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Art Talk

By Andi Bedsworth

The art scene is alive and well in North Mississippi, and there are several events of note that you might want to put on your calendar. The galleries are all preparing for the holidays, and many events will be held in celebration of that. In the coming weeks, I will be giving you a play by play of those exhibits and events, and this week starts the lineup.

At the University Museum, there is a new exhibit opening called Grass Roots: African Origins of an American Art. I got a sneak peek of this show, and it is very well curated and explores the history of coiled baskets in Africa and American. The baskets are exquisite, and the exhibit itself is very educational. There is a Family Activity Day being held in conjunction, and it will be held on Saturday, November 17th from 10am-noon and is free to UM museum members and $5.00 per child for non-members. It is geared for ages 3 and up with a parent, and registration is required. Call the museum at 915-7073 or email to reserve your spot.

If you want to help out the Yoknapatawpha Arts Council, there is still time to donate a handmade ornament to their Annual Ornament Auction which will be held this year on Thursday, Dec. 6th. Donors of ornaments will receive a free one year membership to the arts council and two tickets to the auction which will be held at the Powerhouse. This is a lovely way to give back to the community and to support the arts in our area. More information can be found at The ornaments are due by Friday, November 30th.

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