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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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Construction has begun on the years-in-the-making Federal Transportation Enhancement Grant, the “Sidewalk Grant” to most of you.

A “surface improvement” grant, the work consists of ADA accessible sidewalk replacement, landscaping, wayfinding signage and other above-street work. This grant does not include sewer or water line replacement nor paving.

Phase one, now underway, includes the eastern sidewalk and associated lanes from BancorpSouth to just north of BankPlus. All work, including tearing out and replacement of the sidewalk, road narrowing (in some spots) and the foundation/formation of beds for landscaping (to be planted at the end of the entire project) will be completed in this area first. The western sidewalk, from The Pig & Pint to Sir Speedy comes next.

Phase two covers Old Canton Road from BancorpSouth to Glenway Drive. Phase three and four will cover wok on Fondren Place and Duling Avenue.

We will bring you a monthly email update. For more timely information, we will utilize our FRF smartphone app. Download the app for Apple or Android. Please make sure you enable push notifications.

Our family-friendly after-hours shopping and open house event, Fondren Unwrapped, is upon us!

The official kick-off to the holiday season presented by BankPlus, Fondren Unwrapped in the downtown Fondren historic district features a Bluz Boys holiday stage show on Duling Avenue plus…

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Boyd School. Image: JPS

This month, the City of Jackson is asking that we all join in a community-wide clean-up day.

There are many ways for everyone to be involved. From actively picking up trash on our streets to cleaning up a neighbor’s yard, becoming a part of a larger project or supplying water to those working, all of us can join in making a difference. Next weekend is the citywide push, but we would like to challenge you to become a part of our Fondren clean up by helping out at Boyd Elementary School this coming weekend.

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by Jim Wilkirson, FRF Executive Director

Last week on Thursday evening, the Mississippi Heritage Trust announced its biennial list of the “10 Most Endangered Historic Places in Mississippi” and bestowed one of this year’s titles on the “Fondren Neighborhood.”

Starting in 1999, the MS Heritage Trust has issued its list with the goal of raising awareness of some our state’s greatest treasures, hoping to protect, promote and eventually revitalize and restore the historic places named to the list. Since their initial listing, there have been a number of tremendous victories achieved by the awareness brought about by the Trust and many of these victories reside in Jackson with other notable listings around the state.

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The City of Jackson has called for residents to pitch and take part in a Jackson Work Day on Saturday, November 11 from 9 a.m. – noon.

Neighbors are being encouraged to freshen up their own property and to reach out to neighbors who may made need a helping hand maintaining theirs, too.

Focus areas include picking up trash, edging curbs, cleaning debris from streets, cleaning nearby stop signs and street signs and trimming landscape around those signs.
A roll-off dumpster will be available that day, likely at Smith-Wills Stadium, for large yard debris and other trash.

If a specific area around your property needs addressing and you need help accomplishing this, reach out to our office at 601.981.9606 or email Angie Noble, FRF special projects director, at angie@fondren.org.

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

“Fall” features recent works by Ann Seale and Thomas Wilson and opens October 5 from 5 – 8 p.m. with a free reception.

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Susan Wellington, Ginger Thomas, Sadako Lewis, Kim Whitt, Carolyn Busenlener, Randy H Jolly, Maureen Donnelly – Best of Show, Larry Singelton, Melanie Tucker, Sky Miles, Lisa Shive, Tom Joynt, Mike Wharton, Thomas Wilson and Betty Press. Not pictured: Ann Brunson, Carol Clark Hammond and Andrew McIntyre.

Congratulations to our 6th annual Cedars Juried Show award winners, chosen during the opening reception of the show on Thursday.

Awards were given in multiple categories and include:

Best of Show – Maureen Donnelly – “Pearl’s Cafe”

Mixed Media 
1st place – Randy Jolly, “Ghost Armadillo”
Honorable Mention – Ginger Thomas – “Sail Away”
Honorable Mention – Sodako Lewis – “Whisper”

Arts & Craft
1st Place – Andrew McIntyre – cup and saucer
Honorable Mention – Kim Whitt – “Forest Bathing”
Honorable Mention – Anne Brunson – “Natural Wonders”

Painting
1st Place – Thomas Wilson – “Mississippi River View”
2nd place – Carolyn Busenlener – “Forgotten, Remembered”
Honorable Mention – Larry Singleton – “Mama”
Honorable Mention – Lisa Shive – “Sausilito Dusk”
Honorable Mention – Carol Clark Hammond – “Off My Rocker”

Printmaking, Drawing, Pastel
1st Place – Mike Wharton – “Love Letters”
Honorable Mention – Melanie Mitchell Tucker – “Bottle in Mississippi”
Honorable Mention – Susan Wellington – “Back to the Barn”

Photography
1st Place – Tom Joynt – “Daydreamer”
Honorable Mention – Sky Miles – “5th Season”
Honorable Mention – Betty Press – “Oh, Tiptoes”

People’s Choice
1st Place – Neely Brunt
2nd Place – Mike Wharton
3rd Place – Beth Green Dean

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-two artists representing 28 Mississippi cities (plus a former Mississippian now residing in Austin, TX) were chosen for the show.

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, Tuesday – Friday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., and is sponsored by Jan and Lawrence Farrington and Butler Snow LLP.

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-two 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, Sky Miles, Lisa Paris, Bro Shambe, 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, Tom Joynt, 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 art 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.


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