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Mattie Kelly Arts Center Galleries at NWFSC Flight Path and The Americans On Display Now to July 25

Mattie Kelly Arts Center


7/6/2010 - The Mattie Kelly Arts Center art galleries at Northwest Florida State College in Niceville are currently featuring two free exhibitions on display through July 25; one titled "Flight Path" that explores human flight, both real and fantastic in art, and an exhibit titled "The Americans" that features "Military Family Tree", a project twhich memorializes family members who have served in the US Armed Forces, and "Through a Glass Darkly", a film addressing military conflict and the natural landscape, among other works.

Both exhibits are free and open to the public. Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Sundays from 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. The Galleries are also open 90 minutes prior to the July 14 to 17 performance of Grease in the main stage theater of the college's arts complex-- from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.

The Mattie Kelly Fine and Performing Arts Center is located on the Niceville campus of Northwest Florida State College at 100 College Blvd. and is easily accessible from state highways 85 or 285 or from Destin via the Mid-Bay Bridge and Hwy. 20. For information contact the Galleries at 729-6044.

Flight Path is a nod to the 75th anniversary of Eglin Air Force Base and showcases aircraft sculptures from the tiny to the colossal - the smallest having dimensions of only a few inches and the largest a wingspan of 30 feet - paintings and digital art that evokes the sky and beyond, and prints and photographs that address flight and flying machines. The exhibit explores people's relationship to sky, space and the heavens, and celebrates the longtime partnership between the Okaloosa-Walton region and the machines that allow humans to fly. The Flight Path exhibit, featured in one of two art galleries at the college's Mattie Kelly Arts Center, features nine artists from throughout the Southeast showcase works in a variety of media and styles.

The centerpiece of the exhibition is a sculpture created by Michael Brennan of Tallahassee - a 23 foot nose-to-tip scale model of a WACO7 bi-plane produced in the early 1920's. The model has a 30 foot wingspan and fills the gallery floor. Though not made of airworthy materials, the work - titled Model Airplane - was created according to original WACO specifications.

The Flight Path exhibition also features the prints of Denise Bookwalter, a printmaker on the faculty at Florida State University. Early flight models and the work of lesser-known pioneers of air technology, as well as a fascination with primitive airships inform her designs. John Mack, a Sarasota-based sculptor, contributes two of his large-scale, cedar-and-metal constructions to the Flight Path exhibition. Just as Michael Brennan's Model Airplane will dominate the floor of the gallery, Mack's Vessel will - at 12 feet long - dominate the "skies" as it will be suspended from the McIlroy Gallery rafters. Other artists featured in this unique exhibit include photography, paintings, sculpture and other works by artists Ashley E. Craig of Savannah; Mariann Kearsley of Tallahassee; David Lambert of Mississippi; Christopher Cassidy of North Carolina; John Mack of Sarasota; Sarah Marshall of Alabama and Barbara Jo Revelle of Gainesville.

Running concurrently in the Holzhauer Gallery will be Owen Mundy's The Americans. Mundy, an Assistant Professor of Art at Florida State University, served as a US Navy photographer before beginning his artistic training, and this military service informs much of his installation art. The Americans will feature his Military Family Tree, an expanding project that memorializes family members who have served in the US Armed Forces, and Through a Glass Darkly, a film installation addressing military conflict and the natural landscape, among other works. Mundy has created a new installation for his exhibition at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center, an interactive photo booth that furthers his exploration of military portraiture and will allow visitors to create portraits of themselves.