By Sheena Barnett
TUPELO – Whether it’s dance, paintings, filmmaking, storytelling or music, the best art in the area will be celebrated at the Tupelo Arts Showcase.
The Tupelo Civic Ballet is hosting the showcase this weekend at the Link Centre.
“It’s our gift to the area,” said Sally Laird, a Civic Ballet board member. “It’s a collaborative effort between the finest artists in the area.”
Artwork by Sylvain Chamberlain, Charlie Buckley and Shawn Whittington will be on display.
Tupelo filmmaker Glenn Payne will showcase one of his short films, “A Mutual Friend.”
Itawamba Community College instructor and Julliard alum Shandy Phillips, co-director of the MSU Philharmonica, will perform, as will North Mississippi Symphony Orchestra keyboardist Jeff Myers.
Storyteller Rebecca Jernigan and guitarist Wendy Garrison will team up to tell the story of Robert Johnson in an original piece.
“They’re combining music, drama and sign language to tell the story of Robert Johnson at the Crossroads,” Laird said. “That’ll be really cool.”
The Civic Ballet, under the direction of Jan Dijkwel, will perform as well.
All of the artists will be on hand for a Q&A session following the showcase.
The event is underwritten by the Elaine Dundy and Roy Turner Endowment for the Arts.
“That way, we’re able to do it without charging admission,” she said. “There’s no excuse to miss it.”
CHECK IT OUT
• What: Tupelo Arts Showcase, featuring Civic Ballet, Jeff Myers, Sylvain Chamberlain, Charlie Buckley, Glenn Payne, Shandy Phillips, Shawn Whittington, Wendy Garrison and Rebecca Jernigan
• When: 7 p.m. Saturday
• Where: Link Centre
• Cost: Free
• Info: (662) 680-9041