Chatham Meade Kemp's art exhibit will be displayed in the Marie Hull Art Gallery on the Raymond Campus of Hinds Community College through Friday, February 22, 2013.
On the desk in my office on the Raymond Campus is one piece of college memorabilia that is not “Hinds.” It’s a gorgeous glass candy dish – red, white and blue with the M in the middle for Ole Miss.
It’s the only “other college” piece that I allow myself in my office. The reason it’s on my desk is I got it a couple years ago from Peggy Brent, the long-time chair of the English department.
Mrs. Brent, a mainstay of Hinds Community College who had been working here since September 1962, died Jan. 12. Her funeral was Wednesday afternoon, Jan. 16, at Cain-Cochran Hall on the Raymond Campus.
Mrs. Brent founded Mississippi and the Arts Week here in 1983 and has been the driving force behind it. She along with a committee of folks have organized, scheduled and cajoled scores of artists, writers and otherwise interesting people to come to Raymond for demonstrations and talks to our students and employees the last week of March.
She gave the glass candy dish to me and another to PR writer Lauren Cook as “thank yous” for doing our jobs in publicizing Arts Week activities.
I don’t expect gifts for doing my job, but getting one from Mrs. Brent was definitely appreciated. For one thing, she took the time to find out that both Lauren and I were Ole Miss grads so we knew the gift was personal.
Mrs. Brent was one of a kind, for sure. She was very passionate about Arts Week as well as the two-day Kaleidoscope cultural festival she founded in 1999 that spotlights a different country each year. After an enormous amount of work, she was able to get Oxford’s Thacker Mountain Radio to do a broadcast to kick off the Arts Week last year. She was working furiously to get it back again for this year’s edition.
I hope the rest of the committee can pick up where she left off. I know it’s a cliché to say someone leaves big shoes to fill but that is certainly the case with Mrs. Brent. She left a great legacy of passion for teaching and the arts.
We’ll miss her.
A few weeks ago, I was walking around the Hinds CC Raymond campus and stumbled upon the Katherine Denton Art Building. Since I’ve always enjoyed creating and viewing art (photography is my favorite medium), I decide to go into the building and explore. As I walked through the hall, I noticed the walls were filled with several student sketches. Continuing on my journey in the building, I entered a classroom where students were molding clay into pottery. I watched the students as they took ordinary pieces of clay and transformed them into extraordinary bowls and vases. I was taken aback at the level of precision and care that goes into making pottery. It is certainly more difficult than it looks to produce smooth, professional looking pottery.
After spending time with the pottery class, I headed next door to an empty drawing classroom. The desks were positioned in a circle around a table. Several types of objects, including water pitchers and vases, were currently on display. Hinds Art students had referenced these objects when creating the sketches I saw when entering the building.
My last stop in the Art Building was to the Marie Hull Art Gallery. I was very excited to learn that Hinds CC has an active gallery. I don’t know of many community colleges that have galleries with more than one or two exhibitions per calendar year. The Marie Hull Gallery has a total of six exhibitions for the 2012-2013 school year. Check the end of this blog post for a list of the Marie Hull Art Gallery’s exhibition schedule.
The exhibition I viewed was “At Home and Abroad” by artist Patti Henson. The majority of the works in Patti’s exhibition were beautiful watercolors. Patti’s work had a variety of subject matters including architecture, animals and still life. One of my favorite pieces in the exhibition was a watercolor titled “Lion’s Share – Paris”. This piece was particularly appealing to me due to Patti’s use of vibrant colors and attention to detail.
I found the Marie Hull Art Gallery to be a nice, inviting place to view and appreciate works of art. Next time you are on the Raymond campus, be sure to check out the gallery. Gallery hours are Monday-Thursday 8:00 AM-3:00 PM & Friday 8:00AM – 12:00PM.
Marie Hull Gallery 2012-2013 Exhibition Schedule:
August 27-September 21 – Patti Henson “At Home and Abroad”
October 1-October 26 – Jerrod Partridge “Domestic Scenes of Debatable Significance”
November 5-December 5 – Melanie Atkinson, Randy Minton, Paula Duren, Sarah Teasley – “New Works, New Discoveries”
January 22-February 22 – Chatham Meade Kemp – “Explorations of Color & Paint”
March 4-March 28 – John Robichaux, Sherry Hager, Cathy Lutz – “Colors of Light: A Continual Study”
April 9-May 8 – HCC Fine Art & Graphic Art Student Show & Competition