Art from Charles Jenkins, Patsy Kirkwood, and Ruth Reese
Earlier this year, Hazlehurst Chamber of Commerce declared April as Arts Month but was forced to cancel due to coronavirus concerns. The arts committee later decided to hold it virtually by publishing various artists’ works in the Copiah County Courier each week during the month. This week, two Crystal Springs artists are featured. Patsy Kirkwood is painting more than ever. She loves painting and has been doing so her whole life. Kirkwood believes she inherited her love of art from her father, who also liked to draw. She has taken art classes at many of the colleges in the state and briefly studied under artist Marie Hull. Kirkwood used her art skills at every job she had before she retired. She loves painting people and her incredible talent really shows in her work entitled “Study for Issi,” as well as a watercolor of tomatoes. Eighty-seven year old Ruth Reese is a retired teacher as well as a renowned artist. With a degree in Elementary Science, Reese taught at Crystal Springs Elementary, followed by teaching in the gifted program. Reese got seriously involved with her painting after she retired, being very active in her community, helping to found the Crystal Springs Art Association, and being a member of the Copiah County Art Guild. Paintings featured are “Poppy Study” and a special personal piece for Dr. Theodore Dear Jr., “Abstract Pears.” A woman of many talents, Reese also drew up the plans and physically helped build, along with husband James, her daughter’s, Renee Mulligan’s, house in 1989. The paintings are shared with the arts committee by Dr. Dear from his vast collection of Copiah County and Mississippi artists, a large part of which have never been seen by the public.