Wyatt Waters returns to Vicksburg

Published 7:30 pm Thursday, November 15, 2018

One of the holiday highlights for locals is a visit from Clinton artist Wyatt Waters.

For the past 14 years, Waters has been making his way to Vicksburg to sell and autograph his calendars, which feature watercolor prints of his artwork.

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This year was no exception as many made their way to Lorelei Bookstore on Washington Street Thursday, to purchase Waters’ 2019 calendar.

The idea to create a calendar, Waters said, came to him during a visit to a frame shop.

“I was going to Neblets to get glass, because I don’t cut glass, and two people were there with books, and they were cutting the books up and framing the imagines in the book. I thought it felt kind of close to book burning, which is a pretty bad thing and so I thought the way to get around this was to do a calendar with different images in it and they can cut that up,” Waters said.

That didn’t seem near as severe, he said, since at the end of the year a calendar, for all practical purposes is worthless.

And to make framing simpler, the images in Waters’ calendars are made to fit nicely in a standard size frame.

“I made it where you could put it in a 16×20 frame, which is the most common precut size,” he said.

The calendar is also printed on nice paper.

“When you work in watercolor you kind of become paper obsessed,” Waters said.

The images used in the calendars, Waters said, are new images.

“The images have not ever been used before in reproduction, they are new images,” Waters said.

Some years, Waters said, his calendars have had themes, but the 2019 calendar did not. The images are just of paintings he has done this year, he said.

The popularity of Waters coming to the River City has remained over the 14 years, Lorelei Bookstore owner Kelle Barfield said.

“I was really surprised when I got the store last year and people began asking at the beginning of November when I was going to get Wyatt’s calendars.”

Barfield, who purchased Lorelei Books from its previous owner Laura Weeks, said Waters’ autograph calendar signing event is something many of her customers look forward to attending.

“They either get it (the calendar) for gifts or they get it for themselves,” Barfield said.

And in addition to people loving his artwork, Barfield said, she thinks what makes the signing fun is the little extra special touch he adds to each calendar sold.

“He will ask ‘who is the calendar for’ and ‘is there anything special about them,’” Barfield said. If the person receiving the calendar likes to cook, “he will draw a little spatula or frying pan. He really goes beyond just autographing it and handing you a calendar,” Barfield said.

The Wyatt Waters calendar includes 13 original prints — one for each month as well as the back cover.

“This is a rare example of a calendar you can actually enjoy long after the year is over,” Barfield said.


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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