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Yalo Studio & Gallery

Yalo Studio is a working artist's studio and gallery located in the heart of downtown Water Valley, Mississippi. Sandwiched between an old-time grocery store and a flower shop, Yalo Studio inhabits a historic building roughly the dimensions of a boxcar ( 10' wide by 100' long) making it, in a very literal sense, a good fit for this old railroading town. Having been an old barbershop since the late 1800's until recently, what the Yalo Studio building lacks in size is recouped in character, history, and content.

Owned by Coulter Fussell, the back half of the studio serves as her personal painting and quilting studio while the front half of the building acts as a gallery for work brought in from around the world.

The Stories

Coulter Fussell was born and raised in Columbus, Georgia. She graduated from Ole Miss with a B.F.A. 

She currently lives in Water Valley, Mississippi with her husband, her young sons, her devoted dog, and trouble-making cat.

Coulter is a painter and quilter. She is also co-owner of YaloRun Textile Supply in Water Valley, Mississippi, a textile workshop and craft supply store, with partners Susan Cianciolo and Kiva Motnyk of New York.

Over lunch at the B.T.C. Old-Fashioned Grocery here one day last month — pear zucchini soup and cornbread madeleines — the women of Water Valley were talking demolition.

Coulter Fussell, 34, an artist and an owner of Yalo Studio, a gallery a couple of doors down the block on the town’s Main Street, favors a crowbar. Megan Patton, also 34, an artist, waitress and Ms. Fussell’s gallery partner, likes to use a hammer and a screwdriver. Erin Austen Abbott, 36, a photographer, gift shop owner, pop-up gallery impresario and travel nanny, doesn’t care what tool she uses, as long as she has company...

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Credit to: Penelope Green, The New York Times

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