04241509 Tom Parson

Author brings Battle of Tupelo to life

  By W. Derek Russell Daily Journal CORINTH – Tom Parson’s love for history isn’t just a hobby, it’s his life. His new book,...

By W. Derek Russell Daily Journal TUPELO – The sunshine kept the artists and the visitors to the 44th annual GumTree Festival happy through the weekend as the arts were celebrated through talent and vendors. Brandon-based clay artist Harold Miller, a first-timer at the GumTree festival, loved his time in Tupelo this weekend, and was […]

By W. Derek Russell Daily Journal TUPELO – The annual tradition of the GumTree Festival returns to Tupelo this weekend with its 44th year of celebrating the arts. From music to photography, sculptures to paintings, the festival brings out the best in what local artists have to offer for the community. “We have 114 artist […]

By Riley Manning Daily Journal TUPELO – Kindergarten through sixth-grade students of the Tupelo Public School District enjoyed the limelight at the GumTree Museum of Art on Tuesday afternoon with their artwork on display. Thomas Street Elementary School students Alessandra Yong and Gracie Hopkins had painted pictures of animals, a turtle and a fish, though […]

By W. Derek Russell Daily Journal TUPELO – After a devastating tornado hit Tupelo on April 28 last year, residents begin putting the pieces back together. Some began searching for loved ones or belongings. Others began to help neighbors uncover their homes from debris. Local attorney and photographer Pat Caldwell categorized himself and his wife […]

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“African American Treasures” at Mississippi State University features rare paintings, photographs, books and documents.

By M. Scott Morris Daily Journal STARKVILLE – On April 3, 1853, a 16-year-old girl named Frances carried a letter in her hands. In part, it read, “She does not know that she is to be sold, I couldn’t tell her: I own all her family and the leave-taking would be so distressing that I […]

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Chloe Ruth, a second grader at Verona Elementary School, looks over the art on display during the Lee County at the GumTree Museum of Art in Tupelo.

By Chris Kieffer Daily Journal TUPELO – Verona Elementary second-grader Chloe Ruth lingered by a wall of paintings at the GumTree Museum of Art on Thursday afternoon. She was looking at pieces she and her classmates had made. The Lee County School District’s annual “Impressions” exhibit of student artwork is on display at the museum […]

By W. Derek Russell Daily Journal TUPELO – Art means something different to everyone, but for the members of the GumTree Museum of Art, they hope it will mean a good time for all next weekend. The museum’s annual fundraiser kicks off their gala at the Tupelo Country Club on April 18, and the undertaking […]

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Artists spread out on the Lee County Courthouse lawn to paint models during a plein air workshop on Wednesday. Plein air is French for "in the open air."

By M. Scott Morris Daily Journal TUPELO – The city was captured on canvas by about 20 artists on Wednesday. They came from around Mississippi, Alabama and Tennessee, as well as Florida, Virginia and Kentucky, to take lessons from Kim English, a Colorado-based artist and instructor. “It’s a boot camp for artists,” said Pontotoc resident […]

By M. Scott Morris Daily Journal TUPELO – People routinely drive out State Park Road and dump their junk on Brian Patrick’s porch, and he appreciates it. “I’ve always been into creating and making things, more than drawing and painting,” said Patrick, 39. He’s made jewelry since his days at Tupelo High School, but he’s […]