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Flattmann, Melton and Lawrence and Jan Farrington

After 30 years in the chemical industry, Oxford’s Benny Melton has found his first love again. After hearing his name called last night at The Cedars 2nd annual Juried Art show, Melton found himself a winner, taking away the grand prize. “This is a fantasy for me,” he said on the front porch of The Cedars. “I can’t believe my name is getting called.”

His piece, an oil on canvas work, is titled “Though the Transition” and speaks of his life. “It’s everything in my studio I have collected over thirty plus years,” he explained of the painting. “You see books and materials, even the original pastel set (art professor) Sammy Britt made us buy at Delta State in the fall of 1976 when I was a student there. That’s a little bit of me in every one of those things.”

Esteemed juror, pastel artist and New Orleans native Alan Flattmann says he chose Melton’s piece out of all eighty-three for its composition and paint handling. “It’s the intimacy of it,” he said of the work. “You took something very ordinary and made an exciting piece.” Flattmann said it was an honor to judge the show and that he was impressed by the quality of the 2D and 3D works. “I just wish there were more awards to give out.”

A Yazoo City native, Melton said he entered the juried show over the summer after meeting Jerrod Partridge, a Fondren artist and Fondren Renaissance board member. Melton and Partridge were both attending an artist talk and show at Ole Miss when Partridge shared a link to Fondren. Melton thought it would be a great opportunity to expand his reach beyond the University of Mississippi campus where he is in the masters program.

When next summer’s call for entries rolls around, it seems Melton may be the biggest cheerleader for participation. He says, “If you don’t give it a try, you’re missing great opportunity that’s promoting Mississippi artists. It’s very important in our community…we have to get art out and establish value for what we do. We need (art) now more than ever.”

Other winners in the 2nd annual show presented by Fondren Renaissance and sponsored by Jan & Lawrence Farrington were: 2nd place – Janice Neil Dean; 3rd place – Susan Russell; 4th place – Paul Fayard; Honorable mentions – Diane Bryan, Becky Pate, Victoria Ramjes and Andrea Kostal.

symphony13_eltaFondren Renaissance is pleased to announce the 13th annual Symphony at Sunset with a very special guest of honor this year. “A Highland Fling at The Cedars” will feature the full Mississippi Symphony Orchestra and will honor Elta Livingston. Elta is Fondren’s longest native resident and was recently featured in Find It In Fondren’s summer magazine.

The British themed evening is set for September 19 at 7pm and will feature selections for everyone in the family, from Monty Python to Harry Potter, The Beatles to 007 and music from Jesus Christ Superstar. A bag piper will open the evening and Symphony conductor Crafton Beck will lead his orchestra in a free concert, a gift from Fondren Renaissance to the community. Last year’s attendance was well over 2,000!

You’re encouraged to bring blankets and chairs and a picnic supper to enjoy under the canopy of 200 year-old cedars and a “starlit” sky.

If you would like to take your picnic to the next level, reserved tables complete with dinner and drinks are available through corporate sponsorships.

The Cedars is located at 4145 Old Canton Road near the intersection of Meadowbrook Road and I-55 North and convenient parking is available across the street at St. Andrew’s Lower School.

This evening is made possible through the generous underwriting of our corporate sponsors allowing this performance of the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra to be free and open to the public as it has been from its beginnings in 2001.

For more information on this evening concert or to reserve a seating table with dinner, please call the Foundation office at 601.981.9606.

flattmann2Renowned artist and New Orleans native Alan Flattman will serve as juror of the second annual Four Seasons of The Cedars Juried Art Show in September 2013.

Although accomplished in oil and watercolor, erectile Flattmann has become best known for his work in pastel. In 1987 Watson Guptill published his book The Art of Pastel Painting. His work is also the subject of two additional books; Alan Flattmann’s French Quarter Impressions and The Poetic Realism of Alan Flattmann. A new book, medical  An Artist’s Vision of New Orleans: The Paintings of Alan Flattmann, is due out next spring.

As well as receiving numerous awards and honors during the course of his career, Flattmann has been featured in numerous art books and magazines such as Plein Air, American Artist, The Pastel Journal, Pastel Artist International, Watercolor, Southwest Art and the French magazine Pratique des Arts. His work has also been shown in over 60 solo exhibitions and included in major group exhibitions in the USA, France, Spain, Columbia and Taiwan. In addition, his paintings can be found in the public collections of: The Butler Institute of American Art, New Orleans Museum of Art, Ogden Museum of Southern Art, Oklahoma Art Center, Longview Museum of Art, Mississippi Museum of Art, Lauren Rogers Museum of Art, St. Tammany Parish Justice Center and Alton Ochsner Medical Foundation.

Hosted by Fondren Renaissance and art enthusiasts Jan & Lawrence Farrington, the September 5 Juried Show at The Cedars will welcome submissions from all over the state in various mediums including painting, photography, sculpture, glass and wood.

Each artist may submit up to three works in any medium and cash awards will be given for first, second, third and fourth places; first place receives $1,000 and all accepted work must be available for sale.

The opening reception is September 5, 5pm until 8pm and the show will hang through September 30 at The Cedars, 4145 Old Canton Road.


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