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Our Pledge to You

Dialog is the foundation of human appreciation and growth. To extend the influence and support of Civic Ballet into all the Fine Arts and artists of Tupelo and the region, the Tupelo Arts Showcase provides opportunity for the interaction of the community with the artists. Tupelo Arts Showcase, or TAS, provides a less formal encounter to facilitate conversation and introductions to the many fine artists of our community.

Visual Arts including Painting, Drawing, Printmaking and Sculpture are shown in the lobby and halls of the Link Centre, while Film, Animation and Video join the other Performing Arts of Music, Spoken Word, Acting and Dance on the wonderful stage and theater section.

Each year represents a greater polish and new additions to our program as our reputation and knowledge of the wealth of talent in this area grows. We ask that you join us as valued members of our community, as artists, musicians, performers, teachers and students. Together on a special day where the borders are withdrawn, we can all talk, demonstrate, question and enjoy the inspirations and heart of the Arts.

The 2018 Artists
Barbara Eaton

Barbara Eaton

Barbara Eaton received her BA in Art Education and MA in Art Education from the University of MS. She is National Board Certified and has been an instructor throughout the public schools throughout Northeast Mississippi for 30.5 years. Eaton's current passion, Clay-tunes, can be seen at the ATHunn gallery in Savannah, Georgia, the Ohr-O'Keefe Museum or Art in Biloxi, Mississippi, the Red Fox Gallery in Brevard, North Carolina, and the Caron Gallery in Tupelo, Mississippi. Each piece is hand carved from red clay with no molds used then glazed and fired in Barbara's home kiln. In addition to visual art, Eaton also plays the piano and finds great joy in combining sound with form. She has shown Clay-tunes in several festivals in MS, TN, and TX including the beloved Gumtree Art Festival, the Edom Art Festival, the Cooper-Young Festival and have been represented at the Copper Fox Gallery in Leiper's Fork, TN, the Alley Cats Gallery, Memphis TN, and Main Attraction, in Tupelo, MS where Eaton resides.

Mary Frances Massey

Mary Frances Massey

Mary Frances Massey is a dance instructor and part-owner of North Mississippi Dance Centre in Tupelo, Mississippi. She offers dance classes in ballet, tap, jazz and hip hop and has choreographed for show choirs in Tupelo and surrounding areas since 2008. Massey's teaching programs include incorporating movement into the narration of favorite children's books and using movement to teach core classes. She also offers teacher development workshops. She was an artist in residence for King Early Childhood Education Center in 2016 and for Pontotoc Elementary in 2017. Massey is also a professional singer and can be heard on 'Thacker Mountain Radio' on MPB and around the North Mississippi area with her band 'Massey Tate'. She is also a background vocalist in the recording industry.

Amanda Koonlaba

Amanda Koonlaba

Amanda Koonlaba, Ed. S. is an educator and artist with more than 12 years of experience teaching both visual art and traditional courses. Her career has been driven by the power of the arts to reach all learners. She is a published author and frequent speaker at education conferences. Koonlaba was named the Elementary Art Teacher of the Year for the state of Mississippi in 2016 and received the Arts Integration Service Award from the Whole Schools Initiative, a program of Mississippi Arts Commission. She holds an Elementary and Middle Childhood Art certification from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. Koonlaba is on a mission to ensure every student in America has access to a high-quality arts-based education. With lessons from how to create works of art to represent mathematical concepts to using theme and self-portraits for ELA understandings, Koonlaba offers a wide array of arts-integrated learning for students and teachers. She is a whiz at creating arts-integrated lessons to teach any standard for a wide range of learners.

Eyevan Armas

Eyevan Armas

Armas, a self-taught, 29-year-old artist originally from Guadalajara, has been featured in countless underground "Secret Art Shows" in his hometown, and recently he had a month-long exhibit at 'The Shop Downtown' in Hattiesburg. His paintings have been displayed at locally-owned businesses such as Vanelli's, Gabriel's and the Thirsty Devil. Some of his biggest accomplishments include being published not only in DIME magazine but also as the illustrator of "The Great Building" written by Voz Vanelli. Armas' current projects include exploring videography with his infamous "box head" characters, continuing to learn and grow as an artist and helping his works find loving homes.

