Art show celebrates legacy of John P. Meek

Published 6:45 am Wednesday, March 13, 2024

City Grocery showcasing work of late artist
From YAC

In a harmonious blend of art and ambiance, City Grocery is showcasing the exquisite works of the late John P. Meek. A lifelong resident of Tallahatchie County, Meek left an indelible mark not only through his art, but also through his deep-rooted connections to the land and its traditions.

Born in 1959, Meek’s artistic journey was as diverse as it was profound. Specializing in the unique medium of waxed watercolor, he captured the essence of the South with unparalleled skill. But Meek was more than just a painter; he was a seventh-generation Delta horticultural farmer, an avid ancient artifact hunter and even earned the title of “crappie whisperer.”  

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He passed away following an automobile accident in 2023.

What set Meek’s work apart was his uncanny ability to convey the nuances of the land of his beloved town. His keen eye immortalized the play of shadows and light, the gentle undulations of the landscape, the ever-changing dance of clouds and the subtle hues that define the Southern experience. 

Meek’s pieces, finished with a meticulous cold wax/buff process, exude a luminous depth and richness of color that draws viewers into his world.

A hallmark of Meek’s work is his choice of framing. Handcrafted from barn wood, his frames echo the rustic charm of the landscapes he painted. Eschewing traditional glass frames, Meek’s preference for glassless framing allows his creations to breathe, inviting viewers to immerse themselves fully in the intricate tapestry of his art.  

The art show not only celebrates Meek’s artistic prowess, but also pays homage to his profound connection to Tallahatchie County. Each piece serves as a testament to the enduring spirit of the South and the legacy of a man who dedicated his life to preserving its beauty.

In commemorating the life and work of John P. Meek, this art show not only honors a remarkable artist but also celebrates the timeless allure of the South — a legacy that continues to inspire and captivate all who encounter it.  

The show was curated by family friend Clifton Clements Odom of Clements & Company, who hopes that sharing the works will bring healing to the family.  

The works are available for viewing during normal hours of City Grocery.