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Mississippi Celebrates Small Business Saturday
Mississippi is celebrating Small Business Saturday in a BIG way this year. The shopping holiday, ...
Mississippi is celebrating Small Business Saturday in a BIG way this year. The shopping holiday, held on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, serves as a counter-part for Black Friday and Cyber Monday, which can sometimes have an emphasis on big box retailers or e-commerce. Small Business Saturday encourages shoppers to invest in local, smaller-scale businesses. We’ve compiled a list of some of Mississippi’s small businesses from each region. Many of these enterprises are also active on Mississippi’s Etsy page. To join Mississippi Creatives on Etsy, click here.
Taylor Arts - Reclaimed wood furniture, sterling silver jewelry, acrylic paintings, photos, and painted wood fish handmade by Christine Schultz and Marc Deloach, a husband-and-wife team of award-winning artists in Taylor, Mississippi.
Rip it Up! Vintage - Rip It Up!, located in Water Valley, Mississippi, is the brainchild of two longtime artists and musicians who believe great vintage finds should be available to everyone--whether they have time to drive the Mississippi back roads looking for it or not. With new inventory weekly, Rip It Up! aims to offer the best vintage style offered in Mississippi.
Paisley Pineapple - Paisley Pineapple of Olive Branch, Mississippi, offers unique gifts and precious collectibles. The store carries many items - from decorations and other aesthetic pieces - to clothing, jewelry and much more.
The Caron Gallery – Located in Tupelo, Mississippi, Caron Gallery represents a diverse group of talented artists from the state of Mississippi, and aims to provide these artists with a platform for their works of art.
Small Pond Graphics - Devoted to developing unique and creative storytelling tools in both words and pictures, Small Pond Graphics works primarily with small business start-ups, non-profits, community development, event and cause-driven campaigns. The Small Pond Graphics print shop is located in Starkville, Mississippi.
Kingfisher Designs - Metalsmiths Don & Louise Coulson use ancient techniques to create hollowware, flatware and jewelry in pewter, bronze, copper, silver and gold, known for the colors developed with flame, fluid or fumes.
Uninvented Colors – Fine art and portraiture by Sara Montague Miller in Ocean Springs, Mississippi, features sessions for weddings, babies, families, maternity and more.
Korpita - Featuring colorful, happy art of Rebecca Korpita - light-hearted paintings, Glicee prints of coastal beach seashore life, women and friends, houses, dogs, cats, old things and quirky things.
Skinners Muddspinners - Husband and wife team, Shane and Gina Skinner, make wheel thrown functional pottery from their home in Lucedale, Mississippi.
Smith & Lens – Art Gallery, photography and jewelry store located in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi.
LoLadyFashion - Lo Lady Fashion of Jackson, Mississippi, offers whimsical wearable art handcrafted into pendant necklaces. Each necklace is created from 80-100 year old images, restored under glass cabochon pendants.
D+P Home Furnishings – A design build firm working in the metro-Jackson area, offering modern, handcrafted furniture.
Ginger Thomas Designs - Ginger Thomas is a self-taught artist inspired by nature, the ocean, rivers, wood and rust. She incorporates these into each painting to express her love for nature while using heavily textured materials to create depth.
Sunday Rookery – Environmental scientist and mother of two, Joy, crafts custom kidswear and jewelry from her Jackson, Mississippi home.
Fresh Ink – Custom made and personalized stationary, invitations, greeting cards, napkins, cups, purses, jewelry and more based in Jackson, Mississippi.
Cat Head Delta Blues & Folk Art – This store is your one-stop shop for everything Mississippi blues. Located in the heart of historic Clarksdale, Mississippi, Cat Head offers books, recordings, paintings and other art mediums related to the blues culture.
Turnrow Books – Greenwood, Mississippi’s premier bookstore is the place to find Southern classics and signed new arrivals. Independently owned and operated by Mississippi author Jamie Kornegay.
