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The October meeting of the Vicksburg Art Association is scheduled for Tuesday, October 14, 2003, at 7:30 pm. The meeting will be held at the historic Old Constitution Firehouse at the corner of Main and Openwood in Downtown Vicksburg.

The topic of this meeting is The River Project – inspired by George Ohr.

Keith Alford, David Lambert and Vidal Blankenstein present works inspired by the Tchoutacabouffa River where George Ohr gathered clay for his pots. There will be a slide presentation. These artists exhibited at the George Ohr Museum in Biloxi in 2002.

Constance Keith Alford

Alford graduated in 1965 from Randolph-Macon Women’s College and received the M.A. (1967) and M.F.A. (1972) from the University of Mississippi where she also taught for six years.

She was a Fulbright-Hays Exchange Teacher in Manchester, England, in 1972-73 and professor of art and humanities at Alcorn State University for twenty-one years. She is a long-time member of the Mississippi Art Colony and has exhibited widely throughout the state at the MS Museum of Art, the Meridian Museum, the Lauren Rogers Museum, and the Mississippi Pavilion at the 1984 World’s Fair in New Orleans.

She lives in Port Gibson and works mainly as a painter, venturing into clay sculpture and print making on a seasonal basis. She won the 2001 Sesquicentennial Art Competition at St. Peter’s Church, Oxford, MS. In 2002, she was invited to participate in ‘The River Project’ at the Ohr-O’Keefe Museum in Biloxi. In 2003, she initiated and curated the Port Gibson Bicentennial Invitational Exhibit with funding from the Mississippi Arts Commission and the City of Port Gibson.

She has shown her work in nationwide competitions and invitationals at Appalachian State University, Boone, N.C., and Marietta College in Ohio. She has had solo exhibits at the Buie Museum in Oxford, Northeast Louisiana University, Randolph-Macon Woman’s College in Lynchburg, Virginia, Jones Community College and Gulf Coast Community College. Her paintings are in many private collections as well as the R-MWC Collection of American Art, Maier Museum, Lynchburg, Virginia, and Trustmark Bank and the Peat Marwick Collection in Jackson.

David Lambert

For over 25 years, Lambert has lived and painted in Mississippi. The state's rich literary legacy has enriched his paintings by giving him an acute appreciation for the power of "narrative" both verbal and visual.

Through use of black undertones and outlines, Lambert spins ordinary objects into exaggerated narratives. At first glance these ordinary objects appear somewhat playful and cartoon-like, creating a gamut of emotions in the viewer from smiles and "warm fuzzies" to an eerie feeling that leaves their complex meaning up for interpretation. These paintings and sculpture are independent objects and at the same time a part of a larger whole. They have a past, a visual family tree by which you can trace the story of their influences. Lambert's work is about one's personal need to participate in the exploration, questioning, discovery and amazement of everyday life and survival.

Lambert's paintings are unmistakable in their use of bright primary colors, bold outlines and funhouse perspectives. His painting surface is also distinctive in that he works on wood, which still possesses its individual textural quality. The texture of the wood surface and his composition and subject matter meld to create unique visual experiences.

Lambert’s art has been exhibited around the country and in museums and art centers such as the Mississippi Museum of Art, Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, Memphis Center for Contemporary Art, George E. Ohr Art Center and the Meridian Museum of Art. His paintings are also in the collections of the Morris Museum of Art (Augusta, GA) and the Ogden Museum of Southern Art (New Orleans.)

Museum Collections
Morris Museum of Art, Augusta, GA

Ogden Museum of Southern Art, New Orleans, LA

Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art, Biloxi, MS

Meridian Museum of Art, Meridian, MS

Delta State University, Cleveland, MS

Museum and Art Center Exhibitions
2002 Meridian International Center, “True Colors: Meditations on the American Spirit,” group exhibition, Washington, DC, New York, NY, Atlanta, GA, Instanbul and Ankara, Turkey

2002 Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art, “The River Project,”

Eight-person group exhibition, Biloxi, MS

2002 Meridian Museum of Art, one person exhibition, Meridian, MS

2000 Meridian Museum of Art Small Works Invitational, Meridian, MS

1999 Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art Fall Show, Biloxi, MS

1998 Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art Fall Show, Biloxi, MS

