It can be challenging for some to forge their own identity in the shadow of a famous relative, but one Nashville artist and designer is defining herself through fashion and art.
Before COVID-19 abruptly paused the music scene, Tristen Rolling was working in marketing for Winter Circle Productions in New Orleans. She never planned to start an art business until her family and friends suggested it. That led to the creation of Swamp Sprouts.
University Avenue business owners who run fabric, antique, and home furnishing stores said a few small tweaks could improve the already successful area.
Established local businesses line University Avenue – an older, yet still thriving part of Oxford. Business owners on this side of town say it’s vital that local businesses remain in the area, and some believe an arts district could attract more.
Art can be found in every corner of Oxford. Sculptures in Lamar Park, The Powerhouse Community Arts Center, and the upstairs space of Sugar Magnolia Antique Mall are just a few of examples of art-centric locations. But would an arts district be supported in Oxford?
One example of a large, successful arts district that could offer Oxford ideas is the Northeast Minneapolis Arts District with a board of directors that includes business owners, activists and artists.
Some say as Oxford continues to grow attracting more residents and students, some artists are being pushed out because of the cost of living.
Tessa Wilson, an Ole Miss alumna, expresses her colorful and surrealistic personality with her palette and paintbrush.
You might say that artist Kelsea Beckum is the heartbeat of Oxford. People often give her sonograms of their baby’s heartbeat, and she creates colorful masterpieces.
Nicole Hayward, a senior at the University of Mississippi, is proving that blondes have more fun when they run their own businesses. The college junior is using her passion for photography to earn money.
If you’ve ever wanted to explore your creative side, but weren’t sure where to start, you may want to visit the Clay Canvas in Oxford.
Nicole Harlow has always liked jewelry that tells a unique story. From going through her mom’s jewelry box, to visiting New Mexico’s finest leather shops with her dad, Harlow knew she wanted to pursue jewelry-making as a career.
Wine and art. It’s a trendy combination that has led to the creation of many business in the U.S. in the last few years. Board & Brush Creative Studio at 1525 University Ave. is a different take on the traditional art business that allows customers to create their own artwork.
Emory Ryals has always had an appreciation for art, but it wasn’t until her sophomore year at Ole Miss that she decided to pick up a paintbrush and pursue her passion to paint. She has since moved from Oxford to Marks, Mississippi to teach special education inclusion and biology, but her art continues to shine in all that she does.
Mississippi State University may be best known for it’s agriculture and applied science programs, but they also have an art school.
The competitive program offers concentrations that include drawing, ceramics, painting and graphic design. Students are pushed to learn and grow, becoming better artists, but some say the program doesn’t get as much attention as others.
I had never really considered myself to be an artist. Throughout childhood, I was pretty good at drawing and could color inside the lines, but never did I think I would be where I am today as an artist.