Fondren Renaissance has announced the 2014 Cedars Juried Art Show. The 3rd annual installment will feature artist Jere Allen as esteemed juror.

An opening reception will be held September 4 from 5pm to 8pm and coincides with the monthly Fondren After 5.

Entries are open to all Mississippi artists, who may submit up to three works for consideration. Selection of accepted entries will be made by the art committee of Butler Snow LLP who maintains one of the finest art collections in the Southeast. The selection for top cash prizes and honorable mentions will be made by Allen.

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zdd14-logo-squareFondren will present the fourth annual Zippity Doo Dah® Weekend March 21 and 22, honoring Vietnam Veterans and raising money for Friends of Children’s Hospital.

Activities begin with Dancing in the Streets on Duling Avenue on Friday night and conclude on Saturday with a “Welcome Home, Vietnam Veterans” nighttime, patriotic parade throughout Fondren’s historic business district. The parade will feature the world-famous Sweet Potato Queens®, lead by Jill Conner Browne.

For Fondren to take this on, it’s an extraordinary honor,” said Jim Wiley, a Vietnam veteran who served in 1968, and is chairman of the All-American Service Veterans committee who brought this idea to Fondren’s Zippity Doo Dah® Weekend. Wiley said this will be a first-of-its-kind statewide effort to honor those who served in Vietnam.

Erik Hearon, a 40 year Air Force and Air National Guard veteran who rides with Mississippi’s Patriot Guard motorcycle group, will organize motorcyclists from across the state to help kick off the parade.

Fondren Renaissance executive director Jim Wilkirson said, “We are humbled by those who have served our country; they are the heroes of today. We, as a people, owe them our debt and gratitude. It is an honor to dedicate this year’s parade to their loyalty and service.”

Other events on Saturday include a Children’s Character Breakfast, the 2nd annual Color Me Rad 5k, Sal & Mookie’s Street Carnival and an arts & crafts marketplace throughout Fondren’s historic business district.

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The 2017 Cedars Juried Show has announced the artists selected to participate in the sixth annual show on September 7.

Selections were culled from all entries received and finalists were selected solely by juror, George Bassi, director of The Lauren Rogers Museum of Art in Laurel.

Eighty-one artists representing 28 Mississippi cities (plus a former Mississippian now residing in Austin, TX) are listed according to their hometown and include:

Arcola, MS – Park Neff
Bay St. Louis, MS – Michael Ramsey
Brandon, MS – Jonathon Berry, Neely Brunt, Jeremy Cawthon, Janice Dean, Laurel Schoolar
Canton, MS – Catherine Becker, Anne Brunson, Kay Shropshire Heller
Clinton, MS – Rick Anderson, Melanie Atkinson,
Flora, MS – Sherry Hager, Victoria Ramsay
Flowood, MS – Ginger Ford Thomas, Susan Wellington
Greenville, MS – Iris Mitchell, Melanie Mitchell Tucker
Hattiesburg, MS – Barbara-Ann Carver-Hunt, Sheri Hoem, Andrea Kostyal, Betty Press, Robert Schroder
Jackson, MS – Rhonda Blasingame, Stephanie Busbea, Lisa Busby, Maureen Donnelly, Meredith
Gonzalez-Fernandez, Sabrina Hagerman, Carol Clark Hammond, Patti Henson, Erin Hovanec, Gerard
Howard, Don Jacobs, Bro Shambe, Sky Miles, Lisa Paris, Mary Scott Shepherd, Lisa Shive, Larry Singleton,
Art Spratlin, Guy Stone Stricklin, Mike Wharton, Ty White, Bill Wilson, Thomas Wilson
Kokomo, MS – Karen Bennett
Lauderdale, MS – Gary Howse
Lexington, MS – Barbara Parrish
Long Beach, MS – Sadako Lewis
Louisville, MS – Susan Clark
Madison, MS – Paul Canonici, Beth Dean, Betty Jo Johnson, Leslie Saucier, Gay Simpson, Randall Teasley,
Kay Watts, Fred Wiggins
Moselle, MS – Kim Whitt
Ocean Springs, MS – George Ann McCullough, Jerrod Partridge, Joey Rice, Bryant Whelan
Oxford, MS – Andrew McIntyre
Pearl, MS – Alan Creel
Pearlington, MS – Carolyn Busenlener
Petal, MS – Mike Box
Raymond, MS – David Gulledge
Ridgeland, MS – Brandon Cartwright, Susan Cobb, Ginny Futvoye, Wanda Lowery, Elaine Maisel
Starkville, MS – Laurie Burton
Summit, MS – Anna Dancsisin
Vicksburg, MS – Randy Hayward Jolly, Mary Qasim, Lesley Silver
Yazoo City, MS – Benny Melton
Austin, TX – Heidi Pitre