Bart Mason

Bart Mason

Bart Mason, a native of Tupelo, Mississippi, has been in love with music his whole life. At a young age he began to sing in church and school choirs, in addition he began learning the saxophone and guitar. By the time he reached high school, he was involved in Show Choir, Quartet, Men's Choir and Varsity Choir. It was through Varsity Choir he was honored to sing at Carnegie Hall. Bart surrounds himself with music every chance he gets. He has been fortunate to run sound for countless talented bands and musicians at Tupelo's own Blue Canoe. He is also one of the musical directors at St. Luke United Methodist Church since 2015. Although Bart's current gig is being a Physical Science teacher at Tupelo High School, you can occasionally find him playing with talented musicians around town. Bart currently resides in Tupelo with his wife Tracye and their three sons.

Mersaidee Soules

Mersaidee Soules

Mersaidee is from Ontario Canada. She has been a writer and performer in Nashville for over a decade. She is a previous winner of the Mid-Atlantic Songwriting competition. One of her songs has been recorded by a major artist. That track has aired on the hit TV show Dawson's Creek and Crime and Punishment. She has released one Christmas Album and two contemporary Country CDs. Honest and Such A Beautiful Life. Mersaidee has been a host playing in the Bluebird cafe rounds for over a decade and it's her favorite place to perform. She is on the radio in Canada and most recently on Local Licks radio show. She currently resides in Tupelo, Mississippi and performs her original music at various venues and is also the Coordinator for NSAI North MS Chapter In Tupelo, MS. This songwriting chapter meets once a month in Tupelo. Mersaidee has also performed in several TCT productions and dabbles as an actress in Independent films.

Jason Hassell

Jason Hassell

Jason Hassell was born in Oklahoma and raised in Tupelo, Mississippi. He was a 2011 graduate from Tupelo High School. He went on to study at Watkins College of Art, Design and Film in Nashville with a concentration in Cinematography. He won numerous awards for Screenplay, Cinematography, and Production. He graduated earning a BFA in 2017. He currently works as a gaffer, grip, and assistant camera operator with Gear Seven Creative, a Nashville based production company. With them, he has done commercial work, short film, and music videos. He has worked with artists such as: Lady Antebellum, Reba McEntire, Hunter Hayes, Red, and Mat Kearney. He got to serve on the jury of the Student Film submissions for Nashville Film Festival in 2017. Jason is also freelance cinematographer and photographer. He recently had his photography displayed in Nashville at the Watkins Art Gallery. He also directed and shot music videos for Mersaidees Soule and the up and coming bands Knuckle Puck and Volk.

Events
November 9, 2018
Tupelo Arts Showcase
Link Centre
6:30pm Art exhibit opens
7:00pm Performance begins
Admission is free
November 10, 2017
Tupelo Arts Showcase
Link Centre
6:30pm Art exhibit opens
7:00pm Performance begins
Admission is free
November 11, 2016
Tupelo Arts Showcase
Link Centre
6:30pm Art exhibit opens
7:00pm Performance begins
Admission is free
November 6, 2015
Tupelo Arts Showcase
Link Centre
6:30pm Art preview
7:00pm Performance begins
Admission is free
November 15, 2014
Tupelo Arts Showcase
Link Centre
6:30pm Art exhibit opens
7:00pm Performance begins
Admission is free
November 16, 2013
Tupelo Arts Showcase
Link Centre
7:00pm
Admission is free
November 3, 2012
Tupelo Arts Showcase
Link Centre
7:00pm Performance begins
Admission is free
November 19, 2011
Tupelo Arts Showcase
Link Centre
7:00pm Performance begins
Admission is $5