The 9th Annual Gala at the Gulfport Galleria of Fine Art will be held 5:30 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Galleria, 1300 24th Ave., one block north of U.S. 90 and one block east of U.S. 49. The event is open to the public and is hosted by the Galleria and sponsors Gulfport Main Street, the City of Gulfport and the Historical Society of Gulfport. More than 30 artist and writer members of the Gulfport Galleria will display new works for the Gala.
Two visiting artists will show works as well. The exhibition of works by Elizabeth "Betsi" Burgess is entitled "Florida Dream Painter: Chairman of the Boards." Burgess is originally from St. Petersburg, Fla., but moved to the Coast in 1992. She and her husband, John, restored the Danzler-Fabacher home on East Beach Boulevard in Gulfport. They lived there until the home was severely damaged by Hurricane Katrina. In 1998, the Burgesses opened a home and garden shop, Botanica, in Pass Christian, where Betsi Burgess developed her signature "yard art," weatherproof paintings on cement board. Since the introduction of her yard art, she has sold over 4,000 boards. Her yard art will be on display outside the Galleria.
Gulfport native Dusty Domino is the chairman of the art department at North Arkansas College in Harrison, Ark. Domino holds a master of fine arts degree in painting and drawing from the University of Alabama. His work has been exhibited in various galleries and museums, most notably at the High Mayhem Contemporary Arts Center in Santa Fe, N.M. Domino also is a contributing artist for the Prospect One contemporary art survey in New Orleans. He recently was selected as the featured artist for the Cave Region Review Literary and Visual Arts Journal. The works included in this exhibition, "Learning to See," are mixed media paintings playing on memory and perception, a reflection of the intangible Mississippi experience.