SAAC Artist Store
In Spring 2022, SAAC was approved to receive our first national grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. As part of this American Rescue Plan grant, SAAC was able to finally secure a larger office space and facility. As of July 2022, we have officially moved in!
With a greater Main Street presence, we'd like to share this opportunity with artists in town who would like to sell their unique artwork in our space. Our space is limited to 6 artisans at a time, so reserve your spot today!
The SAAC Artist Store will be open during SAAC business hours (Monday-Friday, 10 am - 2 pm, excluding Holidays). SAAC handles all sales, taxes, and payments to artists. Specific rules and information can be found below.
Meet Our Artists
Dr. Adams-Price has been lucky in that she has been able to have been able to integrate two separate parts of her life, her career as a psychology professor and her passionate hobby, jewelry making. She originally became interested in making wire jewelry as a way that to creatively display and enhance rocks and gemstones she has collected on her travels. She finds it a joy to use materials in her bracelets, rings, earrings, or necklaces that she has found in places as diverse at Adelaide, AU, Heidelberg, Germany, Istanbul, Turkey, or Banff, Alberta. For example, she has one special bracelet style inspired by a trip to Paris, and another inspired by a trip to Portland, Oregon. Her jewelry is one-of-a kind and she uses high quality materials, including gemstones and sterling silver or copper.
Jewelry making has had a strong impact on her career as a professor of psychology at Mississippi State University, where she has been working for over 30 years. A major focus of her work in psychology is the study of the benefits of creative activities, especially for middle-aged and older adults. Her academic research indicates that working with creative techniques and designs can promote psychological growth, well-being, identity, and even learning and memory.
Specifically Dr. Adams-Price works with copper and silver wire and gemstone or other natural beads. She uses no solder in her work; it is all made by twisting or shaping wire. One of the reasons she has been so fascinated with wire jewelry making is that there many opportunities to study new techniques and incorporate new materials. Wire is an extremely versatile material that has been used by jewelry artists for thousands of years, yet there are still new designs and techniques out there. Her work has evolved over time, from wire shaping to wrapping to weaving. Yet at the same time, making wire jewelry is a hobby with many opportunities to connect to artists of the past, including the long past. The Vikings were very skilled at making wire jewelry. Dr. Adams-Price makes rings, earrings, bracelets, and necklaces, and is particularly known for her gemstone and wire rings.
Jewelry-making has also strongly connected her to the city of Starkville, her home for 32 years. Her booth has been a fixture at the Cotton District Arts Festival every year since the festival first began. Because of her busy schedule at MSU and her commitment to the community, she rarely displays her jewelry outside of Starkville. It is with pride she calls Starkville and Mississippi State University her home.
Ken Clark is a retired Starkville local who has recently started doing ceramics. He has never sold anything professionally before, so we are excited to be able to sell his works here at SAAC.
Ken makes a range of plates, cups, and vessels, all hand turned and glazed. All his embellishments are hand carved as well.
My art is a reflecting of my life experience, and my personal perspective of the world I thrive in. I find beauty in the ordinary. Life is too short; I want to share the gifts God has bless me with.
Carys Glynne Snyder
Carys Glynne Snyder is an artist, photographer, actor, writer, and filmmaker from Starkville, Mississippi. While a student at Starkville High School, her work was published in the professional's category of the Artist's magazine, as well as displayed in Congress. She attended Columbia University and now works primarily in the Art Department in the independent film scene in Mississippi and the broader Southeast. Her work is inspired in particular by the Pre-Raphaelite era, as well as the Romantics and Surrealists.
Anna Caryl Justice is a full-time student at Mississippi State University alongside owning a small art business. Although she is studying psychology, she is also getting a minor in art.
Anna's love for art started at a young age due to her mother and aunt both being artists, but she did not begin indulging in the craft until arriving at college. Upon arrival, Anna was recommended to be a vendor for an art market at her University to help build a name for herself within the local art community. Since then, she has attended numerous art markets and continues pursuing her career in the arts. She makes various mixed media collage art, acrylic paintings, and hand-poured candles. Most of the materials Anna uses for her collage pieces are recycled materials, due to her love for sustainability. Most of Anna's pieces capture many emotions, each one with a unique story of some relativity to her life. She has always been inspired by psychedelic-styled art, dadaism, and anything with lots of colors! It makes sense that her favorite childhood artist is Henri Mattise due to the similarity in paper cutting, bright colors, and organic shapes. Even though she already creates a variety of art, she hopes to continue discovering new mediums and experimenting with new styles to always give her pieces individuality and purpose.
Kennedy Sahr Pugh
Kennedy Sahr is a local artisan specializing in crochet and other fiber arts, and has been a recognizable presence in the art world of Starkville for over 7 years. She seeks to bring crochet into the modern era - with pieces like bucket hats, trinket bags, decorative garlands and more. She is currently enrolled as a senior at Mississippi University for Women in Columbus, MS, where she continues her degree in Accounting (with a minor in Philosophy) and acts as Editor-in-Chief of their poetry journal, the Dilettanti. She enjoys music, movies, crochet and needlepoint (but of course), coffee dates with her partner, and exploring the world around her with fresh eyes, every day. Kennedy wants to flip the script with her needlepoint work as well, working with pixel art layouts and straying far from the standard floral pieces of decades past - using Scandinavian influences and following nearly every little inspiration she has. She desires those who love her art to love themselves a little bit more, too - what is humanity if not seeking some more joy, some more contentment?
Mike Wagner is a Starkville based artist by way of Jackson. Shining a light on things commonly overlooked, his dramatic use of color or lack there of, creates emotionally charged narratives and curiosity.
Rules and Important Notes
PLEASE READ THOSE BEFORE APPLYING.
- All forms of work are eligible for acceptance, including but not limited to: Ceramics, Graphics, Jewelry, Literary Materials, Painting, Sculpture, and Traditional Crafts (including but not =limited to woodworking, candle-making, fiber arts, etc.)
- 1 shelf per artisan. Space is Limited to 6 artisans total. Shelf dimensions are H 21.5 in x W 57 in x D 26 in. Larger works may be accepted (Please notify SAAC). All works must be for sale. All works must be original by the artist contracted with SAAC.
- Artists will receive 60% commission of sales for works sold on their shelf. A 40% sales commission will be assessed against the retail price provided by the ARTIST. The ARTIST will be paid the gross, less commission and sales tax, on or about the 10th of the month following the month of sale.
- SAAC only provides space to the ARTIST. The ARTIST will need to supply any and all decorations, business cards, signage, etc. for their booth.
- Artists may change inventory at any time (by appointment with SAAC) to reflect new work, holidays, seasons, etc. Artist must provide SAAC with an updated Inventory Sheet upon any changes made to inventory.
- Space occupancy is first come first serve. Terms may be for 6 or 12 months, which may be reassessed at the end of the term.
- All accepted artists must follow our Community Engagement Policy (available on our website).
- A blank Letter of Agreement and Terms and Conditions can be found below.
If you have any questions or just feel like saying hello, feel free to stop by our downtown office during office hours, give us a call, or shoot us an email. We'd love to hear from you!
Location and Mailing Address:
122 E. Main St.
Starkville, Mississippi 39759
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