Art, quilts on display in Wesson

Published 5:00 am Monday, June 4, 2001

WESSON — For the next two weeks, local residents will have thechance to enjoy special treats at the area banks and townlibrary.

The chamber of commerce is sponsoring quilt displays at CopiahBank and Trustmark Bank, along with an art display at thelibrary.

“It will give people a chance to see some of the talent ofWesson residents and it helps enhance Founder’s Day, which iscoming up next weekend,” said Marilyn Britt, a past president ofthe chamber helping organize the displays.

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About 20 quilts, made by local quilters, were set out Thursdayat the banks and will remain on display until June 15.

Many residents and bank employees were already getting excitedabout the displays as quilt owners brought the lavishly designedpieces of work in last week.

“There are really some interesting quilts with differentdesigns,” said Copiah Bank employee Vickie Byrd. “None of themreally look the same.”

Many bank customers were already stopping to admire the displaysas they were being set out, and bank employees expect the interestto grow.

“People just love to come in and look at the quilts. It attractsa lot of attention every year,” said Trustmark employee AnnaHartgraves.

Most of the quilts have information cards attached to letviewers in on a little of the interesting history behind eachquilt.

“We’ve got one quilt that was made in the early 1800s fromtobacco sacks,” said Copiah Bank employee Christine Greenlee.

On Founder’s Day, which is June 9, the quilts will be placednear the bank windows so visitors will have the chance to seethem.

The quilt displays are not the only appealing attractions thatwill be a delight over the next few weeks.

Several artists who have a Wesson connection will have some oftheir art work on display in the library.

People can stop by the library on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursdayduring June to see works from Gladys Stringer, Lene Hutson, PamWhitaker, Keith Tyson Jones, Tom Ross, Dorothy See, Janet Smith andPeggy Smith.

Assistant librarian Susan Alsbury expects plenty of interest inthe art display, which has been popular in years past.

“We see our traffic increase when we have art exhibits, andwe’ve already had people coming in asking about it,” she said.

The art display, along with a special display this month of oldtype writers, is something that people of all ages will be able toenjoy and appreciate, said Alsbury.