Photo Exhibit Captures the Spirit of the Mississippi Delta | News

The work of Southaven native Michael Loyd Young was celebrated when it opened Friday night at the DeSoto Arts Council commemorating Black History Month.

Young’s photographic work for his book “Blues, Booze and BBQ” is on loan from the Delta Blues Museum in Clarksdale and will be on display until March 19 at the Hernando-based arts organization.

Randy Martin, chairman of the council’s board, said Loyd’s work is full of colorful characters and scenic Delta landscapes.

“We try to do something every February to commemorate Black History Month which is about the delta regions and music,” Martin said. “All that stuff is part of the Mississippi culture. We should all pay attention to it, learn it.”

Benecia Tuthill was thrilled to see Loyd’s photos on display and recalled her love for the Mississippi Delta.

“I was just in the Delta a few months ago, so it’s really fun to see the pictures of the things I saw,” Tuthill said. “It definitely captured the spirit of this area, the restaurants, the people, the scenery. There’s a (photo) there of a girl singing outside. It’s a great exhibit.”

The arts council’s new executive director, Ken Ludden, said he was pleased with the support from local art lovers in Hernando.

“It’s a great turnout because it’s early in the year, it’s cold and it’s set up pretty quickly,” Ludden said. “Tonight was just the preview night, the exhibition will be here for a little while.”

Ludden said the arts council hopes to host Young for an in-person appearance.

“It looks like Mississippi, the photos capture what Mississippi is like,” Ludden added. “Some people are buying his book tonight, which is good.”

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