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By W. Derek Russell Daily Journal TUPELO – The GumTree Museum of Art has been a staple in downtown Tupelo since 1985, but a leader for...

By Emma Crawford Daily Journal TUPELO – From masks to gelatin prints, children at the University of Mississippi at Tupelo’s art camp have been learning about textures and patterns through mixed media art projects this week. Children in kindergarten through eighth grade attended the week-long camp, sponsored by UM, beginning Monday. The camp will conclude […]

By Mark Pratt Associated Press BOSTON – Don Featherstone was a classically trained painter, a talented sculptor and artist who became famous for creating the pink plastic lawn flamingo – the ultimate piece of American suburban kitsch. And it didn’t bother him a bit. Featherstone, who died Monday at 79, embraced the fame the invention […]

By Emma Crawford Daily Journal BALDWYN – In the center of Blue August in downtown Baldwyn stands Sentry to Garden, a sculpture inspired by Baldwyn-bred artist George Wardlaw’s mother’s quilts. Tuesday was George Wardlaw Day in Baldwyn, and amidst a gala reception in his honor that evening, Wardlaw recalled the influence his mother had on […]

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  By W. Derek Russell Daily Journal CORINTH – Tom Parson’s love for history isn’t just a hobby, it’s his life. His new book, “Work for Giants: The Campaign and Battle of Tupelo/Harrisburg,” hits close to home for the area. Parson’s journey to the battle of Tupelo started in California 37 years ago, when he […]

By W. Derek Russell Daily Journal TUPELO – The sunshine kept the artists and the visitors to the 44th annual GumTree Festival happy through the weekend as the arts were celebrated through talent and vendors. Brandon-based clay artist Harold Miller, a first-timer at the GumTree festival, loved his time in Tupelo this weekend, and was […]

By W. Derek Russell Daily Journal TUPELO – The annual tradition of the GumTree Festival returns to Tupelo this weekend with its 44th year of celebrating the arts. From music to photography, sculptures to paintings, the festival brings out the best in what local artists have to offer for the community. “We have 114 artist […]

By Riley Manning Daily Journal TUPELO – Kindergarten through sixth-grade students of the Tupelo Public School District enjoyed the limelight at the GumTree Museum of Art on Tuesday afternoon with their artwork on display. Thomas Street Elementary School students Alessandra Yong and Gracie Hopkins had painted pictures of animals, a turtle and a fish, though […]

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 […]

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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 […]