Walter Anderson Museum of Art

“Our mission is to empower lifelong curiosity and connection to the natural world through the art of Walter Anderson and kindred artists.
The Walter Anderson Museum of Art inspires discovery, imagination, and community-building on the Gulf Coast and beyond through programs, exhibitions, and outreach; and embodies Walter Anderson’s vision for societies in harmony with their environments.”

Walter Anderson Museum of Art

During this period of solitude, museums, art galleries and libraries have worked tirelessly to remain connected and vibrant. Their creative use of technology to bring messages via e-mail and all social media venues has been heartening and life-affirming.

In this series of posts, ChasingART is giving a shoutout to Art Galleries and Museums. The next stop on this journey is the Walter Anderson Museum of Art, located at 510 Washington Avenue, Ocean Springs, Mississippi.

Special thanks goes out to my dear blogger friend, Lisa, from the remarkable blog Zeebra Designs and Destinations for the introduction. I had never heard of Walter Anderson or the Museum that is bears his name before Lisa’s suggestion to feature Walter Anderson’s legacy on ChasingART.

The Walter Anderson Museum of Art website is a place of learning and inspiration. The stories are poignant and speak to humanity’s deep need to be connected to nature and to all who inhabit our world. I invite you to share this tour with me. Every click leads to a new adventure.

29 Replies to “Walter Anderson Museum of Art”

  1. How wonderful! I love his puppet.
    I’m so happy that so many are dedicated to the arts and culture, and leave what they’ve learned and collected to posterity.

    1. I share your gratitude for all those who chose an artist’s journey. They inspire us to believe that our creativity endeavors, in whatever form that takes, make a difference. ❤️❤️❤️🤗🤗🤗

  2. What a fantastic place – thank you so much for facilitating these virtual trips to such amazing centres of art. I had not heard of Walter Anderson before – how interesting to learn about his links with Rachel Carson’s work. It reminds me also of John Muir’s pioneering spirit. We need these incredible human forces of nature in our lives. X

    1. I find that artists have a intuitive understanding of our place in the world. They are our modern day prophets who remind us that we must rethink of the way we live As I read about Walter Anderson, I find links between him and Vincent Van Gogh. His quote, on risk resonated: “Our lives improve only when we take chances – and the first and most difficult risk we can take is to be honest with ourselves.” I agree wholeheartedly, Liz, – “we need these incredible human forces of nature in our lives.” Hugs!!!

      1. I just read up on Wilhelmina Barns-Graham. I will keep my fingers crossed for you, too. An amazing life story that features an indomitable spirit. I am interested in doing more research into the way artists come together and create artist’s societies or group and peer groups, like the Glasgow Girls and Glasgow Boys. There seems to be an elevated creativity in their artwork. Hmm….. always something to learn, isn’t there!!??

      2. I love that idea of artists as real people, engaging and being friends (or enemies!) with their contemporaries. Van Gogh and Gauguin are obvious examples. Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Herbert MacNair, Margaret Macdonald and Frances Macdonald are also a well known Scottish group. Ben Nicholson, Barbara Hepworth and the Newlyn artists. Etc etc. Oh, a lifelong research adventure awaits…..! X

      3. Yes – I have the same feeling. The adventures await. By the way, I am still reading Wuthering Heights – it is as if I am seeing it for the first time. The more I “listen” the more I realize that this was a book way before its time.

      4. I must get back to it – got distracted onto other things as usual! 🤣

  3. Again, thanks, and also for that amazing poem, such a perfect one for our challenging times.

    Have included links to both, and now the laptop is waving flags that the battery is almost dead! logging off!

    Have a good weekend! Lisa

    1. Thank you so much for the introduction to Walter Anderson. I have enjoyed exploring his art and his ideas, his humbleness, and the people who preserved his legacy. I am grateful for the artists who encourage us to look at life through a creative lens. Hugs coming from Vancouver, Lisa – Wishing you a wonderful weekend.

