CATEGORY: Alcorn County

AUTHOR: SUMMER

Renowned artist's print to be unveiled in Corinth Friday

CORINTH - The public is invited to a ceremony Friday to unveil a Keith Rocco oil painting commissioned by the Siege and Battle of Corinth Commission.

The painting, "Decision at the Crossroads, Corinth: October 4, 1862," depicts a battle scene set between the old Tishomingo Hotel and the railroad crossroads, said Commission Chairman Rosemary Williams.

Limited editions of the painting will be available beginning Tuesday. There will be 500 signed and numbered prints offered at $150 each.

Rocco is one of the most respected artists painting today, according to the book, "On Campaign, the Civil War Art of Keith Rocco," by Peter Cozzens and D. Scott Hartwig. Rocco's work has been featured on many magazine covers.

His paintings hang in every collection of historical art in the United States and in prestigious institutions abroad. Rocco lives and paints in the Shenandoah Valley in Virginia.

The ceremony will be at 12:30 p.m. at the parking lot at the intersection of Cruise and Jackson streets at the future site of an interpretative exhibit. In the event of rain, the ceremony will be moved to the Curlee House, three blocks north on Jackson Street.

Guest speaker Stacey Allen, historian with Shiloh National Military Park, will describe the painting.

- Jane Clark Summers

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