Courson’s work in one-woman show
– The work of landscape artist Dot Courson of Pontotoc will be featured in a one-woman exhibition.
The exhibit will run through May 14 at Southern Breeze Gallery in the Renaissance Shopping Center on Old Agency Road in Ridgeland.
An opening reception will be 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday. The gallery’s regular hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. Call (601) 607-4147, or visit www.southernbreeze.net.
Astronomy inspires two art exhibits
– Astronomy and art intersect in two stellar exhibits at the University of Mississippi to celebrate the International Year of Astronomy.
“The Artist’s Universe,” on display at the University Museum through May 3, comprises 31 paintings of real and imaginary scenes from outer space. “The World at Night,” to be shown at the J.D. Williams Library through April 30, features 30 photographs of sites against a nighttime sky.
The year commemorates the 400th anniversary of Galileo Galilei’s use of a telescope to study the skies and Johannes Kepler’s publication of Astronomia nova.
For more information, call (662) 915-7073, or visit www.olemiss.ed/museum.
Collins will read her poems Thursday
– Award-winning author Martha Collins will read from her works during a free program Thursday at Mississippi State.
The 7:30 p.m. event will take place in the third-floor Fowlkes Auditorium of the Colvard Student Union.
Collins is the author of “Blue Front,” a book-length poem based on a lynching her father witnessed as a youth. Her work won an Anisfield-Wolf Book Award and was included among the New York Public Library’s “25 Books to Remember from 2006.”
For more information, call (662) 325-3644.
Student takes part in cemetery tours
– Sloane Sparks of Belmont will bring history to life for candlelight tours of Friendship Cemetery in Columbus during “Tales from the Crypt.”
Sparks, the daughter of Teresa Sparks, researched the life of Sally C. Graves, whose husband tended a bridge on the Tombigbee River.
Nearly 50 students from the Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science will take part in “Tales” tours during the Columbus Pilgrimage.
Performances will be 7 to 9:30 p.m. on Monday and Wednesday in Friendship Cemetery on Fourth Street South, Columbus. Tickets are available on site and are $4/general admission and $2/students.
For more, call (662) 329-1191, or visit www.columbus-ms.info.
Baird among those selected by MMA
– Former Tupelo resident Duncan Baird will have work included in Mississippi Museum of Art’s 2009 “Mississippi Invitational” biennial exhibition.
In addition to Baird, who now lives in Cleveland, the exhibit will feature the talents of Brent Fogt, Jackson; Marita Gootee, Starkville; Philip R. Jackson, Oxford; David Lambert, Jackson; Annabelle Meacham, Senatobia; Christopher Miner, Jackson; Matthew Grant Puckett, Jackson; Lee Renninger, Gulfport; and Amanda Sparks, Jackson.
The exhibit will run from Aug. 1 to Nov. 29. Get the facts by calling (601) 960-1515, or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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