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The Mattie Kelly Arts Center Galleries Announce Three New Exhibitions: Beneath the Surface, This Life, and Bayou to Bayou: Blue Dog on the Emerald Coast

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9/6/2011 - The Mattie Kelly Arts Center Galleries at Northwest Florida State College begin the 2011-2012 season on September 10 with the opening of three exciting exhibitions: Bayou to Bayou: Blue Dog on the Emerald Coast, a selection of works by George Rodrigue featuring his popular “Blue Dog”; Beneath the Surface, featuring the works of Karl Zerbe; and This Life, featuring art by various members of the Florida State University Museum of Fine Arts Artists' League.

All three exhibitions will debut at an opening reception, Saturday, September 10, from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. The galleries are pleased to announce new hours to provide better public access, beginning with the 2011-2012 season: Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and 90 minutes prior to most Mattie Kelly Arts Center mainstage and Sprint Theater performances. The galleries are closed weekends will be closed Friday, September 16, for a private event. Exhibits and the opening reception at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center Galleries are free and open to the public.

Through a special partnership with the Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation of Destin and the George Rodrigue Foundation of New Orleans, Louisiana, the Holzhauer Gallery will host Bayou to Bayou: Blue Dog on the Emerald Coast, a selection of works by George Rodrigue, creator of the beloved "Blue Dog." Rodrigue first featured the "Blue Dog" in his 1984 painting, Loup Garou, but in the last two decades the Cajun artist's iconic, wide-eyed canine has become recognizable the world over. The artist's bold paintings and graphic works, included in major museums and contemporary collections around the world, have come to stand for Louisiana in general and the rebuilding of post-Katrina New Orleans in particular. In this very special exhibition guests of all ages will delight in a selection of works spanning over a decade of Rodrigue's career. The show, predominantly original paintings and including some limited-edition prints, features the "Blue Dog" in a number settings and situations, and celebrates the culture and landscape, hurtles and triumphs of life on the Gulf Coast.