Gallery Exhibition Opening Reception

Saturday, March 21 - 5:00 - 7:30 pm

Join us for presentations, refreshments, and the opening of our new Sanctuary Artist Gallery Exhibit.

Sanctuary Artists

It is inspired by a variety of real and imagined muses. The Sanctuary Artists are a group of dedicated artists of various kinds, who have discovered muses in the beautiful, 300+ acres of the Goldsmith Schiffman Wildlife Sanctuary in Huntsville, Alabama. Attracted by the unspoiled beauty of this preserve, individuals representing the visual arts, natural sciences, history, literary, musical and oral traditions have joined creative forces. For these kindred spirits, a shared vision continues to unfold. This website is dedicated to them.

Beyond feeding and clothing us, the land shapes our personalities, our goals, and our connections to others, both close by and far away. It speaks many languages; artists, in turn, translate what it tells us into artifacts in their own languages -- painting, photography, ceramic and wood creations, poetry and fiction, music, and other media. The results of their individual journeys and their shared experiences have been combined in their first traveling exhibition, The Art of Nature. Its central, collective mission is to stimulate the awareness, interest, and loyalty of residents and visitors who, on their own, might remain less aware of their connections to the land that we inhabit.

The Sanctuary is a gift to the city from one of Huntsville's old families, and in turn a gift from Huntsville to all others. It is but a metaphor for our entire planet Earth. Visit it, enjoy it, learn from it, care for it, and pass it along intact to future generations.

Curated by the Ocean Springs Museum of History.

Free Admission








The Mary C. O'Keefe Cultural Center of Arts and Education    1600 Government Street, Ocean Springs, Mississippi 39564    228.818.2878    228.818.2886 fax   info@themaryc.org