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University of South Alabama Marx Library
Third Floor, Mary Elizabeth and Charles Bernard Rodning Gallery of Art
January 25, 2016 – February 29, 2016

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“Southern Favorites” is an art exhibit currently on display in the Mary Elizabeth and Charles Bernard Rodning Gallery of Art on the third floor of the University of South Alabama Marx Library. This exhibition of artwork brings together several local artists, who beautifully capture the people, places and animals of the South through their paintings. These works of art will be on display through February 29, 2016. The exhibitors are as follows:

Penny Lewis of Mobile, Alabama was born and raised in an artistic family, musical as well as art. She has been drawing and painting since she was very young. She enjoys painting animals, birds and people, with horses being her love. Her medium of choice is oil, but she enjoys watercolor as well as graphite. She is a member of the Mobile Art Association and the Watercolor and Graphic Society.

Carmel Alvis is a native of Mobile Alabama who enjoys portraying the beauty of the Gulf Coast along with painting portraits of both people and pets, architecture and her latest discovery of historical reenactments. She is known for her vibrantly colorful pieces and has been juried into many local art shows and seen in many galleries and local museums. She is a member of the Watercolor and Graphic Society.

Liz Zirlott has been drawing since she was old enough to hold a pencil and is largely a self taught artist. Art was the one thing that could hold her interest in school. After raising a family and retiring, she rediscovered her first love. She has been painting and teaching ever since and is a member of the Mobile Art Association and the Watercolor and Graphic Society.

Nancy Hanrath is an award winning and professional watercolor artist who enjoys painting vibrant florals, colorful landscapes and wildlife. She has developed a realistic style over the past twenty years and strives to capture the essence of her subject through her use of fluid colors. Nancy is a lifetime member of the National Academy of Flemish Painters in Antwerp, Belgium, a member of the Watercolor and Graphic Society, The Portrait Society of America and the Mobile Art Association.

Karen McGahagin is an award winning artist who had the opportunity to devote to full time painting after retiring in 2005. She attended workshops in Mississippi, Alabama and Florida to become a better artist and refine her painting skills. She currently is a member of the Mobile Art Association and the Watercolor and Graphic Society where she has served on the board for several years. Karen is also a member of the local and national Sumi-e Society and a member of the Mobile Arts Council and the Mobile Museum of Art. Her work can be seen at the Dauphin Island Lighthouse Gallery.

Vivienne Stevens has been an art lover all of her life. She had a deep desire to learn to create the type of pieces she admired. She began painting in oil in the mid 70’s. She is now an accomplished oil and watercolor artist. Her favorite subjects to paint are birds, beach scenes, old barns, houses, animals and flowers. She is known for saying, “Getting together with friends and painting is the best therapy in the world”. Vivienne is a member of the Mobile Art Association.

Kathy Sikes started her artistic adventure at the age of thirty eight. Having built houses during this time aided in her inspiring love for art and learning to create it. She studied under Audice Shelton in Mississippi for fourteen years. Kathy has won several awards in Singing Rivers Art Association and has served as the Treasurer of the Biloxi Art Association for six years. She is an astounding artist of watercolor and oil and is a member of the Ocean Springs Art Association.

Chiisai

University of South Alabama Marx Library
Third Floor, Mary Elizabeth and Charles Bernard Rodning Gallery of Art
January 15, 2016 – February 29, 2016

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A new art exhibition, “Chiisai” (Japanese for “small”), is currently showing at the University of South Alabama Marx Library. The exhibit will be on display in the glass display cases in the Mary Elizabeth and Charles Bernard Rodning Gallery of Art on the third floor of the Library through February 29, 2016. This collection of art features small paintings and sculptural works by local artist Regina Doi-Kolleger. In Regina’s 25 year career as an artist, she has painted murals and panels for public display in U.S. embassies, train stations, art walks, and museums. The work is large scale, sweeping and abstract. Yet, there is another side to her, something she calls “Chiisai” – small and precious, perhaps child-like. In “Chiisai” she sculpts in wax and casts intricate bronze and precious metal jewelry and sculptures. Regina says, “I sculpt animals as I would like to play with them as a child. If in terracotta clay, my figures are spirits of preciousness within.”

In this exhibit you will view rough castings and waxes, and have a glimpse into the process of “lost wax metal casting– a process where, an originally sculpted wax is molded then, its model attached to a wax “tree” that reflects the eventual path of poured metal, that occurs in a metal foundry. You will also view sculptural terracotta excerpts from, “Building New York City” a public exhibition from the New York State Museum.

Regina Doi-Kollegger born in Tokyo, Japan is a painter and sculptor. Her fine art is influenced by her Eurasian heritage. Regina’s work is displayed in both public and private collections and installations throughout the U.S. and the world, including Saratoga, Manhattan, East Hampton, NY, San Francisco, Austin TX, & Tokyo and Osaka Japan, Dubai and Brunei. Today, Regina paints, sculpts and plays with her horses, puppies and her painter husband, Benno Kollegger at their studio farm on Heron Bayou, Mon Louis Island, Alabama.

All art exhibitions are free and open to the public during regular Library hours. For more information please visit http://www.southalabama.edu/librarygalleries/ .

2015 Helen Keller Art Show of Alabama

University of South Alabama Marx Library
First Floor Gallery
January 11, 2016 – May 31, 2016

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The 2015 Helen Keller Art Show of Alabama is currently on display in the first floor gallery of the University of South Alabama Marx Library. The show will be on exhibit from January 11, 2016 – May 31, 2016. It is free and open to the public during regular Library hours.

The Helen Keller Art Show of Alabama is an annual show for Alabama students who are visually impaired, blind, or deaf/blind. It was established in 1983 as a cooperative project between agencies serving children with visual impairments. The art show is open to students of all ages in Alabama public, private, residential, and home schools. The philosophy of the exhibit is that all participating students are considered winners and teachers are encouraged to incorporate visual arts into the individual educational plan of each student. The show provides students an opportunity to showcase their special talents and abilities. The artwork is unique with emphasis on creativity, color, and tactile media.

Every year, the art show travels throughout the state of Alabama and is displayed in museums, art galleries, and agencies. The grand prize winner’s art remains in a permanent collection at Ivy Green in Tuscumbia, Alabama, which is Helen Keller’s birthplace.

Support for the annual Helen Keller Art Show of Alabama is provided through the sale of the art and through sponsors, including UAB Vision Science Research Center – Education and Outreach Module, UAB School of Optometry, UAB Program for Visual Impairments, UAB School of Education, EyeSight Foundation of Alabama, Callahan Eye Foundation Hospital, the Patty Johnson Award, the Colbert County Tourism and Convention Bureau, the Nelson Family Award, and the Boyd Rogan Family Award.

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