ARTISTS

Enjoy some of the work from our 2020 event.

 

Cassandra, by Don Jacobs

Cassandra, by Don Jacobs

Don Jacobs

Don Jacobs is a Jackson, MS based artist/muralist/faux finisher who specializes in realistic large-scale paintings and murals. After exiting a career in graphic design to pursue the art of faux finishing, he eventually established himself as an accomplished muralist. He painted an extensive mural in the conference room of the Mississippi Governor’s mansion in 2005 and has works in collections scattered from California to Europe. His work has been featured in (and on the cover of) MISSISSIPPI Magazine, and he’s been the subject of Mississippi Public Broadcasting television segments on both “Mississippi Roads” & “Southern Expressions” as well as their radio broadcast of “The Mississippi Arts Hour”.

Having grown up primarily in south Mississippi in the town of Brookhaven, he later spent nearly a decade in Europe where he studied art and received his degree in Graphic Design. He eventually returned to Mississippi to pursue a career as a Commercial Artist, which eventually led to a fascination with large-scale painting and a specialization in mural work. Though trained in Graphic Design, he’s self- taught as a painter.

Along with his art, another of Jacobs’ longtime passions has been his music. Having sung in various bands off and on since high school, he developed a fascination with songwriting and has two albums of original music to his credit with a third album currently in production. He’s also the long time producer of an annual music event held in his hometown of Brookhaven, MS each summer known as BROOKSTOCK, recently highlighted on the popular MPB broadcast “Mississippi Roads”.

            For more information on his art and music go to www.donjacobs.net

Diamond Girl with Chicken, by Gail Morton

Diamond Girl with Chicken, by Gail Morton

Gail Morton

I make clay sculptural pieces using human and animal forms to tell stories passed to me through music, family experiences, and folk tales. Growing up in Mississippi, I experienced the blessing of a rich culture full of animals, kinfolk, humidity, music, and stories…lots of stories. Because of the constant exposure to narrative, I knew that the present was only part of my life whether I was ‘far from the peaceful shore’, dreaming of the Sugarplum tree, or trying to see the ghost of Lochinvar. As I got older, I realized that the past, the place, and the people had woven themselves together to form a type of safety net under me; under all of us who share this unique culture. I am happy to use the language of art to add to the never-ending rhythm of ‘telling’.

Several of my pieces of sculpture are about the stories of Seymour Prater who lived in Pontotoc in the early 1900’s. He was a ‘seer’ and could tell folks what to expect in the future. People came from everywhere to ask him many questions, but what people wanted to know most often was where to locate lost things like livestock, jewelry, money, and other personal objects. He would lay one hand on his forehead and say, “I see, I see….” and most of the time, he could tell them where to find the thing they had lost. On many occasions, he had to tell people that their lost items were not lost but stolen. He also told who did the stealing and how they went about it.

Education: Bachelor of Fine Arts; University of Mississippi; Master of Secondary Art Education; Delta State University. I retired from teaching high school art at North Pontotoc and now I teach art classes at Blue Mountain College.

Urbanidad Rural, by Renee Wofford

Urbanidad Rural, by Renee Wofford

Renee Wofford

Renee Wofford was born and raised in the vicinity of Charlotte, NC, but came to happily call Mississippi home in 2011.  She studied Psychology and Interior Design at Winthrop University in Rock Hill, SC.

Renee began pursuing serious artistic endeavors in 2015.  After trying several different mediums and techniques, she stumbled into photography.  At the time, she was actually considering starting a side business in building picture frames, and she bought a camera to showcase her work online. After an initial session learning how to use the new DSLR, she became hooked.  She dropped the frame idea and began devoting more time to photography.

In 2017, while taking another photography course, she came across an article about Documentary Family Photography. The subject piqued her interest and she signed up for a course immediately.  Within the first few lectures, she knew she had found her calling.

Documentary Family Photography focuses primarily on the everyday, organic interactions of members within a family.  Every moment of every day contributes to the culture and experience one feels while being a family member. It’s these moments that Renee is passionate about capturing.  These moments tell the authentic and beautiful story of what it means to call a certain group of people “home”.

Renee resides in a country home in rural Calhoun City, MS with her husband. When she’s not photographing, she can be found drinking chai tea, decorating baked goods, or finding new ways to design her home.

For more information on her art, go to www.studio1825.com