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Jewels of the Sea:
Walter Anderson's Aquatica

October 6, 2006 - May 13, 2007

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Visitors were immersed in the marine world of Walter Anderson with more than 80 works from the collection of the family of Walter Anderson. These works included watercolors, block prints, and drawings featuring aquatic animals that live in or near the Mississippi Sound that part of the Gulf of Mexico Anderson explored so often. Anderson's fish, crabs, shrimp, squid, and sea turtles are all exhibited alongside aquariums with their real life counterparts.

Anderson (1903-1965), a renowned artist from the Mississippi Gulf Coast, spent a lifetime exploring nature and interpreting it in his art. Anderson's writings in The Horn Island Logs reveal his awareness of the intricate balance of life lived close to the soil and water. This exhibit invited visitors to share Anderson's vision, seeing nature's creatures not merely as subjects to be painted, but as vibrant beings living in harmony with the Earth.

"The art of Walter Anderson touches the hearts of naturalists and biologists who share his love of the natural world," explained Museum Director Libby Hartfield. "We find a kindred spirit in an artist who carefully observed his wildlife subjects and sought to uncover the details of their existence."


- Stuart C. Irby Company
- Paul Benton
- Howard Industries
- Dudley Hughes
- Wade & Betsy Creekmore
- Feild Cooperative Association, Inc.
- Buffalo Peak Outfitters / Patagonia, Inc.
- Jack & Marianne Dempsey
- Avery & Jackie Rollins
- Ollye B. Shirley, Ph.D.
- Scott and Joye Steele
- Catchings & Lottie Smith

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