May 29, 2010 9:14:00 PM
JACKSON -- Karen Jamison of Columbus has been commissioned by The New York Society for the Preservation of Mississippi Heritage to do an original art piece for the 31st Anniversary of the Mississippi Picnic in Central Park. The theme for this year''s event is "Celebrate Mississippi," and signed and numbered prints of Jamison''s original artwork will be on sale at the picnic June 5.
Jamison''s work is recognized by collectors for their whimsical expressions and for the personality she brings to life on canvas. She studied art at Abilene Christian University in Abilene, Texas, and has been painting for many years. Her pieces are sold in specialty stores in Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana and Texas. Her art also hangs in homes in Milan, Italy, and Paris, France, among other places.
Karen will travel to New York to participate in this year''s event and to personally sign prints. The proceeds of the sale of the prints will go back to The New York Society to fund future picnics.
The first New York Picnic took place in 1979, when a small group of native Mississippians living in New York had a strong desire to improve the perceptions of both regions in regard to one another. This annual event is a way for those residing in the New York area to connect with Mississippi. Every Mississippi governor since 1979 has attended the event, and Gov. Haley Barbour plans to be part of the program this year.
In addition to artists, there will be blues music, fried catfish and hushpuppies and a heap of southern hospitality on tap for the 2,000-plus participants expected in Central Park.
To order a print, contact the artist at 662-574-0026. The print size is 24-by-36 inches; the cost is $50. The prints will also be on sale at Oxford Floral in Oxford and at The Chalet in Columbus.