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SAAC to Host Gulf Coast Artists Myers and Stevenson

November 18, 2021 at 10:00 p.m.

The South Arkansas Arts Center in El Dorado, Ark, will host "One Foot in Reality," an exhibit featuring Gulf Coast artists Bill Myers and Diane Stevenson. There will be an artist's reception from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Dec. 2 and the exhibit runs from Dec. 1-17 and Jan. 4 through Feb. 3

Myers' large graphite and ink drawings on board will be featured, along with sculpture in wire, wood and bone. His work has been shown in New York, New Orleans and Chicago. Last year he had a one-man show at Lois Lambert Gallery in Los Angeles, according to a news release.

"I was born and raised in Moss Point, Mississippi, into a family where the 'art' was oversized head shots of us kids from Olan Mills Studio hovering over the dining room table," said Myers in the release. "There was a bit of craft from vacation bible school projects; but no other art. A lady in our neighborhood did paint and I would circle my bicycle around when she would be painting outdoors. I was too shy to go up to her; but many years later I did become friends with her. She was in her seventies and me in college, but she encouraged me to pursue my art ...

"I am looking forward to a return trip to El Dorado for an exhibit with my friend Diane Stevenson," Myers said. "The exhibit will include collage and drawings by Diane, and I will be showing lighted drawings and mixed media sculpture and drawings."

Stevenson will join Myers in her first exhibition at SAAC. A native of the Gulf Coast, she says her earliest memory of art is looking at a reproduction of Millet's "The Gleaners," calling to mind a church hymn, "Bringing in the Sheaves." Stevenson grew up in Ocean Springs, before venturing to New York City.

"I'm mostly a poet, and while living in New York City, I hung out with a younger generation of New York School poets," she said. "They made poems, and they made collages. These little objects of art were often postcards they mailed one another, a habit, I believe, they lifted from painters. The simple, too simple, answer may be this: poems, like collages, are small. Yet, this is not true of my recent work. They're big compared to the usual modest scale."

For more information, call the SAAC office at 870-862-5474 or visit saac-arts.org. SAAC is located at 110 East Fifth St., El Dorado, Arkansas.

--From Staff Reports

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