Saints and idols

New show at Wave Gallery features pop culture, sports

           Maggie Smith, director of Pearl River Community College’s Hancock County campus, with the Saints art she purchased at the Wave Gallery.


Saints-themed art was among the first to sell at the Wave Gallery’s newest show, titled “Cold,” which will be up through March 22 in the foyer of Pearl River Community College’s Hancock County campus in Waveland.

And one of the first buyers was the campus’ director, Maggie Smith, new owner of one of the gold-and-black fleur-de-lis Saints symbols artist Bonnie Thompson Vallery painted in oil on large slates from a New Orleans rooftop. During the Super Bowl, her painting hung on Smith’s office wall, which adjoins the long gallery where The Arts, Hancock County mounts a new show several times a year. Soon, Smith plans to take the large plaque home for her New Orleans–style courtyard.

Spectators can see the show’s nearly three-dozen exhibits by members of The Arts, Hancock County, weekdays during regular campus hours.

“Adam Lambert” is the title given to a striking portrait of last year’s “American Idol” runner-up, which won the People’s Choice Award during the show’s recent opening reception. It’s a comically distorted face with artificially white teeth and clutching fingers with red-black nails, painted by Charles Boykin and framed in silver glitter.

A facial close-up in watercolor of a much more endearing subject, “Polar Bear,“ is by the same artist.

Both paintings are priced at $125, which is symbolic of the inexpensive prices of pieces throughout this show.

“Infrared Cypress #1” by Joe Tomasovsky is a photograph of an appealing swamp scene anchored by a huge cypress tree with profuse amounts of hanging moss and pinkish ground flowers, with emphasis on the picture’s bright highlighting.

A sea shell’s soft, ice cream–like texture is captured in the silver gelatin photography used by Marilyn Masters Arseneau, who displayed two views of the same shell in side-by-side frames.

Carolyn Busenlener painted the wind. Her “Windows in the Wind” uses light brush strokes to create the illusion of wind blowing across three parallel windows in an adobe-like wall.

“Icicles” by Ruth Thompson follows the show theme of “Cold” in a soothing cool-colors abstract with icicles imaginatively represented. 


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