Mississippi Gift Company – The largest collection of Mississippi made items available anywhere, Mississippi Gift Company carries more than 750 food and gift items handcrafted by more than 150 Mississippi gourmet food companies, entrepreneurs and artists. The company offers their items via catalogue, website, or at the retail location in Greenwood, Mississippi.
For more information on Mississippi's Creative Economy, click here.
Cyber Monday - Best Mississippi Travel Deals
Don’t miss your opportunity to find the best deals on Mississippi travel this Cyber Monday! ...
Don’t miss your opportunity to find the best deals on Mississippi travel this Cyber Monday! We’ve collected deals from around the state, which will continue throughout the week. Save on hotels, bed and breakfast packages, shopping, golf, dining and more.
Military Monday, VIP shopping trips, fishing and charter boat packages, hotel discounts and BOGO dining options are among the many Cyber Monday savings you can find here.
Look for savings on Natchez’s top-rated getaway packages: girlfriend getaways, romantic getaways, and golf and seasonal packages here.
Many local hotels are offering discounted rates and packages, including shopping, golf and more package deals, here.
Whispering Woods Hotel and Conference Center is offering a special rate for one to two guests. The special includes complimentary hot breakfast and access to the grounds amenenities. The coupon can be accessed on the Whispering Woods website by searching "Olive Branch" and entering the hotel name, or by visiting travelcoupons.com.
Wrap It in Ridgeland: Book a "Sleigh & Stay" overnight package and receive savings at Ridgeland retailers here.
Tanger Outlets and Holiday Inn Southaven are teaming up to offer the Shop n' Save Hotel Package, which includes one night accomodations, a Tanger coupon book, two drink coupons and a breakfast for two. This deal can be booked at hisouthavenhotel.com or by calling 662-349-0444.
Annabelle Bed and Breakfast in Vicksburg is running a Christmas Dream Escape special, including a two-night stay, sull Southern breakfast and romantic dinner. Find more info on the Vicksburg getaway here.
7 Mississippi Holiday Food Traditions
It’s no secret – in the South, we do things a little differently. The holidays are no ...
It’s no secret – in the South, we do things a little differently. The holidays are no exception. Below we’ve compiled a list of some Mississippi holiday foods we consider beloved traditions, while the rest of the world may think them unusual. We hope you’ll be inspired to think outside the box(ed potatoes), too!
1. Cornbread dressing
No Southern Thanksgiving meal is complete without a side of cornbread dressing. What makes dressing different from its Northern counterpart, stuffing, has to do with the baked, stale and crumbled cornbread used to make the dish. The cornbread is wetted with stock before it’s cooked, and boiled eggs, onion, celery and sage are typically added to complete the dish.
2. Pear salad
This vintage recipe is making a reappearance around holiday tables across the South. Canned pear halves are filled with mayonnaise and freshly grated cheddar cheese. In some recipes, the completed pears are topped with a cherry.
3. Black eyed peas and greens
Nothing else will do on a Mississippi New Year’s Day. This tradition is said to bring good luck for the rest of the year. Black eyed peas are simply salted and simmered with bacon fat. Greens can be cooked a number of ways, but recently this recipe for ale-braised collard greens with smoked ham hock was featured as one The New York Times’s Thanksgiving Recipes from across the United States.
4. Pecan pie
With trees found in backyards across the South, pecans are easy to come by and pair well with super sweet corn syrup, lots of butter and vanilla, and eggs. Served warm with a dollop of vanilla ice cream, this classic recipe is part of every Mississippi Thanksgiving spread.
5. Shrimp and grits
On Christmas Eve, many Gulf Coast Mississippians make shrimp and grits the main course. Traditionally, tender shrimp and spicy sausage are served over buttered grits, made from ground corn, topped with a savory, creamy sauce. Although not usually considered a “holiday” dish, this meal is quickly becoming a Southern Christmas tradition.
6. Pimiento cheese
Many Mississippi families dine on a spread of appetizers on Christmas Day, and pimiento cheese finger sandwiches are common fare. The simple spread is composed of grated cheddar cheese, mayo and jarred pimientos. It’s usually spread onto white bread and cut into finger sandwiches, or used as a dip for crackers. In Mississippi, it’s considered a Southern classic!
