I wanted to highlight two shows that are in the Fondren area right now. They have been up for the month of April and will be coming down soon. Currently at the Cedars, which is a community center and part time gallery run by the Fondren Renaissance Foundation, is an exhibition that I am part of. Exhibiting with me are two long time friends David West, and Ky Johnston. David teaches drawing at Belhaven University, and Ky teaches pottery at Delta State University. Also in the show is the collaborative glass work of Elizabeth Robinson and Kay Holloway (Spirit House Glass), and ceramic work by Courtney Peters who owns the Fondren interior design retail store Mosaic Interiors. It is an incredibly diverse show with pottery, printmaking, drawing, painting, and glass work, but it all comes together nicely. The spots of bright color contrasts well with the frequent black and white graphic pieces.
Just down the street is a show at Fischer Galleries with photography by Gretchen Haien, and paintings by Vicksburg resident Martha Ferris. Gretchen teaches photography at Belhaven University with David West, and this series of "Incidentals" showcases her ability to combine quiet, meditative, and minimalistic images with her vast technical knowledge. Martha's series of European architecture inspired pieces are some of my favorite things I have seen in the area in the past couple of years. She had a show of work from the same series last year at Fischer. The flat shapes of color and play with perspective have a nice connection to her recent mosaic and tile work. There is a particularly strong connection with the fountain mosaics she did at the Mississippi Museum of Art. They are beautiful, playful, and very well executed which to me makes them very strong.
Pottery by Ky Johnston and painting by Jerrod Partridge (me)
Mixed media piece by David West
Main room at the Cedars
Glass work by Spirit House Glass
"Incidentals 041.10" by Gretchen Haien
"Berlin" by Martha Ferris
"Italy" by Martha Ferris