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Contrasting Views' opens at MMA

By Staff
October 10, 2004
Special to The Star
Two longtime friends will exhibit their work together for the first time as part of Meridian Museum of Art's newest exhibit.
The museum will host a reception on Saturday from 6 p.m.-8 p.m. to mark the opening of "Contrasting Views: Work by C. Keith Alford and Karen Jacobs." A gallery talk will take place at 6:40 p.m. The public is invited.
Although Alford lives in Port Gibson and Jacobs lives in Birmingham, the two have painted together for many years at the prestigious Mississippi Art Colony. This is their first two-woman exhibit.
C. Keith Alford
Alford was born in Louisville, Ky., and received her bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Mississippi. Her artwork has been featured in one-woman shows, competitions (such as the MMA's own Bi-State), and invitational exhibits throughout the country.
She has earned awards in the Mississippi Artists Competition in Jackson; in the Sesquicentennial Art Competition at St. Peter's Episcopal Church in Oxford; and from the Mississippi Arts Commission.
Alford said she tries to be circumspect whether she's working on landscapes or figures.
Karen Jacobs
Jacobs's paintings have been featured in more than 40 primary and 100 regional, national and international exhibitions. Among her many honors are being featured in Birmingham Magazine, Focus/Santa Fe Magazine and American Artist Watercolor.
She supplied 24 paintings for the movie, "The Next Big Thing"; was featured in New American Paintings, No. 20, May 1999; won the National Galleries Endowment Award at the 73rd National Watercolor Society Exhibition; took first place in the 23rd Louisiana Watercolor Society International Exhibition; and won an Alabama Arts Council Grant for the Governor's Arts Awards.
Jacobs is a Signature Member of the National Watercolor Society, the Southern Watercolor Society and the Louisiana Watercolor Society.
What: "Contrasting Views: Works by C. Keith Alford and Karen Jacobs"
Where: Meridian Museum of Art, 628 25th Ave.
Opening reception: Saturday, 6 p.m.-8 p.m. Gallery talk at 6:40 p.m.
Museum hours: Tuesday through Sunday, 1 p.m.-5 p.m.
Admission: Free
Call: 693-1501 or e-mail MeridianMuseum@aol.com

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