September 19, 2017  

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OLLI Hosting Art Exhibit Featuring Work of Theresa Parker

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Hattiesburg artist Theresa Parker with her painting ‘Bright Yellow Rose.’ Parker’s work will be on exhibit through September at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (Submitted photo).

The work of Hattiesburg artist Theresa Parker is featured in an exhibit hosted through September by The University of Southern Mississippi’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI), located in the Peck House at 3601 Pearl St. in Hattiesburg.

"Theresa Parker: A Retrospective Art Exhibit" includes 40 pieces featuring paintings and colored photographs, and may be viewed from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Monday – Friday. A reception honoring the artist will be held at OLLI from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Friday, Sept. 15. Admission is free.

A native of New Orleans, Parker earned a bachelor’s degree in art from Southern Miss in 1984. Her father encouraged her at age 15 to take art classes, inspiring her to pursue what would become a lifelong passion. She has also studied art at the University of New Orleans and Indiana University, South Bend. Her work has been shown in juried exhibitions in Louisiana and Mississippi; the exhibit at OLLI is her first solo exhibit. 

After committing time to family obligations, she re-embraced her artwork after taking classes at OLLI taught by local resident and fellow New Orleanian Brandi Downs. “She (Downs) rekindled my love for making art and has filled me with inspiration,” Parker said. “Without her influence, this exhibit would not have been possible.”

Facial expressions, still life – especially pears, a longtime favorite for Parker – and landscapes are subjects featured in the exhibit, with paintings and drawings employing acrylic paint, colored pencil, graphite, charcoal, pastel and conte` crayon. An early linoleum block print is also included.

And the world around her is quick to offer opportunities for her next project. “I see potential for art everywhere I look,” Parker said.

For more information about this event, contact OLLI at 601.264.2780. For information about OLLI, visit https://www.usm.edu/lifelong-learning.