1997 Mississippi Museum of Art Invitational, Jackson, MS

1995 Domestic Disturbance, group exhibition,

Delta Axis Contemporary Arts Center, Memphis, TN

1992 Brooks Biennial Exhibition, Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, Memphis, TN

1992 Art and the Law, nationally touring exhibition sponsored by

West Publishing Company

1990 Mid/Year Exhibition/Part One, group Exhibition,

Memphis Center for Contemporary Art

2003 “Retrospective 1983 – 2003” Delta State University, Cleveland, MS

2001 “Household Objects” One person exhibition, Bryant Galleries, Jackson, MS

2000 One Person Exhibition, Southside Gallery, Oxford, MS

2000 One Person Exhibition, LeMieux Galleries, New Orleans, LA

1998 More Than a Glance, group exhibition, Blue Spiral 1, Asheville, NC

1998 One Person Exhibition, LeMieux Galleries, New Orleans, LA

1998 25th Annual Bi-State Exhibition, Meridian Museum of Art, Meridian, MS

1997 Images, one person exhibit, Bryant Galleries, Jackson, MS

1997 Atlanta Collects – Contemporary Southern Art from Atlanta Collections, ArtWalk, Atlanta, GA

1996 Pop Goes the Icon, Group exhibit, ArtWalk, Atlanta, GA

1996 One Person Exhibition, LeMieux Galleries, New Orleans, LA

1994 Salon International, juried exhibition – Daniel Greene, Juror,

Mississippi Arts Complex, Jackson, MS

1994 One Person Exhibition, LeMieux Galleries, New Orleans, LA

1993 Three Person Exhibition, Bryant Galleries, Jackson, MS

1993 Spotlight on Georgia Artists XII, group exhibition, Atlanta, GA

1992 One Person Exhibition, Working Space Gallery, Memphis, TN

1992 One Person Exhibition, LeMieux Galleries, New Orleans, LA

1992 Seattle Art Expo, Robischon Gallery, Denver, CO

1991 Small Sculpture Show, Robischon Gallery, Denver, CO

1991 18th Annual Bi-State Exhibition, Meridian Museum of Art, Meridian, MS

1990 Two Person Exhibition, LeMieux Galleries, New Orleans, LA

1988 Group Exhibition, 121 Millsaps Avenue Gallery, Jackson, MS

1988 15th Annual Bi-State Exhibition, Meridian Museum of Art, Meridian, MS

1988 Collages and Paintings, One Person Exhibit,

Chimneyville School of Crafts and Design, Jackson, MS

1987 Fifth Annual Maine, Maritime Flatworks Exhibition,

University of Maine, Presque Isle, ME

1987 Ninth Annual Mississippi Juried Exhibition, Hattiesburg, MS

1986 Eighth Annual Mississippi Juried Exhibition, Hattiesburg, MS

Awards and Recognition
2001 Mississippi Arts Commission Fellowship Recipient

1998 Achievement Award, 25th Annual Bi-State Exhibition, Meridian Museum of Art

1997 Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters Visual Arts Award nominee

1995 Mississippi Arts Commission Fellowship Recipient

1989 Awards in the Visual Arts, National artist award Nominee, sponsored by

Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art

Vidal Blankenstein

A strong sense of drama is evident in Blankenstein's work, as she weaves figures and objects in and out of lightness and darkness with energetic brushstrokes. Evoking a contemplative mood, the paintings on board and paper explore the relationship between emotional and physical environments. Lambert describes Blankenstein's work as "southern gothic internal narrative."

Lambert and Blankenstein's paintings complement each other well. While the artists retain separate styles, Lambert commented that they share "a strong love of narrative." Blankenstein believes her appreciation for a story well told comes from her background in Natchez. Lambert credits his childhood fascination with comic books reinforced by his moving to Mississippi where he "got a healthy dose of what story telling really was."

Blankenstein's work is represented in permanent museum collections of the Ohr-Okeefe and Meridian Museum of Art. Her work has been shown in galleries and museums including The National Arts Club in New York City, the Arkansas Arts Center and New Orleans Contemporary Arts Center.

The Vicksburg Art Association meets monthly and offers Spring and Fall Exhibitions, workshops, and Youth Exhibitions. Most meetings are held in the historic Constitution Firehouse.

