The works of two local artists, Megan Peters and Paul Brown, will be showcased in the next exhibit at the Markay Cultural Arts Center in downtown Jackson.

The joint exhibit will begin Thursday, March 4, and continue until Saturday, March 27. The public is invited to attend an opening-night reception on March 4, beginning at 7 p.m. in which both Peters and Brown are expected to attend. This event will enable attendees to not only see the featured artwork, but to also learn firsthand about the artists and hear them explain their process, inspiration and the stories behind their art pieces.

Those attending the reception are required to wear masks, per the governor’s order.

The two artists submitted the following information about themselves and their art background.

Paul Brown

“I am a full-time artist and part time aggravation to my long-suffering wife, Denise. I work mainly in oils, but also pastels and graphite. I enjoy getting out and painting 'en plein aire' which is a fancy French term meaning in the open air.

“I've shown at several venues and won several awards, but the thing that means the most to me is when someone likes what I've done enough to buy it and hang it in their home or business. I have had folks from Arkansas, Arizona, Florida, Virginia, and of course Ohio hang some of my paintings on their walls.

 “I began teaching painting classes several years ago and have had students from 6 to (how should I say it?) much older. 

 “I count it an honor to have my work displayed here at the Markay. Thank you! And thank you, friends and patrons! You encourage and inspire me!”

In addition to being a longtime artist and art teacher, Brown is also a longtime former board member of the Southern Hills Arts Council and a longstanding supporter of the Markay.

Megan Peters

Megan is a mixed media painter and native of Jackson. Her paintings are just at the intersection of feminine whimsy and a familiarity we can’t quite place. The emotion in her paintings is palpable, we notice the sadness, the loneliness, the anticipation and intent in a gesture, a posture, a face. Megan enjoys working with acrylics, pastels, chalk, and tissue paper to bring her perspective to canvas.  

Megan lives in Jackson with her trusty dog, Nola. She has spent the last 20-plus years working with families and children. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends.

Regular gallery hours at the Markay are Wednesday through Friday from noon to 5 p.m. each of those days. The Markay is located at 269 E. Main St. in Jackson. Check out the Markay’s website at www.markayjackson.org or its Facebook page for more information about upcoming events and future exhibits.