Meridian Star

June 18, 2013

On Display

People's Choice competition at MMA

By Brian Livingston / blivingston@themeridianstar.com
The Meridian Star

MERIDIAN —     Artwork from Meridian, Lauderdale County and surrounding areas are on display right now at the Meridian Museum of Art for the annual People's Choice Art Competition.

    The range and scope of the artwork encompasses oil, acrylics, pottery, sculptures, photography and much more. Patrons can vote on the pieces in each category they fall in love with.

    Kate Cherry, executive director of the Meridian Museum of Art, says the competition includes artists from Meridian and Lauderdale County, Quitman, Philadelphia, York, Ala., and even some examples from Baton Rouge, La., and Georgia.

    Haley Paige of Meridian fell in love with a piece from Charles Busby, "Shadow Florets," to the point she bought it for her home.

    "Many of the pieces are for sale," Cherry says. "This competition has become very successful and popular and it gives local artists and others on a regional basis the chance to showcase their work."

    Cherry says the competition continues until June 27 so there is still plenty of time to come into the museum and view the art and choose which ones you think are deserving of recognition. The museum is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays.

    Also going on at the museum this week is something that may foster future artists who in years to come may have their work displayed on the walls of the museum.

    Children's Art Classes are being conducted now and Cherry says the youngsters are learning many techniques that should serve them well if they decide to grow their artistic flare.

    The children get to develop examples of pottery, cartooning, clay sculpture, painting and drawing, mixed media and much more. Throughout the week the children are led through many of the techniques artists use to create their works. The classes go through July 26. For more information, call 601-693-1501.