Artists capture landmarks on canvas

By M. Scott Morris / NEMS Daily Journal

TUPELO – The outside will come in for the GumTree Museum of Art’s latest exhibition.
Some 40 members of the Mississippi Painters Society took their easels, paints and brushes outside to capture the sights in Tupelo and Lee County.
“The exhibit is called ‘Paint the Town,’” said Kit Stafford, the museum’s executive director. “Some of them started work in the spring, but I know others were working during the summer.”
Everyone’s invited to see the results during a free artists’ reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at the museum.
“Paint the Town” will be on display from Tuesday to Sept. 14. It includes oil paintings, pastels and more. The artists covered the spectrum from realism to abstracts.
You’ll see renditions of front porches, familiar businesses, bodies of water, the Natchez Trace and old barns.
“I think, especially for people from this community and surrounding area, this exhibit is significant,” Stafford said. “It has sights and vistas that we have lived with over the years.
“The whole idea of ‘Paint the Town’ makes you aware of the places around us.”

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