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Rotating Art Exhibit Continues With Paintings By Clark

Flowers and fence.

Paintings by artist Jayne Clark are on display at the Renasant Bank as the latest installment of the rotating show by members of the Water Valley Arts Council. The work on the right is a Mediterranean scene. – Photo by Jack Gurner

South of the border scene.

By Jack Gurner

WATER VALLEY – Paintings by Jayne Clark are currently on display as the latest installment of the rotating show by local artists from the Water Valley Arts Council.

The art is being exhibited in the lobby of Renasant Bank on Central Street, a sponsor of the show along with the Arts Council.

Clark has been a resident of Water Valley for about two years since retiring from Pro-Med Visuals, Inc., a medical photography and graphic service in Memphis. She is a graduate of the University of Tennessee Health Sciences Program.

Clark said that her interest in the arts developed in childhood. Her mother, Billie Jenkins Murphy, a musician and piano teacher, influenced her to study music.

She has only been painting a short time and is self-taught, although she is currently studying with Bill Warren, another Water Valley artist. Clark added that she does her best work with background music, especially classical and the blues.

“My approach to art has been that of an enjoyable hobby that I share with family and friends,” she noted.

Clark said that this is her first show and it celebrates the life of her dear friend, Cindi Paige Hartley, a nursing student who died suddenly last summer.

Clark and Hartley met about a year and a half ago. “Being a healthcare worker, we just clicked,” she said. “We encouraged each other.”

For additional information about the Water Valley Arts Council, contact Ramona Bernard at 473-9851  (, Annette Trefzer 473-2484, Bill Warren and Patti D’Amico, 473-0972 (puppetcode2, or stop by the Water Valley Main Street Association office.

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