Photographers, other artists collaborate for new exhibit

TUPELO – A camera has a lens, so does a painter’s eye.
GumTree Museum of Art’s latest exhibit looks at the world from the perspectives of photographers and other visual artists.
“We’re trying something different. We have paired them together,” said Tina Lutz, museum director. “They are collaborating on the project for us.”
Photographers from the Southern Light Photography Club have joined forces with members of the Northeast Mississippi Art Association and regional artists.
“I want to see what everyone comes up with,” Lutz said. “Some sculpture will be included, and other media. It’s going to be really varied.”
The idea started when the photography club approached Lutz about an exhibit.
“I was having a conversation with Buddy McCarty, who is a member of Southern Light Photography Club, and I thought wouldn’t it be interesting to see what they could come up with together,” Lutz said. “Luckily, the artists were excited to give it a try.”
The teams were given a few restrictions on the size of the finished products. Otherwise, they were free to roam.
“We wanted to keep them in north Mississippi, predominantly in Tupelo and Lee County,” Lutz said. “Other than that, we really didn’t place too many barriers in their way.”
An opening reception will be 5:30 to 8 p.m. Friday. Everyone’s invited to attend.
“Come out and show your support for local photographers and artists, and come see what they’re doing,” Lutz said. “It’s going to be something entirely different.”

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Check it out
– What: Southern Light & Paint
– When: Friday to Nov. 4
– Where: GumTree Museum of Art
– Info: (662) 844-2787
– Extra: Opening reception will be 5:30 to 8 p.m. Friday

M. Scott Morris/NEMS Daily Journal

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