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Camp invites kids to Meet the Artist

May 31, 2014

By M. Scott Morris, Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal, Tupelo

May 31--OXFORD -- Professional artists will share their talents during Meet the Artist, a summer art camp at The Powerhouse in Oxford.

"We have an artist, usually at least one each class period and sometimes more than one," said Andi Bedsworth, Yoknapatawpha Arts Council's children's education coordinator for art. "They'll come in for 30 to 45 minutes and show the children what they do and how they do it."

After the demonstrations, kids will put their skills to work. When painter Jere Allen visits, the students will use mirrors to paint self-portraits.

"We've got an illustrator this year. Sarah Frances Hardy does children's books," Bedsworth said. "She will talk to the kids in class and explain how she does a book. We'll have blank books, so the kids can do their own illustrations."

Other artists will be sculptor Joe Ann Allen, potter Ashley Chavis, print-maker Ginny Chavis, sketch artist Mari Foster, painter Adrienne Brown David and painter Thomas Grosskopf.

Meet the Artist will be July 7-11. Kids 3 to 9 will meet from 9 a.m. to noon, and ages 10 to 17 will meet during the afternoon sessions from 1 to 4 p.m.

The cost is $90 for YAC members and $100 for nonmembers.

"I just started Meet the Artist last year," Bedsworth said. "We didn't have big numbers as far as attendees, but those who attended, both artists and kids, had really good times."

To learn more about the camp, call Bedsworth at (662) 380-1940 or email

Parents also may call YAC at (662) 236-6429 or visit to learn more about Meet the Artist or other summer programs at The Powerhouse, including print-making and Asian art camps, as well as an acting camp.


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