Have a hArt to feature local artists for senior project

By Sheena Barnett/NEMS Daily Journal

Meagan Johnson’s love for the arts is splashed all over her senior project.
The Tupelo High senior is presenting the art exhibit Have a hArt tonight at Cafe 212. Her artwork, as well as art by Tupelo painter William Heard, THS grad and artist Eyevan Armas, THS student Mary Ferrell and 212’s owner Amanda Hayden, will be on display at the cafe for the two-hour show. It’s free to enter Have a hArt, but donations will be accepted, and proceeds will go to arts programs in schools.
“When there are budget cuts, the arts and fine arts are the first to go,” Johnson said.
The senior has done research into how arts programs are funded and said she’s found most booster clubs are for athletics, not the arts.
In her own experience, Johnson said she’s seen teachers pay for arts programs or supplies out of their own pockets so students could participate in the arts. She hopes the Have a hArt exhibit will help pay for arts programs, and patrons can enjoy paintings, mixed media, photography and other artwork by local artists.
“I use a bunch of bright colors. It’s very pop art-based,” she said. “My favorite artist is (Roy) Lichtenstein.”
Armas, 22, said his art is similarly bright and poppy.
“I use a lot of colors, and it’s all stuff from my imagination,” he said.
Johnson is also giving away free Have a hArt posters to the first 25 visitors who attend the exhibit.
None of the artwork at the exhibit will be for sale, but the artists will be on hand so folks can talk to them about buying other pieces.

Check it Out
WHAT: Have a hArt exhibit

WHEN: 7-9 tonight

WHERE: Cafe 212, Tupelo

COST: Free, but donations will be accepted

INFO: (662) 844-6323

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