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Firehouse Gallery to feature Vicksburg native Pajerski’s artwork

Elizabeth Pajerski was a prolific artist.

The former Vicksburg native participated in a number of Mississippi art groups and her work is included in private and public collections in this country and abroad.

Pajerski worked in oil, watercolor, acrylic, pastel, pen and ink, charcoal, mixed media and printmaking.

“She felt the mastery of each enhances abilities in others and subject matter directs the artist in media,” director of Gore Galleries Randy Jolly said.

This weekend, some of Pajerski’s work will be up for sale at the Firehouse Gallery, 1204 Main St.

Jolly said Pajerski’s family left the bulk of her artwork to Mississippi College and after the Department of Art selected about 250 works to represent her in their permanent collection, the rest of the collection was to be sold with proceeds going to the Vicksburg Art Association and the Elizabeth Pajerski Endowment Fund at MC, which provides scholarships to young promising artists.

“Beth was an avid supporter of young talent. The family felt this was a great way to carry on her legacy,” Jolly said.

Pajerski is a graduate from Dodd College in Shreveport, La. She also studied at Howard Payne College in Brownwood, Texas; All Saints College in Vicksburg; Millsaps College in Jackson; Delta State University in Cleveland; the Santa Fe Contemporary Art Workshop in Santa Fe and the Positano Art Workshop in Italy.

Jolly said Pajerski also loved to travel and when she and her husband, Frank, went to places like Portugal, Ireland, the former Yugoslavia, and other places, she always carried several sketchpads and small watercolor pads and palette with her to make sketches when they traveled.

“One of their favorite places was the Isle of Madeira; the spot where Churchill once painted,” he said. “Elizabeth’s work is full of energy and life. It has been said that color was her forte.”

The art sale will run from 1 until 5 p.m. Saturday and from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday.

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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