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Noonkester School of Arts and Letters

Thursday, January 5, 2017 - 11:25am

The Lucile Parker Gallery will host an exhibit of paintings by John Armistead Jan. 10 – Feb. 2. An opening reception will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 10 from 4:30 to 6 p.m. The gallery is located at 512 Tuscan Avenue on the William Carey University campus. Hours are Tuesday-Thursday 1 to 4 p.m. or call (801) 755-4052 for an appointment.

John Armistead, an ordained minister, is an award-winning author, artist, and journalist. He holds degrees from Mississippi College (BA, English), the University of Mississippi (MA, classics), Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary (MDiv), and New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary (DMin).

Armistead began formal studio training in Mobile when he was eight years old, working in pastels and oils. He continued art studies through college, and in recent years has participated in master's classes taught by Everett Raymond Kinstler at the Lyme Academy of Fine Art in Old Lyme, Connecticut, the Art Students League of New York, and the National Academy of Design in New York City. The influence of Kinstler, the country's foremost painter of five U.S. presidents and over 50 cabinet members, is increasingly evident in his work.
 
Armistead is the author of three mystery novels and two novels for teenagers, and hundreds of his paintings hang in museums and homes throughout the country. He is a member of the Mystery Writers of America, the Authors Guild, the National Association of Independent Artists, the Portrait Society of America, the Mississippi Art Colony, and the Harley Owners Group (HOG). He lives with his family in Tupelo.
 
Posted 1/5/2017
 
 
Monday, December 5, 2016 - 10:24am
William Carey University will perform “Sacramento Fifty Miles” on December 8 and 9 at 7 p.m. and at 2 p.m. Dec. 10 at 2 p.m. in the Joe and Virginia Tatum Theatre on the Hattiesburg campus.
 
Sacramento Fifty Miles is a joyful musical for children by Eleanor and Ray Harder and is loosely based on the old tale of The Brementown Musicians. Set in the days of the California Gold Rush, Molly the burro and Darby the dog escape their mean master and set off for a better life in Sacramento. Along the way they meet Contessa, a Spanish cat, and Beauregard, a Southern rooster. The foursome join forces to find Sacramento, with the major obstacle in their journey being two selfish gold prospectors.
 
Tickets for these performances are $5 each. Seating is limited, so please make plans early to attend. To make reservations, call 601-318-6222. 
 
Monday, November 28, 2016 - 4:35pm
Nov. 29 – Dec. 15 at Lucile Parker Gallery
 
The Lucile Parker Gallery will feature an exhibit by Mississippi artist Kim Whitt beginning Nov. 29 and running through Dec. 15. The “Evolving by Nature” exhibit features Whitt’s paintings and weavings. The opening reception will be held from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 29. The gallery is located at 512 Tuscan Avenue on the William Carey University campus. Gallery hours are 1 to 4 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday or by appointment. Call (801) 755-4052 for more information or to schedule an appointment.
 
Kim Whitt has had a lifetime of involvement in the arts as a student, teacher, administrator, and artist in movement, fiber/textiles and painting. Whitt is a fiber artist and painter, holds a B.A. in cultural anthropology and dance from the University of Southern Mississippi with graduate studies in process pedagogy, and is certified to teach K-12 in visual and performing arts. 
 
Whitt taught creative movement, visual art and drama for 10 years, is a past Fellow member of the Mississippi Craftsman’s Guild as an accomplished textile artist, and has taught weaving to all ages, beginner to advanced. She also served as the arts education director for the Mississippi Arts Commission, overseeing visual artists, craftsmen and arts education programming for the state. 
 
Currently, Whitt works with abstract impressionist landscape painting in oil, exploring our intuitive sense of place through the use of color, line and shape. Inspired by Wolfe Kahn, Mark Rothko, and Color Field painting, she’s exploring the element of intersecting line and grid as evident in weaving. Both the paintings and the weavings work with object placement, as in still life, and a sense of place. 
 
Thursday, September 22, 2016 - 2:55pm

The William Carey University Theatre will present the award winning Lorraine Hansberry play “A Raisin in the Sun” October 6-8 at 7:30 p.m. and October 9 at 2 p.m. in the Joe & Virginia Tatum Theatre on the Hattiesburg campus.

 

“A Raisin in the Sun” tells the story of a black family living in a Chicago neighborhood who have received an insurance settlement that could change their lives for the better. Hansberry received the New York Drama Critics Circle award for best play in 1959. Her play has become a part of the American literary canon and is often mentioned when speaking about contemporary African American writers.

 

Living in a poverty stricken neighborhood in Chicago, the Youngers, Walter and Ruth, live with their child Travis, Walter’s mother Lena, and sister Beneatha. Financial difficulties strain their relationship, and Walter hopes to fix the strain by investing in a local store with friend Bobo. The family receives a small inheritance and Mr. Younger uses the bulk of the money to become a businessman, but Mrs. Younger takes some of the money to buy them a new and better home in a white neighborhood. A white resident, Karl, tries to buy the Youngers out of their dream home, which only leads to tension in the family. Adding to the tension are two of Beneatha’s friends, the wealthy George and Nigerian Joseph Asagai, who both vie for her hand in marriage. The Youngers must decide as a family their fate as an uncertain future looms.

 

The cast includes Branden Lindsay of Greenville, South Carolina (Walter), Zhariah Hubbard of Hattiesburg (Ruth), Andric S. Knott of Hattiesburg (Travis), Treya Brown of Hattiesburg (Lena), Kelseigh Redmon of Murfreesboro, Tennessee (Beneatha), Damien Williams of Chunchula, Alabama (Bobo), Taylor Abbott of Picayune (Karl), Deshawn Weston of Desoto, Texas (George), Michael Jones of Denver, Colorado (Joseph Asagai), Nicoli Hutchison of Picayune and Nathan Wilkins of McComb (moving men). 

 

The scenic designer is visiting artist Connie Smith, director of technical theatre at Chipola College in Alabama. The costume designer is Johonna Bush of Foxworth, and the lighting designer is Amanda Campbell of Carriere. The sound designer is Dalton Stanford of Hattiesburg, makeup and hair designer is Nadia Triñanes of Hattiesburg, and Bryce Moore of Gulfport is properties director. The director is Keone Fuqua, chair of the department of theatre and communication. Stage manager is Chace Giadrosich of Beaumont.  

 

Tickets are $10 for general admission, $8 for military and senior citizens, and $5 for students. Reservations can be made by calling 601-318-6221. The box office is open Monday through Friday from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. beginning October 3.

Wednesday, April 6, 2016 - 12:57pm
A support group for diabetics and pre-diabetics founded by William Carey University students and Dr. Josye Brookter, assistant professor of language and literature, will meet for the first time at Merit Health Wesley in Hattiesburg from 9 until 10:30 a.m. on April 9.
 
The group, part of a service-learning project for Brookter’s Expository Writing students, is called Peers for Wellness and will meet in the Glen Smith Room on the main floor of the hospital. The group, which will meet twice monthly after the first meeting, will explore topics related to health, exercise and meals.
 
In addition to planning the initial meetings, Carey English students have also used their writing skills to develop documents on healthy living and the management of diabetes.
 
The meetings are free and open to the public. For more information, call (601) 318-6619.