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DATE: Tuesday, August 11, 2020
LOCATION: Virtual Meeting Online
ADDRESS: Members will be notified
If you’d like to be a guest to watch our August online artist demonstration, email on or before August 10 to get instructions on how to join our online meeting.
TIME: 6:30 PM

Photo below is award-winning porcelain artist, Vixon Sullivan, who is featured at our July 2020 meeting demonstrating the making of a porcelain magnolia.


Award-winning porcelain artist Vixon Sullivan demonstrated how to create one of his signature magnolias on 7/14/20 at 7 PM. Vixon has several accomplishments, which includes a collaboration with sculpture artist, Ben Watts, to create the bronze statue of slain civil rights activist, Vernon Dahmer erected in December 2019 at the Forrest County Court House. Vixon is a Trustee and Past-President of SMAA. We were delighted to have him demonstrate as a featured artist during our July meeting.

Photo below is award-winning artist, Whitson Ramsey, who is featured at our November 2019 meeting demonstrating drawing techniques.


Join us Tuesday, Nov. 12 for a drawing demonstration by award-winning artist Whitson Ramsey. Whitson has a vocational degree in Graphic Design and a Bachelor’s in Fine Arts with a focus in Drawing and Painting from the University of Southern Mississippi. He was born and raised in Jackson, Mississippi and currently lives in Hattiesburg. He was recently selected to exhibit in the prestigious 2019 National Juried Painting Exhibition; there were 454 entries from all over the US, only 46 artists were chosen to exhibit. Visit his website at

In Whitson’s own words, “there was never a point in my life where I didn’t find intense joy in creating things. Growing up, I always took art classes in school but that creative energy spilled into my outside life too. I was in high school when I decided I wanted to take the risk of being an artist as a career rather than just as a hobby.

I incorporate a variety of mediums in my work but I suppose for simplicity’s sake, I mainly use oil paint and charcoal. I like the malleability of those materials because they allow you to constantly work and rework the surface in their own unique ways. My work always remains in some state of progress. I enjoy seeing every step of my process all in one piece. This method is tricky yet exciting. I constantly have to argue with myself when deciding whether a piece is “too finished” or “not enough.”

The inspiration for my art comes from a variety of areas be it other art, music, or movies. But above all, my biggest inspiration is the human connection I share with the people in my life. I paint people who mean something to me, and for that I don’t think I will ever run of out subject matter.”

The meetings are at the Ben McNair Community Center at 300 N. 12th Ave. Please see the meeting details at the top left of this page for more information.






Artist Demonstration 1-14-2020

Join us at our January 14 member meeting for a live art demonstration by Renee King. She will show us a “Dirty Pour Acrylic” technique. Dirty Pour is a technique where all colors are added to a cup or container at the same time and then poured together to create an acrylic pouring paint effect, and instead of being mixed, the design results in separate paint colors applied at once. It’s a great technique that even beginners can try. The meeting is Tuesday, January 14, 2020 6:30 to 7:45. Ben McNair Community Center, 300 N. 12th Ave., Hattiesburg, MS 39401. Come in the front lobby and turn down the left hall.


The 43rd SMAA Annual Show

will be held on Saturday, December 14 at the Historic Hattiesburg Train Depot. The Public is invited to attend. We invite artists in South Mississippi to join SMAA, so we can invite you to enter our Annual Show. There will be $1500 in cash awards given at the show to members. The deadline to pay your membership dues is Wednesday, November 27, 2018. If you have questions, email Join us!


Paul Jackson Watercolor Workshop

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