'Mansfield and Family' show in West Point is a group effort


This watercolor by Jim Mansfield of West Point is part of a

This watercolor by Jim Mansfield of West Point is part of a "Mansfield and Family" exhibit at the Louise Campbell Center for the Arts in downtown West Point.
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Dispatch Staff Report



A new exhibit at the Louise Campbell Center for the Arts in West Point is a family affair. The "Mansfield and Family" show features artwork by Deborah Mansfield, her husband, Jim Mansfield, her sons, a daughter-in-law, granddaughter, mother and brother.  


The exhibit, which opened Saturday, will be displayed through April 30 on designated Wednesday afternoons, or by appointment. 


Deborah Mansfield is well known as a faux finish painter, muralist and paint party facilitator. For this show, she displays a selection of black and white photography, as well as some new acrylic paintings and sculptures. 


Jim Mansfield is a noted landscape architect, designing and building residential and commercial projects for more than 30 years as a partner in the McDugald-Steele Landscape Architecture firm in Houston, Texas. After selling his business interest in 2006, he and Deborah searched for a retirement spot with a beautiful golf course, small town living and proximity to a university. West Point proved a perfect fit. 


A graduate of Ohio State University, Jim currently teaches in the Landscape Architecture Department at Mississippi State. He is an accomplished watercolorist and excels at plan graphics. His works in the exhibit include some of his paintings and architectural plans. 


Sons Brian and Steven Mansfield are represented in the show, as are Brian's wife, Brooke, and daughter, Olivia. Brian is a drill sergeant in the U.S. Army, stationed at Ft. Leonard Wood in Missouri. 


Steven Mansfield is a recent graduate of the Louisiana State University Landscape Architecture program and now an associate with the Jeffrey Carbo Landscape Architecture firm in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. His work is pen and ink and colored pencil with an imaginative take on creatures and people.  


Deborah Mansfield's mother, Sandy Huff of Ohio, completed her first painting at age 72. It is included in the exhibit. 


Steve Huff, Mansfield's brother, is a family physician in Columbus, Ohio, who began painting in his 30s. He captures quiet moments on canvas with oil paints, often with unusual viewpoints. He and his sister plan painting trips to New Orleans throughout the year. 


West Point is lucky to have attracted Deborah and Jim Mansfield to the area, said Kathy Dyess of the West Point/Clay County Arts Council.  


"Generous spirits, both share their expertise and talents, and we thank them for joining us," she remarked. 


The Louise Campbell Center for the Arts at 235 Commerce St. will be staffed on specified Wednesdays from 1-4 p.m. in March and April for visitors to see the show. For more information, or to schedule a tour of the exhibit, contact Dyess at 662-494-5678.



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