VAA allows local artists an outlet for their creativity

Published 7:34 pm Thursday, April 26, 2018

For more than 40 years the Vicksburg Art Association has played a vital role in the community.

From children and youth art shows to monthly educational workshops, the VAA offers artists and art lovers an outlet for their respective creative passions.

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This past weekend, students from all four of the local high schools participated in the group’s annual youth art show.

Jessie Long, a senior at Vicksburg High School was awarded first place, Best in Show with a rabbit sculpture.

Another of the VAA’s offerings is the annual VAA Members Exhibition, which is set to open May 5 at 7 p.m. during a reception at the Old Constitution Firehouse Gallery, 1204 Main St.

The exhibition will run through May 9 with specified viewing times.

VAA president and coordinator of the event Randy Jolly said this adjudicated art show is one that allows the community to celebrate its own talents as well as showcase the beauty of this community.

Those featured in the show, Jolly said, will include both seasoned professionals to those just beginning and everything in between.

The cost to enter the VAA Members Exhibition is $15 for current members and for those who want to join or renew their membership the cost is the $15 entry fee in addition to a $20 membership fee.

Art will be accepted from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 28 and from 4 to 6 p.m. Monday, April 30 at the gallery.

Pat Brown, who is a member of the art faculty at Delta State University, will serve as the judge for the show.

“Pat is an incredible artist in her own right and has worked in several media,” Jolly said.

Competitive awards for the exhibition will include Best of Show, first, second and third place.

During the reception, a People’s Choice award will be presented.

“This award is presented so that those who attend the opening get a chance to be a judge and maybe your favorite piece can be recognized,” Jolly said.

For more information and or a complete list of entry rules, call 601-638-9221, 601-415-0934 or email

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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