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Mercer alumna’s dreams come true as she receives art degree withheld for 50 years

Artist and former Mercer University student, Gwendolyn Payton, presented her art exhibit “The Faith of the Dreamer” at the Plunkett Art Gallery Sept. 25.

Ashley Pemberton, Contributing Writer

October 7, 2020

Payton set out to achieve her art degree at Mercer University nearly 50 years ago. She completed all of her courses; however, the university did not allow her to exhibit her senior art show because of the racial tension present in the art department at the time.  Now, almost half a century later, Payton’s work is on display at the Plunkett Art gallery in Hardeman Hall for all to see.

Support local artists: COVID-19 creates new opportunities for Theatre Macon

The cast of the play “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder

Natalie Yaeger, Lead Lifestyle & Opinion Writer

September 24, 2020

Theatre Macon, located in downtown Macon, is set to showcase “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder” as a virtual performance Sept. 17-20. 

Mercer Artist: Blue Skyy Designs showcases relentless hope and self love through design

Jacqueline Lamothe poses for a portrait at Mercer University.

Natalie Yaeger, Contributing Writer

September 19, 2020

Blue Skyy Designs is a creative business created by journalism major and graphic design minor Jacqueline Lamothe, who is a sophomore at Mercer University.  Lamothe creates art from the heart, focusing on creations that “highlight relentless hope, help showcase who you are, show the love of Christ, s...

Review: The stories stitched in Wini McQueen’s quilts

The Wini McQueen exhibit at the Museum of Arts and Sciences.

Ivy Marie Clarke, Arts & Culture Editor

September 9, 2020

Best known as a textile artist, McQueen masterfully melds together the craft of quilting with the art of storytelling, often to capture what it means to be an African American woman in the South. 

Allman Brothers mural coming to downtown Macon

Allman Brothers mural coming to downtown Macon

Ivy Marie Clarke, Arts & Culture Editor

August 25, 2020

The Sierra Development Group and Argus Eyed Partners, a community development partnership, has unveiled plans for an Allman Brothers Band mural to be painted between the downtown Lofts at Capricorn and Mercer Music at Capricorn. 

Mercer to commission permanent sculpture honoring school history of integration

Mercer to commission permanent sculpture honoring school history of integration

Emily Rose Thorne, Editor in Chief

June 19, 2020

Underwood “believes it’s fitting to tell that story through permanent sculpture in a prominent location on campus to provide inspiration and a reminder that we still have much work to do in order to achieve racial justice. Now is the time to get this done.”

Artistic hobbies to try while social distancing

Artistic hobbies to try while social distancing

Ivy Marie Clarke, Lead Arts & Entertainment Writer

April 14, 2020

Doing things off-screen is incredibly healthy for you, and maintaining your wellbeing is critical right now. Here are some ideas for getting the imagination flowing.

Review: Gary Blackburn’s camera captures the beauty of the Southern landscape

Review: Gary Blackburn’s camera captures the beauty of the Southern landscape

Ivy Marie Clarke, Staff Reporter

November 26, 2019

While Blackburn’s early photography work was primarily done in black and white film, these new pieces explore the power of color and digital media.

Review: Katina Bitsicas’ red thread of loss and longing

Katina Bitsicas's

Ivy Marie Clarke, Staff Reporter

October 26, 2019

Katina Bitsicas is the current visiting artist at Plunkett Gallery. Bitsicas’ exhibit, entitled “Revive,” explores themes centered around coming back to life even with death edging close. She uses the motif of red thread, commonly associated with human connection, to symbolize loss and longing.

Review: Christie DeNizio creates abstract beauty in a world of chaos 

Paintings by exhibiting McEachern artist Christie DeNizio.

Natalie Yaeger, Lead News Writer

October 14, 2019

With the use of inspiration from famous works, drawings, postcards, tarot cards and other print materials, the details in DeNizio’s art are amazing. 

Mercer Artist: Visual artist Avery Lario is finding balance between science and art 

Avery Lario poses in front of the Fine Arts building.

Jules Tollett, Lead Arts & Entertainment Writer

September 10, 2019

While some people think that there is really no way for a person to be involved in both art and science, Lario has found that her science classes have helped her art. 

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