By Sheena Barnett Daily Journal TUPELO – Laura Williams Ashley is the GumTree Museum of Art’s new executive director, a job that’s been a lifetime in the making. She can remember showcasing her work at the museum as a young art student. “There’s a picture of me on my mom’s fridge. I’m in a purple […]

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Artist Helene Fielder sits in the Marietta workshop she once shared with her husband, the late Ray Fielder. She's holding one of the last photographs taken of him.

By M. Scott Morris Daily Journal MARIETTA – Moments don’t always seem important when they happen. An old friend found Ray Fielder on the Internet and came from Oklahoma City to Marietta for a visit last October. “I was tickled to death,” said Murray Reagen. “All those years go by, and I found him.” It […]

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Weston Poole, 6, left, and Vikram Yeddula, 6, both of Tupelo, talk about Vikram's Lego creation, which is based on a port on the Indian Ocean.

By M. Scott Morris Daily Journal TUPELO – Directions? Who needs directions? About 30 kids put their original Lego art on display at the Lee County Library on Monday. The Lego Fair was the brainchild of Shruti Gupta of Tupelo, who wanted to challenge her kids to get creative with their blocks. “I do a […]

By M. Scott Morris Daily Journal TUPELO – Members of the Mississippi Painter’s Society will put their best work forward at the GumTree Museum of Art. The group’s annual show will begin with an opening reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, and everyone’s invited. “It’s a great thrill to exhibit at the GumTree and […]

By Sheena Barnett Daily Journal TUPELO – Two events in north Mississippi are in need of artists and vendors. Pontotoc’s Bodock Festival needs arts and crafts and flea market vendors for its 2014 event, set for Sept. 26-27 in downtown Pontotoc, said Deesha Cruse, a volunteer with the festival. There’s a discount for vendors who […]

By Errol Castens Daily Journal JACKSON – Lafayette County dominated Saturday when the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters feted its 2014 honorees. William N. “Bill” Beckwith, a Taylor sculptor perhaps best known for his bronze statues of famous Mississippians, was given the Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award. Beckwith, who teaches sculpture and design part-time […]

By M. Scott Morris Daily Journal OXFORD – Professional artists will share their talents during Meet the Artist, a summer art camp at The Powerhouse in Oxford. “We have an artist, usually at least one each class period and sometimes more than one,” said Andi Bedsworth, Yoknapatawpha Arts Council’s children’s education coordinator for art. “They’ll […]

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Jean Russell demonstrates her technique on the encaustic painting she is currently working on in her studio Thursday afternoon.

By M. Scott Morris Daily Journal TUPELO – Artist Jean Russell can draw a line from Homer’s epic poetry to the United States’ space program. She was at Cape Canaveral on Oct. 15, 1997, when the Cassini spacecraft launched. Its destination was the ringed-planet Saturn and its moons. The invitation to see the launch was […]