JCJC’s Eula Bass Lewis Art Gallery hosts ‘non-traditional’ artist

Written By: Teresa Martin
Email Address: teresa.martin@jcjc.edu
Date Submitted: 2012-03-07 17:10:48

ELLISVILLE – A former Jones County Junior College student, Bebe Baldwin will display her artwork at the college’s Eula Bass Lewis art gallery this month.  A reception will be held, Thursday, March 22, at 10 a.m. with Baldwin discussing her work. The once ‘non-traditional’ student began her journey in the art venue in the 1980’s when she started taking classes at Jones. 
“This upcoming show at JCJC’s Eula Bass Lewis art gallery is composed of works from the time that I attended school there in the 1980’s until the present,” said Baldwin. “At JCJC, I took one class a year for several years, balancing that with my roles as homemaker, wife, mother, Sunday school teacher and member of various groups.”
Baldwin learned from former JCJC art instructors like Jerry Jones, Byron Myrick and Beverly Dennis, while continuing her education with artists like Ray Fielder and Eleanor Hughes, and attending workshops led by Tony Couch, Wyatt Waters, Moe Brooker, Dot Courson, and others.
After years of training and class work, Baldwin has narrowed her scope of artwork to pen-and-ink drawings and watercolor paintings. Her exhibit at JCJC predominately shows these two styles. Baldwin shared her thoughts about the pros and cons of being a watercolorist.
 “Although watercolor painting requires careful planning and is not very forgiving of errors, it provides immediacy and a lightness of atmosphere that other media do not. With watercolors, one can be misty and unfocused or one can choose hard edges, be subtle or bold, light or dark. This method of painting offers many options: type of paper, amount of water, color saturation. Often, one can complete a painting quickly, and if it goes wrong, turn the paper over and paint on the other side, or soak it in the bathtub and paint over what is left!”
Baldwin’s work will be on display through March 30, except for Spring Break week, March 12, through March 16.   Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Friday from 8 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. Call 601-477-4148 or 477-4094 for more information.


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