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Gore Galleries Welcome the Meades of Hattiesburg

February 3, 2009

All Mississippi artists, mother, dad and daughter are in the spotlight for more than a month at the Gore Galleries.

University of Southern Mississippi art professor Jim Meade will showcase his drawings and his wife, Myra, a Hattiesburg High teacher, will put some of her best paintings on display at Mississippi College's art collection.

Their daughter, Chatham Meade, 28, an art instructor at William Carey University in Hattiesburg, gets in the act, too. Her paintings are part of the exhibition dubbed "A Family Affair" at the Spaugh Gallery at MC. The exhibition runs from Feb. 5 until March 20. The opening reception is Feb. 8 from 2-4 p.m.

The trio of artists exhibits a passion for their craft and life itself. The Meades have stayed married for 43 years. Jim Meade, who has taught at Southern Miss since 1971, has seen his works exhibited around the U.S., China, Japan, Korea, Holland and Italy.

Myra Meade, who teaches ceramics at Hattiesburg High, has also taught at William Carey University, Jones County Junior College in Ellisville and Oak Grove Elementary School.

"This is something new for us," said Randy Jolly, director of the Gore Galleries. "All three are very talented people. It is a very exciting show to see the symmetry of their work."

Jolly and MC art department chairman Randy Miley did their undergraduate work under Jim Meade at Southern Miss. Jolly also took some classes with Myra Meade at USM. "It's a little bit like homecoming," Jolly said.

About three dozen pieces from the Meade family will be on display at MC.

Chatham Meade also works as curator and director of the Lucille Parker Gallery on the William Carey campus.

For more information and gallery hours, please contact Randy Jolly at 601.925.3880

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