Each year about this time, nationally known ceramist Conner Burns opens his studio to host an open house and sale. While enjoying hors d'oeuvres, patrons are invited to roam the workspace and peruse work that has been well-received here and abroad. New pieces by Burns will be on exhibit, as will a special exhibition of work by seven Mississippi artists, that will remain on display through December 31. Work by Annette Burns (fiber), Shirley Byrne (photography), Elizabeth Cohen (clay), Loraine Griffin (painting), Tim McCary (photography), Sarah Teasley (clay), and the curator’s artwork - Conner Burns (clay) will be featured.
Griffin spent most of her life in Chicago and teaches in a variety of venues and her artwork blends acrylic colors in a bold and abstract style. Byrne continues to enjoy the darkroom and her photographs exude the ‘woven layers of history’ that speak in her photographs. Teasley is currently teaching at Hinds and was the first artist-in-residence for Conner Burns in Natchez. Teasley’s current work explores ideas about relationships, communication and false pretenses ... often through animal imagery. Cohen resides in Wellesley, Massachusets and her artwork transends the vessel and moves toward quiet and organic forms. McCary’s career in photography has been long and has recently expanded in experimentation with new techniques.
For his own part, Burns' work may be described as organic, as his vessels, such as teapots and bowls, are single fired and finished with a natural glaze. The artist's work has achieved recognition from the curator of the Whitney Museum of American Art and have been awarded and exhibited throughout the Southeast. 1 pm–7 pm at 209 Franklin Street. www.connerburns.com or (601) 446-6334.