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New exhibit opens at MMA

By Staff
NEW EXHIBIT Wanda Atkinson is shown here placing a piece of her artwork from the Presence/Absence collection at Meridian Museum of Art. A new exhibit featuring work by Atkinson and Mary Lembke opens Saturday. A reception for the exhibit will be Jan. 18, 6 p.m.-8 p.m., at the museum at 628 25th Ave. in downtown Meridian. Photo by Penny Randall/The Meridian Star
By Penny Randall / staff writer
Jan. 3, 2003
The women have the floor beginning Saturday at Meridian Museum of Art when a new exhibit opens featuring work by Wanda G. Atkinson and Mary Lembke.
Atkinson, a Meridian resident, was the recipient of an Achievement Award in the 2000 Bi-State Competition at Meridian Museum of Art.
She has taught at the University of Alabama, Meridian Community College and the University of West Alabama. Her work is in several private collections throughout the Southeast.
Lembke, a Birmingham resident, has focused her most recent work on ceramic sculpture and photography, using the concept of immersion in both media.
She has exhibited her work in shows in Mississippi, Alabama, Louisiana, Virginia and Washington, D.C.
Her ceramic pieces included in this exhibit reflect the partial or full immersion of human figures in water.
Lembke's photographic pieces included in the exhibit were created through use of a primitive pinhole camera with the goal of recording what the eye cannot see.
With the pinhole camera, she achieved the regeneration of images into unique compositions through the use of long exposures, movement, and artificial and natural light sources
Both Atkinson and Lembke hold masters degrees from the University of Alabama.

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