Kelly Wiggins’s connection to color, form and function existed from the beginning. The Booneville-turned-Oxford resident grew up in a family of artists: potters and interior designers, aunts who restored antiques.
Ben Lewis had just hiked 127 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail when his wife picked him up. The native of Spokane, Washington, was sticky from three weeks in the sun and needed a shower. But the first thing he wanted to do was listen to his voicemails.
The Southside Gallery on Oxford’s Square has been around since 1993, when now-nationally recognized photographer Milly Moorhead West opened its doors. In 2002, Moorhead left Oxford to get her MFA in Tulsa, Oklahoma; that’s when the Cooks stepped in.
On any given weeknight, you’ll find Spence Helms asleep in a leather-torn ivory recliner. After a long day as a lineman for 4 County Electric in Starkville, the knifemaker needs a nap.