Beginner's Mind Unleashing creativity

Students exhibit their artwork for ‘Shared Treasures’
Read-in: There will be a free reception from 4 to 6 p.m. March 26 at the GumTree Museum of Art.
Check it out
n What: Tupelo Public School District’s “Shared Treasures”
n When: March 14-30
n Where: GumTree Museum of Art
n Extra: Reception from 4 to 6 p.m. March 26
n Info: (662) 844-2787
n Extra: Lee County Schools’ “Impressions” will be on exhibit until Wednesday
Photos by C. Todd Sherman
The kids’ names are included in the cutlines with the photos – Liv-0308-kidsart1 to Liv-0308-kidsart9
By M. Scott Morris
Daily Journal
TUPELO – A beginner’s mind isn’t overwhelmed by should’ves, would’ves and could’ves.
Without the burden of too many preconcieved notions, young artists are free to play.
You’ll see the results of that play during “Shared Treasures,” an exhibit that features work by Tupelo Public School District students.
Throughout the year, kids from kindergarten to sixth grade have learned about famous artists and their techniques. The students got pencils, glitter, watercolors, clay, metal and more, then went to work.
“I would invite anyone to see this wonderful work, these creations,” said Diana Ezell, assistant superintendent for the district.
You’ll find unique expressions from students at Carver, Church Street, Lawhon, Milam, Joyner, Rankin, Pierce Street, Thomas Street, Lawndale and Parkway elementary schools, as well as King Early Childhood Education Center.
The exhibit will be on display from March 14-30, with a free reception slated for 4 to 6 p.m. March 26 at the museum.
Someday, the young artists will become adults with all kinds of ideas about the way things should be. For now, they’re beginners playing with the tools they’ve been given.
“I think we’re so fortunate to be able to grow these gifts that the children have,” Ezell said.

Scott Morris