Brzuszek art coming to Columbus for first time

Brzuszek art coming to Columbus for first time

Nicole Layton

July is shaping up to be a busy time for the Columbus Arts Council.

It will feature new exhibits and its Summer Arts Academy, which is almost sold out.

Shane Kinder, creative director, is back in the building after having a stroke in February.

“I got back last week,” he said Friday while at the Rosenzweig Arts Center, 501 Main St. “It’s so nice to get out of the house.”

Starting around July 3, visitors will be able to see the artwork of Bob Brzuszek, a landscape architecture professor at Mississippi State University, in the main gallery. Artist Alley will feature the works of Rah Lowry, who specializes in digital painting and sculpture.

Kinder said the exhibit will be the first time Brzuszek’s work has been shown in Columbus. The exhibit, “Holding Glass to the Sky,” will feature bottle trees, sculptures made with metal rods that hold bottles on the ends. Several of the trees are already at the CAC, Kinder said.

There will also be multimedia art with various interpretations of bottle trees.

Brzuszek has special interest in the regional sense of place and its expression in art, music and literature. He has worked with many of the state’s art and cultural institutions.

His paintings can be found on canvas, furniture and just about anything else that stays still. Brzuszek favors strongly textured and vibrantly painted pieces.

Rah Lowry draws the Cat in the Hat for a virtual class held by Columbus Arts Council. His work will be on display in CAC’s Artist Alley during the month of July. Courtesy photo

Lowry has worked at the CAC as a teacher, Kinder said.

“My art is my legacy and gift to the world,” Lowry says on his website, exceliusart.com . “Throughout life’s daily challenges, I find my peace and serenity through my creations.”

He recently was featured on the Mississippi Artist to Artist podcast, which is available on Apple and Android devices.

While the exhibit will be open in early July, the reception will be held from 5:30-7 p.m. July 14 at the CAC. Kinder said the reception date was set due to the artists’ availability.

For those looking for something for children to do this summer, CAC has a few openings in its Summer Arts Academy.

The academy will be held July 5-29 from 8 a.m. to noon each day. Open to children ages 5-16, the cost is $99 per week per child. A snack and drink will be provided each day.

The classes in drawing and painting, July 11-15 and July 25-29 respectively, are sold out. Kinder said they have a few spots available in the music classes, which will be held July 5-8 and July 25-29.

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