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Writer and illustrator Sarah Frances Hardy has a studio attached to her Oxford home, where she works on her children's books and other projects. "If I can get out here, I'll stay out here," she said. "That's the key: Get out here."

By M. Scott Morris Daily Journal OXFORD – Ideas are relatively easy to come by, but good ideas are a different story. “When you’re brainstorming, it’s usually the 25th idea that does it, not the first, second or third,” said Sarah Frances Hardy, an Oxford-based children’s book writer and illustrator. “You have to get through […]

Bradley S. Gordon’s “Heavy Duty on White” shows his eclectic mix of pop art and Asian influence to unique local wildlife. (Courtesy)

By W. Derek Russell Daily Journal TUPELO – Bradley S. Gordon’s art has taken him all over the world, but sometimes you can go home again. It’s in that art he found his way from Clarksdale to Taiwan, and from Japan to his home in Oxford. But, truly, Gordon’s art is his home. “I grew […]

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"They're all connected – the books, the prints, the paintings, the stories," said artist Ke Francis, who moved back to Tupelo over the summer.

By M. Scott Morris Daily Journal TUPELO – At one time, pottery was about function. Hands worked clay into cups and pots that became useful vessels of everyday life. “Then something like Tupperware comes along. It’s easy to use, simple,” Ke Francis said, “and pottery becomes art. The only people making ceramics are artists. They’re […]

TUPELO – A new display at the Oren Dunn City Museum is all about food, but it’s guaranteed to be calorie-free. “Rocks That Look Like Food” opens today and will be up through Nov. 22. It comes courtesy of the North Mississippi Gem and Mineral Society. “Once you start looking in a pile of rocks […]

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Cartron Williams' tornado painting, "Catastrophic."

By Sheena Barnett Daily Journal TUPELO – The dentist’s chair, a sad clown, a hungry crocodile and a devastating tornado are a few of the fears artists have depicted for the Caron Gallery’s new show, “What Scares You?!” Thirteen artists from across the state, including Mary, Cindy Aune, Sam Baldwin, Cartron Williams, Shelley Ozbirn, Jason […]

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"Childhood Games," 1975.

By Sheena Barnett Daily Journal TUPELO – Bright colors, playful scenes and meaningful dreams and symbols make up much of artist Theora Hamblett’s work. Paintings by the Oxford artist, who died in 1977, are on display now at the GumTree Museum of Art. “She’s primarily known for her trees, and she mostly painted children’s games […]

Daily Journal Union County Heritage Museum is bringing in an exhibit for inspiring artists to look at William Faulkner and his work in a new and different way. “Folks, Art & Faulkner” opens Sept. 21, 1:30-3:30 p.m., and the public is invited to come and learn about Faulkner as well as enjoy live music and […]

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"The one thing that holds true in everything is I just love Mississippi," said Judy Tucci, a Baldwyn-based artist. "I love rolling hills and when you see fields with a tree line and maybe another tree line. That is something I love about Mississippi, the landscape."

By M. Scott Morris Daily Journal BALDWYN – The romantic idea of an artist would include an intense scowl, paint-covered clothes, dramatic brushstrokes, hair flopping around and occasional cries of frustration and/or revelations late into the night. That kind of approach would wear out real-life artist Judy Tucci of Baldwyn. She likes her sleep. She […]

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Photographer Milly West of Oxford is one of 15 artists selected for Mississippi Museum of Art's 2014 Mississippi Invitational in Jackson.

By M. Scott Morris Daily Journal OXFORD – A skilled photographer can capture stunning, moving images while maintaining a sense of artistic distance behind the camera. But photography is more about attachment than detachment for Milly West. The Oxford resident connects with people and places, and she gets excited by the results. “It’s so much […]