The Walter Anderson Museum of Art in Ocean Springs, Miss., announces the opening of Gretchen Haien – Photographs from SeaZen and Interior Frontiers. This exhibition will open in the Jo Love Little Gallery of the Museum on Thursday, August 21, with a reception beginning at 6:00 p.m. Gretchen Haien will be at the opening. Haien’s work will be displayed through October 26, 2008.

In these two bodies of work, SeaZen and Interior Frontiers, Gretchen Haien invites us to try a new way of seeing and seeking answers to larger life questions.

Interior Frontiers uses the frame or photographic edge to abstract a would-be interior or street scene, reordering shapes from reality into a new perception for the viewer. These studies earned her the “Emerging Artist to Watch in Photography” by the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C.

SeaZen takes us on a stroll along the water’s edge, noting a solitary rock or a beached one-person dinghy. These photographs are framed to be viewed as if through a ship’s porthole, the lone observer wonders whether this is a view of serenity and solitude or loneliness and isolation.

Gretchen Haien, Associate Professor of Art, Gallery Coordinator, and Senior Seminar coordinator at Belhaven College, teaches photography and the art component of Belhaven’s Worldview curriculum. She received her BA from Belhaven and her MFA from Louisiana Tech University. Since 1987 Gretchen has owned and operated her own commercial photography studio. She taught photography as an adjunct for over 20 years at both Millsaps College and Belhaven before joining Belhaven fulltime in 2007. She has also been involved in many solo, juried, and invitational exhibitions in Mississippi, Virginia, New York and Louisiana. Recently she has received the Mississippi Arts and Letters Award in Photography.

For more information on the exhibition and reception, please call 228-872-3164.

For More Information Contact:
Makalah Brown