The Mississippi Visual Arts Directory - My Listing



Participation in New Project

Landfillart is an international effort encompassing 1,041 artists to claim a piece of rusted metal garbage and create fine art. The 1,041 pieces of rusted metal are actually old automobile hub caps from the 1930’s through the 1970’s.

When I received my hubcap I was totally excited when I opened the box and saw that it belonged to a NASH! My first thought was, I just want to keep it, it's too cool! I was totally excited to have been picked as an artist from Mississippi to participate in this wonderful project!

Finished Project Statement - Nov. 2009  

I wanted to participate in this project because of the issues of waste going into landfills
and because of the destruction of trees and land due to man.
Making a ton of paper requires 17 pulpwood market-sized trees and with that, 4 to 5 million tons of paper
goes into a landfill every year. Now visualize how much paper and other household paper-based waste gets tossed into
landfills during the holidays – one million tons (a 25% increase) between Thanksgiving and New Year's!

As an artist who's always had a love for trees and the landscape as major motifs in my work
along with a great interest in collage and paper as a medium for expression,
I decided to create a landscape as a way to show a reuse of paper.
It is important that we all learn to care more deeply about the conservation of land and trees
and to use these resources wisely. Instead of sending our unwanted paper off to a landfill,
we should find ways to reuse it or recycle it at our local recycling centers.
For me, this project offered a way to show how scraps of decorative tissue paper and the patterned insides of
return-mail envelopes could express my concerns about these matters.

"Delicate Land"

Delicate Landscape - collage on hubcap



Participation in "Art for Animals"

"Art for Animals" - Third Annual "Art for Animals" live auction and silent auction event to benefit Tupelo-Lee Humane Society (more information) - April 9, 2009 at the GumTree Museum of Art in Downtown Tupelo. The event will be from 7 pm - 9 pm and includes hors d'oeuvres, beer/wine, and live music. A great event and lots of fun! FELINE PORTRAITS


Publication of Art

Journal of the Mississippi State Medical Association chose one of my Oxford Courthouse images to be part of the brochure for their May meeting here in Oxford. I was very honored and pleased that an image I was so fond of was chosen.

oxford courthouse



Most Recent Show

Reconciling Katrina

       :: Three Years :: Two Artists :: Two Views

Two Mississippi artists are teaming up to bring a show of Katrina-related work to the Powerhouse in Oxford, MS.

Oxford artist, Gara Gillentine, will be exhibiting a group of 20 computer altered photographs from her latest series which focuses on the inner spirit which drives the urge to survive and continue on through devastation and loss. The Live Oaks of the Mississippi Gulf Coast are the subject she chose to focus on to portray the power of life to continue on against many, many negative odds.

Lori K. Gordon of Bay St. Louis will be presenting pieces from The Katrina Collection, her internationally known series of mixed media assemblages which incorporates storm debris.

The Powerhouse  –  413 S. 14th Street. - Oxford, MS  –  August 2008

Reconciling Katrina-Aug. 08 Show



Songs for Rebirth

"Songs for Rebirth"

My latest work is a series of 20 computer altered photographs

of Mississippi Gulf Coast Live Oaks which I shot on various trips between Nov. 2005 and Feb. 2008.

This work is inspired by the unimaginable damage that I saw in the aftermath of Katrina

and focuses on the extreme environmental damage and the spirit of survival with regards to the Live Oaks.

SPIRITS OF SURVIVAL  - To see some of the series




M  Y      W O  R  K

KATRINA SPEAKS  - Mixed-media Collage


B  L  O G  S






K A T R I N A       A W A R E N E S S 






P  H  O  T  O      J  O  U  R  N  A  L  S



Memories and images held close from a November 2004 trip

now find themselves juxtaposed with nature's power of devastation – Katrina – August 29, 2005.


POSTCARDS. of a Different Sort - Katrina's Wrath 2005

Images from a November 2005 return trip to Ocean Springs – post-Katrina.






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