Tupelo children present art work

By Chris Kieffer/NEMS Daily Journal

TUPELO – Thomas Street Elementary second-grader Ana Morgan Beckham enjoyed the opportunity to show off her art work this week.
“It is pretty amazing,” said Ana, 8. “I feel like Taylor Swift.”
A Chinese-style mask she made was among about 400 pieces of art by students in the Tupelo Public School District that were on display at the GumTree Museum of Art. The district’s “Shared Treasures” exhibit will remain at the museum until April 29. The exhibit’s opening reception on Tuesday was sponsored by the Daily Journal
The work of kindergarten through sixth-grade students included paintings, masks, sculptures, pinch pots, sun batiks and hanging Japanese carp fish, among other items.
“It validates what they do in their art classes,” said Church Street Elementary Principal Kay Collins.
Watts Miller, 8, made a painting of a grand canyon.
“My favorite part was using all of the blues and reds in the canyon,” said the second-grader at Parkway Elementary. “I learned that canyons have lots of different colors.”
His mother, Apryl Miller, called the art show “an awesome opportunity” to display the children’s work.
“It gives them good exposure to the art,” she said.
For Museum Director Kit Stafford, the student displays are also a fun time at the museum.
“It makes you feel good when you are surrounded by a wall of color,” she said.

Contact Chris Kieffer at (662) 678-1590 or chris.kieffer@journalinc.com.