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.
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