‘Paint the Town’ opens at Oren Dunn

By Sheena Barnett/NEMS Daily Journal

TUPELO – Artists see the world a little bit differently than anybody else: they see brighter colors, fuzzier lines, sharper images.
The Mississippi Painters Society is showing off its take on Northeast Mississippi with a new exhibit, “Paint the Town,” at the Oren Dunn Museum. Seventeen of the society’s painters are showing off more than 40 pieces of work in the exhibit, which runs through Aug. 27. An opening reception is planned for Friday.
“All of this is new art,” said society president Bob Boyd. “It could not have been shown anywhere else.”
The artists come from across the area and include John Armistead, Dot Courson, Bruce Bigelow, Juanita Smith, Judy Ferguson, Alycia Stegall, Dru Jolly, Robbie Boyd and Judy Tucci, whose painting “The River” won Best in Show.
The artwork was judged and honors given to Best in Show, first through third places, and three honorable mentions. Winning pieces have ribbons next to them.
Almost all of the paintings at the “Paint the Town” exhibit are for sale.
Boyd said the painters whose work is featured range from those who sell many pieces of their artwork to those who have only been painting for about a year.
“Some will paint one to three paintings a year, another will do one to three paintings a week,” he said.
No matter their level of expertise, each painter offered up terrific work, Boyd said.
“There is some great work in there,” he said. “I’d like for our community to recognize the availability of fine art in our area.”
Janice Anthony, museum educator at Oren Dunn, said the museum is a good place to view the artwork – even if museums are traditionally known to be full of history rather than present-day work.

Paint the Town
WHEN: 6:30 p.m. Friday

WHERE: Oren Dunn Museum

COST: Free

INFO: orendunnmuseum.org or (662) 841-
6438

EXTRA: Two paintings will be raffled off, and
there will be door prizes. The exhibit will be
up at the museum through Aug. 27.