For Immediate Release
STARKVILLE, MS -
Mark Wood, owner of Chalet Arts in Starkville, MS, is the 2017 recipient of the Award of Excellence in the Arts, given by Starkville Area Arts Council. This award, nominated by SAAC board members and not given every year, goes to the individual, group, or organization who has contributed the most to promote and build the arts in the Starkville area.
“Well-deserved and long overdue,” says SAAC Executive Director John W. Bateman. “I don’t think the general consumer is aware of how much help and thought Mark gives to artists... without any recognition. He truly cares about helping highlight the tremendous talent that exists in Starkville.” Past Board President Jon Turner says: "We are very excited to honor Mark in this way. I can't say enough about the support he has provided SAAC over the years. He is a perfect example of how much Starkville cares for its arts community."
Several local artists shared their input, as well. Walter Diehl, photographer (and current SAAC Board President) shared this: “I know firsthand of Mark’s enormous generosity when it comes to working with artists and their artwork. I appreciate Mark’s careful critique as well as his gifted eye in helping to make my photographs stand out. Whatever success that I have had in photography owes in part to my productive and positive interactions with Mark.” Joe MacGown noted, unequivocally, that Mark “has single handedly done more to promote the arts in the Golden Triangle region than anyone.”
Artist Laurie Burton (former SAAC Board President) noted that, across the board, artists who have worked with Mark find him helpful, generous, and enthusiastic. He often gives supplies and services to art students and artists at reduced or no charge: too many discounts to count. Burton described Mark’s thoughtful and sound advice when discussing presentation, printing, or framing. His critical and positive feedback motivates artists to excel and he is often thought of as the artist’s biggest supporter. Mark Wood’s relationship with art students and local artists goes beyond his bottom line and is an excellent example of a true supporter of the arts.
Thank you, Mark Wood!
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