Magic Lanterns: A Multimedia Exhibition by Geoff Mitchell

August 31st-December 16th, 2017

Geoff Mitchell was born and raised in Gulfport, Mississippi. He has exhibited in galleries and museums across the U.S. in cities such as Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Houston and Atlanta, as well as abroad in Tokyo, Norway and Austria.  For his Magic Lanterns project and exhibition, Geoff chose a universally entertaining subject, ghost stories, to explore his fascination with the concept of time. The exhibition consists of a three-room diorama set which presents a ghost story in 7th scale miniature. There are twenty paintings, each setting the stage for a classic style ghost story which unfolds in the Magic Lanterns book that accompanies the project.  A soundtrack will also play as a backdrop for the show.

Mitchell’s exhibition is inspired by the theory that the fundamental nature of the universe is in fact timeless. He suggests that if such a thing were true, one could imagine the possibility that the past, present, and the future are nothing more than an illusion; and the only thing that is real is the whole of it existing constantly as one. He wonders, “could it be possible that ghosts, rather than being spirits of those passed, are a momentary glimpse of those who are very much alive, existing alongside us – only in another time?”



Past Exhibit

Finnish artist, Osmo Visuri, A Cool Day in Summer

May 25 – August 26, 2017

The Mary C will present an exhibition by Finnish artist, Osmo Visuri, A Cool Day in Summer, May 25 – August 26, 2017.  This is  the year of the Centennial of Finnish independence – and the exhibition will provide information about Finland as well.

Mr. Visuri (1927 – 2013) was a painter, photographer, film maker, author, university professor and world traveler. He travelled extensively in the Middle East and published several books on Israel when the state was being established after WWII. He was one of the pioneers of TV in Finland and the use of TV in teaching, especially in the developing countries. He served as Head of Documentary Programs for Finnish National Television and as the Head of the Department of Television and Film at the University of Helsinki until his retirement, after which he continued teaching in his own water colour academy in Italy. He was recipient of the Knight of the Order of the White Rose of Finland, and of the distinguished Kalevala cultural medal.


Shadow and Strings: The World of Puppets


December 15, 2016 – February 28, 2017

Michael Richardson

Peter Zapletal

Opening Reception

Puppets from two sides of the world make up the exhibition – Shadow and Strings: The World of Puppets December 15 through the end of February, 2017 in the Duckett Gallery at the Mary C.  The work of master puppeteers Peter Zapletal and Michael Richardson, these puppets are on strings or rods, are three dimentionsl personalities or two dimentional painted and cut leather.  Some of them originated in Old World Europe and others in the old world of Southern Asia.

Peter Zapletal worked for 32 years for PBS in Jackson, has won over 50 national awards including 5 Emmys for television puppetry, and is Artistic Director for Puppet Arts Theatre. Michael Richardson, listed as one of the 2 most important shadow puppet artists in the world, has won Fulbright Fellowships to Indonesia and India as well as numerous other awards and is the creator of the Red String Wayang Theatre.

Past Exhibits

Rhythmic Explorations


A Visual Journey of Music and Movement

October 11 – December 10, 2016

Mary C. O’Keefe will host a solo exhibition of Bay St. Louis artist, Elizabeth D. Schafer’s artwork.  The show will feature over 40 pieces of original paintings and wall sculptures  that visually depict Schafer’s journey through her process of rhythmic explorations completed over the span of 17 years.  Schafer is known for her expressionistic approach to painting music-inspired works, but more recently has begun exploring rhythms of dance and of life in her works.  They are a bold liberation of the sound and movement of rhythm through form, line and color and will feature larger pieces in a multi-media show for the eyes and mind.

As a professional artist, my work has been showcased in over 70 solo exhibitions in galleries and museums, most notably in the Smithsonian Museum on Main Street program, William Jefferson Clinton Presidential Library; Little Rock, Ark., Minnetonka Center for the Arts; Minneapolis, Minn. Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art; Biloxi, Miss.; and Meridian Museum of Art; Meridian, Miss.  I am also a recipient of the Andy Warhol Grant, National Endowment of the Arts Grant, and Mississippi Arts Commission Fellowship Grant.  Public art works include Art Across Arkansas for the Clinton and Thea Foundation; New Orleans Festival of Fins; Landfill Art Project; Wilkes-Barre, Penn.; Mississippi Department of Transportation’s Leo Seals Bay St. Louis Bridge; and Time Whorp; Orh-O’Keefe Museum of Art, Biloxi, Miss.  My works reside in collections at Florida Tech; Melbourne, Fla.; Meridian Community College; Meridian, Miss. and Omni Royal Orleans; New Orleans, La.  I have been published in the books, “Katrina Reflections on Mississippi Women,” and “Walking on Water,” and also in the documentary film, “The Art of the Storm.” Along with inclusion in the publications: Art in America and Art Gulf Coast.

