Riccardo Cunningham, Rikyah Cunningham and Kanijah Paggett visit with Mother Goose at their art show.

Sandi and John Armistead are pictured with Alan and  Susan Smith.

Photos by Hope Harrington Oakes

The Columbus Arts Council hosted their June exhibit reception last Thursday, June 1st at the Rosenzweig Arts Center.  The featured artist for this month is John Armistead, of Tupelo. His show, “In Remembrance of Things Past” is featured in the Main Gallery. Armistead, an ordained minister, is an award-winning author, artist, and journalist. “I have been writing fiction since high school,” said Armistead, “and painting since childhood.”

Armistead began formal studio training in Mobile when he was eight years old, working in pastels and oils. He continued art studies through college, and participated in master’s classes taught by Everett Raymond Kinstler at the Lyme Academy of Fine Art in Old Lyme, Connecticut, the Art Student’s League of New York, and the National Academy of Design in New York City. Armistead is the author of three mystery novels and two novels for teen-agers, and hundreds of his paintings hang in museums and homes throughout the country. He lives with his family in Tupelo, Mississippi.

In the Artist Alley, artwork from the participants of ArtReach: “What About Our Children”, an event sponsored by Radical, Inc. held May to promote Mental Health Awareness Month.

Radical, Inc. director, Angela Shine, stated, “We had close to 60 kids at Sandfield Community Center come in and learn about and create these beautiful works of art.  They are so excited about this show!” For more information, contact the CAC at 662-328-2787.