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Art Exhibits Featured at OWC Mattie Kelly Arts Center Galleries for 2007-2008 Season

Mattie Kelly Arts Center

9/10/07 - The Mattie Kelly Fine & Performing Arts Center at Okaloosa-Walton College in Niceville features two art galleries which host a series of touring and local art exhibitions. All exhibits in the OWC McIlroy and Holzhauer Galleries are free of charge and open to the public.

The OWC Mattie Kelly Arts Center Galleries are open Monday to Thursday from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm and Sundays from 1:00 to 4:00 pm. The galleries are closed Friday, Saturday and college holidays. The art galleries also feature a volunteer corps of docents who assist with the art exhibits. For more information about the exhibit schedule or the docent program, contact the OWC galleries at 729-6044.

Two simultaneous art exhibits appear September 9 to October 11 --"Tactile Traces - Fine Art Quilts" and "Warriors: The Navajo Code Talkers of WWII".

"Tactile Traces" represents the work of three artists and features more than a dozen fine art quilts. The exhibit's title refers to the legacy of stitching and cloth as coming from and through the hands of women. Each artist has exhibited widely in both national and international venues and their works are included in museums and private collections. The fine art quilts in the exhibit represent a wide range of the expressive power of thread, cloth and color.

The "Navajo Code Talkers of WWII" exhibit features 40 black and white photographs; 20" x 24" in format. The photos are by Kenji Kawano, a Japanese photographer who is the official Navajo Code Talkers Association photographer. It was the work of the Code Talkers who provided the USA our nation's only totally secure cryptogram -- speaking in their native language to relay vital information between the front lines and USA wartime headquarters. The cryptograms of the Code Talkers were a vital part of the war effort, because the Japanese and others were not able to decipher the messages.

October 28 to November 29, "Ed McGowin: Name Change" will appear in the McIlroy Gallery and "Claudia DeMonte Mapping Beauty" will appear in the Holzhauer Gallery.

Ed McGowin's "Name Change" project spanned from 1970 to 1972. Legally, McGowin assumed 12 different identities over the period. As he became a different person, he changed his style of art to reflect his new character. This exhibition includes work by T. M. Dossett (the 8th name change). Dossett's art uses as a point of departure the relationship between the African American culture and the white culture especially in the southern United States.

The "Mapping Beauty" exhibit is an overview of several pieces of Claudia DeMonte's art. DeMonte was born in New York City, received her MFA in Painting and taught at the University of Maryland for 32 years. DeMonte's work is heavily influenced by her travels to over 80 countries and her interest in the roles of women in contemporary society. Part of this installation includes "Real Beauty", a collection of handmade dolls from around the world, reflecting individual cultural standards of beauty.

January 13 to February 21, 2008, the McIlroy Gallery features "Self -Taught Artists, from the Hill Collection" and the Holzhauer Gallery features "Charles Gatewood Paintings."

On loan from the Brogan Museum of Art and Science in Tallahassee, the "Self Taught" exhibition features work by self-taught artists of the Southeastern region of the United States. Generally, not formally educated, self-taught artists express themselves individually and go beyond traditional training and materials. This show integrates 19 talented artists' works. There are 34 objects in media including paintings, collage, drawings and mixed-media assemblage.

The second exhibit that appears January 13 to February 18 features Charles Gatewood who lives in Phenix City, Alabama; a small city southwest of Columbus, Georgia. His art takes simplicity to a new dimension with his moody, yet tranquil oil paintings. His paintings are done in oil on canvas or panel, either of which has been prepared with acrylic gesso or white lead oil priming. His subjects are often quiet interiors and solemn exterior scenes.

March 9 to April 17, 2008, the McIlroy Gallery features the annual "OWC Arnie Hart Juried Student Show" and the Holzhauer Gallery features the annual "OWC Arts Faculty Exhibition."

Each year any OWC or UWF student is encouraged to enter artworks of any medium in the juried student exhibition. Those selected are then presented to the public in the McIlroy Gallery. Winners of the competition receive cash awards and prizes. Along with the Student Show, the Holzhauer Gallery will house several pieces created by OWC's fine, talented faculty. These works will include paintings, collage and ceramics.

May 4 to June 5, 2008, the McIlroy Gallery features "ADSO 16th Southeast Regional Fine Arts Show" and the OWC Holzhauer Gallery features "2007 Best in Show Winner."

The Southeast Regional Fine Arts Competition is an annual event at the OWC Mattie Kelly Arts Center Galleries. This competition is put on by the Arts and Design Society and is a juried show, with cash prizes. Of the several entries, only one is chosen as the best. That artist is then given a one-person show the following year in the Holzhauer Gallery. The 2007 winner, Lance deHaven-Smith of Tallahassee, Florida will be featured in the Holzhauer.

June 15 to July 24, 2008, the McIlroy Gallery features the work of Haitian artist "Edouard Duval-Carrie´" and the Holzhauer Gallery features "Selections from the OWC Permanent Collection"

Provocative paintings by Haitian artist, Edouard Duval-Carrie´ are a combination of African fables, world and Haitian history, mythology and present day events. Carrie´ uses 18th century French Rococo style with bright, tropical colors. His works reflect a common spirit of all the islands artists: the spirit of art in ritual.