7. Lime sherbet punch
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This holiday drink is made from only two ingredients – lime sherbet and ginger ale. The sherbet gives the sparkling soda a creamy, cold consistency, and the bright color is sure to liven up any party.
For more information on Mississippi culinary culture, visit our Food and Drink page.
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Mississippian Competes on Food Network Series
Starkville native Mark Coblentz, 12, will make his debut on national telelvision as he competes on ...
Starkville native Mark Coblentz, 12, will make his debut on national telelvision as he competes on Tuesday night’s episode of the Food Network’s Chopped Junior.
The show features junior chefs, ages 9 to 15, competing in a series of food challenges for the ultimate title of Chopped Junior Champion. The competitors are each given a basket of mystery ingredients, which they must incorporate into a complete dish given to the judges.
Coblentz’s episode will air Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2015 at 7 p.m. CT on the Food Network. Check out some of his answers to our questions below!
When did you first start cooking?
I started cooking when I was about two or three. It was simple, just getting an egg out of the fridge to help make cookies or adding in a little sugar to help make homemade rolls. It slowly morphed over time to where I was making my boxed macaroni and cheese by myself. Then slowly it morphed to being able to make full-on meals. I realized I enjoyed cooking when I was about 10.
What was the very first thing you cooked?
The very first thing I think I ever made on my own was chocolate covered marshmallows. I dreamed up the recipe, melted the chocolate in the microwave and put it all together. I was about eight or nine at the time.
What are your favorite ingredients to use?
I like to use any kind of meat or seafood. A favorite is lamb, shrimp or venison. I like using wine in sauces and to deglaze pans.
What’s your all-time favorite dish to cook?
That's probably going to be my donuts. I combined two or three different recipes, threw in a special spin on them, and created an amazing recipe. Another dish I'm kind of known for is a seafood béchamel with sautéed vegetables.
What’s something you’re scared to cook?
Maybe gumbo, because of how long it takes to brown the roux, but I will attempt this soon.
What is your dream job?
My dream job is to own high-end, Southern-style restaurants in multiple locations across the country. I might have a few international locations, too.
Favorite Mississippi chefs or restaurants?
-Restaurant Tyler, Chef Ty Thames, Starkville
-Central Station Grill, Chef Leon Jefferson, Starkville
-Anthony's Good Food Market, West Point
-Vrazel's Fine Food Restaurant, Gulfport (now closed, unfortunately)
-Sonny's Smokehouse, Ackerman
-Trapani's, Bay St. Louis
What do you think is special about Southern or Mississippi food?
Southern food is completely different from every other style of food, yet it is elevated. There is so much love included with the meal - when you eat, you taste the love of the chef, and it fills you up.
What did you learn from your Chopped Junior experience?
I learned that I am better than I thought at performing under pressure. I also learned that I have trouble with portion control, plating under pressure and time management.
For more information on Mississippi food, check out our Food & Drink page.
Mississippi Welcomes SEC Nation
It’s better than Christmas Day for Mississippi football fans. SEC Nation returns to both ...
It’s better than Christmas Day for Mississippi football fans.
SEC Nation returns to both Oxford and Starkville this month as four teams go toe-to-toe. No. 19 Ole Miss and No. 24 Mississippi State University both boast current 7-2 records.
The Ole Miss Rebels will play the Arkansas Razorbacks on Saturday, Nov. 7 at 2:30 p.m. at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium. The Mississippi State Bulldogs will face the Alabama Crimson Tide on Saturday, Nov. 14 at Davis Wade Stadium with time TBD.
Here are some suggestions on what not to miss during your visit to Starkville or Oxford.
Because of the many artists, musicians, writers, and chefs who have found inspiration here, Oxford is known as the “Cultural Mecca of the South.” During your stay, don’t miss Rowan Oak, the home of William Faulkner. Stop by the Ole Miss Library, which houses the personal blues album collection of B.B. King and a Mississippi collection of works by William Faulkner, Eudora Welty, and John Grisham. Walk around Oxford's historic square, browsing the shops and exploring the storied culinary scene.
