Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Dorsey Summerfield, musician and painter, featured at Southern University Museum of Art Shreveport, 610 Texas St

An Improvisation in Art is what musician Dorsey Summerfield calls his exhibit at the Southern University Museum of Art Shreveport, aka SUMAS.

It features 28 vibrant, joyous works painted in oil, acrylic and mixed media.

Summerfield's exhibit is a stunningly consistent show demonstrating the musician's terrific sense of design.

He is head of the Southern University Shreveport arts program, a teacher of music technology and a journeyman musician known for his sweet sax tone and his excellent sidemen, the Polyphonics.

Tucked into the back of the first floor at 610 Texas St, SUMAS qualifies as one of the city's best-kept secrets. It is not a huge museum, but it is a highly valuable one. The African art comes from a trove of work collected personally by the Southern University system's president, Leon Tarver. The principal Southern University Museum of Art is on the Baton Rouge campus.

SUMAS hours:
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday,
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

The exhibit runs through Aug. 30, says director Carolyn Coatney. Call Coatney for info or group tours.
(318) 518-0551

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