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Grenada church holds inaugural art exhibit

Reported by: Tyler Hill
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Updated: 9/29/2013 11:25 pm
GRENADA, Miss. (WTVA) - The All Saints Episcopal Church in Grenada held its inaugural art exhibit, Art Among the Arches, where over 30 painters, sculptors, potters and photographers were able to show off their work to the community.

Before the doors opened, organizers weren't sure how many people would attend the event, which they said provides art, church and God all in one setting.

"It's a great way to invite the community into our church and into our space," said Andrea Clanton, artist and volunteer. "It's just a way to celebrate God through creativity."

At three o'clock when the doors finally opened, people quickly began filling the room, embracing the culture.

"We're just excited to have a place for them to show their creativity," said Jan Kirkham, exhibit member.

Kirkham said they drew in professional artist from the area to display their work, plus a few artist that haven't practiced their craft in quite a while.

"When we contact them, they got real busy and excited about being able to be creative again," Kirkham said.

82-year-old Sue Brannan began painting when she was 65.

"I've been painting for a long time," Brannan said.

As a young girl, Brannan grew up in the country, so she has a specific thing she likes to paint, landscapes.

"I paint anything from Tennessee mountains to the valley of Mississippi," she said.

But sometime last year, Sue laid down the paint brush and packed away the canvas to take care of her sick husband.

"I had not painted for some time because he had an extended illness," Brannan explained.

In April, Sue's husband passed away, leaving a void in her life.

"After he died, I was just alone at home," she said.

But then she remembered a hobby from her past, one that she counted on for over 17 years, painting.

"It's very relaxing," she said. "It really filled that void I had after his death."

And instead of selling her life's work, she gives it away, hoping to bring a little peace to someone's life.

"I don't take pride in selling them for an income, but I do take a lot of joy in giving," Brannan said.

That's what organizers said they hoped out of Art Among the Arches, a chance for the community to see not only local creativity but to understand the artist.

Organizers said nearly 200 people attended this year's event, and they said they hope to continue the exhibit in the future.  

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