This Friday (and all Fridays before Ole Miss home games), take a historic double-decker bus tour through the Ole Miss campus, the town square, and other points of interest in Oxford. The hour-long tours cost $5 and leave at 2 pm from the Oxford Visitors Center, 415 South Lamar Blvd.
Many restaurants are open for Shop and Dine Sundays. Discover why Oxford is renowned for its food and drink!
While you’re at Mississippi State, pay a visit to the John Grisham Room – which houses memorabilia from the writings and achievements of the bestselling author – and the Ulysses S. Grant Presidential Library, one of only thirteen presidential libraries nationwide and five on university campuses.
For Friday night fun, take a walk through the Main Street or Cotton District, where you’ll find restaurants, bars and nightlife. Also check out the schedule for New South Weekends, events scheduled for the whole family, centered around home football games.
On Sunday, enjoy special shopping and dining hours with Bulldog Brunch and Browse. Participating shops and restaurants downtown & around town are open from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
5 Ghosts of Mississippi Past
With such a vast amount of culture and history, a state like Mississippi is full of legends, ghost ...
With such a vast amount of culture and history, a state like Mississippi is full of legends, ghost stories and accounts of supernatural encounters. We’ve gathered a list of some popular Mississippi haunts in each region, as we’re gearing up for the spookiest time of the year. Of course, these are just a few. You can find local legends in each of the five regions of our state.
1. Delta - Rolling Fork, Mont Helena
Mont Helena, a colonial revival, 10,000-square-foot home in Rolling Fork, has a long-running reputation for being haunted. Built as the retirement home for Helen and George Harris in 1896, the home sits atop a ceremonial Indian mound in the Delta region. During its early years, Mont Helena was one of the premier homes of the Delta. Locals recount stories of sighting of a lady dressed in a white gown looking out of windows or standing in the front yard. The property has been investigated by the Mississippi Paranormal Society, with recorded electronic voice phenomena captured, shadowed figures seen, and orbs seen in photos.
2. Coastal – Pascagoula, Bellevue (a.k.a. “The Longfellow House”)
Located on Beach Boulevard in Pascagoula, The Longfellow House was home to former slave trader Daniel Smith Graham. The home is reportedly haunted by ghosts of abused and murdered slaves. Their spirits are said to have stayed on, causing mischief in the form of slamming doors, items being thrown about and other ghostly happenings. The house was turned into a girl’s school, a private home, and then a hotel, owned by Ingalls Shipbuilding. It’s believed that Henry Wadsworth Longfellow stayed there and wrote “The Building of the Ship” while a guest. Most of the strangest experiences occurred when the house was used as a hotel.
3. Capital/River – Natchez, King’s Tavern
Featured on an episode of Ghost Adventures, King’s Tavern in Natchez is well known for being the city’s – and possibly the state’s – oldest standing building. The tavern and inn are still in business today. Local legend says that, in the 1930s, workers were performing a renovation on the tavern’s fireplace when they discovered a space behind the wall holding the remains of three bodies. One of the bodies was said to have been the mistress of the tavern’s original owner. Guests report seeing images in the tavern’s mirrors and hearing a crying baby in the restaurant.
4. Hills – Oxford, Rowan Oak
Home of esteemed writer William Faulkner, Rowan Oak is one of Mississippi’s top literary attractions. The white, Greek revival style home was built in the mid-1800s and has been preserved just as Faulkner left it. The tale that goes along with Rowan Oak is that of Judith Sheegog, the only daughter of the home’s original owner, who fell to her death from her bedroom balcony and was buried on property. Many locals attribute Judith Sheegog’s tale to Faulkner himself. Faulkner’s own spirit is said to roam the halls as well, and has been seen writing on the wall in his office.
5. Pines – Columbus, Friendship Cemetery
Established in 1849, Friendship Cemetery includes local citizens and soldiers who fell at the Civil War Battle of Shiloh in 1862. A Confederate soldier is said to still walk through the military section of the cemetery. Visitors to the cemetery are also attracted to the weeping angel that stands over the grave of the Reverend Thomas Teasdale. People grasping the angel’s hand have remarked that it feels lifelike.
