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Positively Mississippi: Tishomingo County artists

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Updated: 10/14/2013 7:52 pm
IUKA, Miss. (WTVA) -- Tishomingo County artists now have a platform to display their work.

It's in a room of an Iuka beauty parlor where people can now see the talents of local folks in one place.

"Our artists are from age 7 — the youngest one, which is my granddaughter Maggie — to Louise Bonds, who is 84 years old," said owner Joyce Park.

Park says the idea for Maggie Doodle came to her after seeing similar shops while on vacation in the southern part of the state.

"I went to several of these little art houses that were so cute, and all they sold was like local artists things. So when I got back, I decided that, you know, we should have something like that," said Park.

Park says it only took a month to bring her idea to life after putting out the call for local artists. 

"I love to paint. That has always been my hobby," said Ms. Louise Bonds, a local artist.

Joe Hardwick is another featured artist who says he enjoys sharing his passion with the community.

"Yes, [it's] exciting. Maybe I'll get inspired to really turn out some good stuff," said Hardwick.

Hardwick says in years past there was a gallery in Iuka where locals could show their work, but it's been closed for several years.

Now locals say Maggie Doodle serves as a venue for locals to display their creativity through paintings, drawings, crocheting or making jewelry.
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