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Passion for painting persists and prevails Charles Price, owner of the Oddfellows Gallery, stands in front of his paintings that are on display in Hattiesburg. / Bryant Hawkins/Hattiesburg American
If you go Charles Price’s new series of paintings, “The Power of Movement,” is on display through April 27 at Oddfellows Gallery, 119 E. Front St. in Hattiesburg.
HATTIESBURG — Think of Charles Price as the man with three hats.
Hat one we’ll call a hunter’s cap, put on moth balls long ago when Price sold his sporting goods store, Big Buck Sports, in 2006.
Hat two? A hardhat for Price’s renovation of four downtown Hattiesburg buildings into artist spaces and apartments.
But the most unusual one is best described as an artist’s beret, representative of Price’s lifelong passion in pushing paint around a canvas.
Passion is not an overstatement, even though Price’s down-to-earth language might fool you.
“It’s like a good game of golf,” said Price, 69, about entering his artistic zone. “The rhythm. The harmony. It’s a wonderful feeling.”
His wife and business manager, Anita, gives a different spin on his creative output.
“He’s always been very imaginative, and when he does focus on something, he gives it his complete attention,” she explained. “There is no space for anything else. He will go with nothing to eat, nothing to drink, no sleep.”
So, a little patience is required now and then, which Anita is willing to supply.
“If I ask him a question and he doesn’t answer it for three days, it’s because his mind is in his world and not in mine,” she says slowly. “He will get around to it.”
You might think it unusual that a man with Price’s mind for business would have such an all-consuming interest in creating modern abstract paintings and sculptures.
It’s an odd juxtaposition not lost on Betsy Rowell, executive director of the Historic Hattiesburg Downtown Association.
“You’re kind of like, this guy is an artist? Really?” laughs Rowell.
Price will have none of it. He states that some artists — from the 17th century Peter Paul Rubens to the contemporary David Hockney — make good businessmen, while some businessmen — think Steve Jobs — possess an artistic flair .
Price once chose business over art. He won a statewide art competition in high school but declined the resulting $800 scholarship to the University of Southern Mississippi in order to go into the Navy.
When he returned to Southern Miss, he avoided art because he was told there was no future in it. Eventually, he dropped out to help his father, Lamar Price, run his various businesses. Now, he balances both art and business.
When he was 50, he began eight years of art instruction at Southern Miss, taking one class per semester.
He’s been producing art ever since. His latest series of paintings, grouped under the title “The Power of Movement,” attempts to capture the kind of compositional flow that you see in a piece of music.
“About once a year, I get on a kick and knock out about eight to 10 big ones,” he said of the paintings that currently line the walls.
As to where to display those large paintings? Well, Price took care of that problem by buying the Oddfellows Building in downtown Hattiesburg in 2008 and renovating it into a gallery.
“You have world-class lighting, 14-foot-tall ceilings, white walls,” he remarks of the building, whose rehabilitation won a 2012 Mississippi Heritage Trust Award. “It doesn’t get any better than that.”
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A sushi chef turned dog groomer named Tak Sekimoto is one of 24 midwesterners being profiled in "The Book of Dream Jobs," by Marty McCarty.
KANSAS CITY, Missouri - A sushi chef turned dog groomer named Tak Sekimoto is one of 24 midwesterners being profiled in "The Book of Dream Jobs," by Marty McCarty.
Just like his counterparts, Tak tapped into what he loved to do and turned it into a career.
After Tak left Tokyo and settled in Los Angeles, he became a chef at a sushi restaurant. He stayed in the business for 15 years. But as time went on, Tak realized he wanted to be his own boss, and opening his own restaurant just wasn't cutting it.
He says it took time to really look at himself and figure out what made him smile. He always loved animals as a child, especially dogs, so Tak decided to try his hand at dog grooming. He kept his job at the restaurant and went to dog grooming school.
Finally, Tak decided it was time to make a decision and leave the restaurant business. He had friends in Kansas City and knew the real estate would be much cheaper. So in 2006, he made the move. Tak started off by working for another groomer. Then in 2008, he made the scariest leap. He invested in his own store. He launched a web site and bought all the equipment and products he'd need to run the shop the way he wanted it run. He named it Picasso Dog Groomery. It sits right at 45th Street and State Line.
"(I'm) absolutely happier. Work is stressful but at the end of the day I look at the dog and I'm really happy about what I do," said Tak.
"The dogs makes me smile. It might be tough day but I just smile that's what it is," he added.
Today, Tak can groom up to eight dogs a day. Depending on the breed, he can spend 45 minutes to an hour shampooing, clipping and styling. He says he always tries to add his own touch and if the owner doesn't mind he'll even go so far as to paint a dogs nails or tie in a couple of colorful bows.
McCarty says Tak and the other 23 "dreamers" in her book have a common thread.
"They are all just like real regular people doing real regular job and maybe like kind of yearning to do something that they love. I think in each case they made a pretty big change," she said.
McCarty's book is being sold at independent book stores around the metro, including Rainy Day Books in Fairway.
For more information: www.bookofdreamjobs.com
Read more: http://www.kshb.com/dpp/money/workers_wanted/from-sushi-chef-to-dog-groomer,-how-one-kansas-citian-found-his-dream-job#ixzz2cKH0S4rw