Vicksburg Military Park – It’s said that Vicksburg National Military Park still plays hosts to the soldiers of the past. Visitors have reported hearing sounds of battle, cannon fire, horses, orders being issued, and screams of the wounded, over the empty fields. Ghosts of troops are spotted along the tree line or walking the grounds. There are even reports of the smell of smoke and gunpowder.
Waynesboro Shubuta Road a.k.a. Devil Worshiper Road – Many local stories surround the history of this road in Waynesboro; some believe the haunting is a result of satanic cult sacrifices that allegedly happened in the area. The area also has the legend of Goat Man, a farmer who sold his soul to the devil and was transformed into a demonic creature. Reports of car engines turning off, the appearance of shadowy figures, shaking of cars and handprints on windows have been made in the area. Others claim to have seen Goat Man himself.
Stuckey’s Bridge - Legend has it that a man by the name of Stuckey ran a local inn in the city of Enterprise, and frequently robbed and murdered his guests. After killing several customers, Stuckey was finally caught and hanged from the bridge. Visitors to the area have reported seeing the ghost of Stuckey roaming the riverbank with a lantern in hand while other have reported seeing his ghost hanging from the bridge.
Food Lover's Guide to Jackson, Mississippi
In Mississippi, we take food seriously. It’s much more than sustenance – it’s a ...
In Mississippi, we take food seriously. It’s much more than sustenance – it’s a way to show love, comfort, and a way for us to connect as families or communities. We want to share some of Jackson’s best eats, collected through crowdsourcing from social media and by polling Visit Mississippi staff. Although there are plenty of great places in the metro area, we limited the list to Jackson proper. There’s no way we could include all of the wonderful places to eat and drink, but here are a few favorites!
- Saltine – This former elementary school-turned-restaurant in Jackson’s Fondren district has become a hangout for seafood-loving locals. Raw, wood-fired, fried: You can have your oysters pretty much any way imaginable here. Happy hour offers $1 oysters on the half-shell, along with 30 beers on tap. Saltine also made Bon Appetit’s Best New Restaurants of 2015 list.
- The Manship Wood Fired Kitchen – Located in the historic Belhaven neighborhood, The Manship offers twists on Mediterranean and Southern classics. The seasonal cooking style ensures only the freshest ingredients are used, sourced locally. The Manship offers an excellent happy hour Monday through Friday, 3-6 pm, with half-priced wood-fired pizzas and cocktails.
- Parlor Market – True farm-to-table food and upscale atmosphere are available in the heart of downtown Jackson at Parlor Market. Inspired by cultures and ingredients of Mississippi, Parlor Market serves seasonal Southern cuisine with regional ethnic influences. The menu changes multiple times per year, using fresh, regionally sourced products. Try the Trip Down Memory Lane dessert sampler, with elevated takes on childhood favorites like Hostess cupcakes and Push-Up popsicles, served in a lunch box.
- 1908 Provisions at the Fairview Inn - This recently redesigned restaurant features creative specials that change with the seasons.
- Walker’s Drive In - Nestled in the Fondren arts district of Jackson, Walker's Drive-In offers the culinary specialties of Chef Derek Emerson, a three-time James Beard Award semi-finalist for Best Chef in the South. Walker's offers an upscale experience in a casual atmosphere, featuring local ingredients from the region, sustainable seafood, and quality aged beef.
- Keifer’s – Since 1981, Keifer’s Downtown has been serving authentic Greek style gyros, hummus and salads. Try the thick-cut cottage fries!
- Babalu – Located in Jackson’s Fondren district, Babalu takes its name and inspiration from the I Love Lucy sitcom, offering Cuban-style tapas and shared plates. You MUST order the guacamole made tableside. Trust us.
- The Pig & Pint – Stop here for excellent barbecue. This Fondren restaurant is very popular with locals and on Yelp. Try the taco sampler or the nachos with crème fraiche and pickled onions. They also boast an impressive craft beer selection.
