JCJC’s art gallery features JCJC alumna, Paula McNair Pierce

Written By: Teresa Martin
Email Address: teresa.martin@jcjc.edu
Date Submitted: 2012-10-13 10:46:17

ELLISVILLE – Jones County Junior College art instructor and alumna, Paula McNair Pierce has created a collection of artwork that not only reflects the autumn season but a different style of painting. The longtime educator and artist said this show still carries her usual nature theme but this collection of pieces is noticeably different.
“This body of work leans towards abstract or non-objective. The subject matter is based on plant life or nature but there’s interplay of positive and negative space and I experimented with color a little differently for this show,” said Pierce.
Originally from Mt. Olive, the 1982 JCJC graduate said she wanted to experiment a little and the end result is thought provoking and striking, like in the acrylic piece, “Fire Tree.”
“I learned you just have to do it, to take risks. You can’t sit down to a blank canvass and expect something to happen. It might take 20 attempts before something works for you,” she said.
Pierce’s show is bold and different from some of her previous examples of artwork. However, she still shows a unique creative style in some of her 3-D work like “Numbers” and “Circles” using number cut outs and a wooden door for her “Circles” creation.
“It’s obvious I’m not trying to appeal to everyone. It’s therapeutic to try something different and when you have a lot of internal things to process; it gets worked out on the canvass. I don’t think about what I’m painting. If the end result makes me happy, then it doesn’t really matter how I go there or where it started,” she revealed.
The end result of some of her work reflects the dramatic side of Pierce complimented with a more peaceful version as shown in “Multi Leaf” and the “Blur” paintings. She also has some paintings, such as “Retro” and maze may be categorized to be pattern field painting like in a wheat field. However, all of the work displayed will stir up emotions and strike visitors with a bold blast of color.
The JCJC art show is free and open to the public from Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. through 3 p.m., and Fridays, 8 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. For more information call 601-477-4148.


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