, Charles W. St. Julien, Dr. Charles Smith and Willie White.
The Pleasant Reed Interpretive Center on the museum grounds displays portrayals from the life of freed slave Pleasant Reed. A collection of photographs tracing the history of Ship Island’s African American Regiment, known as the Native Guard, fill another part of the center.
Mudslinger Saturday sessions take Oct. 5 (2-3:30 p.m.) and Oct. 19 (11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and 2-3:30 p.m.) at a cost of $20 per session. Up to eight participants per session can experience the creation of pottery on a pottery wheel. Children as well as adults will enjoy the sessions, led by Artist-in-residence Jay Milner. Can’t attend a Saturday session? Private Mudslinger sessions can be scheduled through the museum. Pre-registration and payment is required for all Mudslinger sessions.
Clay Turnohrs, a four-week long wheel class, will take place on Thursday evenings 6-8:30 p.m. this month. Sessions are scheduled for October 3, 10, 17 and 24. At least five students must be signed up for the sessions to take place, with a maximum of eight accepted. The class includes instruction by Milner, 25 pounds of clay, glazes, firing and open studio time. Registration is $140 for museum members, $150 for non-members.
Day of the Dead Masks
Saturday, Oct. 12 will feature a special session focusing on Mexican Day of the Dead Masks. Led by artist Stacey Johnson. Students (ages 12 and up) will create clay masks in the tradition of the Mexican holiday Dia de Muertos. The session runs from 12-2:30 p.m. and costs $20 for members, $25 for non-members. Attendees should bring artificial flowers to decorate their masks.
Mudslinger, Clay Turnohrs and Day of the Dead classes all meet in the City of Biloxi Center for Ceramics on the OOMA campus.
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