Attic Gallery celebrates 48 years in Vicksburg


For years, Vicksburg’s Attic Gallery has offered local and regional artists an outlet to display their talents and sell their work.

Friday, Oct. 4 from 7 to 9 p.m., the Attic Gallery¬†(1101 Washington St.) will be celebrating 48 years in the community with an art show themed “When it comes to family – it’s all relative.”

“On the day of the show in October, it’ll be 48 years that I’ve been here on the corner of Washington Street,” said gallery owner Lesley Silver.

The Attic Gallery in Vicksburg.

“So we are the oldest art gallery in the state that is still owned by the original owner, and we always celebrate by having a themed show every year.”

The gallery sets the theme and then invites artists to contribute with original works. The celebration culminates with an annual show where art patrons can meet the artists.

“There’s usually about 19 to 20 [artists], and they start creating,” Silver said. “We never know what’s going to happen, so it’s always fun to see what the outcome is.

“Someone dropped off a piece for the show today and to them the Attic is family. What the theme meant to them was that the Attic was their family and we’ve all been a part of it. So it’s celebrating community.”

The artists contributing this this year’s anniversary celebration are:

  • Rick Anderson
  • Lane Berg
  • Jean Blue
  • Blockhead
  • Rob Cooper
  • Lucie Cooper
  • Wendy Eddleman
  • Lynthia Edwards
  • DaNeal Eberly
  • Elayne Goodman
  • Randy Jolly
  • Ellen Langford
  • Keith Matthews
  • Patt Odom
  • Becky Pate
  • Susie Ranager
  • Lesley Silver
  • James Smithhart
  • Jamie Tate
  • Carol Zoerb

In addition to great art, Martin’s at Midtown owners, John and Lisa Martin, have donated time and beer for those who will be attending the event.

“The Martin’s called us and said, ‘We want to do something for your show.’ So they’re going to be here and giving beer away just because they wanted to be a part of it,” Silver said. “People also bring food. There’ll be wine and camaraderie.”

Artists play a huge role in making the city what it is, and the Attic Gallery hopes to show everyone what these local artists have to offer.

“You learn from looking at people’s art,”¬†Silver said. “You learn about yourself and your artwork so this is a learning experience.”

For more information about this event, contact the Attic Gallery at 601-638-9221, or visit the Gallery Facebook page.

“I think it’s people celebrating art,” Silver said. “It’s amazing that we’ve been able to be around this long and it’s just thanks to the support of everyone around us.

“We encourage people of all ages to come, because it’s just so much fun.”