By Michaela Gibson Morris/NEMS Daily Journal
TUPELO – It’s not Christmas yet, but for art fans in Tupelo, it might as well be.
The Tupelo Civic Ballet is hosting the Tupelo Arts Showcase, an evening of ballet, music, poetry, films and paintings. The ballet will perform, as well as vocalist Sarah Childers and poet Patricia Neely-Dorsey. Art by GumTree Museum of Art director Kit Stafford, Sylvain Chamberlain, Brent Funderburk and Glenn Payne will be on display, and Payne will also showcase some of his films.
Violinist and Tupelo Middle and High School orchestra teacher Svetlana Kaltchenko can’t attend the performance, but her orchestra students will perform with Kimya Jamasbi at the showcase.
Jan Dijkwel and Beverly Williams with the Civic Ballet see the event as a way to recognize the many talented artists in the Tupelo area.
“There are great things going on in Tupelo,” Dijkwel said. “We can be competitive with other places, and we can tell people Tupelo really has a lot to offer. It’s a moment to celebrate the arts in Tupelo.”
“We wanted artists who are great and who represent Tupelo very well and represent the arts very well,” Williams said.
The Civic Ballet will perform a new piece choreographed by Dijkwel.
There will be a raffle for a print of Funderburk’s painting “You Knew You Could.”
The artists who perform will have the opportunity to talk about their work, too, Williams said.
The Civic Ballet’s year doesn’t stop at the Arts Showcase. The company’s next performance is “Paquita” on Feb. 9.
Until then, arts fans can savor the dancing, music and art offered at the Tupelo Arts Showcase.
“This is more of an idea of a gift,” Dijkwel said, “to the people of Tupelo.”
What: Tupelo Arts Showcase, featuring Tupelo Civic Ballet, Sarah Childers, Glenn Payne, Kit Stafford, Sylvain Chamberlain, Svetlana Kaltchenko, Patricia Neely-Dorsey and Brent Funderburk
When: 7 p.m. Nov. 3
Where: Link Centre
Info: (662) 871-2315