Talent is abundant in Vicksburg, and it shows in the Vicksburg Art Association member exhibit.
The event showcases a variety of artwork including oil and watercolor pieces, graphic design and printmaking.
Randy Jolly, president of the VAA, said anyone 18 and older who is a member of the association is welcome to participate.
“It’s a members-only show,” Jolly said.
However, for those who are not members but would like to participate, all they need to do is become a member by paying the $20 membership fee.
Jolly said he was excited for the upcoming show.
The VAA holds two shows a year, he said, one being the Mississippi Exposition Show, which is held in the fall and is open to anyone statewide, and the spring members.
“It’s always exciting to see our members showcased,” Jolly said. “It’s always something new and something interesting. I find the work to be generally very fresh and exciting.
Jolly said some of the artwork in the exhibit may have come from a novice who doesn’t paint regularly or from a professional. Jolly is also excited, he said, to bring back the VAA Members Art Show. For two years, it has not taken place due to the pandemic.
“We just celebrated the whole year that we can get back together and have fun,” he said.
The VAA member show judge is Ron Lindsey.
“He comes from Clinton and is one of the best painters in Mississippi. He taught both adults and children,” Jolly said, adding that he is now retired and just paints.
In addition to oil, watercolour, graphic design and printmaking, submission categories for the exhibition also include acrylic, three-dimensional, photo:monochrome, photo:colour, drawing, fiber, mixed media, digital imaging and fine crafts.
“We have also added a special category, that of 4×4 miniatures. I’m really excited about this. I’m waiting to see what I come up with. The smallest I usually work with is 24×30,” Jolly said, adding that he was excited about the category because it will put people out of their element.
Competitive prizes for exhibit include Best of Show – $200; second place – $75 and third – $50.
There will also be first, second and third place People’s Choice awards chosen by those in attendance at the opening reception, which will take place on April 23 at 6 p.m. for buyers and 7 p.m. for the general public at the Constitution Fire house. Gallery, 1204 Main St.
The exhibition will continue from 1 to 4 p.m. on April 24; from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. on April 25; from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. on April 26 and from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. on April 27.
“Member exposure is good camaraderie in sharing work,” Jolly said.
For a complete list of entry rules, visit the VAA’s Facebook page, call 601-415-0934, or email [email protected]
About Terri Cowart Frazier
Terri Frazier was born in Cleveland. Soon after, the family moved to Vicksburg. She is a part-time reporter for the Vicksburg Post and editor of Vicksburg Living Magazine, which was awarded first place by the Mississippi Press Association. She was also the recipient of a first place award in the editorial division of the MPA’s Better Newspaper Contest for “Best Feature Article”.
Terri is a graduate of Warren Central High School and Mississippi State University where she earned a bachelor’s degree in communications with a major in public relations.
Before coming to work at the Post just over 10 years ago, she freelanced at the Jackson Free Press. But for most of her life, she enjoyed being a full-time stay-at-home mom.
Terri is a member of Crawford Street United Methodist Church. She is a life member of the Vicksburg Junior Auxiliary and was a member of the Sampler Antique Club and the Town and Country Garden Club. She is married to Dr. Walter Frazier.
“Whether it’s staying informed about local government issues or hearing the stories of local residents, a local newspaper is vital to a community. I have felt privileged to be part of a dedicated team at the Post throughout my tenure and hope that with theirs and with local support, I can continue to grow and hone my skills while helping to share the stories in Vicksburg. When people ask me what I love most about my job, my answer is always “the people”.
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