Tides & Currents: Contemporary Art Along the Gulf Coast artist reception will be Saturday, June 28, at 6pm. Exhibit curator Bill Myers said, “I chose these fifteen artists for the vairety of materials and approaches. Each has a distinctive vision that is reflected in their work. . .some more experimental in their work, some more traditional. . .and all  reflect the world we inhabit.”

Myers has a long history with SAAC, beginning with meeting Richard Wharton at the home of a mutual friend on the Mississippi coast. His solo exhibit in the Merkle and Price Galleries was in 2009, when he also taught a drawing workshop. “During the week of the workshop, I continued to fall in love with the SAAC staff and found my class undergoing a change from strangers to friends – the magic of El Dorado!” he said.

Some years later, Myers was approached about having another show. Feeling that he could not fill the space with new work, he invited friends from the Mississippi coast to do a group show. Myers said, “This current show is an outgrowth of that past group show, adding five artists to the original ten. Thank you for including us in this 50th Anniversary year at SAAC.”

Artists and media for the exhibit are:

Mary Anderson, Ocean Springs, Mississippi: watercolor

Annette Bailey Blocker, Ocean Springs, Mississippi: encaustic

Susan Carranza, Ocean Springs, Mississippi: gouache, pencil & gouache

Kat Fitzpatrick, Bay St. Louis, Mississippi: encaustic

Kerr Grabowski, Bay St. Louis, Mississippi: cotton fabric, dye

Mary Hardy, Ocean Springs, Mississippi: mixed media

Carol Hutcherson, Gautier, Mississippi: mixed media

Adele Lawton, Ocean Springs, Mississippi: pottery

Ellen Ellis Lee, Ocean Springs, Mississippi: ceramic

Trailer McQuilkin, Ocean Springs, Mississippi: botanical reproductions

Bill Myers, Biloxi, Mississippi: mixed media

Vicki Niolet, Bay St. Louis, Mississippi: assemblage

Joey Rice, Ocean Springs, Mississippi: pastel

Peg Tilley, Fairhope, Alabama: mixed media

Jessie Florence Zenor, Ocean Springs, Mississippi: pen & ink, watercolor