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The Gallery at Manship Theatre is a versatile exhibition space located on the theatre's mezzanine level above the Jones Walker Foyer. This open air space is perfect for local and national professional artists to exhibit their personal collections in the Gallery located in the heart of the Shaw Center for the Arts.
The Exhibit in the Jones Walker Foyer is presented in partnership with Manship Theatre and BR General's Arts in Medicine. This rotating exhibition features local artists represented by BR General's Arts in Medicine.
Both exhibition spaces are free and open to the public Monday through Saturday. Hours are Monday 9-4, Tuesday-Friday 9-5 and Saturday 9-1.
July 26th, 2018 - September 24th, 2018 -
Carolyn Busenlener's In My Mind’s Eye Event Details
Going to my studio day after day, I question myself, “Why am I doing this?” When a runner who runs every day has to miss a day, they get anxious and miss the running. I am that way about my art. It transports me to another place where there are decisions to be made, problems to solve and beauty to create in my new world. Painting is a challenge that I thrive on.
My work is acrylic paint and mixed media. Working in acrylics lends itself to experimentation. I begin my paintings with Bone Black or Payne's Grey paint or wash. Working at first intuitively, I begin to add color, then step back to analyze. The editing process soon begins. Mark making is often to tie the forms together.
I am inspired by nature surrounding my studio in Pearlington, Mississippi. It is situated on a beautiful bayou, next to a pond and a swamp. However, sometimes my inspiration comes from the memories and life’s experiences that are always with me. In my studio I am able to transform my inspiration into a new world, as I see it “In My Mind’s Eye.”
Contemporain Gallery on In My Mind’s Eye
The “mind’s eye” is considered to be like a third eye that some people have that can visualize memories or scenes in their minds. Through the faculty of consciousness and thought, Busenlener has a talent for mental imagery, and it is always brilliant and distinct. To begin the creative process she visualizes the painting that she wishes to create. She allows herself to escape to a destination, recall a cherished memory or perhaps visit another place and time. For this artist, reflecting on the past delivers great emotional impact. It inspires, provides encouragement and strengthens her connection to the canvas. Her journey is one of continued growth with a healthy perspective, as in life and in art, there are decisions to be made and problems to be solved. Painting is a challenge that she thrives on, as everyday is a rebirth. Evident in this body of work is a true compassion for the human condition and her ability to dig deep and share her emotions with the viewer. Each stroke, color, and mark is significant to the beauty she creates in this new world, as she sees it. Inspiration is also drawn from her reality….being her surroundings. It can be the majestic bayou and its amazing aquatic life on which her studio sits, the flora and fauna indigenous to the area, or something so beautiful and simple as the big blue sky.
Carolyn Busenlener’s work has been exhibited throughout the nation in galleries, fairs, in private and corporate collections. She is widely known throughout the gulf south, having participated in artists workshops, juried exhibitions and is the recipient of numerous awards and grants. Being an ardent supporter of the arts, she is a member of the Mississippi Art Colony, and the Mississippi Arts Commission. And has earned distinguished recognition for her achievements and commitment to the arts. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in painting from Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana with continued studies at the New Orleans Academy of Fine Arts. Presently she is active in the artist workshop circuit and enjoys the fellowship of others who teach, create, and sell art across the United States and Europe.
The Mississippi Arts Commission Artist Fellowship Program has recently released its grant recipients for 2018-2019. Busenlener has been awarded the maximum grant for her work in visual arts/painting. The program is highly competitive and draws many artist applicants, for only a small number of participants are awarded. Its purpose is to honor Mississippi artists who have demonstrated excellence in the field which they create.
A heartfelt congratulations is extended to Carolyn for her beautiful and thoughtful work!
In My Mind’s Eye, will be on display at The Gallery at Manship Theatre from July 26th, 2018 - September 24th, 2018
July 26th, 2018 - September 24th, 2018