Art educators display work at JCJC

Written By: Teresa McCreery
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Date Submitted: 2014-03-06 15:39:28

ELLISVILLE – One of the Southeast’s premiere watercolor painters, and East Mississippi Community College art instructor, Terry Cherry will have some of his collection on display in the Jones County Junior College Eula Bass Lewis Art Gallery this month. Longtime art instructor at Meridian Community College, and award winning artist, John Marshall will also have his artwork on display at JCJC. The show is open to the public at no cost.

The signature member and two-time president of the Mississippi Watercolor Society, Cherry has had his work featured in one-man shows, group exhibitions, competitions, and outdoor festivals throughout the country. He has exhibited in such varied venues as Watercolor USA, the Mississippi Watercolor Society Grand National, the Texas Watercolor Society, Terrance Gallery (New York, NY), Arts in the Park (Meridian), the MMA Bi-State, Watercolor Southeast and the Southern Watercolor Society Annual Juried Competition. He came home with three “Best in Show” awards in the Mississippi Watercolor Society Member Show. Despite his honors though, Cherry explains he has been in a life-long pursuit of achieving what he thinks is an elusive quality in his paintings.

“I have wanted them to be loose and flowing, but still real looking. In some of my watercolors my goal is to paint almost non-objectively a visual manifestation of something I would normally consider invisible. When I look at natural phenomenon such as clouds or foliage, I see images. These images are my imagination of things or ideas, thought or believed. The idea of a spirit greatly intrigues me. The idea of a spirit descending on someone, leaving someone or contained by one intrigues me even more. I am also seeking a strong sense of motion in these works, hence the use of diagonal shapes and edges and even alluding to movement in the titles,” said the accomplished workshop instructor, demonstrator, lecturer and art juror.
Marshall’s work on display at JCJC is geometric in nature, reflecting the varied landscape scenery from his travels. The Newfoundland native has lived all over the nation and in Europe. He has served as curator for the Homer Casteel Art Gallery, The Ronald R. Miller Art Gallery at Meridian Community College, has taught art for nearly 29 years, and serves as the MCC Art Department Coordinator.
His honors include, receiving Art Educator of the Year, Teacher of the Year, the Mississippi Lamplighters, Outstanding in Teaching and Active Learning Award, 2010 Humanities Professor of the Year, and he was awarded a grant in 2011 for a Master Teacher Workshop at Julliard School in New York. 
For more information about the JCJC art show contact the gallery at 601-477-4148 or visit the gallery which is open Monday through Thursday, 8:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m., and Friday from 8:00 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. The gallery is closed for lunch daily from 11:30 until noon. 


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