West Point is rich in the arts, and people around the state are beginning to take notice.
Already famous for the community’s Howlin’ Wolf Blues Festival and the Prairie Arts Festival in September, Clay County is now home to two spring events that showcase regional artists, as well as local ones.
The first of the two will take place this Saturday at the Bryan Public Library.
This is the Second Annual East Mississippi Community College Art Show.
It will feature 50 pieces of art by 25 students from EMCC, as well as five faculty members.
“As a member of the Board of Trustees for EMCC representing Clay County, I am thrilled that our students have the opportunity to exhibit their work and experience encouragement from the community supporting their chosen field of study,” said Kathy Dyess of the event that will feature young Clay County artists as well.
Morgan Donour, a freshman at EMCC this semester will showcase her talents at Bryan.
“I have never been in an art class before, much less an exhibit,” Donour said. “I’m currently taking drawing and design. I am learning a lot and am happy to show my progress.”
The West Point/Clay County Arts Council will be sponsoring the event that will take place in the Esther Pippen room at the Library. The group will provide refreshments for those who come to take in the art.
“As president of our arts council, I could not be happier that this great art exhibition from our EMCC students is coming to West Point again,” said Monte Brasfield. “Last year was a roaring success, and we anticipate a huge crowd of art lovers again this year.”
Alex S. Baine, a professor at EMCC was approached by Brasfield at the college before last year’s show, and that is where the idea of the West Point Art Show originated.
“We are so excited about the opportunity to work with West Point again to showcase the marvelous things that are being created on EMCC’s Golden Triangle campus,” Baine said. “Having the work up at the library, is a great encouragement to our students and their families.”
Students from all three Golden Triangle counties will be featuring art, including Lori Luther of Starkville.
“I am excited about this show,” Luther said. “My mom is coming from McComb, and my family across the states are looking forward to the photos. I am creating a special piece for this show that is my largest pice to date, 4x6 feet.”
The event will start at 1 and will run until 3 p.m.