Traveling watercolor exhibit arrives at Amory museum

By Ray Van Dusen/Monroe Journal

AMORY — From now through July 20, the Amory Regional Museum will host the watercolor art of the late Thomas Cochran. After moving from Oklahoma to Mississippi, Cochran lived in Jackson for most of the rest of his life until his death in 2006.

“He was a very prolific painter. He did all of this to financially support his wife after his death. This collection is outstanding and not like typical watercolor; it just seems to more colorful,” said Bo Miller, director of the Amory Regional Museum.

After displaying a few pieces of Cochran’s work last winter, the museum decided to host the traveling exhibit this summer. All 53 pieces of artwork are for sale with prices beginning at $150.

In addition to watercolors, Cochran was a sculptor, woodcarver and designer. His pieces are among the collections of Presidents Gerald Ford, Ronald Reagan and George H. W. Bush and Ford Mustang engineer Lee Iacocca.

Scenes from across Mississippi and the South are among the scenes depicted in the Cochran exhibit.

The Amory Regional Museum is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Sundays from 1 to 5 p.m.