Wonderful art things are happening in Tupelo, Mississippi with numerous outlets for visual, musical, and other art forms. With the Gumtree Museum of Art being a focal point, art seems to be radiating outward. Even the downtown restaurants are a part of this artistic revival with places like Kermit's Outlaw Kitchen serving incredible meals featuring local produce and meats, the Thirsty Devil bar with the wall decorated with artwork purchased from local artists, to Vanelli's Italian restaurant with trippy primitive artwork done by Paul Thorn, internationally known singer songwriter from Tupelo.
|Joseph MacGown doing an abstract version of the scene|
|Belle Naugher, Gumtree Museum Director|
|Painting one of the masked figures|
|Luisa and Ella! Thanks for coming with us and drawing along|
|Ben and Justin painting side by side|
|Me, wearing a shirt with my art.|
All in all, it was a very interesting night. We met some cool artists and art appreciators! I am overwhelmed with optimism for the arts after seeing the great things that are happening here regionally and elsewhere. Though federal and state funding for the arts appears to be headed in the wrong direction, artists are not letting this slow them down!!
|John West on guitar and his buds|
|One of the models looking at the art created|
|checking out handmade masks|