Exhibit features artwork by famed author

The first exhibit for 2018, hosted by the Northeast Texas Community College Art Department, continues through Feb. 28 in the foyer of the Whatley Center for the Performing Arts. The show, Bookland, features ceramics and alcohol ink panels by artist and author, Kathy L. Murphy. A reception with the artist will be held Feb. 13 at 12:30 p.m. in the Whatley Center foyer.
Murphy’s artwork is created hoping the viewer will be transformed and transported to other worlds sparked by their own experiences and imagination. Her art stems from a childhood spent outside enveloped in nature and in the imaginations of those that occurred from a lifetime of reading books. Murphy works primarily in alcohol and India ink paintings and hand-built raku ceramics.
Murphy founded The Pulpwood Queens and Timber Guys Book Clubs, the largest “meeting and discussion” book club in the world that began in 2000 when she opened its headquarters Beauty and the Book, the only hair salon/bookstore in the country. Murphy is the author of The Pulpwood Queen’s Tiara-Wearing, Book-Sharing Guide to Life. Following the exhibit, one of the pieces on display in the Whatley Center will be placed in the permanent collection of the University of Texas at Tyler, where Murphy received her bachelor’s degree. The exhibit is free and open to the public Monday-Thursday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Friday from 9 a.m. to noon. Please call 903-434-8181 before visiting to ensure that the gallery is open for viewing. To learn more about upcoming events in the Whatley Center, or to purchase tickets, visit www.whatleycenter.com