JCJC hosts Craftsmen’s Guild of Mississippi artwork

Written By: Teresa McCreery
Email Address: teresa.mccreery@jcjc.edu
Date Submitted: 2015-01-28 15:54:32

ELLISVILLE-Jones County Junior College’s Art Department is hosting the creative works of three Craftsmen Guild of Mississippi members: Harry Day, Steve Bullock and Teresa Haygood. Their artwork will be on display in the Eula Bass Lewis Art Gallery on the Ellisville campus through February 13. 

 
“We feel privileged to be able to offer the variety of artwork from members of the Craftsmen’s Guild. There is something for everyone to enjoy in this exhibit,” said Mark Brown, JCJC art instructor. 
Harry Day’s specialty is metal work. Using various common items to create a new object is a pure joy for him.
 
“I found interest in metal sculpture, mostly from things I find laying around. Mississippi is a treasure trove of discarded and aged metal,” said the self-taught metal sculptor from Brandon, Mississippi. “My career began in the fall of 2003 while rehabilitating from ACL surgery on my knee. I was discouraged from writing and at the time, disenchanted and bored with painting. Once I built up a collection of items I started creating,” said Day.   
 
A large, metal-made “Drummer” is one of the metal creations on display. Day used chain links for dread locks and metal brackets he found, for legs. His “Robot” and “Dancer” utilize part of a metal sign and “T”-fence posts. He managed to create animals like the “Elephant” and “Duck” using hinges and nails, while a piece of metal most familiar on a bicycle was used to create the propeller on the “Airplane” sculpture.
 
Stephen Bullock’s preferred artwork involves creating images with wood. Incorporating his love of the outdoors, he finds ways to make creatures come alive by arranging pieces of wood. 
 
“I love transforming wood into artwork because it brings a little bit of the ‘outdoors,’ inside,” said Bullock, who lives in Madison, Mississippi. “I begin with a graphite or black ink sketch which is then transferred to cedar planks. A typical piece may have anywhere from twenty to sixty component pieces of varying sizes and shapes.”
 
Bullock spends many hours cutting, carving and sanding to transform the wood into art. On display in the JCJC gallery include his wood creations, “Hoot,” a wooden owl picture, “The Point,” a dog on the hunt, “Red Fish,” “Dragonfly,” and “Peace,” using the hand sign.
 
Another unique form of artwork by Teresa Haygood is also on display at JCJC. Her passion for mosaics was discovered accidentally she admits.
 
“After collecting leftover stained glass bits for several years, I decided to put them to use and my first mosaic was completed in the summer of 1998. It was love at first creation!” said Haygood.
 
The Jackson, Mississippi artist works full-time in her studio, “Creative Minds Glass & Mosaic Studio,” creating mosaics for the home and garden. She also teaches this art form and can be found at the Mississippi Craft Center in Ridgeland and at the Attic Gallery in Vicksburg. Lovers of this ancient art form can enjoy her “Delta Sunset,” “Alligator” and “Owl” which are on display in Ellisville.

The exhibit is free and open to the public. Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. through 3 p.m., and Fridays, 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. For special accommodations call the gallery at 601-477-4148.
 

 

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