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 The online gallery can be viewed and shopped anytime – AlleyCatOnline.

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Award-Winning Artist Anthony Thaxton Joins the Alley Cat Gallery

Baldwyn, MS – May 20, 2020 … Anthony Thaxton has won awards as a painter, an educator, a television producer, and a filmmaker.  He is nationally recognized for his artwork, among other creative achievements.  Thaxton’s art has appeared in numerous magazines and national publications.   Now, it is in The Alley Cat Gallery.  Thaxton is the latest artist to sign with the newly opened art gallery located in the downtown historic district of Baldwyn, Mississippi.  

“This is a real coup for us to have Anthony as part of our group,” said Clark Richey, gallery owner. “Anthony’s resume is quite impressive, and we are thrilled for him to share his talent with us at the gallery.”  

Thaxton’s watercolors are seen or have been featured on such television shows as The Hour, Good Morning America, Fox and Friends and  He is currently the producer, writer, director of Palate to Palette on Mississippi Public Broadcasting featuring Chef Robert St. John and artist Wyatt Waters.  And he is directing a major documentary on the art and life of Walter Anderson for public television.  His work has been seen in many national magazines and was featured in the pages of Charles Stanley’s In Touch Magazine. 

“His art evokes such emotion, said Amye Gousset, The Alley Cat Gallery curator.  “It brings back memories of moments that we have all spent somewhere, at some time in our lives.  That is what good art does, it speaks to you.  Anthony’s art certainly does that.” 

Born in Picayune, Mississippi, Anthony grew up on the coast of Bay St. Louis in Lakeshore and eventually Carriere, Mississippi.  His dad was a football coach and his mother taught music. 

“So much of my coastal subject matter comes from my early experiences living on the gulf and working on a shrimp boat,” Thaxton said. 

New Orleans Crawfish, Mixed Media, 11 x 14

Today, he lives with his wife, Amy, in Raymond, Mississippi and they have two children Bryant and Sydney.  He is the owner of Thaxton Studios where he produces fine art in a variety of mediums.  Visit to see Thaxton’s work. 

The Alley Cat Gallery is in downtown Baldwyn at 103 West Main Street.  The gallery is open Fridays Noon to 6pm and Saturdays 11am to 3pm or by appointment (  or shop online at the gallery’s online store at


The Alley Cat Gallery Announces New Website, Online Store

May 14, 2020 – Baldwyn, MS … The Alley Cat Gallery is proud to announce the release of its new website,, and a sister site,, the gallery’s online store.

Owner Clark Richey advised the gallery’s artists of the exciting changes on Tuesday.

“We believe these sites will be excellent tools for the promotion of each of our artists and the gallery in general,” Richey said. “A gallery IS the artists that it represents, and we truly hope that our efforts here show that the Alley Cat Gallery’s focus is squarely on our unique and talented artists and their work.”

Co-owner Amye Gousset was the mastermind behind the primary website, while Richey produced the online store.

“In this trying time, we wanted to have a way for people to continue to engage our gallery and enjoy our artist’s work,” Gousset said. “We have the best artists around, and we want to show them off!”

The websites are LIVE as of Thursday, May 14, and patrons of the gallery can learn about each of the artists and view extensive samples of their artwork. Additionally, they can purchase the art for local pickup or for shipment to their homes.

“We will continue to practice social and professional distancing as we re-open our store this Saturday” Richey added, “but with the new website tools anyone can do business with The Alley Cat Gallery from the comfort and safety of their own homes. We think that is vitally important at this time, and we wanted our customers to have that ability.”

The Alley Cat Gallery opened for business at 103 East Main Street in Baldwyn, Mississippi, in October of 2019, and is already home to more than twenty artists in various disciplines. Several new faces will join the gallery soon, according to Richey, Gousset and gallery manager Daphne Taylor.