GumTree Museum stands in for refrigerator door

By M. Scott Morris/NEMS Daily Journal

TUPELO – The refrigerator door makes an excellent showplace for a kid’s original art work.
But students at Lee County Schools will have a more public display. “Impressions” at the GumTree Museum of Art features more than 600 pieces created by students from first to sixth grade.
“The exhibit let’s the children know that their work is valued,” said Gena Yarbrough, elementary art coordinator and lead art teacher for Lee County Schools. “Parents, teachers and community members all come together and let the students know their work is important.”
Participating schools are Saltillo Primary, Saltillo Elementary, Shannon Primary, Shannon Elementary, Mooreville, Verona, Plantersville Middle and Guntown Middle.
“To me, it’s a good time to celebrate the work they’ve done all year long,” Yarbrough said.
The work was selected from school assignments. Some of the assignments were created as part of the arts curriculum, and other pieces were inspired by subjects students studied in different classes.
“You’re going to see three-dimensional work, mosaics, sculpture pieces, paintings, oils, pastels and much more,” Yarbrough said. “You will see a wide variety of media.”
Everyone’s invited to attend a free reception sponsored by the Daily Journal from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, March 25.

The event is a celebration of art, which has a wide-ranging impact beyond classrooms and museums.
“Everything that you see with your eyes had to be created by somebody,” Yarbrough said. “Every product you see, every car you drive, had to be designed by somebody. Creativity is something the students will need for the rest of their lives.”
For now, the GumTree Museum exhibit is a chance to give the refrigerator door a rest.
“It’s a wonderful way to see the positive things students are doing,” Yarbrough said. “This gives us a great chance to show that.”

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On view
– What: Lee County Schools’ “Impressions”
– When: Tuesday to March 30 with a free reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, March 25
– Where: GumTree Musem of Art
– Info: (662) 844-2787

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