In the novel “A Tale of Two Cities”, Charles Dickens begins his story with “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times …”
In some ways, that could describe the past year. The pandemic has brought a lot of grief and loss, but in his anger there have also been moments of heroism and generosity to those in need.
Members of the Sampler Antique Club saw a need aroused by COVID-19 and decided they would hold a raffle, the proceeds of which would be donated to the Vicksburg Art Association.
âBecause of how COVID has affected the arts, this (the raffle proceeds) is their gift to the arts through the arts association,â VAA President Randy Jolly said, adding that Vicksburg Woodworks donated the tickets used for the raffle.
Jolly said the VAA board is honored that the club has chosen to support them and appreciates their efforts.
The raffled object is a watercolor still life of daisies and fruit painted by renowned Mississippi artist Wyatt Waters.
Waters, who is described as an Impressionist-style artist, has exhibited works at the Mississippi Museum of Art, the Municipal Art Gallery, the Meridian Museum of Art, the Gulf / South Galleries in McComb, and the Bryant Galleries in Jackson and the New Orleans.
Jolly said Waters painted the still life at one of the Sampler Antique Club meetings.
âHe did the watercolor via Zoom for one of the Sampler Club meetings during COVID,â Jolly said. “It was his first time painting via Zoom, and he (Waters) said he really liked it and thought it was very successful.”
Jolly said the painting was already framed and estimated its value at around $ 1,200.
Tickets for the raffle cost $ 10 and are available from the Sampler Antique Club, members of the VAA, and the Attic Gallery, 1101 Washington St.
They will be on sale until December 3, and the winner will be announced at 8:45 p.m. that night at the annual VAA Christmas gala.
The gala will be held from 7 pm to 10 pm at the Old Constitution Firehouse Gallery, 1204 Main Street and the theme is âA Masked Ballâ.
In addition to announcing the raffle winner at the gala, Jolly said the event will include a silent auction, which will run from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tickets for the VAA gala cost $ 30 and a cash bar will be available. The dress code is the optional black tie. For more information on gala or raffle tickets, call 601-415-0934.
At the VAA’s November meeting, members worked on making their masks for the gala.
Jolly said, “I brought masks and a lot of sequins and sequins and beads and buttons and other stuff and they hot-glued their mask that they’ll be wearing.”
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-in-chief of the 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 competition for “Best Report.”
Terri is a graduate of Warren Central High School and Mississippi State University, where she received a bachelor’s degree in communications with a focus on public relations.
Before working for The Post a little over 10 years ago, she worked as a freelance writer for 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 the Crawford Street United Methodist Church. She is a life member of the Vicksburg Junior Auxiliary and is a past member of the Sampler Antique Club and the Town and Country Garden Club. She is married to Dr Walter Frazier.
âWhether it’s staying informed on local government matters or hearing the stories of its 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 I hope that with theirs and 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 âpeopleâ.
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