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ODU Visiting Artist Lecturer Series will feature MamaGirl in MLK-themed Lecture, Workshop

As part of its Visiting Artist Lecture Series, the Old Dominion University art education program will host a lecture by MamaGirl at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 16, in the Baron and Ellin Gordon Galleries. The lecture, and subsequent workshops, are free and open to the public.

A native of Virginia's Eastern Shore, MamaGirl (born Mary Onley) presents self-taught artwork that often utilizes figures or animals, bright colors and simplified shapes, including her signature watermelon trees, in a style that lends a rawness and playfulness to her work.

Following her Saturday morning lecture, she will conduct a free art education teacher studio methods workshop, centered around the theme, "Social Justice: Celebrating the Legacy of Dr. Martin L. King." The workshop is designed to share affordable, hands-on studio methods, techniques and ideas relevant to today's learner in the classroom setting. Participants will work on a collaborative papier-mâché work of art that will become part of a larger three-dimensional installation.

The workshop will be held from noon to 3 p.m. in ODU's Visual Arts Building, second floor, located on 49th Street across from the Ainslie Football Complex at S.B. Ballard Stadium. Open studio sessions will be held from 10 a.m. to noon and 1-3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 17, and Monday, Jan. 18, for participants to paint, embellish and install the works created on Saturday.

"MamaGirl's discussion and hands-on workshop are designed to engage our community of learners, to share her work as a contemporary visionary artist and to provide free studio workshops for the community, students and area art teachers. This is a way to provide community learning and celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin L. King," remarked Patty Edwards, lecturer in ODU's art education program.

MamaGirl believes her work is the result of what she calls "inspirations from the spirit." Like the march on Washington, she views the upcoming lecture and community workshop as a way to bring all people together and honor the legacy of Martin L. King.

"When they were marching it was a group - black, white, pink or polka dot. It was a mix of people marching. This event is about bringing all people together. We can come together," MamaGirl said.

Click here to register for the free teacher workshop and community event or contact Patty Edwards via email.

Admission to the Gordon Galleries, located at 4509 Monarch Way in the University Village, is free. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 1-5 p.m. Sunday. For more information call 683-6271 or visit http://al.odu.edu/art/gallery.

This article was posted on: January 14, 2010

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