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USM exhibits "The Art of Joy Jennings"

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This is a news release from the University of Southern Mississippi

The Gulf Coast Library at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park campus in Long Beach is featuring a new exhibit by artist Joy Jennings. “The Art of Joy Jennings,” which is currently on display, is a collection of her oil on canvas artwork.

Subjects of the paintings include landscapes of France, cityscapes of New Orleans, and scenes from Mississippi, as well as a selection of still life. Jennings' paintings express an awareness of “the movement of the lines in the painting, in the placement of color and reflection of light.” Her goal is to allow one “to see the sacred in the ordinary.”

For many years Jennings, a resident of Wiggins, studied and taught ballet. Dance also led her to study French, the language of ballet. After receiving a master of arts in French, she traveled and studied in France. While teaching French, Jennings designed simple art projects to enhance teaching the language. This led her to enroll in oil painting classes, attend art workshops and retreats which focused on art and spirituality. In Jennings' words, “Art, to me, is a dance on canvas.”

Recent exhibits of Jennings' works include displays at Oddfellow's Gallery in Hattiesburg and Off the Tracks Gallery in Wiggins. She has also displayed numerous paintings in juried online exhibits of the Episcopal Visual Arts in New York City. Her painting of St. Peter's-by-the-Sea Episcopal Church in Gulfport was also featured in the October 2013 issue of The Episcopal Journal.

“The Art of Joy Jennings” will be on display on all three floors of the Gulf Coast Library and a reception honoring the artist will be held Thursday, February 19, from 4 until 6 p.m. in the lobby of the library. Guests will have the opportunity to meet the artist, as well as purchase works on display. For additional information on her work, visit.

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