"Reality and Fantasy" brings together a diverse collection of photography, paintings and pottery by four Coast artists at the Jolly McCarty Train Depot Gallery in Pascagoula. Though expressed in styles ranging from realistic to nonobjective, all the works reflect the artists' love of the Coast's natural beauty.
Judy Holbert describes her style as "very eclectic," ranging from realistic to nonobjective. She said she likes to learn to work in new mediums and to use old mediums in new ways.
Her favorite subjects are faces and the flora and fauna of the Gulf Coast.
"The natural beauty of the Coastal area is very inspiring, and I never tire of seeing how many ways I can capture its form and mood," she said. "The beauty of the natural world speaks to my spirit and is what stimulates my creativity."
Marguerite Pivarnik was born in Wisconsin, but said she has become a "Mississippi girl."
She works in watercolor, pastel and photography. She said she finds solace and joy spending time with her friends and through the arts.
"I'm trying to paint things that I see in Mississippi, like the wildlife and the sunsets, and I try to portray things that I love here," she said.
She has been painting, exhibiting and teaching art for more than 20 years, including at schools such as Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College - Jefferson Davis campus and Grace Christian School in Pascagoula.
"You can always learn from your students," she said. "They learn from me, but I also learn a lot teaching people."
Phillip and Gail Pine are husband-and-wife artists from Pascagoula.
Gail is a realist artist who works in acrylics, pin and ink, pastels, charcoal, ceramic hand-building and jewelry.
Gail takes her inspiration from nature, creating ceramic wall hangings depicting birds and sea life found locally. She uses an array of multilayer glazes and underglazes to give her art their beautiful colors. Gail strives to create pieces that are unique to the area, such as a patchwork piece that will be featured in the exhibit.
"It's not all one piece rolled out. Every piece is put in separately to make different shapes and colors," she said. "The imprints are plants from the yard that I put into the clay when it was still wet, and it made an impression."
Phillip's pottery reflects local influences while experimenting with form, color and texture. He creates his work to be functional, beautiful and whimsical.
He said his artist's philosophy is "I don't believe in not having fun."
Phillip divides his time between studying new techniques for his work, producing new thrown and hand-built pieces and giving private lessons in ceramics.
This is the couple's first exhibit together, and as to more joint shows in the future, "we'll have to see how this one goes," Phillip said jokingly.
"We enjoy it," he said of working together. "She keeps me on the straight and narrow when we're working. It's many times better when you listen to your wife."