The categories for this year’s competition are:  Paintings (oil, watercolor and acrylic); Printmaking, Collage and Drawing; Photography; Mixed Media (2D works) and Art & Craft (weaving, jewelry, ceramics, sculpture and 3D work). In addition to the works being chosen by the juror for inclusion in the show as well as top honors, there will also be a “People’s Choice” honor given this year so that all arts enthusiasts can take part in naming their favorite work.

An opening reception will be held September 7 from 5 to 8 p.m. at The Cedars.

The Cedars Juried Show is part of the Four Seasons of The Cedars Visual and Performing Arts Series and is free and open to the public. The exhibit hangs through September 22 and is sponsored by Jan and Lawrence Farrington and Butler Snow LLP.

We are pleased today to announce the 2017 Cedars Juried Art Show and the call for entries from Mississippi artists (Download the prospectus here).

The deadline to submit entries to the 6th Annual Cedars Juried Show is 11:59 p.m., Sunday July 30.

We are thrilled to have Mr. George Bassi, director of The Lauren Rogers Museum in Laurel, MS as our guest juror for this year’s competition.  Although basic guidelines are the same, this year’s entries will be divided into the following categories and chosen by Mr. Bassi for inclusion in the show as well as top honors in each category once installed.

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Futvoye and Walters’ works

We are pleased to announce the second installment of our 2017 Four Seasons of The Cedars Visual and Performing Arts Series.

“Spring” features recent works by Ginny Futvoye and MItchell Ammons Walters and opens May 11 from 5 – 8 p.m. with a free reception.

The exhibit hangs through June 2, 2017, Tuesday – Friday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

A portion of all of the proceeds from sales of artists’ work goes to the continuing maintenance and restoration efforts of The Cedars, Jackson’s oldest residential home circa 1840, which celebrated 175 years in 2016.

The Cedars is located at 4145 Old Canton Road.

The Clydesdales during a previous appearance in Fonden. Image: Paul Wolf

The Budweiser Clydesdales will make a record fifth appearance in Fondren during the May 4 Arts, Eats & Beats! A special thanks to Southern Beverage Company for bringing them back to the neighborhood!

The eight-horse-hitch will arrive at BancorpSouth’s Medical Center branch for the ribbon cutting of their new building at 5 p.m. on May 4 before making their way via State Street to Duling Avenue.

On Friday, May 5, two of the horses will return to the neighborhood for Cinco de Mayo celebrations.

The 2016 festival on the grounds of Duling Hall. Image: Frank Farmer

Fondren Renaissance Foundation, in cooperation with Capital City Beverage Company and Southern Beverage Company, presents the 3rd annual Mississippi Craft Beer Festival on the grounds of Duling Hall in Fondren on June 9, 2017. Get tickets here.

Over 100 beers will be presented for sampling by over two dozen breweries. Special emphasis will be placed on breweries within Mississippi and nearby bordering states with brewer representatives on hand to discuss their products and brewing methods.

As an added bonus, The Hustlers will play live on the festival grounds.

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Win a 2016 Honda Civic two-door Coupe LX-P CVT, generously donated by Patty Peck Honda.

Win a 2016 Honda Civic two-door Coupe LX-P CVT, generously donated by Patty Peck Honda and presented by Fondren Renaissance Foundation!

