A new exhibit in Tupelo spotlights local creativity

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Updated: 7/10/2013 3:19 pm
TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) -- Nearly 20 artists are participating in the Mississippi Painters Society Art Exhibition.

This year the annual competition will take place at the Oren Dunn City Museum and is free for the public.

"We have this show once a year and this is our 7th time. We were organized in 2007 and there were 5 of us and now we have 23," said Ms. Juanita Smith a local artist.

The art show is a mix of both professional and amateur artwork.

On Wednesday, two of the artists shared some of their creations with a younger generation.

"Oh it was wonderful! This has been so great and they were so interested," said Smith.

Kebrea Saar was one of many in attendance Wednesday and spoke with us about why she liked a certain painting on display.

"Because it has a lot of colors," said Saar.

The operations manager of the Oren Dunn City Museum says, the greatest part about the exhibit is the fact that all the artists are from North-East Mississippi. 

"The Exhibit is free. We do charge admission if people want to tour the museum but if they just want to come and just look at the art, its free admission to the exhibit," said Rae Mathis.

Organizers also say Thursday's reception, which starts at 6:00 p.m. is free to the public as well.

Several prizes will be awarded to the artists at Thursday's reception including: Best of Show, 1st-3rd and two honorable mentions. 
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