Ohr-O’Keefe to host free open house at transitional home

The Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art is hosting a two-day open house at its transitional home, the Glenn L. Swetman House, today from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The Swetman Home, which is owned by the city, is at 1596 Glenn L. Swetman St., off U.S. 90 north of Miramar Park.

The opening exhibit will be recycled materials celebrating Long Beach’s Friendship Oak, a creation of artists volunteering with Hands On Gulf Coast. The exhibit will run throughout December at the museum, where admission will be free.

Refreshments for the open house will be provided by members of the museum’s Events Committee, and many volunteers will be returning to greet visitors.

Major renovations to Swetman House have been made with volunteers from Keesler Air Force Base, the Seabees, Hands On Gulf Coast, the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer, and the Harrison County Sheriff’s Department.

January will see an exhibit based on affordable housing alternatives as well as “Pleasant’s Hands,” an exhibit celebrating the former slave who had built his own house in Biloxi in the 1800s. Also, a selection of the museum’s collection of George Ohr pottery will begin as a permanent display at the Swetman House, and a full schedule of exhibitions, classes and programs will begin in January.

For more on the museum, visit www.georgeohr.org.

News and notes

Reminder: A Christmas Dance for children ages 6 to 12 takes place tonight from 6 to 7:30 at the Donal Snyder Community Center. For details, click here.

Cajun Christmas: Tommy Joe Breaux, Biloxi’s resident Cajun storyteller, will tell the story of “The Cajun Night Before Christmas” during a program this evening at 6 at the West Biloxi Library on Pass Road. Christmas carolling and gift bags for children are part of the free program.