In the Fondren neighborhood of Jackson sits the oldest residential structure in the city. The Cedars, as it is now called, was built circa 1840, and was almost taken over by multi-residential development but was saved by the Fondren Renaissance Foundation in 2003. It became a community center and hosts a broad range of events, one of which is an annual series of four art shows. A new show was created this year and has proven to be one of the most successful exhibitions ever held at the Cedars with attendance to the opening reception estimated at over 500 people. The show, which was sponsored by Jan and Lawrence Farrington, is called The Cedars Juried Art Show, and it is intended to be an annual event.
The concept of the new show was to bring in high caliber work from artists around the state of Mississippi. This not only benefits the residents of Jackson who get to see the work but also benefits people throughout the state by introducing them to this unique neighborhood that has an incredible focus on the arts.
To set the high standard expected from this exhibition internationally acclaimed Mississippi artist William Dunlap was asked to jury it. He selected approximately 99 pieces from the 265 that were submitted. This represented 90 artists from across the state making for a very diverse and unique show. Dunlap also selected his favorite pieces from the group to receive cash prizes.
The exhibition only lasts through the end of September so get out there to see it soon. Gallery hours are Tuesday - Friday 10:00am - 4:00 pm.
Paul Fayard (Fourth place winner)
Laurilyn Fortner (Third place winner)
"Friday, Saturday, Sunday"
Oil on Canvas
John Gibson (Second place winner)
"Trees No. 3"
pen and ink
Heidi Pitre (First place winner)
"Her flame was about to go out"
Oil on canvas