Artist Council

CARE’s Artist Council was created to bring awareness to the arts and artists in our community. Below you will find information on each member and links to their websites, if available. Many of them also have work available in our gift shop. Stop by to check it out!

Artist Council Members


Ray Branch

Ray is a resident of Charleston. He is pastor, online instructor, and a creator of various works such as wooden Santa Christmas ornaments and Easter bunnies, wooden spoons, and more. He is currently working on various nativity scenes.

Isabelle Hays

Isabelle is a long time resident of Charleston, MS. She loves to paint local scenes of not only Tallahatchie County, but from her various travels. She paints in oils, in plein air, as well as in the studio.

Pam Locke


Debbie Myers

Debbie discovered her passion for watercolor while pursuing a degree in Graphic Design at Arkansas State University. It wasn’t until retiring to Oxford, MS in 2009 that she was able to focus on her art full-time. She is a member of the MS Plein Air Painters, Plein Air South, and Oxford Artists’s Guild. She enjoys sharing her passion of watercolors by teaching aduct watercolor classes through the Yoknapatawpha Arts Council.

Linda Peters

Linda is a self-taught artist who has painted for as long as she can remember. Her favored medium is oil, which she uses to great effect in her bold, brightly toned canvases.

Born and raised in Mississippi, she currently resides in rural Oxford, Mississippi. She is the founder of  Mississippi Plein Air Painters and an active member of both the Oxford Artist’ Guild and Gallery and Oil Painters of America.  She most recently illustrated the children’s book, Farzana’s Journey: A story of the land, water, and people.

Jason Williams

Jason is a photographer and watercolorist living in Charleston, MS. He picked up a camera in 2006 and built a business around it. He is a self-taught artist and is still growing. His favorite medium is watercolor. You can usually find him reading a book, cooking, painting, or hiking in the woods around his home.

Donald Wood

Donald is originally from Washington D.C., but is now a resident of Charleston, MS. He is a veteran of the United States Air Force, and was a college art major. He enjoys painting landscapes, portraits and still life.

Joey Young

Joey Young is a potter and painter located in the Mississippi Delta. His work exhibits regional influences shaped by the complicated coexistence of cultures steeped in blues music, agriculture, and religion. Joey’s creations include functional pottery, raw landscapes rooted in a pastoral realism and expressionistic figures portraying universal and regional alienation.