    1. Dies ist das erste Mal, dass ich diesen Maler getroffen habe. Ich lerne weiter und entdecke neue Dinge. Es hält mich jung. Habe ein schönes Wochenende.

  4. Ah, Rebecca, thank you so much for this introduction. What a beautiful artist! 🙂
    Happy Monday, my dear friend! xoxoxoxo

    1. Thank you for joining me, Marina. I am thrilled that Walter Anderson’s legacy has been preserved. He was an environmentalist before the word became mainstream, which confirms that artists have a intuitive understanding of the world in which we live and share that knowledge through their creative spirit. Marina – you do that brilliantly. Thank you!!!

      1. Being an artist comes with inherent antennas very high in sensitivity. The greater the artist, the greater the perception! Hence artists ‘know’ and ‘see’ things far beyond. Thank YOU, my dearest friend! Hugs your way!

      2. A brilliant thought, Marina. Just this morning I was looking at a painting by Franz Marc which he completed in 1913: Tierschicksale (Animal Destinies or Fate of the Animals), On the rear of the canvas, he wrote, “Und Alles Sein ist flammend Leid” (“And all being is flaming agony”) Marc served in WWI. He wrote to his wife about the painting, “[it] is like a premonition of this war – horrible and shattering. I can hardly conceive that I painted it.” I love our conversations.

    1. I just discovered Walter Anderson because of being part of an amazing blogging community. We learn from each other. Sending hugs your way, Cindy!

  5. Hola from a public restaurant.. just now scrolling through the wp inbox notifications and so delighted to see this while online! The laptop battery is almost depleted, so this is short and sweet. Thanks for all of the posts, the last one wonderful featuring hte watercolorist – a few chuckles there from the diary entries…

    Thanks for all that you do!

    Greetings from the equator! Lisa

    1. Thank you Lisa for the introduction to Walter Anderson A brilliant, yet humble, artist who graciously gave his all for his family, his community both local and global. His love for nature and inclusivity is embedded in his creative endeavour. Sending hugs back to the equator. Soon, we will be able to beam on over.

  6. Yet again an introduction to a wonderful artist. Both the videos are informative, and his work is amazing. Pelicans, mythology and western literature…what a unique blend of interests for a unique locale. I had no idea pelicans fell prey to DDT as well as eagles.

    1. I am delighted that you joined me on the tour of the Walter Anderson Museum of Art. What I find fascinating is that Walter Anderson shirked the spotlight, was not interested in being famous, and painted simply for the pure joy of painting. I understand that much of his creative endeavour was still a secret when he passed in 1965. A reminder to me that when art is created, it takes on a destiny beyond the creator and that it takes a community to preserve and celebrate the stories.

  7. Thank you for sharing this new place with me–a real adventure. I took some time to look around at the things that are included. So amazing the new things that one can learn–even at my age. I spend some time just looking around at the things you and others have found. One can never stop learning and there really are new adventures just around the corner.

    1. I agree – there is always a new adventure just around the corner, even in a time of solitude that is with us now. We thrive when we participate within a compassion community. There is a sense of belonging that encourages us to explore and discover new things. We learn from each other. So glad that you enjoyed this amazing museum. The website was structured in a way that made me feel that I was there in person. Many hugs coming your way.

  8. Fascinating, Rebecca! A very talented artist who should be much better known. Loved the videos and their pelican and “Don Quixote” elements.

    1. I loved the son’s name for his father: “Don Quixote on a bicycle.” The best part about chasing art, is the stories that arrive on my doorstep. How is it possible that much of Walter Anderson’s art was secret at this passing? I was especially amazed by this: “The Community Center is the site of Walter Anderson’s monumental 3,000 square foot murals, which depict the historic discovery of the Mississippi Coast and its diverse climates. The City commissioned Walter Anderson to execute the murals in 1950 for a fee of $1.00.” I don’t think those huge murals were hidden!!! I am going to read up more on this artist, as I am fascinated by his dedication to creative endeavour without the need for external validation. Thank you for joining the tour, Dave! I am grateful for the technology that allows us to travel to places from our kitchen tables.

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