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Biloxi gallery invites artists to draw on site Sunday

Julia Reyes, left, and Brandy Waltman are co-owners of Almost Circle Gallery in Biloxi.
Julia Reyes, left, and Brandy Waltman are co-owners of Almost Circle Gallery in Biloxi. tmsmith@sunherald.com

The owners of Almost Circle Gallery want to draw artists of all levels to Rue Magnolia on Sunday through drawing.

“M4: Mark Makers Making Marks — A Drawing Exhibit & Collaboration” is designed to “promote creative collaboration,” co-owner Julia Reyes said. “People who might not cross paths otherwise can meet and get inspiration and ideas, and just get to know each other.”

With a $5 registration fee, participants can go to Almost Circle Gallery, at 128 Rue Magnolia in Biloxi, between 10 a.m. and 10 p.m. Sunday and spend some time at the gallery making artwork. During that time, a film of the artists in action will be created at the gallery.

From 5 to 8 p.m. Aug. 13, a selection of the drawings as well as the completed film will be presented during an opening reception for “M4: Mark Makers Making Marks” at the gallery.

The film will capture the sights and sounds of the artists at work, Reyes and gallery co-owner Brandy Waltman said.

“You’ll hear the pencil scratching, the talk in the background as they work,” Reyes said. “As you view the installation, you’ll feel like you’re participating in the creation of the art.”

On Sunday, two artists will have featured works. The architectural background of Ligia Roemer of Ocean Sprigns can be seen in her works, and Mississippi native Dustin Hedrick of Nashville, Tenn., is known for his original drawings on shirts.

“We’re not limiting the media to paper, although paper will be well represented,” Waltman said. Special boards will be available for collaborative artworks, where one artist will start a work and another will pick up with his or her own vision and style, and another artist after that.

Almost Circle Gallery, which opened July 1, features works by area artists such as Paulette Dove, Robby Amonett, Pat Abernathy, Ed Williford and Bob Brooks. Two rooms of the double shotgun house are dedicated to rotating exhibits, another room has an art library and a fourth is Reyes and Waltman’s work space.

The gallery’s regular hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Phone: 228-207-4799.

Tammy Smith: 228-896-2130, @Simmiefran1

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