Press Release from Coahoma Community College Public Relations; (662) 621-4061 - Brittany Davis-Green - email@example.com
A Coahoma Community College instructor will be among a group of special guests featured during Mississippi Valley State University’s (MVSU’s) B.B. King Day Thursday.
Brad Anthony Bernard, CCC art instructor has been extended an invitation, by MVSU Fine Arts Chair Alphonso Sanders, to be a special guest during the first annual B.B. King Day, hosted at MVSU’s Business Education Auditorium from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
He will be joined by Stanley Abernathy, Big George Brock, Otis Clay, Allan Hammons, Russell Jackson, Allen Johnson, Walter King, Denise LaSalle, Charles Mitchell, Ray Neal, Ben Payton, Jesse Robinson, Booby Rush, Mary Shepard, Robert Terrell, Teeny Tucker and Booker Walker.
During the event, Bernard will be showcasing his hand painted portrait of the “King of the Blues”. According to Bernard, the paintings is part of a larger series entitled “Blues Routes” that he was inspired to begin in 2007 after meeting several blues musicians through CCC Art Department Chair Rosalind Wilcox and former editor of the Loving Blues Magazine Scott Baretta.
“I’ve learned about the blues just from living here. … Even after I moved I was inspired by the bluesmen I met while in Mississippi.”
Bernard’s piece became even more unique after meeting King during a workshop hosted at the B.B. King Museum in Indianola, MS. During that meeting King agreed to autograph the neck of his guitar “Lucille” portrayed in the then unfinished work.
B.B. King Day will wrap up with special performances from 7 to 10 p.m. at the B.B. King Museum and Interpretive Center, located at 400 Second Street in Indianola.