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By Staff
Sept. 9, 2001
Casteel Gallery holds open today
The MCC Casteel Gallery and the Meridian Museum of Art have teamed up to present a double exhibition of the work by Bay St. Louis artist Elizabeth Schafer.
The artwork at the Casteel Gallery focuses on the process that Schafer uses to create her work. Some of her preliminary drawings that she used to capture her ideas for the paintings will be on display. Also on display will be several of the collage images she creates before translating them into larger paintings.
This show is outstanding. Schafer translates musical form into visual experiences. To enhance the experience of this exhibit, Carey Smith &Friends will be performing several musical works that inspired her artwork (such as the music of Nat King Cole, Miles Davis and many others.)
Both exhibits, at the MCC Casteel Gallery and the Meridian Museum of Art, should not to be missed.
The opening is set from 1 p.m.-3 p.m. Sunday.
Chamber series begins Thursday
Classical guitarist Giovanni DeChiaro will perform Thursday during the Chamber Series at St. Paul's Episcopal Church. The concert starts at 12:05 p.m. in the Parrish Hall.
DeChiaro is a member of the music faculty at the University of Southern Mississippi. He has performed for the Chamber Series in the past.
Brown Bag series starts Wednesday
The Brown Bag Lunch Series will start at Meridian Community College Wednesday. All sessions begin at noon in the Meridian Room and are sponsored by Phi Theta Kappa.
In the first session, local attorney Bill Ready will discuss the civil rights era. The title of his talk will be "Civil Rights in Meridian: From There to Here!"
The second of the series is slated for Sept. 26 and titled "The Queen City Gyspy Lore." Dr. Bill East will share a view of Meridian's gyspy past.
The third is set for Oct. 10 and is titled "The Brit Within Us." Dr. Durr Walker will present a humorous view of Southerners and our British cousins.
Art grant applications now available
Community Arts Grants applications are now available at the Meridian Council of Arts office on the third floor of City Hall. The deadline to turn in completed applications is Oct. 5.
The Community Arts Grants program offers financial and technical assistance to non-profit organizations, artists, schools, colleges and public and social service agencies in Meridian and Lauderdale County.
All projects must take place during the granting period which is from October 2001 through July 2002. Those seeking a grant should submit a final narrative and financial report 30 days after the project's completion day.
You can pick up an application at City Hall, or pull one of the city's website: www.meridianms.org.
For more information, call Connie Royal at 485-1955.

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