- High Noon Cafe – Serving lunch only, High Noon offers exclusively vegetarian fare, with a select menu and daily specials. Seaside Cakes (vegetarian crab cakes) with mashed potatoes, gravy, and coleslaw pack the place on Fridays.
- Sal & Mookies New York Pizza & Ice Cream Joint – Great for families, this place has a menu with enough tasty options to please anyone, including craft cocktails and mocktails, and an ice cream bar for dessert.
- Two Sisters Kitchen - Buffet style, home cooking in a converted Victorian in downtown Jackson. Try the award-winning fried chicken with as many Southern sides as your plate can handle (such as cornbread, collard greens, and black-eyed peas), and save room for banana pudding or peach cobbler for dessert.
- Hal & Mal's - Blue plate lunches, po' boy sandwiches, red beans and rice, and award-winning gumbo are among the Southern favorites to try. The tamales, from local restaurant Tony's Tamales, are packed with flavor.
- The Country Kitchen - Located off the beaten path on W County Line Road, The Country Kitchen features packed parking lots and plate lunches daily. Try the fried catfish plate with mashed potatoes and gravy.
- Big Apple Inn - Located on historic Farish Street. The pig ear sandwich has been featured on the Travel Channel’s Bizarre Foods America. The less adventurous can try the smoked sausage sandwiches - “smokes” for short. Read more on The Big Apple Inn at Eat Jackson.
- Bully’s - Some say that this is THE place for soul food in downtown Jackson, and it’s packed with locals every day of the week. Try the fried oxtail with spicy collard greens.
- Brent’s Drugs - This family-friendly, fifties-style diner was originally a drugstore, and its storeroom is now The Apothecary (see Drinks section). Order a classic diner breakfast or try the Greens, Eggs, and Ham with collard greens and thick-cut ham. You might not be able to resist ordering a hand-spun milkshake.
- Saltine - Double-dipped fried chicken biscuits and wood-fired Gulf Oysters with citrus butter, bacon, and quail eggs are just a couple of tasty choices on the brunch menu.
- Fondren Public – A great place to unwind after a long week, Fondren Public has a beautiful space filled with exposed brick and reclaimed wood. Order snacks, sliders and bites along with one of the 24 beers on tap, which includes several local brews. Bottled beers, ciders, liquor and cocktails are also available, and the large patio accommodates a group easily. There are games, too: bocce ball, shuffleboard and arcade games.
- The Apothecary – This small speakeasy-style bar is nestled in the back of Brent’s Drugs in Fondren (see Casual Dining). Try a pre-Prohibition era prescription cocktail or order a non-alcoholic cocktail from the Temperance menu. Don’t miss happy hour, where cocktails are only $6 each. On the bar menu, try the tater tots with a variety of housemade dipping sauces.
- The Library at the Fairview Inn – Sink into a good book and tuck into a drink at the cozy Library. This is the perfect place to experience Mississippi charm, with shelves lined with books by Mississippi literary greats and cocktails named after their authors. Check out the bar menu with creative small plates.
- Fenian’s – This classic Irish pub offers exactly what you’d expect: live music, good drinks, and great shepherd’s pie. Go for karaoke on Mondays and Irish music on Thursdays, often with Irish dancing.
- Caet - This wine bar is a companion to Walker’s Drive-Inn, located right around the corner, and you can choose from the extensive wine list at Caet while waiting for a table at Walker’s. You can also enjoy a meal of small plates, including charcuterie and lamb sliders.
- Deep South Pops and Pop Culture - These two new family-owned businesses have brought the gourmet popsicle craze to Jackson. Deep South Pops has a beautiful space with plenty of seating and serves coffee and craft beer (try a beer float). Pop Culture has a stand in front of Fondren’s Capri Theatre and also frequents events around Jackson. Both sell $3 pops made with fresh, local ingredients and will keep you coming back for more.
- La Brioche - You’ll be hard pressed to choose among the options: delicate pastries, decadent gelato, or colorful French macarons.
