What a fun show!  Ridgeland Fine Arts Festival brings amazing artist from all over the US to our neighborhood.  With the local flavors of food, music and hospitality, the artists are treated to a wonderful taste of the deep South.  Each year we are given the work of the artist selected to represent the festival.  From this work, we create glass pieces combining colors, dichroic glass and sepia iron oxide imagery.


It was our honor this year to work with a piece from Ellie Ali (NY, NY).  Learn more about Ellie and enjoy her work @ EllieAli.com.

The process starts with understanding the artist’s work and then, considering glass, imagery and the need to make several awards.  WorkingTheImage3

Most shows give ribbons.  RFAF has chosen since the first year to give a custom glass award.  The look on the artists’ faces!  I am so honored to have a part. And then to win an award…well, you get it.


New Fondren After 5 – Artist Invitation

Fondren After 5 February

(Application: fa5-application-FINAL)

HERE’S the WORD from Fondren Renaissance Foundation – LINK for APP is above & below:

We are excited to bring you a brand new Fondren After 5, always first Thursdays in Fondren. After experiencing a lull in recent months, several businesses here have teamed up to revamp what will soon be a mega-platform of foot-traffic for all artisans, designers, crafters, dreamers, doers and thinkers, as well as great organizations to set up and sell or display.

There is a vetting process and all participants will need to be approved by Fondren Renaissance. You are being sent this email because we hope you will consider being a part of these events.

Simply fill out the form attached and send back to us. Upon approval, you will be asked to provide a one-time annual vendor fee for Fondren After 5 of $10.
Remit this payment to the Fondren Renaissance office (suite 101 on the first floor of Fondren Corner) or to SWELL-O-PHONIC / Wilåi.

Once approved, we will ask that you register with us each time so that we can best assign spaces, though you won’t need to pay a fee going forward for Fondren After 5 (additional fees will apply for other Fondren events and you must obtain written permission to set up for these.) This process will help us to offer a better selection of vendors at this event versus allowing re-sellers to set up as in the past. Spaces are available inside and in front of Fondren Corner as well as in the lobby of Rainbow Plaza at present.

We will be generating a grassroots advertising campaign with color posters throughout Fondren and the Jackson area that will also feature highlighted events that will take place during each month’s event. We will also be spreading the word through print advertising, social media and multiple broadcast emails from several different sources. Every month will bring a new variety of activity and increased foot-traffic. Simply put, this event will become a mega platform for all to showcase their talents and organizations.

We look forward to seeing you there.
Find It In Fondren™

Application: ( fa5-application-FINAL)


2012 Inaugural Juried Art Show


FRF Show

Opening Reception, Thursday evening, September 6, 2012, from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.  Join the Fondren Renaissance Foundation for this widely anticipated juried show sponsored by art enthusiasts Jan and Lawrence Farrington.  Entries were received from over 100 artists statewide amounting to nearly 300 works to be considered for this year’s juried show.  The selection process was governed by MS native and internationally acclaimed artist, William Dunlap.  The final selections for this show resulted in an extremely powerful and diverse show of nearly 100 hanging and 3D works.  Awards for “Best of Show” will be given during the Opening Reception.  Sponsored in part by Mint Julep Catering and Cabot Creamery, this is one evening you will not want to miss.  All works included in the exhibition will be for sale and the show will hang in The Cedars Gallery through October 3. 2012.  The Inaugural 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 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.  Gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday, 10-4.  For more information on this exhibit or The Cedars, fondren.org.