Artwork of Kay Morgan and Jim Tidwell on Display at NEMCC

Date(s) - 09/10/2013-10/07/2013
8:00 am-3:00 pm

Northeast Mississippi Community College


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BOONEVILLE, Miss.– Artwork of Kay Morgan and the late Jim Tidwell is now on display through Oct 7 in Northeast Mississippi Community College’s Anderson Hall Art Gallery on the Booneville campus.

Morgan is a mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. After studying business, law, the Bible and dairy farming, she opened a landscape and nursery business in Baldwyn. After 10 years in the business, she decided to indulge in her life’s desire of putting a brush to canvas during her retirement. The smell of oil and turpentine had always bothered me so she was gladly introduced to the Acrylic paints and the odorless turpentines.

With the encouragement of friend Martha DeVaughn, Morgan purchased the Acrylic paint and some canvases and embarked on “the most enjoyable time of (her) life.” As God’s palette would change with each passing season, Morgan yearned to capture His beauty in her paintings.

With Jim Tidwell’s mentoring, Morgan was encouraged to take some painting classes at Northeast under Steven Donaldson. The rest of her painting is self-taught by trial and error.

“I enjoy painting any subject and have a very diverse collection,” Morgan said. “I hope (everyone) enjoys seeing my paintings as much as I have enjoyed creating them.”

The late James M. (Jim) Tidwell retired as a registered landscape architect and college instructor at Northeast and Itawamba Community College. Prior to returning to his native Booneville in 1992, he practiced landscape architecture in Virginia, Florida, Tennessee, George, and Mississippi. He had been painting and drawing for many years and studied with notable area artists; Billy Kirk, Dot Courson, Oneta Cole and Steven Donaldson.

During his lifetime, Tidwell attended workshops under nationally known artist such as; Roger Dale Brown, Peggy Root, Robert Harper, and Anne Enoch. Currently, his paintings are being exhibited in local shows in the northeast Mississippi area and are in private collections in Florida, Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, and California. His paintings are mainly of the landscapes of European countries in which he traveled and the rural south in which he lived. Jim passed away August 6, 2013.

Gallery hours are Monday-Friday 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.