By Howard Pousner
New directors at university museums
“Paper Chase,” an exhibit from the Atlanta Collage Society, runs through Saturday at the Oglethorpe museum. 4484 Peachtree Road N.E., Atlanta. 404-364-8555, museum.oglethorpe.edu.
The museum was founded with a permanent collection of more than 120 American and European paintings and sculpture donated by Piedmont alum Dr. Bill Mason and Bob Scharfenstein of Birmingham. It is hosting an exhibit of animal sculptures by Sheryl Haler, an installation artist who teaches at the Ringling School of Art in Sarasota, Fla., through Sept. 14. “The Heart of Echizen,” featuring works by 20 master Japan ceramicists, opens Sept. 20. 567 Georgia St., Demorest. 706-778-8500, ext. 1011, www.piedmont.edu (click Fine Arts).
ASO honors late singer Kopleff
Days after the July 24 death of Florence Kopleff, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra announced the creation of the Florence Kopleff Choral Administrator Chair as a tribute to the revered contralto.
Kopleff, 88, was a frequent guest soloist with the ASO, a mainstay of the Robert Shaw Chorale, a voice coach for its choruses and an artist-in-residence and teacher at Georgia State University.
“Florence Kopleff was a supreme artist, a gifted educator, and a remarkable human being,” ASO director of choruses Norman Mackenzie said in a statement. “She gave so much of herself and her talent to others. Her singing and teaching changed lives.”
Jeffrey Baxter, the ASO’s choral administrator, long-time ASO Chorus member and a friend of Kopleff, was appointed the first holder of the chair.
To read the AJC’s obituary: http://bit.ly/MVUMQp
Former Atlantan’s drama out on DVD
“Mary Marie,” an independent film by Alexandra Roxo, who grew up in Marietta, was released on DVD (TLA Releasing, $24.99) this month.
The drama, about two sisters who return to their childhood home after their mother’s death and become entangled in a romantic triangle over the course of a summer, was called “a beautifully shot reverie about forbidden intimacies and childhood’s end” by the Wall Street Journal. It won a best cinematography prize (for the work of Magela Crosignani) at the 2011 Brooklyn Film Festival.
Brooklynite Roxo, who attended Marietta High School and graduated in 2006 from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, also is a photographer and fashion video creator. She co-wrote “Mary Marie” with her co-star, Alana Kearns-Green. More information: www.marymariefilm.com.