A variety of art work from JCJC Art department on display

Written By: Teresa McCreery
Email Address: teresa.mccreery@jcjc.edu
Date Submitted: 2013-11-11 12:30:37

ELLISVILLE – A collection of various types of art created by members of the Jones County Junior College Art department will be on display from November 11, through December 18, in the Eula Bass Lewis Art Gallery on the Ellisville campus.


All four members of the department give the public a sample of the artwork they are currently working on or enjoy the most.  For JCJC ceramics instructor, Melanie Eubanks pottery is always her current project.


She said, “In an ideal world, art is something that fits into our daily lives.” In fact, Eubanks utilizes her artwork daily by using the coffee cups and vases she has created.  “As a maker of these types of objects, Eubanks uses the potter’s wheel to make an assortment of cups, bowls, plates and vases that are best viewed when being held by the hand of the user.  Most of my works are stoneware and are often decorated with whimsical imagery and patterns.”


Eubanks said her work is an ongoing exploration of form and firing technique. In other words learning and creating is continuous.


Continuing his unique collection of mixed media work, JCJC computer design instructor, Mark Brown presents his newest creation of mixed media using ordinary items he finds in his travels. 


“The work I chose combines a variety of media, including collage, paint, found objects, and sculpture. The subjects that I depict are common, everyday things. It allows the viewer to make their own associations with the work,” Brown shared. 


Amy Walters said she is showing paintings that have themes everyone has always liked, while adding a fresh glimpse of something new.   She adds, “My paintings aren’t about what they ‘mean’ but rather the story they tell. I give the viewer the opportunity to think for themselves and use their own imagination. I just relay on the paint and the brush strokes to create a little story on each canvas.”


Also showing off her painting skills is JCJC painting and drawing instructor, Paula McNair Pierce.   She selected a group of work to display that is primarily nonobjective subject matter in varied media.  


She explains, “In the multi-media pieces, I'm using a lot of numbers. They don't symbolize anything.  I just simply like the negative space in numbers. I hope people will enjoy the fact that the work is light, happy, and not bogged down with a lot of symbolism or hidden meaning.”


All of the artists said it is important for their students to see their work for a lot of different reasons, including offering the opportunity to validate the art profession which adds credibility to the art department and the industry , as well as showing students how to prepare for a display. 


Danielle Alexander of Laurel is a student of Brown’s and added, “When teachers show us some of their work, like here in the JCJC art gallery, it shows me what I need to do to get to that level in the future. I really like their work.”


As a department, everyone is creative in their own way and that brings a wide range of different art, so there should be something for everyone to enjoy in this exhibit.   


The gallery is open Monday through Thursday, from 8:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. and on Friday from 8:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m.  Admission to the gallery is free. For special accommodations, or for more information, call 601-477-4148.  




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