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Gore Gallery at Mississippi College Hosts New Show

Artist Diane Williams of Jackson

Art lovers are invited to a new show at the Gore Gallery at Mississippi College through February 23.

The MC Art Department is hosting the works of Mississippi artists Diane Williams and Kira Cummings. The show is set to open February 1 on the Clinton campus. It’s free and open to the public.

Williams is a talented quilter, storyteller and fiber artist. The Jackson resident has traveled across America telling many original stories in her own unique way. She weaves her tales from books, history, myths, legends and folktales.  Williams uses silk yarns, beads, stones and vibrant colors to make traditional quilts.

A 2011 Jackson State University graduate, Cummings received her bachelor’s degree in painting and minor in graphic design. The Jackson native is an oil painter whose works explore aspects of femininity. Kira often incorporates flowers, fruits and vegetables into her paintings. She also does pyrography or wood-burning. Her artistic images include Pokémon, professional wrestlers, hip-hop artists and animals, among other things.

The initial show runs from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday February 1 at the Spaugh Gallery inside the Gore Gallery. Mixed with the art show is music supplied by “Mack & Armstrong,” or Nellie Mac and Caleb Armstrong.

On Feb. 2, the MC gallery will host a brown bag lunch with Diane Williams to present a lecture titled “The Historic Journey of the African American Quilter.” The public event runs from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. The program is sponsored in part by the Mississippi Humanities Council. It’s free.

The Gore Gallery at 199 Monroe Street is located behind MC’s Leland Speed Library. Hours are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. It is open 6-8 p.m. on Tuesday evenings.

For more details, contact Gore Gallery director Randy Jolly at 601-925-3880 or