Daughters of the Delta

Daughters of the Delta Opens in the Roger D Malkin Gallery

Photo by Roy Meeks

GREENVILLE, Miss–The Greenville Arts Council announces the opening of their first exhibit of the 2012 year in the Roger D. Malkin Gallery. Daughters of the Delta Exhibit opens on January 13, 2012 and will remain up until February 17, 2012. The Roger D. Malkin Gallery is open from 10 AM-4 PM Monday through Friday and by appointment on Saturday. This exhibit showcases three female painters from the Delta; Katie Virden Byrd, Elizabeth Barenis and Shelby Hall Nunnery.

Artist’s Bios

Katie Virden Byrd is a graduate of St. Joseph High School and received a bachelor and masters in Art Education from Delta State University. She taught High School Art at East Side High School in Cleveland, MS and recently began teaching at East Side and Parks Elementary in Cleveland, MS. She is a board member of Delta Arts Alliance and a member of Delta Artists Association. Byrd has exhibited her work in various locations throughout the Delta including Cleveland, Leland, Greenville, Mississippi and Lake Village, Arkansas.

Born in the heart of the Mississippi Delta in 1982, Elizabeth Barenis has been artistically-driven since childhood. Her college life began in Miami, Florida, and quickly moved to a smaller, more artistic setting at Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, New York, where she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree.  She has studied painting at Chautaqua School of Art and has been an Artist-in-Residence for the VSA Arts of Mississippi. In July of 2009, the Mississippi Arts Commission awarded Barenis a Visual Arts Fellowship Grant to fund the creation of a new body of work. Her series, “Nina’s Roles,” is a collection of four, 36″x36″ acrylic paintings, which demonstrates the work which stemmed from the grant. In May of 2010, Barenis traveled to Harrisonburg, Virginia, to showcase two of her paintings in a juried art show at the Virginia Menonite Retirement Community.

Shelby Hall Nunnery graduated from Washington School in 2002 and attended Delta State University. While at DSU she obtained a degree in Art Education. In 2010, her work was exhibited at Hob Nob in Leland, Mississippi and at Guachoya Art Center in Lake Village Arkansas. Nunnery’s paintings focus on the landscapes that make up her home. She is also a member of the Delta Artists Association.

Curator’s Notes

This exhibit features a diverse collection of works ranging in subject matter and individual style from three young female artists from Greenville, Miss. This made for an exciting exhibit to layout and hang. Even though each artist is different, I was able to find a variety of pieces that either overlapped in subject matter or style. When this was the case I tried to hang those works together. It gives the viewer the chance to really differentiate between the different artists and their techniques. Make sure to really stand back and look at their work. Many of the pieces are large and are best viewed from across the room. Also consider when viewing the art; how would you describe each style of the three artists? How are their works similar? How are they different? Which works stand out to you? Why?


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