Ohr to open iconic pod on Saturday afternoon

Everybody has their opinion of them, those stainless steel pods down at the Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art in east Biloxi, and on Saturday afternoon you’ll have a chance to go inside one.

The Ohr-O’Keefe will mark the anniversary of the birth of eccentric potter George E. Ohr, with the opening of one of the four pods designed by world-renowned architect Frank Gehry. Inside, visitors will find the museum’s permanent collection of Ohr pottery in an exhibit titled “George E. Ohr: Prized, Honored & Cherished.”

Admission is free for the day.

“This is a milestone occasion,” declared Kevin O’Brien, executive director at Ohr-O’Keefe. “For years, we’ve looked like a construction zone. That’s all changing; we’re moving forward. For this pod opening, we’re going to be showcasing some Ohr pottery that has never been on public display.

“What the public will see on Saturday represents a major step for us, not only with the pod opening, but the progress we’re seeing on the entire campus.”

The opening ceremonies will be at 4 p.m., but events will begin at 2 p.m., with a talk and slide show on Ohr, art demonstrations, a question-and-answer session, and book signings. Visitors also will be able to create their own pinch pots, for $5.

At 4 p.m. will be the opening of the pod, formerly known as the Beau Rivage Resort & Casino Gallery Pod on the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation Pavilion.
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