In the Gallery: Sheila Gourlay and Martin Welch

The Art of Sheila Gourlay and Martin Welch

GREENVILLE, Miss–The Greenville Arts Council announces the opening of the second exhibit of the 2013 year in the Roger D. Malkin Gallery. The Art of Sheila Gourlay and Martin Welch opens on March 1 and will remain up until April 12, 2013. The Roger D. Malkin Gallery is open from 10 AM-4 PM Monday through Friday and by appointment on Saturday and is free of charge.

This exhibit showcases the work of two very different artists, Sheila Gourlay and Martin Welch, with roots in the Mississippi Delta.

From Leland, an accomplished, credited artist, Sheila Gourlay’s 25-year artistic endeavors are acknowledged for excellence and highlighted through prestigious awards, grants, museum acquisitions and collections showings. Gourlay has been award grants and fellowships with the Mississippi Arts Commission and National Endowment for the Arts. Gourlay has been contributed to the D’Ohr Project and the George Ohr Museum. Her work is included in the prestigious Claiborne collection, a government grant project, displayed in the Louisiana Education building, Baton Touge, as one of 30 artists selected from 1,500 submitters, and included in numerous other collections, including Oschner Clinic, New Orleans, J. R. Hyde collections, Memphis and the Greenville Arts Council’s permanent collection. She has museum acquisitions in Mississippi and Arkansas and received the Mississippi Arts and Letters grant as Governor-awarded Visual Artist of the Year. Sheila Gourlay holds an MFA with honors, has taught at six universities, and is a distinguished portrait painter. Throughout her career she has participated in many solo exhibitions throughout the south east.  It is evident in her work that she uses iconic images in order to explore the human condition.  Her work deals with themes such as determination, strength and courage in the face of destruction.

Martin Welch is an impressionist creating paintings with acrylics on canvas, boards, or salvaged items using energetic brushstrokes and bright colors that reflect the unique flavor of New Orleans and coastal living.  He uses common, ordinary subject matter and intensifies the importance of that existence in everyday life, by paintings things larger than life.  His large canvases are a statement that small things in life are truly unforgettable. Martin says he is just a southern boy, at heart, and paints the way he thinks, feels and remembers and considers his paintings a visual record of life and memories. Martin Welch grew up in Greenville, MS when he was in the seventh grade he attended E.E. Bass, then Coleman, Weston and graduated from Greenville High in 1974. Today, as a full time artist in New Orleans, Louisiana Welch have become known as the “Original Crab Man.” He was selected as one of 10 best artists by the New Orleans Museum of Art during its 2008 “Love in the Garden” series.  Several of his paintings were selected for HBO’s “Treme” series and others have been used in another movie filmed locally.  Welch was also the first artist in the “Art Showcase Series” hosted by the Windsor Court Hotel.  He was the poster artist for The Louisiana Seafood Festival for 2009 and he was the Cover artist for the WYES Art Auction Catalog in 2010. Welch’s works can be seen in Adorn Gallery at 610 Royal Street in the French Quarter and other galleries and restaurants around New Orleans.  For more information about Martin Welch you can visit his website at

The opening reception will be held on March 1, 2013 from 5:00 PM-7:00 PM and is free and open to the public. For more information about the exhibit or the gallery contact the Greenville Arts Council at 662.332.2246 or visit their website at