By W. Derek Russell Daily Journal TUPELO – After a devastating tornado hit Tupelo on April 28 last year, residents begin putting the pieces back together. Some began searching for loved ones or belongings. Others began to help neighbors uncover their homes from debris. Local attorney and photographer Pat Caldwell categorized himself and his wife […]

Thomas Wells | Buy at
“African American Treasures” at Mississippi State University features rare paintings, photographs, books and documents.

By M. Scott Morris Daily Journal STARKVILLE – On April 3, 1853, a 16-year-old girl named Frances carried a letter in her hands. In part, it read, “She does not know that she is to be sold, I couldn’t tell her: I own all her family and the leave-taking would be so distressing that I […]

Adam Robison | Buy at
Chloe Ruth, a second grader at Verona Elementary School, looks over the art on display during the Lee County at the GumTree Museum of Art in Tupelo.

By Chris Kieffer Daily Journal TUPELO – Verona Elementary second-grader Chloe Ruth lingered by a wall of paintings at the GumTree Museum of Art on Thursday afternoon. She was looking at pieces she and her classmates had made. The Lee County School District’s annual “Impressions” exhibit of student artwork is on display at the museum […]

By W. Derek Russell Daily Journal TUPELO – Art means something different to everyone, but for the members of the GumTree Museum of Art, they hope it will mean a good time for all next weekend. The museum’s annual fundraiser kicks off their gala at the Tupelo Country Club on April 18, and the undertaking […]

Lauren Wood | Buy at
Artists spread out on the Lee County Courthouse lawn to paint models during a plein air workshop on Wednesday. Plein air is French for "in the open air."

By M. Scott Morris Daily Journal TUPELO – The city was captured on canvas by about 20 artists on Wednesday. They came from around Mississippi, Alabama and Tennessee, as well as Florida, Virginia and Kentucky, to take lessons from Kim English, a Colorado-based artist and instructor. “It’s a boot camp for artists,” said Pontotoc resident […]

By M. Scott Morris Daily Journal TUPELO – People routinely drive out State Park Road and dump their junk on Brian Patrick’s porch, and he appreciates it. “I’ve always been into creating and making things, more than drawing and painting,” said Patrick, 39. He’s made jewelry since his days at Tupelo High School, but he’s […]

Adam Robison | Buy at
Carol Ledbetter, from left, Judy Temple and Ruth Jackson are three-fifths of Covered in Love, a quilting ministry that meets at Calvary Baptist Church in Tupelo.

By M. Scott Morris Daily Journal A quilt can serve many functions. It can be a bedspread, an heirloom or a piece of art. It also can be a security blanket, and that’s the focus of Covered in Love, a quilting ministry that meets at Calvary Baptist Church in Tupelo. The group’s creation was inspired […]

By Ginna Parsons Daily Journal TUPELO – When Becky Rollins became involved with the Friends of the Lee County Library, the first question she asked was whether or not they ever did any fundraising. “When they said no, I asked them if they would consider it,” said Rollins, who became chairman of the volunteer group […]

Thomas Wells | Buy at
Lori Gordon, whose "Lavendar Madonna" is featured here, is one of about 40 artists represented at Tupelo's Caron Gallery.

By M. Scott Morris Daily Journal TUPELO – Kim Caron is a longtime collector of art, and she’s run the Caron Gallery in Downtown Tupelo for four and a half years. She’s learned a bit about artists in that time. “They’re all so different. They’re individuals,” she said, “but the basic thing is they want […]