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Call To Artists
Arts Alive! is March 18, 2017
Call for artists
The Arts Hancock County is proud to announce an art exhibit and reception on January 20, 2017, 5:30 pm at Bay St Louis City Hall gallery, second floor honoring another local artist, Vicki Niolet. Her work will remain until March 23rd.
One can list many disciplines, mixed media artist, photographer, author, and retail shop owner for Bay St. Louis resident Vicki Niolet.
But her thirty-five year professional art career began in 1982, winning Best of Show at the Pass Christian Seafood Festival with a small display of hand thrown pottery. Four years later, after expanding to mixed media, she won Best Overall Display in Contemporary Crafts at New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. For more than two decades, she has lived and worked in Bay St. Louis, creating art, tending shop, and collecting a lot of found objects. Vicki studied ceramics while in college at Middle Tennessee State University.
Shortly after moving to the Gulf Coast in 1978, and meeting Bay St. Louis potter, Brother Hilbert Mooney, he allowed her to use the facilities in exchange for help in making clay and firing other students’ work. After several years as his apprentice, she began acquiring her own equipment and developing her own style. She experimented with techniques learned in college, adding weaving, photography, cyanotype, and image transfer in and on top of the clay’s surface. When she attended a workshop in papermaking in 1982, she turned to making her own paper and introducing outside elements to that medium also. In 1990 she produced an instructional video, “Practical Papermaking”, demonstrating simple tools and techniques for schools and individuals.
Beginning in the late 1980’s, she attended fine art festivals from Lincoln Center to Sausalito, receiving prestigious awards at Penn State, Destin, Pensacola, and Fairhope. After selling her mixed media art in Memphis, Atlanta, Nashville, and Baton Rouge, and showing nine years consecutively at the Jazz Fest, she and her husband, Doug settled in Bay St. Louis in 1994.
Redirecting her skills as a local merchant, she focused on making the unique vintage shop and gallery “Paper Moon” a successful retail cornerstone of the Bay for the next eight years. At that point, she and Doug turned their sights on another downtown property, a part of McDonald’s hardware and lumber. The old lumber shed near the railroad became a modern arts incubator, with 11 studios and classrooms, and tenants of painters, sculptors, draftsmen, writers, jewelers, potters, and photographers.
After Katrina, the art center struggled, and eventually became the amalgamated studios of Vicki, with sections devoted to kilns, printers, found objects, and jewelry making. Recently another technique has been added to her inventory with the acquisition of a one-ton antique printing press and over 50 cabinets of type. She is currently planning classes and workshops, to eventually develop a book arts curriculum including hand papermaking, photography, letterpress, and typesetting.
Awarded two Individual Artists Fellowships from the Mississippi Arts Commission (1986, 2008), an Artist Residency in Berkeley (2006),
among other accomplishments, she has published two books of photographs, created three public art installations in Bay St. Louis,
won local poster and art competitions, and has designed the Old Town Bay St. Louis brochure for the last 20 years.
Niolet’s work has accurately been described as Mixed Media Assemblage. In her one-woman show, one month before Katrina, the title of the exhibit pinpoints her philosophy, as well as that of the quote’s author, Virginia Woolf, “Arrange Whatever Pieces Come Your Way”. In addition to an over abundance of “pieces”, Niolet has assembled a variety of complementary skills to
produce work unique enough to have been compared to the exquisite construction artist, Joseph Cornell, and conversely, the hoarding Pixar robot, Wall-E.
The curious mixture of found materials, combination of techniques, and playful blending of objects and ideas distinguish Vicki Niolet’s three-dimensional work. But while her background in fine art, graphics, and photography provides the proficiency for her two-dimensional pieces, her love of Bay St. Louis is the overwhelming inspiration for her two-dimensional photographs, books, and prints.
For our members:
Art in the Pass has extended the deadline for artists to apply until Monday, January 23rd.
Members of the Bohemian Gallery featured at crescent city brewhouse in new orleans
Bohemian Gallery all ramped up for New Year starting with an Art Show in the Big Easy!
Again, the Crescent City Brewhouse has invited the Bohemiam Artists to show at their fabulous location in the French Quarter.
The display from the Bohemian will be up there a month (great way to start the year as Mardi Gras has started - a lot of national and international visitors).
Crescent City Brewhouse, 527 Decatur St, New Orleans.La.
The Bohemian currently has an art show there in those gorgeous surroundings.
Artists represented there are:
Backwater Studio - Kathleen Johnson
Paula Kay Duvernet
Larry T. McEwen - Social Chair
James Garcia - organizer and artist from New Orleans.
RECEPTION: Tuesday January 10th, 5-7pm
All are invited. It will be held in the upstairs gallery and the Brewhouse provides finger food and refreshments.
We will be carpooling from the Gallery - please call and make arrangements here with Kathleen Johnson.