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Exhibit to open at Firehouse Gallery

The Vicksburg Art Association will kick off its spring member’s artist’s exhibit during a reception at the Old Constitution Firehouse Gallery. The free event will run from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday, May 6, and the theme is Kentucky Derby.

“Everyone is welcomed to join in the fun, so think big hats and cocktail attire for the reception,” VAA’s fall and spring show chairman Mary Kaylin Gray said.

Submissions for the exhibit will be accepted from 2 to 4 p.m. today and from 4 to 6 p.m. Monday at the gallery, 1204 Main St., Gray said, and rules for entry include a $15 fee for current members.

Those who want to join or renew their membership will need to pay the $15 entry fee plus a membership fee, she said.

Artists must be 18 years or older and may submit a total of three pieces in the show. Art pieces can be entered in 13 categories, which include acrylic, digital imagery, drawing, fiber graphic design, mixed media, oil, photo, color photo, monochrome, printmaking, three dimensional and watercolor.

Serving as the judge for the spring show is Jamie Tate.

Tate was the recipient of a Professional Development Grant by the Mississippi Arts Commission in 2009, and was invited to participate in the Florence Biennale in 2011 and 2013. She has served as National Art Chair for the National League of American Pen Women for five years and is currently serving a two-year term as Ethics Chair for that organization.

Cash prizes will be awarded to Best in Show with $200 going to 1st place, $75 to 2nd and $50 to 3rd. Ribbons will be awarded to 1st, 2nd, 3rd and Honorable Mentions in each category according to the judge’s discretion.

Prizes will also be awarded to 1st, 2nd and 3rd place pieces that most creatively use the Kentucky Derby theme to inspire their art piece, Gray said.

The VAA artist’s exhibit will continue to run from noon to 6 p.m. May 8 and 9 and from noon to 5 p.m. May 10.

In addition to the exhibit, artist Bill Jackson will serve as the guest speaker during the VAA’s monthly meeting scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. May 9 at the gallery. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit vicksburgartassociation.org.

About Terri Cowart Frazier

Terri Frazier was born in Cleveland. Shortly afterward, the family moved to Vicksburg. She is a part-time reporter at The Vicksburg Post and is the editor of the Vicksburg Living Magazine, which has been awarded First Place by the Mississippi Press Association. She has also been the recipient of a First Place award in the MPA’s Better Newspaper Contest’s editorial division for the “Best Feature Story.”

Terri graduated from Warren Central High School and Mississippi State University where she received a bachelor’s degree in communications with an emphasis in public relations.

Prior to coming to work at The Post a little more than 10 years ago, she did some freelancing 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 the Crawford Street United Methodist Church. She is a lifetime member of the Vicksburg Junior Auxiliary and is a past member of the Sampler Antique Club and Town and Country Garden Club. She is married to Dr. Walter Frazier.

“From staying informed with local governmental issues to hearing the stories of its people, a hometown 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 will be able to continue to grow and hone in on my skills as I help share the stories in Vicksburg. When asked what I like most about my job, my answer is always ‘the people.’

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