MUSKOGEE – The public is invited to a gallery showing of four area artists now on display at the new Muskogee Art Guild location, 211 W. Broadway in downtown Muskogee. The show runs through Oct. 19 and is open Tuesdays-Thursdays, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
A reception and artist meet-and-greet will be held Friday, Oct. 6, 5-7 p.m. The featured artists include Dr. Bill Rosener with wood-turned bowls, vases and deep hollow forms; Jodie Rosener with clay creations; Paula Hefley with watercolors; and Marie Gassaway with photography.
Bill Rosener is an information systems professor at Northeastern State University and is from Tahlequah. He is displaying hand-turned wooden bowls. He has been turning wood for about 10 years. During this time, he has created all sorts of turnings, but bowls are one of his favorite things to turn. They include everything from small bowls, bowls with handles, to deep hollow forms. With access to a free green waste dump, he said really enjoys the transformation and creativeness involved in converting
Jodie Rosener has a degree in health administration, but her passion is for the arts and crafts of knitting, baking, gardening and creating out of clay. Jodie feels she has a connection to earth and nature. She and Bill have raised chickens, and livestock, harvest fruit from trees on their property and make much of the food they consume from scratch and from produce they have grown.
Hefley is a social worker who has retired to Tahlequah. She has been working in watercolor a number of years, and has shown work in numerous art shows. Hefley said she loves the fluidity of watercolor, and she can be found most Saturdays with fellow artists in the workshop area of the Cherokee Art Center in Tahlequah. This is her first time showing at the Muskogee Art Guild.
Gassaway, of Muskogee, is an accomplished photographer who has traveled extensively for her photo shoots. She has taken seminars across the United States and Canada, as well as on several recent trips to Cuba. Recently, she has shot with the Texas Professional Photography Association, Night Photography with Jennifer Wu and Steve Martin, Grizzly Bear shoots with Daisy Gilardini, and Spirit Bears in Canada with Laurie and Kyle Klein. She is a member of Three Rivers Photography Club and the Photography Society of America. Gassaway currently serves as the gallery and show coordinator for the Muskogee Art Guild.