Out Front: Show gives artists chance to shine

By M. Scott Morris/NEMS Daily Journal

TUPELO – A wide variety of artists and craftspeople have decided to court public approval and/or scrutiny.
You’re invited to see their work and judge for yourself during the Northeast Mississippi Art Association’s 2011 Art Show and Contest. It will be on display until March 29 in the Lee County Library’s Helen Foster Purvis Room.
“We have photographs, ceramics, paintings, jewelry, and a bunch of different stuff,” said William Heard, the association’s president. “We have about 50 pieces on display.”
The show used to be open only to association members, but non-members have been invited to take part for the past few years.
The goal, according to exhibit committee chairwoman Ronda Scharber, is to encourage artists to put their work on display, rather then keep it hidden away.
“We have amateurs and professionals, semi-professionals, even hobbyists. And the professionals don’t always win,” Scharber said. “We have had amateurs and hobbyists take first and second place over professionals. There is a lot of talent that people don’t know about.”
A pair of judges pick winners in seven categories, and prizes will be awarded. For some, this is their first chance to exhibit work.
“It’s a way for people to learn how to get their work ready for an exhibit,” Scharber said. “It’s a learning process for them.”

Regular meetings
The association meets at 1 p.m. on the third Monday of the month at the GumTree Museum of Art in Tupelo. Guest lecturers discuss different facets of art and crafts.
Membership is $20 a year or $100 for a lifetime membership. All you need to join is a desire to learn more about art. Call Elle Watson, the group’s co-vice president, at (662) 213-7557 for more information about membership.
“It doesn’t matter how old you are, what color you are, how you dress or anything,” Watson said, “and it’s for arts and crafts, not just arts.”

Contact M. Scott Morris at (662) 678-1589 or scott.morris@journalinc.com.

Take a look
– What: Northeast Mississippi Art Association’s 2011 Art Show and Contest

– When: Thru March 29

– Where: Lee County Library’s Helen Foster Purvis Room

– Info: (662) 397-8579, 213-7557

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