- Mississippi Farmers Market – Thursdays and Saturdays on High Street in downtown Jackson.
- Old Farmers Market – Monday through Saturday on Woodrow Wilson Avenue.
- Aladdin Grocery – Open seven days a week on Lakeland Drive next to Aladdin Mediterranean Grill.
- Mr. Chen’s – This authentic Chinese restaurant and market offers a huge variety seven days a week located off of I-55.
- Rainbow Grocery – All natural grocery store with organic produce and bulk bins full of spices, located in the heart of the Fondren District.
To explore where to eat around the rest of the state, see our Food & Drink section!
2015 Tunica Resort VIP Giveaway Sweepstakes
Enter now for a chance to win the 2015 Tunica Resort VIP Giveaway sweepstakes! The winner will ...
Enter now for a chance to win the 2015 Tunica Resort VIP Giveaway sweepstakes! The winner will receive a trip for two, including a two-night stay at a Tunica casino resort, a fine dining dinner for two, four buffet passes, two tickets to the Gateway to the Blues Museum, and $400 in gaming chips.
You and a guest will enjoy the experience of Tunica casinos and resorts, choosing from eight world-class casinos offering resort-level accommodations.
As part of the Mississippi Delta, Tunica hums with proud, southern heritage and timeless traditions. The city is located at the top of the Delta and is the gateway to the blues experience. It's brimming with stunning attractions that bring Mississippi culture, music and history to life.
Some other can't miss opportunities include historic downtown Tunica, two championship-level golf courses, biking and fishing, outlet mall and boutique shopping, and true southern style food.
You’ll discover you have everything you need for the perfect getaway at the South’s premier gaming and family vacation destination… And all you have to do to win this free trip is register here!
Hobbyist to Corporate Artist
When you are on the right path, opportunities present themselves everywhere you look. I started ...
When you are on the right path, opportunities present themselves everywhere you look.
I started painting seriously in the summer of 2014. In the last year, I have started showing my work in a local gallery and a large corporate office. Participation in pop-up shows and other temporary shows has helped promote my work. Commissions of my paintings can be found in a modern Jackson salon and several local restaurant locations.
The Jackson community has been overwhelmingly supportive of my work. This month, I am doing a live painting demonstration during Fondren’s First Thursday at Fondren Art Gallery. You can see my most recent work on display as part of the Cedars Juried Art Show.
My painterly style can be described as loosely realistic or whimsical. Idealized still life and landscape are my primary subject matter. I like a painting to look like a painting. By that I mean that I like to see the brushstrokes and layers of paint rising off a canvas. Examples of my work and contact information can be found at www.emilycatesabree.com.
The transition from hobbyist to being a part of the Mississippi creative economy has been rapid and sometimes
turbulent. Rapid because of the influx of commissions and shows to prepare for, and turbulent because I often have more work than I think I can handle. (Somehow, it always get finished!) I want to encourage other creative types to promote themselves because opportunities abound in our state. You just have to ask, collaborate with other creatives, and participate in local events to get your work noticed and start getting commissions. From my perspective, our state is hungry for local art and I am excited to see what my second year as a ‘working artist’ brings.
Corporate art commissions are the focus of my efforts in the state of Mississippi because of the expansion of small businesses. Barefield Workplace Solutions in downtown Jackson provided my first opportunity to experiment with corporate art. Owner Paul Maczka encouraged me to display examples of my work in his gorgeous, loft-like office space. These examples can be customized for his client base. Ryan Patrick of the Pizza Shack reports that my work is often a conversation piece in his new Madison and Byram restaurant locations. Ryan commissioned me to do a series of fifteen paintings for each of the new restaurants. The work features his favorite ingredients and promotes a warm, inviting space where customers will want to return again and again. Suzanne Moak of S’Moak Salon added a large modern painting that completely transformed a small work station. Promoting and supporting each other gives us pride in our Mississippi communities and adds a local flavor that can’t be replicated.
Encouragement and support from friends and family has been key to my efforts so far, but broader community support of the arts will keep me painting. If you are a small business owner, shop local for your decor!