Starkville Area Arts Council (SAAC) is excited to announce the latest Art in Public Places (AiPP) exhibit featuring works by Jackson native, Gary Walters. This exhibit features 23 watercolors, along with a collection of assorted unframed works.
Gary Walters is a painter working primarily with watercolors, working out of Jackson, MS, where he was born and raised. He has BS and Masters degrees from Mississippi College, where he taught art, and has received several awards for his work. Walters has completed more than 3,000 works, many of which are held in private and public collections. To see more, please visit Walters' website, garywaltersfineart.com.
The exhibit will be on display May 3 - July 5, 2021 in the lobby of the Greater Starkville Development Partnership, accompanied by the full exhibit online at www.starkvillearts.net. An indoor/outdoor reception will be held under the lights on Lafayette Street on Thursday, May 20, 2021, from 5:00 - 6:30 pm, with street closure begins at 4 pm. Works are for sale. Please CALL or EMAIL SAAC if you are interested in purchasing one.
Following the reception, attendees are highly encouraged to head over to Fire Station Park to see Starkville Community Theatre's performance of "The Queen of Bingo" at 7 pm. Tickets for this fundraising show are available for $10 each on SCT's Facebook and website or at the performance in the Park. For more information, visit www.sct-online.org.
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The Starkville Area Arts Council (SAAC) is excited to announce that it received a two-year grant award from the Windgate Foundation in Little Rock, Arkansas. The two-year award totals $24,000 and will help transform the teaching artist position in SAAC's Art Partners Initiative into a formal fellowship.
Windgate Foundation has provided nearly $900 million in grants since 1993, supporting contemporary craft & visual arts organizations and programs across the United States. Grants support a wide range of significant educational and art programs in contemporary craft and visual arts. SAAC's Art Partners Initiative provides a free teaching artist and supplies to 3-4 existing after-school sites for extracurricular enrichment. Two of these sites currently focus on youth in vulnerable communities and SAAC's efforts are poised for growth. More than 100 youth each year benefit from this Initiative.
"We are thrilled to be recipients of this grant," says Dr. Christine Rogers, SAAC Board Member and Chair of Art Partners. "The teaching artists have been greatly beneficial to Art Partners by sharing their art skills with youth at various locations. Teaching artists provide many creative art activities and this grant will enhance both the artist and Art Partners so we continue to give youth a meaningful ability to express themselves through art.
"We are beyond excited," says E.D. John W. Bateman. "Art Partners is a little-known but dynamic after-school program that has grown tremendously over the last 4 years. Our ultimate goal is this Fellowship will become a launchpad role for emerging artists to build skills, resources, and networks needed to become and remain gainfully employed as artists, while also providing greater quality educational resources for our site partners. By keeping artists working as artists, we strengthen the existing cultural and educational resources here in Oktibbeha County."
To learn more about Windgate Foundation, please visit https://www.windgatefoundation.org.
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