Imprints and Artifacts/Awe & Ordinary

Kelsey Wishik

Rising Young Artist Series


June 28 – September 23, 2016

Kelsey Wishik is a multimedia artist who spent most of her childhood growing up in Ocean Springs, MS.  Her work explores a number of mediums and dimensions from drawing and sculpture, to writing and music.  She considers her role as an artist to communicate a sense of awe and reverence for life through any accessible creative means.

We are excited about Kelsey’s show initiating the Rising Young Artist  Series at the Mary C.  She is a recent graduate of USM and will be beginning her Master’s  at Lamar Dodd School of Art in Athens, GA this fall.  Her work in the Duckett Gallery will include an installation, sculpture, ceramic pieces, drawings and paintings.  She says that her work embodies the impressions of forces working within and around her that forms the texture of her life.  As such, it is indeed a rich show full of excellent work and exciting discoveries.

Teen Art Show and Year of Discovery


May 1 – June 15, 2016

First would be our Teen Art Show, an exhibition showing work from high schools around the coast including

Biloxi High School
Gautier High School
Our own Carmen Lugo’s Student Work
and more

Then join us in our second part of the Gallery for our “Year of Discovery” Exhibit.

Take a look at historic maps, photographs of reenactments, paintings, and artifacts that show us the historic landing of Monsieur d’Iberville here on our soil in 1699. This show is in part of the 1699 discovery weekend here in Ocean Springs.

Feather & Fortress

Art by Mississippi Women


March 1 – April 23, 2016

The Mary C. O’Keefe Cultural Center in Ocean Springs MS is working with the Mississippi State Committee of the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, DC to host an exhibition of the Art by Mississippi Women beginning on March 1 and closing on  April 23.  This dovetails nicely with Women’s History Month and with NMWA’s program to bring attention to women artists.  Since most art museum collections contain only a few works of equally proficient women artists, NMWA seeks to mine the rich overlooked treasure. This exhibition will contain about 65 works  from women artists across the state.

Play of Light and Shadow


Bob Tompkins, New World Master of Old World Style

Albert Duckett Gallery, Mary C. O’Keefe Cultural Center

December 18, 2015 – February 20, 2016

Bob Tompkins patterned his style of painting after the Old Masters of the Baroque period using the technique known as chiaroscuro.  “Few things excite me more than the contrasting of light and dark,” he says. Following the tradition of the Dutch 17th century painters, Rembrandt, Vermeer, and Terborch, he creates stunning examples of flowers and still life, and also paints wildlife, landscapes, and portraits primarily in oils.  Recently he has begun to explore the pastel medium.

Besides his Masters Degree in Art Education, he travelled to Florida and Connecticut to study with Courney Hunte, Cleve Miller, and Robert Brackman. In 1973 he won the Southeastern Art show in Panama City, Florida.  He was selected to have his work on the 1980 and 1988 MS. Duck stamp, was selected to be on the first MS. Wildlife Stamp/Print series in 1983, and has published and illustrated 4 outdoor books.

After a 35-year career teaching art in public schools, he retired and set up his own studio where he continues to teach around 50 adult students in Madison, MS.


Delta Churches and Southern Towns, photographs by David Wharton


November 10 – December 18, 2015

David Wharton brings a series of works from two books, Small Town South and The Power of Belief: Spiritual Landscapes from the Rural South to the Duckett Gallery at the Mary C O’Keefe Cultural Center November 10 through December 13, 2015.   Wharton is Director of Documentary Studies at the Center for the Study of Southern Culture at the University of Mississippi.

Katrina Fatigue


October 8 – November 8, 2015

A lighthearted look at a heavy storm by Susan McClamroch.

In this exhibition of installations, multiple “bedscapes” comprised of appliquéd repurposed textiles, original paintings, drawings, photos, handpainted furniture, locally authored books and found objects are arranged in playful and satiric vignettes for thought provoking amusement. The thread of common experience, evident in the exhibition created by Susan McClamroch, who grew up in Ocean Springs, Mississippi and lives in Slidell, Louisiana, will resonate with Katrina Survivors and all who annually brave the Gulf Coast’s hurricane season – which is, thankfully nearing its 2015 conclusion.

Rhythms of Jazz


New works by

Ted Rose

Albert Duckett Gallery

Through August 30, 2015

The new exhibit by renowned artist, author and educator, Ted Rose, is called Rhythms of Jazz for a reason – it is a translation of movement onto canvas. However, it goes beyond painting to music and moves into the realm of relocation in space. Coming from a gymnastics background, Rose sees the movement of paint as a gymnast thinks through a movement from one location to a relocation of the body. Interpreting the movement in space is similar to what happens with the multiple rhythms and linear transformation of a melody in jazz. One rhythm begins, disappears underneath, reappears slightly altered, becoming more intense and complex – not your usual 4/4 time. And the same happens to the melody.

Acrylic on glass is layered so that movement happens inside out, and the final transfer to canvas leaves the earliest placement on top – showing the movement in retrospect. It uses space memory like a musician uses tonal memory or a gymnast traces his movement through space. Space becomes the active component and rhythm is key.