THIRD THURSDAYS
NOON – 1:00PM
All artTALK programs are free and open to the public. No reservations required. Bring a lunch – beverages and desserts provided! The artTALK program is sponsored by West Quality Foods.

 


 

Thursday, February 15
Magnolia Gridiron Cathedrals

A proud native of the Mississippi Delta, freelance writer Nash Nunnery has tapped into his love of vintage high school football fields in his home state for his first book, Magnolia Gridiron Cathedrals. The hardback coffee table volume includes 47 essays written by Nunnery about classic stadiums in towns big and small that he found worthy of being called hallowed ground. Laurel’s famously iconic Watkins Stadium “Between the Bricks” is one of the fields featured. Join us as Nash discusses his debut book, which has been ranked in the top 5 of the Jackson Clarion-Ledger’s “Mississippi’s Top Reads”. 

 

About the Author

Nash Nunnery has penned newspaper and magazine articles for various publications over the years, including the Clarion-Ledger, Jackson Daily News, Mississippi Business Journal, Clinton News. Mississippi Sports magazine, Vicksburg Post, Clinton Courier and the Rankin County News.

Nunnery has written on a wide variety of subjects, ranging from college and high school sports to Mississippi’s antiquated adoption laws to the business of agriculture.

Before joining the Mississippi Development Authority as a project manager in 2011, he served as public information specialist for the Mayor’s Office in the City of Jackson and as a contract background investigator with the U.S. Office of Personnel Management.

Growing up in Clinton, Nunnery played high school football for his hometown Arrows in the early 1970s. As a teenager, he became enamored with nostalgic football and baseball fields from various eras, captivated by their uniqueness and quirks.

Nunnery, who resides in Brandon, is married to the former Vicki Petro. They have two daughters and four grandchildren.

 


 

Thursday, March 21
Beyond the Blanket: Creating Art Quilts

Join distinguished quilter Martha Ginn as she shares her work and discusses how traditional quilting techniques can be used to create dynamic works of art.

 

About the Speaker

Martha Ginn, a Texas native whose home is Hattiesburg, Mississippi since 1971, began traditional quilting in about 1984 after a lifetime of sewing, embroidery, and counted cross-stitch. As her quilting skills grew, so did her interest in art and design, and she began to be more bold and innovative with her craft, soon abandoning patterns and templates for creating fiber art pieces which are more decorative than functional as bed coverings. She has a strong love and appreciation for the beauty of the natural world and often expresses inner joy through depicting or representing nature in her work. Her raw materials are fibers and threads instead of paint and canvas, though often paint and leaves and unexpected additions find their way into her art.

Her fiber art creations have been exhibited in national shows and published in books and magazines. She traveled and spoke in China through South Arts (Atlanta) and Arts Midwest (Minneapolis) for the U.S. Embassy in Beijing and Dalian. She is a founding member of Pine Belt Quilters, Mississippi Quilt Association, and Southern Fiber Artists, and is active in Studio Art Quilt Associates, South Mississippi Art Association, and Meistersingers of Hattiesburg, Miss.

Learn more about Martha and her work at marthaginn.com.

 

 

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