BY SHEENA BARNETT
TUPELO – A photograph is just the beginning.
For its “Art Fusion” exhibit, Southern Light Photography’s photographers paired up with a sculptor, potter, painter or other mixed media artist who reinterpret the original photograph. Some of the paintings are a lot like the picture; some see the photo in a whole new light.
Some of the pictures are reimagined as sculptures, like a photo of the North Mississippi Symphony Orchestra reinterpreted as a pottery piece with music notes.
“It’s very unique; no arts organizations do anything like that with different artists,” said Don Wilson of Southern Light Photography, which is made up of North Mississippi amateur, advanced amateur and professional photographers.
“Southern Light’s purpose is to support the arts. We love to take pictures, and we love to learn from each other.”
Some of the artist-and-photographer teams are an interesting match: Some are also parent and child or husband and wife. Some have never worked together until the exhibit.
Vivian Lee, a Tupelo photographer, appreciated how Tupelo painter Bruce Bigelow imagined her pieces, one that focused on the Tupelo courthouse and another of a glass of tea.
“On the courthouse painting, I put an amber tone to the photo. He did it with a sunset, so we have ‘Sunset on Lee County,’” she said.
Leroy McCarty serves as both photographer and artist on his unique coloring book-style pieces.
“My inspiration was coloring with my grandchildren. I remembered how much fun it was,” he said. “I’m consistently experimenting with photography, so I thought I’d like to color some photographs I’d taken.”
McCarty took photos he’d made in New Orleans, Clarksdale and Italy, took away all colors from the photos and printed them out on watercolor paper, so they looked like a coloring book page. He then colored them with extra fine-point Sharpies.
“I was limited to a 24-color set,” he said. “It’s a combination of photography and art.”
The exhibit will hang at the GumTree Museum of Art through Sept. 23, and the opening reception is 6 until 7:30 tonight.
CHECK IT OUT
WHAT: Opening reception for Southern Light Photography’s new exhibit, “Art Fusion”
WHEN: 6-7:30 p.m. tonight
WHERE: GumTree Museum of Art
INFO: gumtreemuseum.com, (662) 844-2787
EXTRA: The exhibit will hang until Sept. 23.