“What’s up, DAC?” DeSoto Arts Council’s Annual Member Appreciation Reception

Last night Nicki and I went to the DeSoto Arts Council’s Annual Member Appreciation Reception at the Banks House (564 W Commerce Street, Hernando).

The Banks House is the future home of the DeSoto Arts Council. DAC will be taking over the bottom floor of this old southern mansion.

Nicki and I have driven by the house several times (it’s located next to the DAC’s smaller Art House) but this was our first time to visit it.

After enjoying some BBQ, sweet tea, and banana pudding we walked around the grounds behind the mansion.

They’ve got lots of plans for the grounds and gardens, but Nicki and I were able to have fun taking shots with what’s already there.

We made our way inside and were amazed by the space. Very high ceilings, hardwood floors, and lots of rooms.

In one of the front rooms the DeSoto Camera Club had a great exhibit of photos taken around the mansion- lots of great detail shots.

There is still a lot of renovation left to do, but I’m glad we got to see it before it’s completely re-done.

Some really great architectural details in just about every corner.

After walking around the mansion I so want to do a Halloween art show here at the Banks House!

Maybe not this year- too much going on this October with the wedding and all, but maybe next year we can put something together with DAC

I’m really looking forward to seeing this space come back to life.

This is an amazing space and will be a great new home for the DeSoto Arts Council.

If you get a chance be sure to stop by the DAC Art House and see the Spring show- “Spring Into Art“.

I hate to see the old Art House go, but am excited to see DAC get a new home. Thanks to Vicky Neyman and all of the DAC members and volunteers.

Art is alive and well and growing in Hernando!



Lin has been an artist and screen printer in the t-shirt industry for over 25 years and was a graphic artist designing monuments for 5 years. Lin is the creator of the web-comic Scared Silly and was co-creator of the self-published comic book series Bushi Tales (with Pencil Neck Studios partner Dave Beaty). He currently runs a geek travel blog and cartoon site- HaveGeekWillTravel.com. Lin has also done his fair share of freelance art for clients such as Coca-Cola, the Memphis Riverkings (CHL), Topps, Kevin Paige (CD cover art), 96X, and Rock103.. Lin has done mural work for Pancho’s, McDonald’s and Fitzgerald’s Casino, and his artwork has also appeared in The Memphis Flyer, Commercial Appeal, Airbrush Action Magazine, Amazing Figure Modeler, Stargodz (comic book with Conquest Studios), on Rock103 (Wake Up Crew web comic) and The Outdoor Channel’s websites, the MSCA (Mid-South Cartoonists Association) comics It Came From Beneath The Drawing Board and Overdrawn and Underwritten, in author Christa Michael’s first book – Ramblings With Redde: Why Does My Life Seem Like A Bad “B” Flick?, and Comic Geek Speak’s CGS:The End comic. Lin was a volunteer for the Memphis Ronald McDonald House, and an artist and scare-crew member for the Haunted Web Of Horrors charity haunted house (which benefited Youth Villages). He was named the Memphis Ronald McDonald House’s Special Events Volunteer of the Year in 2001, and again with RMH ‘A-Team’ and Nightmarez/HauntedWeb.com co-horts Patrick French and Todd Patton in 2002. He was awarded the “Superman Of Metropolis” award as a guest artist at the 2005 Metropolis Superman Celebration, and was the Artist Guest Of Honor at ShadowconXIII in 2009 and in 2012. He has also won two M.A.R.S. (Memphis Area Radio Stations) awards for writing and voicing radio commercials, and was awarded a 2012 President’s Volunteer Service Award by Volunteer Northwest Mississippi, a volunteer center of the Community Foundation of Northwest Mississippi, in conjunction with the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation and the Corporation for National & Community Service. Lin served as the President and Vice-President of the Mid-South Cartoonists Association (MSCA) for 4 years and 9 years, respectively. He is currently a member of the MSCA and DeSoto Arts Council in North Mississippi. He is married to Nicki Workman, and has 3 cats- Jarael, Harley Quinn, and Lex.

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