[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]The Guachoya Cultural Art Center in Lake Village will host a reception on September 10 to kick off its “Mother-Daughter” art exhibit featuring art by Iris Mitchell and Melanie Mitchell Tucker.

The reception will be held at the art center from 6 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. The public is invited and there is no admission charge.

The exhibit will feature art by Iris Mitchell and her daughter, Melanie Tucker. Both Mitchell and Tucker are retired art teachers and active in the Delta Artists Association.

A native of Tippo, Mississippi, Lilly Iris Mitchell received her degree in education at Delta State University. She is retired from a career of teaching first grade and elementary art. Her preferred media are watercolor and pastel. Iris has taught art students from ages 4 to 84.

By Lilly Iris Mitchell

By Lilly Iris Mitchell

In 2002, Mitchell received the Creativity Award for the Northern Region of Mississippi, presented by Blue Cross Blue Shield in their Ageless Heroes program. In 2004, she received the Art in Education Award from the Greenville Arts Council at their annual “Greenville Honors Its Own” event. Mitchell has served on the board of directors of the Greenville Arts Council, and is a charter member of the Delta Artists Association, where she has served alternately as secretary, treasurer, and president. She currently instructs her peers at First Baptist Church in Greenville.

Melanie Mitchell Tucker is a native Greenvillian who retired as a middle school art instructor and journalism teacher in 2014. Her area of study at the Mississippi University of Women was commercial art, but printmaking is her primary focus. Gyotaku, monotype, relief prints, collograph, clay lithography, drypoint etching, and block printing are among her favorites.

By Melanie Mitchell Tucker

By Melanie Mitchell Tucker

Tucker enjoys painting in watercolor and acrylic, but is also interested in papermaking and various forms of book arts. Her mother, Lilly Iris Mitchell, encouraged Melanie to spend time making art away from her young students, and this led to an active participation in the Delta Artists Association, an organization that supports and encourages visual artists through workshops, exhibits, and other creative opportunities.

In 2015, Tucker received the Arts in Education award at the Greenville Arts Council’s annual “Greenville Honors Its Own” event, in recognition of her extensive mural work at Washington School.

The Mitchell and Tucker’s art will be on exhibit at the Guachoya Cultural Art Center until October 29.

The art center is located at 1652 Hwy. 65 & 82 in Lake Village. Hours of operation are Tuesday through Thursday from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. and Fridays from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][/vc_column][/vc_row]