Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Native Plants+Draft Beer+Hip Quits=Hub City

I passed through the Hub City, Hattiesburg, for the evening and had a chance to catch up with some old friends, and even make one new friend.  I spent the night at my buddy Knox's house, a 9-acre habitat for native plants, trees and shrubs.  Much like his parents, Knox is a naturalist and practices good habits of holistic medicine, gardening and cooking.  Although his place is a rental, the looks of the landscaping and love he's put into the grounds is quite impressive.  We started the evening with some cold beer (and gravy cheese fries) at the End Zone, a staple in Golden Eagle night life. 

The next day, we met up with our good friends Beau & Jennifer, who've made a home in Hattiesburg for the past decade or so.  They married a few years back, and like Knox, have put a lot of soul into their landscaping.  Jennifer is an accomplished French teacher who will leave soon to finish her graduate studies in France.  Beau is a true Renaissance man with a knack for nurturing seedlings of all sorts.  He started this oak tree from a seedling nearly five years ago.  

Beau, Jennifer & Gypsy

Jennifer's good friend, Chatham, is an artist, teacher and curator of the Lucile Parker Gallery at William Carey University in Hattiesburg. We met the night before and hit it off instantly. Among the many, many exciting art projects in her life, she is currently exhibiting the work of Piney Woods quilter/fiber artist Martha Ginn.  Although some of Ms. Ginn's quilts exemplify traditional patterns and technique, the majority of her work is contemporary and bold.  Her color schemes are often bright, at times funky, and always refreshing.  Some of her quilts are narrative, others introspective. She'll be showing at the MAC gallery this spring.  

Chatham and her family of artists (literally she, her mother and father) will be exhibiting a "family show" at the Gore Gallery at Mississippi College in Clinton.  Their gallery opening is this Sunday at 2 p.m. 

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