Walter Anderson Museum of Art

Ocean Springs, MS



Vanishing Point: The View from Horn Island


Sitting like a jewel in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Mississippi, Horn Island has long held a fascination for artists, lovers of nature and others who seek the nearest far away place. Walter Anderson spent most of the last seventeen years of his life on the fragile barrier island, capturing its many natural riches through his artworks and writing.

Vanishing Point: the View from Horn Island opens at the Walter Anderson Museum of Art on Walter Anderson's birthday, September 29, 2000. The exhibition will continue through January 21, 2001. (left: Horn Island watercolor by Walter Anderson)

In contrast to the featured works of Anderson's in many media, are photographs of Horn Island taken by New Orleans photographer, Donald Bradburn. Many of Bradburn's photographs were taken during the 1950's and 60's, the same period that Anderson lived on the island.

Expanding upon the exhibition's theme, several engaging programs are planned for Museum members and the public. On October 10 at 10:00 a.m., John Anderson, naturalist and son of Walter Anderson, will conduct a gallery walk through the exhibition. When Horn Island became a part of the Gulf Islands National Seashore, John Anderson served as the Island's first park ranger.

At 2:00 p.m. on November 12, the WAMA's ArtTalks lecture series presents Donald Bradburn in a discussion and tour of the exhibition. Donald Bradburn was one of the driving forces that led to the protection of Horn Island and the other barrier islands along the coast. He has spent many years hiking, studying and photographing the Island and its rich assortment of plant and animal life. Admission for the ArtTalks lecture is $3.00 for WAMA members and $5.00 for nonmembers. (left: Horn Island black and white photo by Donald Bradburn)

The award winning film The Islander will be shown daily at the Museum throughout the exhibition. Produced by Mississippi Educational Television, the film brings Anderson's Island experiences to life in vivid detail. Anderson is convincingly portrayed by actor James Best.

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