Verona quilt makes GumTree exhibit

By Bobby Pepper/NEMS Daily Journal

TUPELO – Mary Louise Ruth was filled with pride Thursday.
Ruth, Verona Elementary School’s art teacher, stood next to a quilt made by her fourth-grade students for the Lee County Schools’ “Impressions” exhibit at the GumTree Museum of Art. When exhibit patrons stopped to view it, Ruth gladly shared how nearly 80 students spent eight weeks compiling the 53-inch-by-72-inch quilt titled “Painted Pieces.”
“I am so excited about this,” Ruth said of the opportunity to display her students’ work. “We are all very proud of it.”
Ruth said “Painted Pieces” was the result of a lesson on how to sew and make quilts.
“All of it is material,” she said. “First, it was painted black, and then we came back with impressions of leaves. We added different colors to it and let that dry. Then, we found pattern pieces and put it all together.”
Student artists from first through sixth grades, their family members and the public packed the art museum during the two-hour reception to view nearly 600 pieces.
In addition to Verona, schools participating include Saltillo Primary, Saltillo Elementary, Shannon Primary, Shannon Elementary, Mooreville Elementary, Plantersville Middle and Guntown Middle.
The reception was sponsored by the Daily Journal.

Contact Bobby Pepper at (662) 678-1592 or bobby.pepper@djournal.com.