by LaShanda Phillips
Just inside the Mississippi Museum of Art is a treasure trove. At the Museum Store, books about art, both in Mississippi and around the world, line bookshelves. Interesting and quirky desk and household items, notebooks, notecards, toys and more line other shelves. Colorful jewelry sits in and on top of a glass counter by the cashier station. Art, T-shirts, mugs, and more from local and Mississippi creatives also inhabit the space.
by Amber Helsel
Best of Jackson is good for a lot of things: It can give you ideas on where to shop, where to eat, who's who in the Jackson area and more. And it can do one more thing: Help you plan your wedding. Let's take a look at last year's results. See this year's winners in the Jackson Free Press on Jan. 25 and at bestofjackson.com.
by Tim Summers Jr.
Jackson is growing up and promises to become thicker with businesses and residential opportunities in the next year, as the capital city becomes more and more of a hub for urban renewal and redevelopment, despite occasional setbacks and delays.
by Dustin Cardon
Students from the Mississippi State University Architecture School on Capitol Street, where Anik Kurkjian’s (center back) business, Mississippi Light Collaborations, is headquarted, are helping bring the Mississippi Light Festival to life. From left to right: Lucas Posey, Rachel Patronas, Garett Yelverton, Kapish Cheema and Zac White Photo courtesy Ria Bennett
When Anik Kurkjian moved to the South from England two years ago, she says the light and colors here were an immediate inspiration for her work as a designer and producer of experiential events, such as theater, dance, film and marketing. When she first got here, Kurkjian says, she went crazy with her camera.
by Micah Smith
Jackson native Maurice Smith says developing a love of music was unavoidable after growing up in a big family with musicians on both sides. With drummers and pianists on his mother's side and singers on his father's side, Smith and his siblings had a none-too-subtle push toward music from a young age.
Those who have been here for a while may recall seeing catfish climbing a pole while sporting a hard hat, or even impersonating Elvis a few years back. These colorful fish decorated the streets of downtown for a short time, but they remain a treasured part of Jackson's artistic past.
by Katie Gill
For some people, it has practically become a Jackson tradition: At some point in December, they head downtown and check out Keep Building Jackson, also known as LEGO Jackson. Now in its seventh year, Keep Building Jackson fuses well-known Jackson landmarks such as Fondren Corner and the Mississippi State Fair with more fantastical aspects such as dragons and Marvel's S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier.
by Donna Ladd
I write this three days after the presidential election as division roils our nation. It's pretty depressing whether you're reading Facebook posts or listening to your staff and loved ones express fears of what the future will be like for them. This week, and I suspect for the next four years, I'm trying to show love and support to as many people as possible who are scared and stressed out by the state of our nation.
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