For Starkville Daily News
Colorful paintings are on exhibit in the Greater Starkville Development Partnership’s lobby.
The paintings are bold and very visible upon entering the door. The exhibit features the artwork from the T. K. Martin Center for Technology and Disability at Mississippi State University and is a part of the center’s EXPRESS Yourself” (Experiencing Painting as Recreation and Express the Spirit within Yourself).
This project enables artists who are physically challenged to create artwork through another person who works with them. That person is called a “tracker.” Judy Duncan, Laurie Craig and Barbara Boydstun are the three trackers who act as the arms and hands of the artist to create their masterpieces. The artist expresses their desires for their piece through whatever means possible to the tracker. The tracker is their vehicle for putting their wishes on canvas. The art is created exactly to the artist’s specifications including color, where that color is applied, and the overall look of the piece when it is finished.
The artists from Starkville featured in this exhibit are Mark Jones, Demetria (Dee) Gilbert, Thalamus Brown, Clinton White, and Ashley Bass. From Ackerman are artists Candace Stephenson and Amanda Williams, and from Eupora Monica Herard. Artists Kenny Boland, Randy Monk, and Terrell Jenkins live in Jackson.
This exhibit is imaginative, creative, and moving. To view the exhibit, the GSDP is located at 200 E. Main Street in Starkville.
Contact the Starkville Area Arts Council office at (662) 324-3080, or visit http://www.starkvillearts.org .