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since barca_k insisted *I* post this [Dec. 25th, 2006|08:48 pm]
The Mad Potter of Biloxi

wardellen
[Current Mood |sillysilly]

GEORGE OHR: MISCHIEVOUS MASTER

NOV 10-JAN 28

This exhibition of the work of the turn of the 20th century artist and showman, George E. Ohr, is a special loan exhibit from the Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Biloxi. This work is too beautiful to be out of sight during the rebuilding of the heavily damaged Biloxi museum.

This exhibition is part of the “Museums Without Walls” program to ensure that museum’s who have lost their facilities may continue to exhibit during the rebuilding process. The completion of the new Ohr-O’Keefe Museum on front beach in Biloxi was, and still is due to Katrina, long awaited by the public. This exhibition at the Walter Anderson Museum of Art will allow Goerge Ohr fans and pottery enthusiasts just a taste of what is to come from the Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art.

During this special exhibition the Walter Anderson Museum of Art is pleased to welcome, not only the work of one of the Gulf Coast favorite artists, but the membership of the Ohr-Okeefe Museum as well by offering complimentary admission to the Ohr-Okeefe members.

The Walter Anderson Museum of Art is the only American Association of Museums accredited institutions on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.


Location: Walter Anderson Museum of Art, 510 Washington Ave, Ocean Springs
Phone: 228-872-3164
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(no subject) [Dec. 25th, 2006|07:43 pm]
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barca_k
i don't keep this place up like i ought to.

for instance, i neglected to mention that, some time ago, the Ohr Museum moved into a transitional location, at 1596 Glenn Swetman Drive, in Biloxi. they are open from 9am to 4:30pm (M-F), & they are not currently charging admission.


the Museum is currently in the midst of more fund raising, hoping to get re-started on construction of the Museum buildings that were destroyed by the storm. Frank Gehry, the world-renowned architect who designed the the new buildings, has made statements that he will do everything he can to help with the fund raising so that construction may begin again. the project, so far as i have been able to determine, has basically been on hold now for better than a year - although the Museum organization, in its temporary location, has become active once again. they are again hosting Ohr-related social events.


last friday, i went to the Imperial Palace for what turned out to be an astoundingly delightful dinner at a new restaurant they have there - Carnaval De Brasil. it's quite an experience to eat there - like nothing i have ever before experienced. the head server makes a brief speech explaining how the place works, & then they send you off to the salad bar, which was strange & wonderful. & then they begin serving the main course, which works like this:

various servers keep coming to the table with huge hunks of various meats spitted on huge spikes, & you tell them how much of each you want, & they keep bringing it to you in waves until a) you get full; b) they close; or c) you die. it was wonderful. there were sixteen i think varieties of meats. the lamb was my favourite. anyway, my kind of restaurant. lamb, filet mignon, top sirloin, scallops, shrimp, all you had to do is wave & a guy would come over with a huge spit of beef or lamb or pork & slice off as much as you cared to have. it was like some kind of culinary wet dream.

not Ohr-related, strictly speaking, but i thought i'd mention it since it was likely the single best dining experience i have ever had. the restaurant is at the Imperial Palace Casino, in Biloxi.


on a final note, i was at the Beau the other day & once again walked past the space where, during pre-Katrina days, the Beau's collection of Ohr works was displayed. i am saddened every time i am there. i am still even in the unconscious habit of walking over there to take a brief look at the pieces before i realize that they are gone. somehow it seems depressingly fitting that a man like George Ohr, who saw so many of his own pieces destroyed or maimed when his studio burned down, & who struggled his whole life to make a living off of his unique talent, should suffer the random destruction of more of his pieces. it just seems like bad luck & Ohr pieces go together too well sometimes.


anyway, that is all for now, & i shall try to be more on top of things from here on out.
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(no subject) [Jul. 28th, 2006|01:59 pm]
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barca_k
brief news.

stories had been circulating locally for some time now that the Beau Rivage's superb collection of about twenty Ohr pieces had been lost in the storm.

this fact has now been confirmed by the Beau. we're still not sure how many more pieces might have been lost in various places during the storm.

anyway, that's at least twenty that are gone. i'd seen them many times in the display case at the Beau & a few of them were quite stunning.

