Mary C. debuts two new gallery exhibits

There are now two new exhibits ready to be explored at the Mary C. O’Keefe Cultural Arts Center.

This evening, the Mary C. debuted its “Concept to Costume” exhibit in the Duckett Gallery and a new local creatives gallery collection called “Show me what you got.”

The ‘Concept to Costume’ exhibit tells the story of local costume designers of 30 years Becky Rutz and Gloria Gaines from the sketches of their designs to the on-stage product.

The local creatives gallery features 10 local artists and is curated to showcase the different mediums of their artwork. Walter Anderson Theatre Project Treasure/ Contributing Curator Rafe O’Neal said, “I’ve been blessed to work with Gloria Gaines and Becky Rutz for about 34 years and they’ve costumed most of the shows I’ve worked on during that time. It just seemed like the time was right to pay homage to these ladies that have brought a lot of joy to the Coast theater scene, up and down the Coast.”

Duckett Art Gallery Curator Pat Pinson said, “We wanted to have this begin a journey so that you begin to look at the idea and how the idea– how the costume develops. And from there to the sketches and from there to the design and the colors and the fabrics and then finally to actually sewing the whole thing.”

Both galleries are open to the public Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Schools can also schedule field trips to view the Mary C

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