Outlook: Sampler Antique Club holds raffle to support Vicksburg Art Association

Published 4:00 am Sunday, November 14, 2021

In novel “A Tale of Two Cities,” Charles Dickens begins his story with, “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…”

In some ways, this could describe the past year. The pandemic has brought much heartache and loss, but in its wrath, there have also been moments of heroism and generosity shown to those in need.

The Sampler Antique Club’s members saw a need brought on by COVID-19 and decided they would hold a raffle, with proceeds benefiting the Vicksburg Art Association.

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“Because of how COVID affected the arts, this (proceeds from the raffle) is their gift back to the arts through the art association,” VAA president Randy Jolly said, adding Vicksburg Woodworks donated the tickets used for the raffle.

Jolly said the VAA board was honored the club chose to support them and is appreciative of their efforts.

The item being raffled is a watercolor still life of daisies and fruit painted by well-known Mississippi artist Wyatt Waters.

Waters, who is described as an impressionist-style artist, has had works exhibited at the Mississippi Museum of Art, the Municipal Art Gallery, the Meridian Museum of Art, Gulf/South Galleries in McComb and Bryant Galleries in both Jackson and New Orleans.

Jolly said Waters painted the still life during one of the Sampler Antique Club’s meetings.

“He did the watercolor via Zoom for one of the Sampler Club’s meetings during COVID,” Jolly said. “This was the first time he had painted via Zoom, and he (Waters) said he really enjoyed it and thought it was very successful.”

Jolly said the painting is already framed, and he estimated its value at around $1200.

Tickets for the raffle are $10 and are available from Sampler Antique Club, VAA members and at the Attic Gallery, 1101 Washington St.

They will be on sale until Dec. 3 with the winner being announced at 8:45 p.m. that night during the VAA annual Christmas gala.

The gala will run from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Old Constitution Firehouse Gallery, 1204 Main St. and the theme is “A Masked Ball.”

In addition to the winner of the raffle being announced during the gala, Jolly said the event will include a silent auction, which will run from 7 to 9 p.m. Tickets for the VAA gala are $30 and a cash bar will be available. The dress code is black tie optional. For more information on the gala or raffle tickets, call 601-415-0934.

During the VAA’s November meeting, members worked on making their masks for the gala.

Jolly said, “I brought masks and lots of glitter and sequins and beads and buttons and stuff and they hot glued their mask they will wear.”

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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