Artists and Exhibitors Sought for Arts Gallery

The picture is taking a little time to develop, but The Gallery at Vicksburg’s Cultural & Arts Center will be viewed clearly in a “soft opening” for invited guests on Thursday, Sept. 10.

The time is set: 5-7 p.m. So is the location. But since negotiating for the downtown storefront site was underway as the South County News was going to press, it hasn’t been revealed.

Nevertheless, artists are actively being solicited to submit their work for a juried review at the opening. Up to a dozen will be selected for their painting, sculpture, metallurgy, pottery, photography and more, to be featured at the opening event.

Currently over 60 members listed in the Vicksburg Arts Collaborative have indicated an interest in this endeavor, sponsored by the Downtown Development Authority. For months, about 10 have met regularly under the direction of Kathleen Hoyle, DDA director, to discuss shared goals for a gallery in town. That effort continues with newly-hired Arts Director Leeanne Seaver, who will work directly with artists at the gallery, as well as producing several other events annually.

Fine arts as well as space for performing arts events, readings, and musical performances are envisioned for the gallery space which is currently being planned for downtown Vicksburg. Interested artists in all areas of the arts should contact Seaver at as soon as possible.

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