Outlook: Vicksburg Art Association holding Members Exhibition

Published 4:00 am Sunday, March 20, 2022

Talent is abundant in Vicksburg, and it’s evidenced during the Vicksburg Art Association Members Exhibition.

The event showcases a variety of artwork, including oil and watercolor pieces to graphic design and printmaking.

Randy Jolly, president of the VAA, said all those who are 18 years of age and older and are members of the association are invited to participate.

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“This is a members-only show,” Jolly said.

However, for those who are not members, but would like to participate, all they need to do is become a member by paying the $20 membership fee.

Jolly said he is excited about the upcoming show.

The VAA hosts two shows a year, he said, one being the Mississippi Exhibition Show, which is held in the fall and open to anyone across the state, and the spring membership show.

“It’s always exciting to see our members showcased,” Jolly said. “It’s always something new and something interesting. I find the work is usually very fresh and exciting.”

Jolly said some of the art pieces in the show may have come from a novice who doesn’t paint regularly or a professional. Jolly is also excited, he said, to be bringing back the VAA Members Art Show. For the past two years, it was not held due to the pandemic.

“We have just been celebrating all year that we can get back together and enjoy each other,” he said.

Serving as the judge for the VAA Members Exhibition is Ron Lindsey.

“He is out of Clinton and is one of Mississippi’s best painters. He has taught both adults and children,” Jolly said, adding he is now retired and just paints.

In addition to oil, watercolor, graphic design and printmaking, submission categories for the exhibition also include acrylic, three-dimensional, photo: monochrome, photo: color, drawing, fiber, mixed media, digital imagery and fine craft.

“We have also added a special category, which is 4×4 miniatures. I am really excited about that. I am waiting to see what I come up with. The smallest I usually work with is 24×30,” Jolly said, adding he is excited about the category because it will put people out of their element.

Competitive awards for the exhibition include Best of Show — $200; second place – $75 and third – $50.

There will also be first, second- and third-place People’s Choice awards chosen by those in attendance at the opening reception, which will be held on April 23 at 6 p.m. for purchasing patrons and at 7 p.m. for the general public at the Constitution Firehouse Gallery, 1204 Main St.

The exhibition will continue from 1-4 p.m. April 24; from noon-4 p.m. April 25; from noon-6 p.m. April 26 and from noon-4 p.m. April 27.

“The Members Exhibition a good camaraderie in the sharing of work,” Jolly said

For a complete listing of rules for entry, visit the VAA’s Facebook page, call 601-415-0934 or email rjolly@mc.edu.

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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