Painters exhibit at city museum

By Sheena Barnett/NEMS Daily Journal

TUPELO – Soulful portraits, country landscapes and colorful abstracts are a few of the selections in this year’s Mississippi Painters Society annual exhibit.
The group, formed in 2007, is hosting its annual exhibit at the Oren Dunn City Museum. The exhibit includes art from painters from across Northeast Mississippi.
“We used to have a theme: ‘Paint the Town,’ and we’d paint locations around Tupelo,” said artist Judy Tucci, who’s a member of the group. “But some people like to paint animals or abstracts. So now we ask that (members) bring their best two or three paintings in for the exhibit.”
That allows for much variety in the show. Cows at a barn, a fluffy peacock and a pair of smiling children are all part of the show. Artists whose work are included in the show include Juanita Smith, Dot Courson, Bruce Bigelow and Jim Tidwell.
“Most of the paintings are in oil, and some are in watercolor,” Tucci said. “There are some pen and ink, and I think there are a few acrylic.”
The exhibit will be at the museum through Aug. 24, and an opening reception is tonight. It’s free to attend the reception and view the art tonight.
It’s a juried art show, and winners will be announced tonight at the reception.
“It’s a wonderful exhibit with a number of subject matters and mediums,” Tucci said.
sheena.barnett@journalinc.com

Check it Out
WHAT: Mississippi Painters Society exhibit

WHERE: Oren Dunn City Museum

WHEN: Up now through Aug. 24. Artists’ reception is 6-8 p.m. today.

COST: Reception is free. Admission to the museum is $3/adults; $2/seniors 60 and older; $1.50/children 4 to 16; free/3 and younger.

INFORMATION: (662) 841-6438