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Masur Exhibit Explores the Boundaries of Storytelling

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All of the pieces in the "Accalia and the Swamp Montser" exhibit are painted on antique linens.

The Masur Museum hosts a reception for the new exhibit "Accalia and the Swamp Monster" by acclaimed Baton Rouge artist Kelli Scott-Kelley on Thursday, August 25 from 6 -8 p.m.

Kelley previously worked as a printmaker for sculptor James Surles, and has been a professor at Louisiana State University for over 16 years. This marks her first exhibit in the Masur. 

Museum Curator Ben Hickey describes the exhibit as "an autobiographical fairy tale."

"It's a little dark, it's a little dreamy, and it's very beautiful," says Hickey. 

All of the pieces in the exhibit are painted on antique linen, and each one is numbered and annotated to work together to tell a story. Hickey says that the art of storytelling is one of the work's central themes.

"She's using found objects that had a communal purpose, like a tablecloth that people would gather around and share a meal -- much like you might share a story at that meal," explains Hickey.

Museum patrons have an opportunity to hear the artist herself describe part of that story during a brief introduction at 6:45 p.m. as a part of  the reception Thursday. Kelley also will give a more extensive lecture at the museum the next morning on Friday August 26 at 10 a.m.

More information about the "Accalia and the Swamp Monster" exhibit and upcoming reception is available on the Masur Museum's website, or by calling 329-2237.

Kirby Rambin is a natural entertainer, having played violin since the age of 9 and performing publicly since he was just 12. As a teen, he performed with the Monroe Youth Symphony and the Louisiana All-State Orchestra.
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