Southside Gallery



Southside Gallery to feature New Work by Norma Bourdeaux and Laurin McCracken


Oxford, Mississippi – Southside Gallery will feature new work by Norma Bourdeaux and Laurin McCracken, October 28th – November 22nd, with a reception for the artists on October 30th from 6:00-8:00 p.m.


Norma Bourdeaux currently resides in Oxford, Mississippi.  Born in Birmingham, Alabama, Bourdeaux lived in several different places throughout her childhood including Salt Lake City, Utah.  However, she spent many years as a resident of Meridian, Mississippi.  Bourdeaux attended Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri where she studied dress design.  She received her undergraduate degree in commercial art from the University of Alabama.  Bourdeaux moved to Oxford in 2001 to pursue a Masters of Fine Art in painting and become a working artist.


In the years between her graduation from the University of Alabama and her return to academia in Oxford, Bourdeaux raised four children, became a successful businesswoman and served two terms in the state legislature. Bourdeaux has been painting, drawing and expressing herself creatively her entire life and still continues to love painting the most.


“Having been interested in art for many years, I find the more I paint, the more it fascinates me and the more I want to learn.  My focus has been landscapes.  They captivate me, those I see at home, see on my travels or imagine. I predominately work in oil on wooden panels or canvases.”


Although Bourdeaux has painted larger works, this exhibit contains works of smaller sizes with some on panels or canvases that are complete and stand alone but are placed together to make a whole.  The smaller size of the work offers a feeling of intimacy. Bourdeaux has been exhibiting her paintings at Southside Gallery since 2005.



Laurin McCracken spent his childhood in Meridian, Mississippi.  After graduation from high school, he attended Auburn University before transferring to Rice University where he earned his Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Architecture degrees.  McCracken later earned a Masters of Architecture and Urban Planning degree at Princeton University and also studied at The Art Institute of Chicago.


McCracken is an architect who has put the skills learned over the years in drawing, photographing and observing to use as a watercolorist.  McCracken, an award-winning artist whose paintings have been exhibited in juried shows around the world, began painting with watercolors in 1999.  McCracken’s paintings have been included in multiple shows in China.  Most recently he participated in the Qingdao International Watercolor Salon Exhibition 2014 in Qingdao.  Two of the paintings now on exhibit at Southside, “Barn with Tractor” and Boats in the Howrth Bay, Ireland” were juried into the International Watercolour Biennial in Belgium.


“I interpret the real world through the medium of watercolor.  While I see things as a photographer, as a painter I am able to use the medium as a tool to express how I see things. One of my goals is to help people see everyday things in a new light.”


McCracken has been exhibiting his work at Southside Gallery since 2006.  The current exhibit includes traditional still life paintings that are similar to previous works that brought him recognition as well as paintings of different genres that admirers of McCracken’s work will want to see.  The paintings are consummately detailed as always.


A reception for the artists is scheduled for Thursday, October 30th from 6:00-8:00 p.m.  For more information contact Southside Gallery, 662.234.9090.

Posted on November 6, 2014