JCJC art students help beautify Mize

Written By: Teresa McCreery
Email Address: teresa.mccreery@jcjc.edu
Date Submitted: 2018-07-03 21:11:20

ELLISVILLE-In the midst of the summer heat, four Jones County Junior College art students and their teacher spent three days creating a piece of art that Mize residents would find appealing. Art instructor, Mark Brown and JCJC students Mady May of Mize, Brianna Pace of Raleigh, Grace Leavitt of Bay Springs and Alyssa Jensen of Hattiesburg worked with June Lack of the Mize City Council to produce a mural that reflects the town’s traditions. Located in Smith County’s home of the Mississippi Watermelon Festival, all that represents Mize is now painted on a 16-foot by 10-foot mural in the heart of the town.
“It was the idea of Ms. June Lack as part of a beautification project she is spearheading,” said Brown. “She approached us more than a year ago but several steps had to be taken before work could commence.”
Once the city leadership approved the design and located a building to use for the mural, the surface of the building had to be prepared for painting and materials were needed for the volunteer artists. Then, for three days the JCJC students and Brown worked from the scaffolding, under extreme temperatures, to grid, draw and paint the mural.
“I can’t say enough about these JCJC students that took time out of their summer to work on this project. It really attests to their character. I am proud of them!” says Brown. “I would also like to thank the Mize city workers for their help, and Ms. June Lack for her dedication to seeing it done.”
The mural contains the date the town was established and the Mize school mascot, the Bulldogs. If you are heading to Mize to see this artistic display of city history and the watermelon that makes Mize popular, it is located at the town’s only four-way stop. It is on the east side (right side) on Highway 28 as you head north toward Magee and behind the Shell gas station. 


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