By BOBBY PEPPER
TUPELO - With so many works of art to see, aspiring artist Courtney Storey cherished her visit to the Lee County Schools' "Impressions" exhibit Thursday night.
"I like it because I get to see all the neat art," said the Shannon Primary School second-grader, who was accompanied by her mother, Paula. "I love art. I want to be an artist when I grow up."
Courtney's drawing of her teacher, Ashley Greer, was one the nearly 600 pieces on display during the opening reception at the GumTree Museum of Art. An estimated crowd of at least 700 viewed paintings, sculptures and other works by students in first through sixth grade.
Gena Yarbrough, Lee County Schools' elementary art coordinator, said a large crowd began gathering for the two-hour reception before the 5 p.m. start.
"It was amazing. I'm just shocked," she said. "This was the biggest turnout we've ever had, and it's getting bigger every year."
The exhibit includes pieces by students at Shannon Primary, Shannon Elementary, Saltillo Primary, Saltillo Elementary, Mooreville Elementary, Verona Elementary and Plantersville Middle schools.
"Impressions" will continue through March 14.
Contact Bobby Pepper at (662) 678-1592 or firstname.lastname@example.org.