Jackson museum hosts celebration of Natchez Day

Published 12:20 am Sunday, January 9, 2011

JACKSON — “Natchez Day” at the Mississippi Museum of Art in Jackson gave “Natchezians” the opportunity to view exhibits and artwork from Natchez residents.

Two buses filled with approximately 80 Natchez residents traveled to Jackson Saturday morning to spend the day touring the museum and city and learning some history about the art in Natchez.

“This is just a recognition of how well versed Natchez is in the arts,” Natchez Mayor Jake Middleton said. “We have a lot of artists, potters and photographers in Natchez. We have a pretty good variety.”

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Middleton said he was glad the city was recognized for its artistic talents.

“This is just another feather to put in our hat,” he said.

The day started out with a brunch and a presentation of history of art in Natchez by museum registrar and Natchez native Joanna Biglane McNeel.

After brunch, residents were led on a tour of Natchez artist Rolland Golden’s River and Reverie: Paintings of the Mississippi exhibition. The tour was led by Golden.

The tour then took a turn outside the building into downtown Jackson, where everyone in attendance toured historic sites in the city before coming back to finish “Natchez Day” with a cocktail reception.

Natchez resident Peter Burns said he was looking forward to the touring the city and seeing the King Edward Hotel, and that he was having a great time at “Natchez Day.”

“We came out because we wanted to see what was going on in the arts in Natchez,” he said. “It is great publicity for the city, and it is interesting to learn about the rich culture of Natchez.”

Natchez resident Anne MacNeil said she traveled to Jackson because she knew she would have a great time.

“It is exciting to hear the history of art in the city,” she said. “Natchez is a place with a lot of background.”

Natchez resident Missy Brown said she got more than a good learning experience from her time in Jackson.

“It’s a good source of pride to know your town is so rich in culture,” she said. “Everybody knows Natchez.”