New Orleans author and painter Jax Frey recently moved his home and art studio to Natchez.
Frey is the author of the novels of Gumbeaux Sistahs. Due to his “little sights” mini-paintings, Frey holds the world record for most original acrylic paintings on canvas produced by a World Record Academy artist. Over 25,000 paintings have been created and sold in art collections around the world.
Frey said she started her move to Natchez about two months ago after looking for a place to “get away from hurricanes”.
It was her very first visit and the other places she traveled could not compare.
“I’ve been to a few other places, but they just haven’t worked for me,” she said.
Frey said maybe it was the proximity to the Mississippi River or the “lovely” buildings that reminded her of New Orleans, but “something about it felt like home.”
She is renovating a cottage-like house near Duncan Park, where she lives with her funny pug, Lucy. She has four children, Tony, Jessica, Erika and Lizzy, who are grown up and scattered across the country.
She added new figurines to her collection after a few places and things Frey saw in Natchez, including St. Mary’s Basilica, the Bandstand on the Cliff, Rosalie, the Horse-drawn Carriage, and Under the Hill.
These are now on sale at Darby’s and Silver Street Gallery and Gifts, as are her novels – which feature characters based on friends and interesting people she met during her encounters, she said. Frey said she spends a lot of time at Natchez Coffee Company, which has become her favorite writing spot.
“Obviously every writer must have a cafe to haunt and the Natchez Coffee Company has become my second home. I’m there every morning so if you see me stop by and say hello. But be careful or you might end up becoming a character in one of my books.
When not writing, Frey said she enjoys meeting many Natchez residents and shop owners, eating at all the restaurants she can and taking a production assistant course in Crooked. Letter Picture Company for finding books.
Frey said her first two novels in the Gumbeaux Sistahs series are set in Covington and New Orleans, two places where she has lived, and is working on a third book to be released this fall.
Frey said his fourth book will take place in Natchez, “so that more people can discover the charms of the city”.
In this series, “Five women from the South wage a hilarious war against the problems of one of their troubled sisters using their unlikely friendships, their evil genius plans, their so many cocktails and their shared passion for good okra, “Frey said.” The challenges that can arise in a woman’s daily life don’t stand a chance in the face of these five resourceful women. “
Gumbeaux Sistahs’ novels boast heartwarming and heartbreaking stories of friendship and unexpected shenanigans. They are available to order online at Amazon.com in print and Kindle versions and also at www.gumbeauxsistahs.com. Jax’s art can also be found online at www.artbyjax.com
Frey said she plans to support the community by also selling her work in local stores and is planning a local book tour in the fall.
“I’ve only been here about two months, but I fell head over heels in love with Natchez,” she said. “I totally agree to explore all that Natchez has to offer and offer whatever I can do to help my new city thrive. “