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Harry Griffith Toys at WCU

 Hattiesburg, Miss., November 30, 2012 - The Sarah Ellen Gillespie Museum of Art at William Carey University will host a reception to celebrate the opening of an exhibit featuring toys crafted by Harry Griffith of Columbia on Tuesday, December 4, from 5-6 p.m. The exhibit will be on display December 3-19.

Griffith has been making wooden toys for the past 40 years. He attended Mississippi State University, majoring in manufacturing with minors in accounting, economics, and finance. In 1969, he found a small giraffe puzzle that sparked his interest in the craft of wooden toys. Soon after, he founded Woodstock Toys, and eventually exhibited in every major art market in the United States, including the original Michigan Craft Guild Shows in 1972 and the original Mississippi Craftsmen Guild Show.

Realizing he needed further training in art, he studied at The University of Southern Mississippi under Jim Reed and later attended the New Orleans Academy for the Arts, studying under Auseklis Ozols. Griffith now limits his toy productions to one of a kind. His signed and dated productions are sold at only one show and online.

The art community and general public are invited to view the exhibit during regular museum hours, 1-4 p.m. Monday-Friday. Special appointments may be made by calling 601-318-6107. Admission is free.
 

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Pictured is one of the toys crafted by Harry Griffith, a professional toymaker and owner of Woodstock Toys in Columbia, that will be on exhibit at the Sarah Ellen Gillespie Museum of Art at William Carey University December 3-19. The general public is invited to view the exhibit during regular museum hours, 1-4 p.m. Monday-Friday. Special appointments may be made by calling 601-318-6107. Admission is free.