Finding local pieces of art to display throughout your home or business sometimes comes with its challenges. Some art lovers look for specific pieces, while others are looking for thriving artists and their eye-catching artwork. One city that has personalized artwork and talented artists is Natchez, Mississippi. Located in Natchez is the ArtNatchez Gallery that features local Natchez artists that are known for their diverse pieces of art and unique outlook on Natchez community life. So, today I am going to feature a few African American artists of the Natchez community and help you determine what artist you should begin or continue to support.
Natchez Artists to Support
Leon Hollins III
As the owner of Hollins Photography/Graphic Design which is also known as HollinsGraphx, Leon Hollins, is a well-known artist in the Natchez community that creates a quality level of fine art photography. Hollins is an expert in taking photography assignments for newspapers, magazines, and fashion catalogs and also is capable of drawing, painting, and constructing unique photography. As one of the founding artists of the ArtsNatchez Gallery and current director, Hollins prides himself on creating art that features the unique scenery of Natchez while demonstrating the pride the community expresses through his artwork. Leon Hollins art is featured and sold at the Arts Natchez Gallery located on 425 Main Street and can be purchased on Pixels or Fine Art America.
Ole Chevy is a photograph by Leon Hollins III
Little tug is a photograph by Leon Hollins III
Johnnie & Loraine Griffin
Johnnie and Loraine Griffin are owners of the Art by the Griffins located in Natchez Mississippi. As a family unit who demonstrates their individual talents, Johnnie and Loraine are both committed to creating new and interesting pieces of art and practice daily to produce great products. Loraine Griffin is known for her ability to capture history and reality through her paintings, while Johnnie Griffin is more known for his creation of wooden bowls, spoons and cutting boards. Both Johnnie and Loraine are a part of the Natchez Art Association and their artwork can be found at the Natchez Farmers Market, ArtsNatchez Gallery, Fine Art America, and also at the Alexandria Museum Gift Shop in Alexandria, LA.
All Alone is a painting by Loarine Griffin.
Bowls created by Johnnie Griffin.
As a talented artist featured in the ArtsNatchez Gallery, Willie Washington provides wildlife and nature oil and acrylic paintings to the community and continues to shed light on the nature sightings one can find in Natchez, Mississippi. One of Mr. Washington’s most significant pieces of artwork would be his waterfall in the woods painting which can be found on the ArtsNatchez Gallery online site. Willie Washington loves the trial and error of painting and doesn’t believe a piece of art is done until it becomes an image you can’t stop admiring.
Salongo’s Art, LLC, owned and operated by Salongo Lee, is an organization that continues the legacy artists are making in Natchez, Mississippi. As an entrepreneur, Salongo Lee is dedicated to his business and also is a volunteer artist for the Natchez Downtown Development Association where he teaches art to children during the monthly art walk. Salonoge Lee is highly skilled in digital photography, fine art photography, portrait photography and adds depth to the artist of the community. He serves as an active member and skilled artist of the ArtsNatchez Gallery.
Deborah McNeal, a folk-art painter who creates paintings from her memories, is another well-known Natchez artist. As an active artist with the ArtsNatchez Gallery, Deborah provides paintings of her Southern childhood and demonstrates a youthfulness through her artwork. Oftentimes her ideas for paintings randomly comes to her and she delivers her thought process through tailored customize paintings. Her artwork can be purchased at the ArtsNatchez Gallery on Main Street in Natchez, Mississippi along with other local artists.
Photo by Deborah McNeal featured on ArtsNatchez website.
The ArtsNatchez Gallery has become home for many artists, however, is not home for every African American artist in Natchez. There are a few up and coming artists that are making themselves known and working diligently in the community and some of these artists include Virgie Prichett, Tony Lucas, Catina Bernard and Marcus Frazier.
Virgie Prichett is a poet and doll maker who has a book of poetry entitled Two Minds and creates dolls for young children to enjoy or collect. Her book can be purchased on Ebay and book and handmade dolls can be purchased at the Doll Museum on 39 Edwards Road in Fayette Mississippi.
Ms. Tony Lucas and Catina Bernard are both painters in the local community that share their artwork with the Natchez community during festivals and events in the Mississippi area. While Ms. Lucas and Ms. Bernard are sharing their paintings, Marcus Frazier is capturing the moments of the Natchez community that should be seen by individuals across the world in order to help them understand the family-like community in Natchez.
Natchez in the Dark by photographer Marcus Frazier.
The African American artists in the Natchez community are producing great artwork and they continue to add on to the legacy and history of Natchez, Mississippi.5