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Art Talk

By Andi Bedsworth

Summer is the time for road trips, and after a recent one to Jackson, Mississippi, I can highly recommend taking in the arts in this vibrant capital city. There are museums, art districts and galleries in which to see art of all types
Our first stop in Jackson after checking in with our friends in Fondren, was the Mississippi Museum of Art. We ended up going back the next day as this museum is chock full of wonderful treasures.
The current exhibition, Old Masters to Monet is stunning with its collection of Three Centuries of French Painting from the Wadsworth Antheneum in Hartford Connecticut. The walls of the exhibit are painted a rich blue tone that really sets off the paintings.
This is a really good opportunity to see original historic paintings that many people have only seen in history books. Viewers get to see works by Van Gogh, Renoir, Degas, Pissarro, Monet and others.
The museum has other great exhibits including The Mississippi Hill Country Blues: Photo-graphs by George Mitchell and The Mississippi Story: Art by Mississippians or about Mississippi.
With so much to see in this one museum, a trip to Jackson is a must. Museum hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 10am-5pm and on Sunday from noon to 5pm. It is located at 380 South Lamar Street in Jackson.
Admission to the major rotating exhibits which close on Sept. 8, is $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, $6 for students and includes all exhibits.
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