There is no charge for attendance at the meetings and the public is encouraged to attend. For more information, call 638-9221 or visit the website



The Vicksburg Art Association is hosting its Twenty-third Annual Mississippi Exhibition October 25-October 29, 2003. All artists at least 18 years old who are VAA members or residents of Mississippi are invited to participate.

Competitive Awards

Best-in-Show will be awarded $500. Ribbons will be awarded to 1st place, 2nd place, 3rd place, and Honorable Mentions in each category according to the discretion of the judge.

Purchase Awards:

Purchase awards are being pledged by individuals, businesses and organizations in the community. Approximately 20 were awarded last year.

Rules of Entry

1. Entry fees are $10.00 for current members and $25.00 for non-members. Those who want to join or renew their membership may pay the $10.00 entry fee if they also pay the $15.00 membership fee.

2. Each artist may enter a total of three (3) pieces in the following categories:


3. Flat work must not exceed 48 inches by 48 inches, including the frame, and 75 pounds. All work must be framed, with no exposed glass or raw edges, and ready for hanging (with screw eyes and picture wire only - no sawtooth hangers.) An entry label should be attached to the back of each piece in the lower right corner.

4. Three-dimensional work must not exceed 48 inches by 48 inches and 100 pounds. An entry label should be attached to each piece in an appropriate spot.

5. All work must be original to the entering artist, not more than 2 years old, and not have been shown in a previous VAA competitive show. Copies of other works will not be accepted, nor will anything made from commercial kits, molds, or designs.

6. All work must be for sale. A 15% commission will be retained by the VAA on all sales, including the Purchase Awards. Payment will be made to the VAA, which will issue payment to the artist.

7. All work must be hand delivered to the Constitution Firehouse Gallery, Main and Openwood Streets, according to the schedule. No work will be released prior to the official closing of the show.

8. All precautions will be exercised in the handling of art submitted to the show. However, the VAA assumes no responsibility for any work beyond that of normal good care and will not be responsible for work that is not picked up during the scheduled times. Work left beyond final pickup day will be subject to a $1 per day fee.

9. The VAA reserves the right to photograph work for publicity purposes, to refuse any entry and to reassign categories.


Oct. 18, Sat........Registration: 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Oct. 20, Mon.....Registration: 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Oct. 25, Sat.............................Reception: 8:00 p.m.
Oct. 26 Sun.........Show hours: 1:00 p.m - 4:00 p.m.
Oct. 27, Mon....Show hours: 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Oct. 28 Tue......Show hours: 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Oct. 29, Wed.....Show hours 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
(all work must remain in show until 4p.m , Wed. Oct. 29)
Oct. 29, Wed..............Pick-up 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Nov. 1, Sat.............Pick-up 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.*

*Work left beyond this date will be subject to a $1 per day fee.

For more information call 601 638-9221




September meeting

When: Tuesday, September 9, 2003 at 7:30 pm

What: "A Retrospective of Works by the Founders" -
including art by Caroline Compton, Yvonne Brunton; Elizabeth Pajerski; Jane Campbell; Lewis Lassiter; Hall Whitaker; Frank Logue, and Jim Daughtrey. Some art will be available for purchase.

Included in the evening is a special feature . . . 'Tales of the Firehouse' by Tully Hall, Grey Ferris, Mary Frances Daughtrey, and Jean Blue. And if you have a 'tale' about the Firehouse you can share it too!

You will not want to miss this opportunity to reminisce and celebrate. And while you're making plans to join the fun - please consider renewing your membership or joining if you have not been a member! Our organization depends on individuals, businesses, and corporations to support the active arts community so vital to our quality of life here in Vicksburg.


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The VAA offers art-related programs and/or speakers. Throughout the year workshops in varied art disciplines are held. Competitive exhibtions of work by regional artists are hosted. Most of these events are held at the Old Constitution Firehouse Gallery located at the corner of Main and Openwood Streets


About the Firehouse

                        The VAA is fortunate to have as its headquarters one of Vicksburg's first firehouses. This building has been designated as a Mississippi Landmark by the Department of Archives and History. The Old Constitution Firehouse is believed by the Archives and History Department to be the most intact Victorian fire station in the state.

It was built in 1870 as the second house for the city's first volunteer fire company and later housed the first paid company.

  The building retains the central stall, barracks room, cupola, and bell which was used to call the volunteers.

  The presence of the fire station made the Openwood - Main Street area one of the most desirable residential districts in Vicksburg before 1876.



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