no word yet as to any schedule or approach to the Ohr Museum which was obliterated mid-way thru construction by Katrina.
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web/digital resources in ceramics [Jan. 26th, 2006|12:38 pm]
The Mad Potter of Biloxi

my_saraswati
[Current Mood |busy]
[Current Music |Loreena McKennitt]

Hi folks,

My name is Courtney and I am a potter/student. I am researching ways in which web and other digital resources can be a part of the creative and learning processes of other ceramists. Do you have any thoughts or resources you might share with me? I would love to hear about your experiences with websites or your feelings on web technology and ceramics. For example, do you think there is a clash between the earthy, traditional qualities of ceramics and the new, somewhat intangible nature of the web?

Thanks for reading!

P.S. I would be glad to share some of my own resources as well!

(x-posted, hope that's ok!)
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(no subject) [Jan. 16th, 2006|05:07 am]
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barca_k
it occurs to me i should have mentioned some time ago that the new museum, which had been under construction for some time, was obliterated by Katrina. on the 30th of August, as it turns out, the Grand Casino somehow managed to wind up on top of the museum. one would presume anything underneath the casino barge might have been squashed.

no word yet as to what anyone plans to do about this.




(i did mention this earlier. still, count this as an update of sorts if for no other reason than so i can feel like i'm off the hook).
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(no subject) [Sep. 8th, 2005|11:10 am]
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barca_k
the condition of the new museum is sketchy at best right now. the Biloxi Grand Casino barge came ashore almost on top of the museum site, but video if the area i have seen suggests that the barge came up short of landing on top of it. it did, however, obliterate the Pleasant Reed home, which was actually on the same bit of land that the museum is being built on. from what i've seen, though, i think the Ohr site managed to come through this fairly well, all things considered.

no word at all yet - & probably not for some time - on when or how construction will continue, or what long-range plans are, if there will be changes, &c. i will post updates on any of that as soon as i get hard information.


in related news, the new Hard Rock Casino took a beating - but our fabulous new guitar sign (which, as everyone knows, i seem to be obsessed with for no good reason) made it through the destruction intact.
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(no subject) [Jul. 17th, 2005|07:34 pm]
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barca_k
okay, as promised, here are pictures of the new giant guitar recently installed in front of the soon-to-be-completed hard Rock Casino in Biloxi. it's right next to the Beau Rivage.





i'm going to get one at night as soon as they activate the lights on it - i understand that the strings are of neon & will pulsate as if some giant invisible hand is plucking them. should be quite something to see...

here is a wider-angle picture, which also shows the hotel part, which is still under construction:






i am excited about the new casino opening. i've been to Hard Rock in New Orleans, but i expect that this one will be something else entirely...
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(no subject) [Jul. 13th, 2005|12:54 pm]
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barca_k
here is a photo taken today of the Ohr Museum site. work continues at a nice pace, but it won't begin looking really interesting until they get close to finishing the little buildings that are supposed to house the pottery - those buildings are going to be really wierd-shaped.




as i understand it, the livecam at the site is again up & working - it had been down for several days.


also, as soon as i manage to get down to the beach, i intend to grab a pic of our new eleven story guitar sign (for the Hard Rock Casino going up next to the Beau). i understand they've got the thing put together. i'm eager to see it. even though it really has nothing to do with Ohr, it is still something interesting around here. so....
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no new pics? [Mar. 28th, 2005|02:16 pm]
The Mad Potter of Biloxi

wardellen
[Current Mood |sillysilly]

What happened to your nifty new camera? I want pics, dammit! ;)
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new museum [Mar. 28th, 2005|01:28 pm]
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barca_k
i drove past the new museum site last monday & WOW! there are now four or five buildings in various states of completion. it looks like a giant tangled web of trees & girders, & it is impossible to tell what it's gonna wind up looking like. but since the beginning of March, the progress has been extraordinarily rapid.

i visited the old museum on tuesday. the collection on display hasn't materially changed in the past few months, except for the addition of some ink-well pieces (which he did mostly just to make money). looking around the old museum (which is currently housed in the Biloxi Library), it makes me anxious for the new venue to get up & working. it's a cramped little space at the library. i did, however, pick up a splendid little pot by a local artist. i couldn't resist it.

that's about it for now.
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