A burst of creativity: Students showcase art work in 'Impressions'

By M. Scott Morris/NEMS Daily Journal


The GumTree Museum of Art will overflow with creativity during “Impressions,” an art exhibit by Lee County students.
The exhibit will open on Tuesday and be on display until April 14. A free reception sponsored by the Daily Journal is slated for 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday.
“We’ll have a little over 700 pieces by grades one to six,” said Gena Yarbrough, lead art instructor for Lee County Schools.
You’ll find paintings, sculptures, pottery and more.
“We have all different media,” Yarbrough said. “We try to give them a variety so they can experience different things.”
The work was created throughout the school year.
“It’s kind of taken out of context for this event, but all of the art lesson plans tie in with what the teachers are teaching,” Yarbrough said. “It reinforces what they’re learning in the classroom.”
The “Impressions” exhibit provides an opportunity to celebrate the creative impulses of Lee County’s students.
“The kids get to come and see their art is valued,” Yarbrough said.
Invitations have been sent to the family members of students who have work in the exhibit, but everyone is welcome to drop by the GumTree Museum.
“It may bring people into the museum who may not have been before,” Yarbrough said. “It’s a chance to make them aware of what’s available in the community.”

Contact M. Scott Morris at (662) 678-1589 or scott.morris@journalinc.com.