First pod to open at Ohr-O'Keefe Museum of Art

SUN HERALDJuly 6, 2014 

JOHN FITZHUGH/SUN HERALD/FILEKelly McGuire, left, and Donald Nichols of A. Zahner Co. install a piece of the stainless steel outer shell on one of the pods at the Ohr-O'Keefe Museum of Art in Biloxi in February. On Saturday, the museum will celebrate the opening of its first pod.

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The Ohr-O'Keefe Museum of Art in Biloxi has big plans to celebrate the opening of its first pod, one of four designed by architect Frank Gehry to house the museum's permanent collection of George Ohr pottery.

On Saturday, opening ceremonies will be held at 4 p.m. for the Beau Rivage Resort & Casino Gallery Pod on the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation Pavilion. The exhibit for the pod, entitled George E. Ohr: Prized, Honored & Cherished, will feature many pieces of Ohr pottery that have never been on display.

Events will begin at 2 p.m., including a talk, slide show, question-and-answer session and book signings. The celebration also will feature entertainment and activities such as $5 pinch pots and art demonstrations.

Admission for Saturday, which is also the Mad Potter's birthday, is free, and visitors can view other exhibits. The museum is at 386 Beach Blvd. Details: 374-5547.

On Friday, another South Mississippi museum has something to celebrate. The Walter Anderson Museum of Art in Ocean Springs will receive a "Moon Tree," a Loblolly Pine grown from seeds taken to the moon by Stuart Roosa on his Apollo 14 mission. Apollo 16 astronaut Charles Duke will be the guest speaker, and a four-course dinner with wine pairings will follow the dedication ceremony. Cost is $100 per person and limited seating is available. Details: 872-3164.

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