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POSTERS, PAINTINGS, PHOTOS

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POSTERS, PAINTINGS, PHOTOS opens in the Roger D. Malkin Gallery on August 23, 2013

GREENVILLE, MS—The Greenville Arts Council announces the opening of “POSTERS, PAINTINGS, PHOTOS,” in the Roger D. Malkin Gallery, on August 23, 2013 from 5-7 PM at the E.E. Bass Cultural Arts Center. This exhibit will feature a variety of works that highlight the blues culture just in time for festival season.

POSTERS: For over a decade, each year, the Mississippi Action for Community Education, Inc. (MACE) has offered the opportunity to artists all over the country to design the poster for the Mississippi Delta Blues and Heritage Festival. During this exhibit, the Greenville Arts Council will feature a selection of Mississippi Delta Blues and Heritage Festival posters from over the years. The artwork selected for the 2013 Festival poster will be displayed.

PAINTINGS: This exhibit will feature the paintings of Cleveland Artists Carolyn Norris. Her work was featured in the book Spirit of the Delta: The Art of Carolyn Norris. Raised in West Virginia, self-taught artist Carolyn Norris (b. 1948) moved as a young woman of twenty-one to Cleveland, Mississippi, a quintessential Delta railroad town on the famous blues Highway 61. To create one of her first paintings, she tore the wooden back off a dresser to use as a canvas. She painted with available house paint and completed the painting with face makeup. Thus began the realization of a passionate need to paint. Eventually, Norris came to serve as the visual griot of Cleveland. She has used a variety of media, painting on canvas, wood, paper, cardboard, glass, plates, tiles, sheets, floor covering, and mirrors. She also uses her garage door as a giant mural chronicling community events. In her extraordinary images, Norris shows daily black life in the modern Delta.

PHOTOS: Billy Johnson, Highway 61 Blues Museum Director, will exhibit photographs from his series titled, “Gone But Not Forgotten.” This photography collection showcases the many well-known blues musicians who defined the music genre who are no longer with us, though their legacy lives on.

During the opening reception representatives from the Mighty Mississippi Music Festival will be present to sell tickets and posters. Poster artist Cristen Barnard will be on hand to sign posters. MACE will have information about the 36th Mississippi Delta Blues and Heritage Festival. Artwork, books and posters will be available for purchase.

The exhibit is made possible by a sponsorship from Montage Marketplace. The “POSTERS, PAINTINGS, PHOTOS” exhibit will remain in the Roger D. Malkin Gallery until October 21, 2013. For more information about the Greenville Arts Council visit their website at http://www.greenville-arts-council.com.

The Greenville Arts Council is partnering with Bridging the Blues. Bridging the Blues is a movement to connect the King Biscuit Blues Festival in Helena, Arkansas to the Mighty Mississippi Music Festival at Warfield Point in Greenville, Mississippi-by showcasing a week of the blues along Highway 61. For more information about Bridging the Blues visit their website.

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The mission of the Greenville Arts Council is to promote the rich cultural heritage of the region and stimulate and encourage cultural activities, arts appreciation, arts education, and the creative works of artists. Some of the responsibilities that help define the Greenville Arts Council as the primary promoter of the arts in our area include offering art classes to children and adults, organizing community events, presenting an ongoing series of free exhibits featuring visual artists from the area and the state, and coordinating educational programs which teach arts-integration in local schools. The Greenville Arts Partnership between the Greenville Arts Council, the Greenville Public School District and our three community arts partners, Delta Center Stage, Delta Symphony Association and the Delta Children’s Museum, is focused on full arts integration in the GPSD elementary schools. Plentiful research documents the value of the teaching in and through the arts to help students understand core academic concepts on a deep level. The partnership was the first in the state of Mississippi accepted into the Kennedy Center Partners in Education Program in 2003, joining over 100 other partnerships between school districts and arts organizations across the country. The partnership provides professional development for teachers, arts experiences for students and resource and referral on arts integration issues. Professional development has been provided in two ways, through workshops with Teaching Artists from the Kennedy Touring Roster and grade-level and/or discipline-specific professional development with our local staff. We present a series of model demonstration lessons to teachers in grades K to 6, demonstrating connections between Partnership free arts programming and required state frameworks. The partner arts groups present a series of live performances allowing each elementary child in the GPSD to attend at least once each year. The groups work with the Arts Council staff to develop accompanying curriculum-based educational material for distribution to teachers prior to each performance. Over the years, we have succeeded in providing basic arts integration training district-wide as well as in-depth professional development to allow groups of teachers to increase their level of mastery.