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From the studio in his office, John Armistead can paint with oils or watercolors, write Sunday sermons for Unity Presbyterian Church, or work on his historical novel. “It’s a small space,” he said, “but it’s sufficient for my needs.”

By M. Scott Morris Daily Journal TUPELO – When John Armistead was pastor of Calvary Baptist Church, he spent his days off at the University of Mississippi, where he studied Greek and Latin. Both languages can be invaluable when examining the Bible’s finer points, but Armistead suspects he was partly driven to take those classes […]

By W. Derek Russell Daily Journal TUPELO – To even casual passers-by, the GumTree Museum of Art is seen as a building of history and elegance. Originally the Peoples Bank and Trust Company, the museum opened in 1985 with Greco-Roman detail on both the interior and the exterior of the arts hub. That aforementioned elegance, […]

By Michaela Gibson Morris Daily Journal TUPELO – Our Artworks is refreshing its canvas. Inspired by the revitalization of the West Jackson Street neighborhood, the nonprofit art program is polishing its building inside and out. “We decided to do some sprucing up ourselves,” said William Heard, artist and Our Artworks founder. The building at the […]

By Chaning Green Oxford Citizen OXFORD – The National Endowment for the Arts has awarded the Yoknapatawpha Arts Council with a grant totaling $24,000. The money is being used exclusively to fund a program called the Arts Incubator. This program has been run by the arts council for about three years now and is designed […]

By W. Derek Russell Daily Journal TUPELO – Cooler weather kept the 45th annual GumTree Festival crowded Sunday afternoon, as onlookers hoped to catch a glimpse of blue ribbon winners for this year’s event. Pulling out Best in Show for the festival was carpenter Robert Rundqiust, who called his fourth year in attendance the “charm.” […]

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When Karen Barclay gets an idea for a piece of work, it torments her until she makes it a reality.

By M. Scott Morris Daily Journal TUPELO – Parents have their hopes and plans, but children get their own ideas. “Her daddy wanted her to be a lawyer,” Sarah Barclay, 87, said of her daughter, Karen. “Well, she wanted to do art.” The paintings, carvings, jewelry, sculptures, weavings and mixed media pieces in Karen Barclay’s […]

By Zack Orsborn Daily Journal TUPELO – Hauling his fragile ceramics from Memphis, David Johnson set up an artist booth for the fifth time at the 45th Annual GumTree Arts Festival in downtown Tupelo. Johnson took a ceramics course in college and fell in love with mixing unusual colors together. “It felt normal,” he said. […]

By W. Derek Russell Daily Journal TUPELO – A well-established tradition in the community, the annual GumTree Arts Festival turns 45 this year, with some noticeable changes to the line-up. With new executive director of the GumTree Museum of Arts Belle Naugher ready to unveil what’s in store for this year’s event, some staples remain […]

By W. Derek Russell Daily Journal TUPELO – Guests gathered at the GumTree Museum of Art on Tuesday to catch a glimpse at the art reveal for the 45th annual GumTree Festival, a first for the organization. GumTree Museum executive director Belle Naugher welcomed onlookers, including Mayor Jason Shelton, to be the first to see […]