An exhibit of paintings by mother and daughter Judy Tucci and Maria Hughes opened today in the Anderson Hall Art Gallery at Northeast Mississippi Community College.
Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. The exhibit runs through September 28.
Tucci, a native and life-long resident of Baldwyn and award-winning artist, is a former art instructor at Northeast. She earned a Purchase Award after entering the Grand National Watercolor Exhibition and in 1994 was awarded Signature Status as a member of the Mississippi Watercolor Society. During her 26-year tenure at Northeast, the art department invited Alan Flattman, a well-known pastel artist from New Orleans, to conduct a workshop. It was from this workshop Tucci discovered a love for the medium of pastel.
“I soon joined the Degas Pastel Society and enjoyed competing on a national and international level,” Tucci explained.
She received the Award of Exceptional Merit and an Honorable Mention Award in the Degas Show in New Orleans in 2007.
“The world of art has many directions and many mediums in which to work,” Tucci explained. “It is an endless source of inspiration and creativity.”
Upon retirement, Tucci began painting with some local artists and was invited to become a member of the Mississippi Painters Society These artists travel and paint Southern scenes en plein air. The society also promotes art in the Northeast Mississippi area.
“Painting is something I truly love. It gives me a great deal of satisfaction and enjoyment,” Tucci said.
Tucci’s daughter Maria Hughes, also of Baldwyn, currently teaches art at R.H. Long Middle School in Booneville. According to Hughes, watching her students grow in their discoveries and accomplishments in art has had a profound effect on her, and the excitement she has in her personal art.
“Growing up with an artist mother, I feel I have always searched for a way of personal expression,” Hughes said.
“I could never match my mother’s interpretation of her Southern experience so, I have, with honesty, tried to develop my Southern experience. This in the end leaves me walking in the other direction from her, but down the same old field road.
“Along with the people that surround me every day, my visual environment plays a major role in my artwork. This state I live in holds everyday mystery and magic. The yellow ochre wash of late afternoons, the early morning, misty fog, and the ‘all day humidity’ are reoccurring themes that show up in my artwork.”
Both Tucci and Hughes hold Associate of Arts degrees from Northeast. Tucci earned a bachelor’s and master’s degree in education from the University of Mississippi. Hughes attended the University of Southern Mississippi and completed requirements for a Bachelor of Art Education degree at the Mississippi University for Women.
Contact NEMCC art instructor and gallery director Terry Anderson at firstname.lastname@example.org or 662-720-7336 for more information.