Student Art Competition Winners

George Wardlaw Student Art Competition Winners

The Alley Cat Gallery recently named the winners of the high school
student art competition which was held this past March. Due to Covid-19, the judging of the competition was delayed as well as the awards ceremony. Local judges viewed the art in June and the Gallery announced its winners.

They are as follows:

George Wardlaw Memorial 1st Place: Meg Howell “Liz on the Slopes”

2nd Place: Eden Parker “Arches”

3rd Place (tie): James Dukes “Summertime,” Travis Davis “Quadro Force”

Honorable Mention (tie): Madison Garrett “Cole and Cade,” Jonathan Harper “Hands of Grace”

“With the wonderful support of the students, art teachers and parents, The Alley Cat Gallery was able to conclude its first student art competition despite a small interruption with the pandemic. We are so grateful for those involved” said Daphne Taylor, Gallery Manager.

The judges for the competition were gallery artists Rebecca Browning from New Albany and Oneta Cole from Booneville and Baldwyn merchant owner, Katelyn Coker.

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Tupelo Artist and Award-Winning Sculptor Jerry Jones Joins Alley Cat Gallery

Jerry Jones reaches for the sky when he begins his creations.   He looks up, to the Heavens, for inspiration.   

“God is the ultimate creator.  I study His work and I am amazed at the order and diversity of things.  I say ‘Good job, God. But, how did you do that?’   Then I try to capture some of His essence first in my heart and head then on paper, canvas or in clay.”  

A few of those creations can now be seen at The Alley Cat Gallery in the downtown historic district of Baldwyn.   Jones is the most recent to join the family of artists in the newly opened Gallery that showcases the unique art and vision of some of the most highly sought-after artists around the area.  

“Jerry is a perfect fit for our Gallery,” said Amye Gousset, Gallery Director.  “We have been watching him for a while.  His work is like none other.  It’s a thrill to have him join us.”   

Jones began his journey at the University of Southern, Mississippi where he studied and obtained his Bachelor of Fine Arts.  His travels around the country began soon after, and he quickly became known for his brilliant bronze sculptures and highly detailed original paintings.   His commissioned work has been seen all around the country.  Jones just completed a bronze monument to honor all female military veterans.  The piece will be installed in Bossier City, Louisiana on Veteran’s Day 2020. 

Jerry Jones’ home studio is in Tupelo, and visitors are welcome by appointment.  You can also see his work, already, at AlleyCatOnline.

The Alley Cat Gallery is in downtown Baldwyn at 103 West Main Street.  The gallery is open Fridays Noon to 6 pm and Saturdays 11 am to 3 pm (and by appointment by emailing contact@alleycatgallery.com). The online gallery can be viewed and shopped anytime – AlleyCatOnline.