LAUREL, MS (WDAM) - The Lauren Rogers Museum of Art features a new exhibit that is sure to leave you feeling peaceful and relaxed.
The exhibit is called "Escape to Tranquility" and features 47 paintings by five contemporary artists including two which are local.
The paintings focus on landscape scenes with lush-grassy fields and quiet summer streams found east of the Mississippi.
Each artist's work represents the land in a way that calms and invites the viewer to stay and become part of the scenery.
Contemporary artists in the exhibit include Jackson artist Richard Kelso, New York artist Robert Kipniss, Maine artist T. Allen Lawson, Hattiesburg artist Myra Meade, and Laurel native Lisa Thames.
The paintings may depict imagery of dark, cool fall evenings, intense summer light reflecting across a sun-drenched lake or a quiet field of grazing cattle. "Escape to Tranquility" features landscapes without human interaction and presence.
Visitors will experience the artists' interest in changing light, contemplative spirits, and landscapes that look as if they were just recently discovered or newly cultivated.
Executive Director of the Lauren Rogers Museum of Art, George Bassi, says that this exhibit is one that the public will be glad they visited.
"Well you know this exhibition is kind of a really good interpretation of the permanent collection, we are known for our landscape paintings, our American and European collection is very strong in landscapes and so this exhibition really takes off from that." said Bassi, "It gives people kind of a contemporary feel, some are realistic, you can look at it and think it's a photograph and some are a little abstract in terms of the landscape, so it really gives you a good variety of how landscapes can be interpreted."
Each artist featured in "Escape to Tranquility" is a seasoned painter who has devoted most of their waking hours to the art of painting, whether it is through visual study, the study of other artists, teaching art, or spending blocks of time in the studio each day.
Admission to the museum is always free and is open Tuesday-Saturday 10 a.m.-4:45 p.m. and Sundays 1 p.m.-4 p.m.