Joe MacGown Art Exhibition-BLY Fine Art Center, Eupora MS-25 April-2 May 2009

The reception for my one man show at the BLY Fine Arts Center in Eupora, MS was from 6-8 PM on 25 April 2009. Despite the fact that Eupora is a small town about 30 minutes from Starkville, MS where I live, we had a good sized crowd present. In fact, at one point, we almost had the entire space filled with easily over a hundred folks. Lots of people that knew me made it over, but additionally, some others came by who had seen something in the paper about the event. I had about 55 framed, matted pictures in the show and every one of them took a while. Most people seemed amazed, if not stupified, by the detail, and virtually everybody wanted to know how long they took to do. I had many interesting conversations with viewers, which was a diverse group ranging from professors to art students to foresters.

As a bonus, I decided to have a random drawing in which I gave away a framed print of "Infinity". The winner was James Lewis (see photo below). Thanks to everybody who helped make this show a success including the Eupora Arts Group; Dylan Karges, who was really the reason I even had a show there, plus he printed flyers and got catered food from Bulldog Deli in Starkville, MS; David Cross, who helped me carry the pictures to the show; Alyson Rhodes for helping with the food; and my wife Julie and her mom, Pat Reynolds, who made and brought food!

Some folks at the show

Two nephews (Matthew and Daniel) and my son Joseph

Questions from a fellow artist, Faye Fisher.

Some serious inspection by some MSU art students

Andrew Rendon, Me, Martin Rendon, and my brother Mike

Looking, talking, eating...that's David Cross at the right

James Lewis, winner of the print! Coincidentally, Jame
is my student worker at the Entomology Dept. at MSU

Frances Thompson and Richard Brown in deep conversation. Frances is a wonderfull portrait and landscape artist and Richard is a talented musician as well as an internationally known entomologist.