Tickets are $20 each (click to purchase) and a portion of proceeds raised benefits Friends of Children’s Hospital, serving Mississippi’s only children’s hospital, Batson, located in Fondren.

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“Mississippi’s Largest Outdoor Sale” happens Saturday, March 25.

Residents will host garage or yard sales (beginning at 7 a.m.) and businesses and churches across the neighborhood will participate (from 9 a.m. until) with sample, information pills sidewalk, visit this white elephant and scratch-and-dent sales.

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We’ve made some changes to the weekend normally reserved for Fondren’s Zippity Doo Dah® Festival and want you to save the date!

  • The Band U.S will perform at Duling Hall on Friday, March 24 at 9pm. Presented by Ardenland, this high energy group has an elaborate stage and lighting setup and a set list to match! Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door at
  • Back by popular demand will be the Fondren Flea, billed as the state’s largest flea market/garage sale. Area home owners and businesses will join together early Saturday morning to the delight of shoppers and bargain hunters from all across the state.
  • The annual Sal & Mookie’s Street Carnival, open to all ages, will include games, prizes and activities. From a jump zone and cookie walk to a dunking booth and eating contests, the carnival is located on the UMMC Green and admission is $2 per child.

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Fondren’s First Thursday, the monthly neighborhood street party held in Historic Downtown Fondren, will return on March 2, 2017 – with a twist.

Event organizer Ron Chane says a new system of alternating presenters each month will expand the depth of creativity of the two year-old event.

Included in this year’s FFT slate are three State Street Concert Series events presented by Sneaky Beans and Rooster’s, showcasing a headlining main stage act; the return of Fondren Renaissance’s Arts, Eats & Beats, a 15 year-old Fondren tradition; a special art-focused night helmed by the Mississippi Museum of Art; and FRF’s Fondren Unwrapped, on a new date, December 7. Three FFT “Throwbacks,” presented by Studio Chane, round out the year and will follow a structure similar to past year’s first Thursday events. Two of these, June and September, will offer vendors opportunities.

“This event has taken two years to reach its creative maturity,” says Chane, who will continue to guide and support the full roster of events for 2017. “This is still a positive night of people enjoying people, seeing our neighborhood from different perspectives. There will be an ebb and flow with much more variety. In short, something for everyone.”

The events for 2017 are:

• March 2 – State Street Concert Series presented by Rooster’s and Sneaky Beans

• April 6 – Fondren’s First Thursday Throwback presented by Studio Chane

• May 4 – Arts, Eats & Beats presented by Fondren Renaissance

• June 1 – Fondren’s First Thursday Throwback presented by Studio Chane

• July 6 – State Street Concert Series presented by Rooster’s and Sneaky Beans

• August 3 – End of Summer

• September 7 – Fondren’s First Thursday Throwback presented by Studio Chane

• October 5 – State Street Concert Series presented by Rooster’s and Sneaky Beans

• November 2 – Art Night presented by Mississippi Museum of Art

• December 7 – Fondren Renaissance’s Fondren Unwrapped presented by Bank Plus

This pop-up shopping event, presented by Fondren Renaissance, is just in time for Valentine’s Day (which is next Tuesday!)

Visit with these creatives and retailers in and around Fondren Corner for uniquely made gifts – and even grab breakfast along the way!

• Lo Lady Fashion has worked on some special jewelry for the occasion and will be at The Glass House in the lobby.

• Elizabeth Robinson’s SpiritHouseGlass has glass hearts and red cardinals at a special price.

• La Brioche Patisserie will offer three french macarons for $5 (also available in gift boxes of 6 and 12). Their featured cake is the Eve, which is a Grand Marnier infused chocolate cake layered with fresh strawberries and buttercream. Grab a croissant and coffee, too!

• Artist Ellen Langford will be painting live and offer some of her work for sale.

• Little Blue Stem will bring fresh flower arrnagements and will have applications for their Spring CSA.

• RoostWell will have more of the exclusive Ellen Langford Art Candles

• GlassHouse/RoostWell will have samples of Mouth Party Caramels (small batch caramels from our partner in Baltimore) and a few gift bags of the caramels to purchase.

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