LAUREL, MS (WDAM) - Visitors to the Lauren Rogers Museum of Art in 2016 will enjoy the works of a celebrated glass artist, the landscapes of the nation's premiere nature photographer and dozens of paintings showcasing American Impressionism.
On January 30, Chihuly Venetians will open, featuring about 70 glass vases from famed artist Dale Chihuly. The exhibit will run for about four months.
In June, the landscape photographs of Clyde Butcher will go on display. They are black and white photos of scenes from the American West to the Florid Everglades.
It will run for the entire summer.
And in the fall, a large exhibit of paintings will take center stage. American Impressionism: The Lure of the Artists' Colony, features more than 100 pieces from artists such as William Merritt Chase, Mary Cassatt and John Singer Sargent.
Museum director George Bassi said this could be one of the best exhibition years ever for the 93-year-old museum.
"Usually, we have four or five temporary exhibitions that maybe last six to eight weeks (and) in this case, we've got three large exhibitions that last three to four months each," Bassi said. "So, I think people are really going to enjoy them and it also will attract, hopefully, a lot of visitors to the Pine Belt."
Each year, about 32,000 people visit the museum.