GumTree gallery shows ‘All Things Mississippi’

By Sheena Barnett/NEMS Daily Journal

Mississippi’s people, animals, landscapes and buildings are getting the spotlight next month at the GumTree Museum of Art.
The Mississippi Painters Society is presenting an exhibit called “All Things Mississippi,” featuring members’ artwork of, well, all things Mississippi.
“You’ll see all kinds of paintings: landscapes, cityscapes, rural scenes, portraits,” said member Jim Tidwell.
There are 23 Mississippi painters in the group, including Juanita Smith, Bruce Bigelow, Kay Morgan, Robbie Boyd, Jane Sutton, Rhonda Grammer, Dru Jolly, Liz and Vernon Chase and Tidwell. Each of the members contributed at least two paintings to the exhibit.
It was easy for the artists to find inspiration, from portraits of their friends and family to re-creating scenes from the Natchez Trace, Brice’s Crossroads, Gulf Coast or their own backyards.
The group members meet often to paint, sometimes in Smith’s garage-turned-art studio, her Artarage, or out on an old country road.
“People should be used to seeing us out in the middle of no where with paint and canvas,” Boyd said, laughing. “I think I’ve painted every cow in Pontotoc and Lee County.”
Each of the artists have their favorite styles and subjects. Grammer, for instance, loves painting horses and specializes in watercolors, while Boyd paints cows with ease. With so many different specialties, the society members can help each other out.
“We bounce off one another; we learn a lot from one another,” Boyd said.
“All Things Mississippi” will be juried by Mississippi artist Charlie Buckley. Most of the paintings in the exhibit will be for sale.
The society invites everyone to the exhibit; after all, Boyd said, “We believe everybody deserves good art.”
sheena.barnett@journalinc.com

Check It Out
“All Things Mississippi” exhibit by the Mississippi Painters Society will be on display at the GumTree Museum of Art from Sept. 6-Oct. 11. Opening reception is 5-7 p.m. Sept. 6 at the museum, and it’s free.
The GumTree Museum of Art is open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday.
It’s free to view the exhibit while it’s on display.
For more information, visit gumtreemuseum.com or call (662) 844-