FRF to host Holiday Ornament Auction

Fondren Renaissance Foundation will host its second annual 2017 Holiday Ornament Auction, the last installment of this year’s popular award winning Arts Series at The Cedars.

A silent auction formatted event, show and sale, the evening’s offerings will feature more than 125 one-of-a-kind ornaments created specifically for this event by artists and art patrons from around the state. Proceeds will benefit the ongoing restoration efforts of The Cedars and its expansive community arts and education programming.

Patterned after a similar event held annually in Oxford with the Yoknapatawpha Arts Council, the auction will be held November 16, at 6 p.m. and is free and open to the public. A cash bar and light refreshments will be available. The silent auction will conclude at 7:30 with the top bidders being announced. All of the ornaments have been hand crafted and donated by the artists. Parking is available at St. Andrew’s Lower School and a security crossing guard will be on hand for assistance. Winning bidders for the evening will be able to take their ornaments the night of the event and payment for each item must be made the night of the event as well. All items represent a wide range of holiday themes as well as price value.


Honorary Chair and featured artist for this year’s ornament auction is local artist and arts instructor Rosalind “Roz” Roy. With her studio located in the heart of Fondren, Roz’s work has captured the hearts of art patrons all across the United States. Known for her “heavenly designs,” Roz creates her work by focusing on self expression and life experiences through the mediums of clay, paint and other found objects to create sculptures, collages and paintings. Her lifelike renderings represent Southern folklore at its best.

Since her father’s passing in 2003, she began painting. She had always had an interest in art but his death propelled her to do more with her craft. So with the persistence of the International Organization on Artists and Disabilities (VSA), she began to perfect her craft in the form of painting and clay. She soon realized her quick and intuitive way of working with clay and since then, it has become one of her most fostering mediums of art, allowing her to teach others, especially children. A far cry from her days of her art being criticized in college, today, she can be found in her Fondren studio and the Jackson Public School system teaching those to find their own true self through art.

She is a member of the Mississippi Artist’s Roster and the Mississippi Craftsman’s Guild.

Roy’s spotlight one-of-a-kind ornament created expressly for this year’s FRF Ornament Auction is indicative of her heavenly designs and showcases her love for the art of folklore and storytelling.

For more information call 601-981-9606.


Refill Café is a developing organization, run by Jeff Good, that will open late this year.