Outlook: Attic Gallery hosting Walter Anderson’s daughter for 51st anniversary show

Published 4:00 am Sunday, October 2, 2022

The Attic Gallery will celebrate its 51st anniversary on Oct. 7, and after reaching a milestone last year, gallery owner Lesley Silver decided to title this year’s annual themed show, “Another Chapter.”

After celebrating 50 years last October, Silver said, one begins to ask themself what’s next and how can we follow that, and the answer she said she kept coming up with is “keep going.”

“People kept saying this is the time and how are things changing and everybody seems to be walking around in a little fog sometimes wondering, so I thought we are all coming to this, another chapter in our life. We now take vaccines, we have to be cautious, we wear protection and it just seemed like the right thing to do,” Silver said, in reference to the art show’s theme.

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Silver said her themed shows are always the most popular with the artists because they like to see one another’s interpretations.

“One of the things the artists love, is they love to see what the other artists are doing with the theme,” she said.

Initially, Silver did not have a themed show every year, but because she was constantly asked, “When are you doing your theme show?” she decided to make it an annual event.

Many of the artists who have participated throughout the years have also developed a following in Vicksburg and have become easily recognized, Silver said.

“Their names are recognized, and people can tell who did the art because of the way they do it,” she said, adding she feels this familiarity has broadened Vicksburg’s art perspective since they are seeing work from people in other places.

This year, in addition to many of the familiar names who will be participating in the art show, Silver said, Mary Anderson Pickard, daughter of well-renowned Gulf Coast artist Walter Anderson, has also submitted pieces for the show.

“She is really excited to be in the show,” Silver said.

Pickard has previously shown her work at the Attic Gallery.

“About 30 years ago, I had a show of hers and her son. They came here when they were doing the fundraising for the Walter Anderson Museum and we had a function at our house to raise funds and we did a show after that,” Silver said.

Since that time, Silver said, Pickard’s work has evolved, and her colors are now “more like her dad’s.”

The art show will run from 7 to 9 p.m. on the third floor of the gallery, which is also Silver and her husband Daniel Boone’s home, at 1101 Washington St.

Artists who have submitted works for this year’s show include Pat Abernathy; Daryl Anderson; Rick Anderson; Jean Blue; Rob Cooper; Tony Davenport; Elayne Goodman; Kennith Humphrey; Lucy Hunnicutt; Randy Jolly; Ron Koehler; Ron Lindsey; Vanda McCormick; George Ann McCullough; Patt Odom; Susie Ranager; Lesley Silver; James Smithhart; Jamie Tate and Kreg Yingst.

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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