With everything falling in place nicely, after the fire, the newly named Mississippi Art Colony swung into action right on schedule. A Spring workshop, just months after the fire, was led by Townsend Wolfe, and Alvin Sella. A Board of Directors was selected, a workshop Director, and a Treasurer. Lallah Perry was named temporary Director for this first workshop, and soon Bob Richerson became the official Director, serving faithfully and well for many years.
Large attendance at the workshops put a squeeze on Stafford’s accommodations, so the Blanks offered a small house for the painters’ use. It was immediately dubbed the Hen House, as a logical adjunct to The Chicken House studio.