Meridian Star

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November 10, 2009

Robert Hale’s work on exhibit at Lucas Road

An artist's reception featuring the work of Robert Hale will be held at Lucas Road Gallery and Frame Shop on Thursday from 5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.

The gallery is located at 2211 Fifth St., in downtown Meridian.

Meridian Artist Robert Hale (Jimmy Smith) is a retired college instructor. He taught speech and theater at Meridian Community College from 1970-2000 after completing an undergraduate degree in education with an emphasis in speech and a master's degree in theater at the University of Mississippi. He has done post graduate work in England through San Diego University.

While teaching at MCC, he was recognized with an Outstanding Teacher Award in 1989 and was presented the award as Outstanding Arts Educator of 1997 by the Meridian Arts Council. Hale has served on the board of directors of the Meridian Museum of Art and the Lauderdale County/Meridian Council for the Arts.

Hale is a native of Pontotoc County, Mississippi. Northeast Mississippi often serves as a source of inspiration for his painting. His paintings are in private collections in Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee, Missouri, Washington, D.C., Oregon, California, North Carolina and Washington.

Artist's statement

I have never had formal training in art. I have always been fascinated by art. Growing up in rural Hurricane, Mississippi in the 1940s and '50s didn't include opportunities for formal art education but I was able to read about art and artists. In college, I took an Introduction to Art course as an elective and visited my first art museum. I never considered art as a profession but from that time on, I made a point of visiting art museums whenever I traveled in this country and in Europe. I still do and never seem to see enough.

I have learned a great deal through conversation with and observation of the works of artists whom I have been fortunate to know and to admire. These include Alex Loeb, Dick Kelso, Lou O'Leary, John Marshal, Bill Watkins, Marie Hull, Joey Horne, Les Green and Millie Howell.

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