Northeastern Mississippi gallery merges art and poetry

A new, bold exhibit in Tupelo, Northeastern Mississippi, offers a unique collection of works; art pieces that combine visual presentation with literary prowess, taking the idea of the ‘word art’ to another level.

The ‘Black Blum’ gallery was recently held in Tupelo, MS, at the Reception Hall at the Link Centre. The new exhibit was the brainchild of Asia Rainey, a recent transplant into the region that moved in last year with a passion for both visual media and creative prose and poetry.

Rainey describes ‘Black Blum’ as an intimate presentation of her passions and efforts. The gallery features her works on canvas, wherein instead of pure visual display, the acrylic art pieces are accompanied by spoken words, in a unique union of visual art and spoken word. The gallery is an interactive setting, wherein the words spoken alongside the acrylic art pieces tell the story of the acrylic art pieces.

Rainey detailed the thought process behind the gallery, and how this word art exhibit started; stated that she got the idea from a friend five years ago. She states that she had given up on paintings in the past, until a friend invited her to paint acrylic images on small wooden discs in order to turn them to unique earrings.

It was at that point that she decided to go and explore more complex acrylic art pieces on the earrings, and there decided that she would go back to visual art, and wondered what she could do with an actual canvas.

When she moved onto larger works, she says she realized her art pieces began to relay a story, and that’s where she got the idea for ‘Black Blum’. As it occurred to her that her acrylic pieces were telling a story, she decided to combine the two aspects of her creativity in order to tell a story.

Rainey states that the years of effort that made ‘Black Blum’ possible is special to her, as she says it marks her growth as a person.

The ‘Black Blum’ gallery opened at November 25, 2017, Saturday at the Link Centre’s Reception Hall, and ended the following day.