New Orleans poet to lead Tupelo workshops

By Chris Kieffer Daily Journal TUPELO – A poet from New Orleans will spend the next two weeks in Tupelo as part of the annual artist...

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Dan Fortner has many talents, including art. Here he holds one of his oil and graphite pieces, titled "I-22." It's a painting of Interstate 22/Highway 78 as viewed from the front of Belden Baptist Church.

By Brad Locke Daily Journal TUPELO – Dan Fortner’s life could have gone any number of directions, and in fact it has taken him on several unexpected turns. Today he could be cooking for a celebrity, or handling art in New York, or buying and selling high-end antiques, or working for a top furniture company […]

Special to the Journal OXFORD – The city of Oxford, the University of Mississippi, and the Yoknapatawpha Arts Council are accepting applications through midnight Jan. 26 for the launch of an outdoor sculpture program. The Yokna Sculpture Trail will provide 17 to 20 large-scale sculptures annually on a staggered two-year exhibition schedule. Entries will be […]

By M. Scott Morris Daily Journal TUPELO – The Friends of the Lee County Library have been planning a dinner party, and everyone’s invited. The event, A Novel Affair, will feature a pair of Mississippi artists as special guests. Wyatt Waters works in watercolor, and Robert St. John works in food. “We’re going to have […]

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After a full day of work at BancorpSouth, Cathy Talbot often can be found in her 9-by-14-foot studio, where she makes metal and glass jewelry.

By M. Scott Morris Daily Journal TUPELO – Cathy Talbot makes art so she can afford her tool habit, then she uses the tools to make more art. It’s a virtuous cycle that often leads her to a 9-foot-by-14-foot shop behind her garage. Two of her tools are a kiln and an acetylene torch. They […]

By Chris Kieffer Daily Journal TUPELO – The din of roaring chain saws vividly punctuated the first days and weeks of Tupelo’s recovery from the April 28 tornado. On Thursday, the same sound marked a new phase in the community’s healing. Instead of clearing marred trees, the tool was being used to shape a lasting […]

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The second half of "Providence Road" focuses on the artist's relationship with William Heard.

By M. Scott Morris Daily Journal TUPELO – Art isn’t a static thing. It reaches out. It makes connections. Suzanne Coffey Mielke, 57, felt art’s pull at an inconvenient time. She was visiting an art gallery in Seaside, Florida, but didn’t have money to spare. Her kids were due back in college soon, and they […]

By Errol Castens Daily Journal WATER VALLEY – There’s a studio hidden in the woods, from whence paintings will emerge that make hearts pulse and memories flow. The bright colors and bold strokes from Bradley Gordon’s brushes bring to life deer, ducks, turtles and turkeys, along with other creatures of his Delta homeland – and […]

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Mike and Laura Ashley, with help from Pickles the cat, turned a suite at Tupelo's Renasant Center for Ideas into their pottery studio.

By M. Scott Morris Daily Journal TUPELO – Before moving to town, Mike and Laura Ashley tried to establish themselves as potters in Philadelphia. “It was exciting,” he said. “We were working, and there was a lot of art happening.” “It was a terrible winter,” she said. “The winter was bad,” he said, “and we […]

Artist Andrew Bucci, right, is honored by Gov. Haley Barbour, left, and his wife Marsha, with a handmade box guitar during the Governor's Awards for Excellence in the Arts, in Jackson, Miss., Thursday, Feb. 26, 2009. Bucci, a Vicksburg native, now a resident of Fort Washington, Md., was honored with the Lifetime Achievement award as an artist. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

RIDGELAND (AP) – Modernist painter Andrew Bucci, whose work spanned nearly eight decades and appeared on a U.S. postage stamp, has died. Bucci died Sunday at Hospice Ministries in Ridgeland after a brief illness, according to a statement his family released Tuesday. He was 92. Bucci’s painting of a magnolia flower appeared on the 5-cent […]