I want to thank Debbie Stringer at Today in Mississippi, Keith Wilson at The Biloxi-D'Iberville Press, Tammy Smith at The Sun Herald, all the people at WLOX and WXXV television stations, and Alanderia Whitlock at JZ94.5 radio station for helping us get the word out and for being so hospitable when I was with them. I tended to worry about my public speaking abilities but they really put me at ease. In my previous post, I mentioned some of the Ohr's staff but didn't have everybody's name. It's important that I call them by name because each one helped to make the event and the exhibition a success. The docents are: Effie Clark, Annette Franklin (who wrote me a lovely poem "One Stitch at a Time"), Margaret Browne, Pamela Cevallos Amores and Sharon Barnes. They have been my eyes, ears -- and mouth too -- because they intently and continuously inform themselves about my work and daily pass it on to any visitors who have questions. That the Visitor Services Supervisor Adriaan Simpson is sharp and efficient, I have no doubt. The quality of the docents says it all. Christina Broome, Admissions Representative, and Erin Herrera, Museum Store Manager, pave the way with ready but not pushy info on all the exhibitions. I've seen them both in action greeting visitors at the front desk. No museum these days can work full-throttle without the help of volunteers. I've met some of them but all of them have aided my exhibition by doing their part. They are: Kathy Bristol, Ike Edwards, Dora Faison, Gigi Gunter, Diane Kiser, Linda Mabry, Dudley McAllister, Dale Nunnery and Susan Pollard. I can't close this post without mentioning the Mississippi Arts Commission which has supported me since my arrival in Mississippi. They funded and promoted this exhibition and this month awarded me a Visual Arts Fellowship with support from the National Endowment of the Arts and the Mississippi state legislature. Each of these people and organizations has more than just done his/her job; they've been enthusiastic supporters of me and my work. Many thanks to them all.
And you still have time. The exhibition remains at the Ohr-O'Keefe until August 19, 2017.
Ohr-O'Keefe Museum of Art (228) 374-5547
386 Beach Boulevard
Biloxi MS 39533