Ochs exhibit invites viewers to take the ‘bait’

Published 12:00 am Sunday, January 13, 2002

Features Editor

The word "bait" usually conjures up images of worms or crickets on a hook or a trap set for the the likes of B’rer Rabbit.

But Monday, "Bait" will take on a new meaning for those who attend the opening of Arkansas artist Steven Ochs’s exhibition at Troy State University’s Malone Gallery.

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The show "Bait" is part of Malone Gallery’s year long art series and will continue through Feb. 21. The show will open at 4 p.m. with a guest lecture by the artist and a reception will follow. The event is open to the public and is free of charge.

Pam Allen, director of the gallery, said Ochs’ interest in underwater environments is reflected in the sculptures in "Bait."

"Ochs is an avid scuba diver and this show reveals his relationship to his underwater experience," she said. "His sculptures are reflective of underwater forms and perspectives. The glazes he uses also relate to the underwater theme. Water seems to be a metaphor for his life as an artist."

Allen said the show will be of interest to those who are art enthusiasts and also those who are underwater enthusiasts.

"Ochs is passionate about his work," Allen said. "We look forward to the opening of

"Bait" and encourage everyone to see the show and meet the artist. They will find both fascinating."

Ochs is a resident of Magnolia, Ark., and serves as associate professor of art at Southern

Arkansas University. His work has been displayed throughout the country, including galleries and museums in Chicago, Memphis, St. Louis and Omaha.

Those who are unable to attend the opening of "Bait" on Monday are encouraged to visit the gallery at other times to view the show.

Malone Gallery is open from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Admission is free.