Thursday, July 14, 2011

Daytrippin': Ohr-O'Keefe Museum of Art

This past weekend I went to Biloxi, Mississippi and visited the partially constructed Ohr-O'keefe Museum.  Though it's offering was small it was certainly made up in content.  First off the building, designed by Frank Gehry, is simple and striking all in one; plus we got sneak peak of what finished building will resemble in 2012.  There were lovely examples of ceramicist, George Ohr (for whom the museum is named), an amazing exhibit of jazz photographer Herman Leonard (man, I cannot tell you how thrilling this small exhibit was!) and in the lobby they had local artists creating their wares and discussing with the visiting public.

It was a really nice space, enveloping local art past, present and future all situated right on the beach.  The other really nice thing about the Ohr-Okeefe is the gift shop; I know ALL museum gift shops are fascinating but I've never seen one with so much support for local arts and crafts.  If you find yourself in the area; its a stone's throw from the beach and the most delightful and cultured way to cool off!

--Lisa LeBlanc

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