Photo by Ashley Schutt

This Saturday the Vicksburg Art Association is hosting its 2024 Members Exhibition. This art show will be open and free to the public who are welcome to come. This competition will be judged with judges rating the over 140 pieces of art from over 40 artists.

“Plus there will be a people’s choice award,” said Ashley Schutt, Chairperson for the event, “You can pick your favorite work, and that person will also get a ribbon for that.”

This will be Schutt’s first event to host with the Art Association, taking over the role from Jim Biedenbach “who has been doing it for the last few years,” explained Schutt. “He was definitely still helpful in it.”

Visitors to the event can expect to be treated with various foods offered, including: “Focaccia, petit fours, fruit, veggies, brownies, mini lemon tarts, mini carrot cake cupcakes,” according to Schutt, with spiced chicken salad as well.

The event will also offer free alcoholic beverages. “Drink responsibly!.” Schutt stressed.

Much of the art will also be for sale. Schutt explained, “We open the doors at 6:00pm for those who are planning to purchase one of the paintings, so you can have a preview, and then for the general public, doors open at 7:00pm.”

For the results of the competition people will need to stick around. “We’ll go until, probably, 9:00 pm. We will give out the People’s Choice award and announce the Best in Show Winners around 8:30. Besides the individual categories, we have a Best in Show 1st, 2nd, and 3rd that the judges will have chosen which will be announced at the actual event.”

Though the judging will finish on Saturday, the Art Show will still be open to viewing on the 14th from 1pm-4pm, 15th 12pm-4pm, 16th 12pm-6pm, and the 17th from 12pm-4pm.

Schutt has had a lot of experience planning and coordinating at her job as Project Analyst at ERDC. When asked how Schutt has been enjoying the experience of planning this event, she replied, “It has been enjoyable because I enjoy doing this kind of event planning, so with an event of this size, it has been interesting to learn all the different intricacies of it.”