Blue Tie & Boots offers music, art, more

By Sheena Barnett/NEMS Daily Journal

It’s all in the name: Feel free to wear Blue Tie & Boots. The GumTree Museum of Art’s annual fundraiser has a laid-back dress code.
“As the title implies, you can take the dress code and go any direction you want to with it,” said GumTree’s director Kit Stafford. “You can wear boots and a full suit, any kind of tie – there’s a lot of creativity in our events.”
Blue Tie & Boots, the Tupelo museum’s biggest fundraiser, will include music by 2 Drink Minimum, dancing, silent and live auctions, food and a cash bar.
Items auctioned will include art as well as donations from local merchants.
It’s not too late for artists to donate their art to be auctioned at Blue Tie & Boots.
The museum will provide a canvas for those who want to paint something specifically for the event, or will give a canvas to artists who donate something that’s already been created.
The party will help fund the museum’s spring activities which include Mustache Bash and the GumTree Festival. The museum is also gearing up for a cultural partnership with Toyota that will launch this spring and will include lectures, workshops and more.
Like many art programs, the museum has faced tough financial crunches lately, but Stafford said things are looking up.
“I’d say we’re headed in a wonderful direction,” she said. “We’re excited about spring and the future of GumTree.”
sheena.barnett@journalinc.com