Artwork from students at the University of Rio Grande (URG) is being featured in the newly opened “New Directions in Art” exhibit at the Markay Cultural Arts Center in Jackson. Artists and other university representatives were present for an opening-night reception last Friday evening, March 3. Pictured (from the left) are: URG Board of Trustees Vice Chair Kay Ervin, student artists Emma Lyles, Barb Abels, Emma Nesbitt, and James Hamilton, URG faculty members Elizabeth Brown, Heather Duda, and Dana Evans, and Southern Hills Arts Council board member Bob Eisnaugle. The New Directions in Art exhibit will remain on display in the Markay Gallery through March 26. (Telegram Photo By Pete Wilson)

Artwork from students at the University of Rio Grande (URG) is being featured in the newly opened “New Directions in Art” exhibit at the Markay Cultural Arts Center in Jackson. Artists and other university representatives were present for an opening-night reception last Friday evening, March 3. Pictured (from the left) are: URG Board of Trustees Vice Chair Kay Ervin, student artists Emma Lyles, Barb Abels, Emma Nesbitt, and James Hamilton, URG faculty members Elizabeth Brown, Heather Duda, and Dana Evans, and Southern Hills Arts Council board member Bob Eisnaugle. The New Directions in Art exhibit will remain on display in the Markay Gallery through March 26. (Telegram Photo By Pete Wilson)

The highly creative artwork of student artists from the University of Rio Grande are now on display in the annual "New Directions in Art" exhibit at the Markay Cultural Arts Center in downtown Jackson.

The exhibit, which features the artistic creations of 15 different artists, was officially unveiled at an opening-night reception held Friday evening, March 3 and will continue through Sunday, March 26. As usual, the range of the artwork is widely varying, but includes ceramics, sculpture, digital printing, and mixed media.

Artists represented in the New Directions in Art exhibit are: Kevin Coppock, Gabriel Richmond, Emma Nesbitt, Patricia Parsons, Bradley Willett, James Kelley, Barb Abels, Emma Lyles, Joseph Hamilton, Letifa Karriem, Keri Lawrence, Emma Blankenship, Tegan Pierce, Hally Wilson, and Staesha Copley.
Southern Hills Arts Council (SHAC) board member Bob Eisnaugle offered some comments at the reception and introduced student artists Joseph Hamilton, Emma Lyles and Emma Nesbitt, who all talked about the artwork they had contributed to the exhibit. He also introduced SHAC Director of Operations Jennifer Hughes and several of the board members who were present.

Eisnaugle also invited those in attendance to take a peek at the auditorium, which has been hosting live performances since August 2015. A recent addition to the Markay's entertainment lineup has been the showing of classic movies. The next presentation, the animated version of Beauty and the Beast, is scheduled for today (Saturday, March 11), with showings at both 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tickets can be purchased in advance or at the door for $5.

Hughes says local and area festival royalty members have been invited to attend and the two main characters in the movie, Belle and the Beast, will both be on hand as well between the two shows. Youngsters attending are also urged to dress up as princes and princesses.

The Markay is located at 269 E. Main St. in downtown Jackson. Gallery hours are: Wednesday through Friday, noon to 5 p.m.; and Saturday and Sunday, 1-3 p.m.