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First Ever George Ohr April Fool's Day Celebration!

We Need Weird This April Fool’s Day!

*Save the Date*

Come have fun with the Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art! The First Ever George Ohr April Fool’s Day Celebration will take place on Saturday, April 1, 2017 from 7:00 – 10:00pm. In honor of George Ohr, “the Mad Potter of Biloxi,” OOMA will host a celebration of fun and frivolity, mirth and merriment, and silliness and satire on a day uniquely suited for such Ohr-rageous behavior.

The party will be held at the Frank Gruich Community Center on Howard Avenue and feature food, drinks, and entertainment. OOMA is calling for performers for the evening’s Variety Show to take place during the event. We are seeking individuals with interesting or odd talents: ventriloquists, dancing or singing dogs, bizarre instruments, yodeling, etc. Come perform for us and be discovered – the weirder the better!

OOMA also needs stilt-walkers, fire-eaters, plate-spinners, unicyclists, hula-hoopers and more unique performers to bring their charm to the evening and wander the crowd.

This event will serve as OOMA’s spring fundraiser; funds raised will ensure that new and compelling art exhibitions continue to be featured on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Ticket prices are $30 for a nonmember couple, $25 for a member couple, $20 for a nonmember single and $15 for a member single.  Come support your community!

So save the date, April Fools’ Day, and come prepared to prank and be pranked at the First Event George Ohr April Fools’ Day Celebration.  Call the museum 228.374.5547 or visit our website today to purchase tickets.

Ohr-O’Keefe Museum is Open for Business after Fire

Now that two weeks have passed and the smoke has cleared literally, we want to let citizens and visitors know that the Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art is indeed open for business after the recent electrical fire in its Mississippi Sound Welcome Center. (The museum’s Welcome Center is the home of the museum store, offices, admissions, and public meetings/ lectures).  The Welcome Center will remain closed for the time being.

We have to remember that even George Ohr came back stronger than ever after a catastrophic fire consumed his original pottery studio in downtown Biloxi. Ours was an electrical fire in a display case that caused extensive smoke damage that will close our Welcome center for many months. We are appreciative of the efforts of the Biloxi Police and Fire departments to minimize the impact on this beautiful $40 million beachfront showplace and resource center.

The big thing for you to know is this: Even in the wake of this event, there’s so much more to see on the Ohr-O’Keefe campus. The IP Casino Resort Spa Gallery, the Beau Rivage Gallery of African American Art, the Knight Pod Gallery and the Biloxi Center for Ceramics are all open.

The museum is currently exhibiting the popular “Our Love Affair With Baseball” exhibit through Nov. 4, 2016. Permanent exhibits, the George Ohr Collection, and Katrina exhibits remain open. The Pleasant Reed Interpretative Center is also open.

The museum’s hugely successful “Our Love Affair with Baseball” Luncheon Series, sponsored by Sal & Mookie’s, has been moved to the 2nd floor of the Biloxi Center for Ceramics and has resumed in September, Fridays at noon. This has been a great opportunity for diners to have an inexpensive meal and meet a weekly lineup of baseball greats.

The museum has temporarily housed a small version of its museum store in the Pleasant Reed Interpretive Center.

We will know soon when the Welcome Center will be up and running. In the meantime, we want our visitors and supporters to know that we are open to the public with interesting exhibits, lectures, education and studio programs.

We need your support and visitation while we go through the process of repairing our Welcome Center.

We also hope that you’ll take part in The Wizard of Ohr magical evening at the IP. It’s going to be Sept. 30 from 7 to 10 p.m. and it’s going to be spectacular.

For details on all of these things and more, visit the website at www.georgeohr.org

Released 09/10/16