Creativity unleashed at GumTree Museum Art

By M. Scott Morris/NEMS Daily Journal

TUPELO – Kids have unleashed their creativity throughout the school year.
Now, all that talent has been corralled for the 2010 “Shared Treasures” exhibit at the GumTree Museum of Art.
“It’s always interesting to see things through the eyes of children,” said Kit Stafford, art instructor at Thomas Street Elementary. “They have an interesting perspective on the world.”
About 500 paintings, sculptures and collages created by Tupelo Public School District students will be on display until Friday. A free reception sponsored by the Daily Journal will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday.
Art teachers selected work created by kids from kindergarten to sixth grade. 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.
“It’s so neat for me to see the students as they see other people admire their work,” said Diana Ezell, assistant superintendent of Tupelo schools.
The art was created as part of school lesson plans, so you’ll see that the kids have played with perspective, patterns and shapes.
“We have such outstanding art teachers,” Ezell said. “I think that’s a big plus, and it shows in the exhibit.”
It’s a safe bet that the work in “Shared Treasures” will look good in somebody’s home in the future.
“It would be nice if we could sell it, but usually these pieces are treasured by their parents,” Ezell said. “The kids get it back after the exhibit.”

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