The Lucile Parker Art Gallery at William Carey University will host a reception to celebrate the opening of the exhibit “A Lifetime of Landscapes: Paintings by Myra Meade” on Thursday, December 1, from 5:30-6:30 p.m. The exhibit, which is on display November 28 – December 13, features the work of a seasoned artist. Meade, an adjunct professor of painting and art education at WCU, has been a painter in the Hattiesburg community for over 40 years. In addition to teaching at Carey, Meade has taught ceramics at Hattiesburg High School, and art classes at Oak Grove Elementary School and Jones County Junior College.
Growing up in Chattanooga, Tenn., Meade spent many years exploring the landscapes around her, and for over 50 years, has explored the metaphor of landscape painting. This exhibition presents her love for the subtleties of light and color as she revisits common themes in her work, such as trees along a path through the woods and a distinct view of the mountains.
“Many of the paintings feel abstract, where the landscape forms clearly into an inhabitable space one minute and disappears into an infinite abyss of beautiful color the next,” said Chatham Meade Kemp, curator of the Lucille Parker Gallery. “The paintings seem to invite the viewer to see the landscape as an opportunity for painting and not the other way around. I think this is one of the best exhibits we have had in the Lucile Parker Gallery, even if the artwork was made by my mother.”
The exhibit is open to the public free of charge. The gallery is open Monday through Friday from 1 – 4 p.m., or by appointment (601) 318 – 6192.