Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Dive into Summer fun at LRMA

Lauren Rogers Museum of Art Education Department has a busy summer art program with a variety of classes for all ages.

Free Family Art will be offered Wednesdays in June from 1 until 4 p.m. in the Museum Annex. These classes will feature a variety of free art experiences for children and families. No reservations are required for these “make-and-take” summer classes.

LRMA will also offer free art activities at the Townley Center as part of the Laurel Housing Authority’s Summer Programs. These classes will be offered from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Mondays during June and July.

Art Camp will be offered twice this summer. Students may sign up for the July 12- 15th session or the July 19 - 22nd session. The theme for this year's Art Camp is “Celebrating Mississippi Artists.” Projects will include art work based on the works of several Mississippi artists in the LRMA collection. Students will make pottery, paint, and explore printmaking techniques. Be sure to sign up early before the classes are full!

In the Carriage House Studio, we will offer Children’s Pottery Camp Tuesdays and Thursdays, June 7, 9, 14 and 16. Grades K5-6 will meet from 10 a.m. - noon or 2 – 4 p.m.

Participants will create functional and sculptural pottery using hand-building and wheel- throwing techniques. This class always fills up quickly so we encourage anyone interested to sign up at their earliest convenience.

We are also offering two new studio classes for middle school students to adults in the Carriage House Studio.

Tommie Rodgers will lead an Aqueous Painting workshop Wednesday, July 13 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. This experimental process of painting is about moving paint with water. Painters of all levels are encouraged to participate in this class. Materials and lunch are provided and registration is required.

Cassie Marcellino will lead a Concentrated Drawing Class for the beginning to intermediate art student. This class will be offered Thursday mornings in July from 10 a.m. until noon. Students will be introduced to basic drawing techniques using different drawing media. Supplies are included and registration is required.

Because girls just want to have fun, we are offering “Girls Night Art” Thursday, August 25, from 6 until 9 p.m. This class promises a good time; so, ladies, get your girlfriends together and sign up! All materials are provided to create your own canvas masterpiece!

To register for any of these summer programs, please contact Liz Brumley at 601. 649. 6374 or We have art programs for everyone in the family. Also, a tour of the Lauren Rogers Museum of Art is a great way to beat the heat on a summer afternoon! For more information, contact Mandy Buchanan or Angie King at 601.649.6374.

Mandy Buchanan is Curator of Education at Lauren Rogers Museum of Art.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Lauren Rogers Museum of Art will hold its 18th Annual “Blues Bash” Friday, June 3 from 6:30 - 10:30 p.m. on the Museum’s front lawn. This year’s event will feature The House Rockers, a well-known blues party band from Jackson, Mississippi.

The House Rockers, a 9-piece blues band, received recognition for their contributions to blues music when the State of Mississippi erected a Mississippi Blues Trail historical marker at the legendary Subway Lounge in Jackson where they played. For 15 years, the House Rockers was the lounge’s mainstay band and were fronted by singers Levon Lindsey, Abdul Rasheed, and the King Edward (Antoine) Blues Band. Featured in the Robert Mugge documentary Last of the Mississippi Jukes, the House Rockers’ brand of blues carries infectious grooves, screaming guitars and scorching horns.

Blues Bash tickets are $25 each and include a barbecue dinner from The Smokehouse of Laurel. Tickets may be purchased at the Museum or by contacting 601.649.6374 or by Wednesday, June 1. Guests should bring a lawn chair or blanket. In case of rain, Blues Bash will be held at The Reserve.

Blues Bash is sponsored by Southern Beverage Company, BancorpSouth, Chancellor Supply, Eagle Transportation, Ellis and Walters Dental Care, Gholson Burson Entrekin & Orr, PLLC, Kim’s Chrysler Toyota, The Koerber Company, Roy Rogers Body Shop, Coca-Cola of Laurel, Laurel Leader-Call, Rock 104, and WDAM-TV. Proceeds from Blues Bash support the Museum’s education program.

Monday, May 09, 2011

Guest Blogger: Holly Green


Just get ready – it’s going to be great! Lauren Rogers Museum of Art has an action-packed summer planned with activities and events to entertain and enlighten the entire family.

I’ll begin with our upcoming summer exhibitions which are interesting, and a bit whimsical. The 11th installment of Laurel Collects will open on June 21. The theme of this exhibition is Vintage Toys and Games. Laurel Arts League has again partnered with us to put together a show built around collections found in Laurel and Jones County, having had earlier exhibits composed of Asian art, furniture, and portraiture. This exhibition is sure to be appealing and nostalgic.

Word was put out via local media asking residents of Laurel and Jones County to dig through their attics for vintage toys, games, and dolls and bring them in for us to see. There were only two prerequisites - the items had to be manufactured prior to 1970 and they must be in good condition. Last weekend, we brought in an expert who selected the toys that would actually be in the exhibition. The Museum staff and guild members were even allowed to submit toys. Personally, I was a little rough with my childhood toys and they were not in exactly the most acceptable condition. If only I hadn’t colored in Miss Beasley’s polka dots and pierced her ears with my stapler – perhaps my favorite doll might be making her debut at LRMA.

A second summer exhibition, also opening on June 21, is our curator’s choice. Focus on Fashion will feature a selection of fashion photos ranging from the 1940s to the early 1960s. Laurel native Charlotte Payne worked as a model in New York, Japan, and Europe during that time period, and her personal and professional photo collection is currently in local hands. Our exhibition will feature approximately 60 photos, tear-sheets, proofs, and contact sheets from that collection. If you have an interest in fashion or photography or both, this is going to be a lovely and unique exhibition that shouldn’t be missed.

Probably our most laid-back event of the year, Blues Bash will be held Friday, June 3. Those of you who have been coming to this event for the past 18 years know how much fun it is to spend a summer evening on these beautiful grounds. If you’ve never been or it has been a while, you really need to make plans to be here. We always have good music, but the band this year is going to be outstanding. The Houserockers were the mainstay band at the infamous Subway Lounge in Jackson, now on the Mississippi Historic Blues Trail. This band has a faithful following and their slogan is “Ain’t no party like a Houserocker party, ‘cause a houserocker party don’t stop!” Smokehouse of Laurel will be cooking up some delicious barbecue to make the night complete. Go ahead and call now to get your tickets. And don’t forget your lawn chairs.

We also have a slate of art activities to entertain and educate the kids this summer. In June, we will offer Children’s Pottery Camp and Free Family Art. July will bring Summer Art Camp, a painting workshop by our own Tommie Rodgers (LRMA registrar), and a drawing class led by Cassie Marcellino. Then in August, I anticipate record participation for a new event we’re calling “Girls Night Art.” You can learn about these classes on the Museum’s website, ,or call 601.649.6374 for further details. Be sure and sign up early as the summer classes are always popular and space is always limited.

Check us out on the web, become our Facebook fan, or follow us on Twitter. However you choose to keep up, be sure and make Lauren Rogers Museum of Art your hub for summer fun and entertainment!

Holly Green is Director of Marketing at the Lauren Rogers Museum of Art.