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Some of the displays were impressive from an artistic perspective, such as these baskets.
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The Mississippi Craft Center

950 Rice Road, Ridgeland, MS 39157
9-5, closed holidays
601-856-7546 1 hour
February 2011 All year
$0-9 Ridgeland Mississippi
Website Entertainment Arts
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The Mississippi Craft Center is a modern facility operated by the non-profit Craftsmen’s Guild of Mississippi and is located just off the Natchez Trace Parkway. The center carries a variety of crafts from numerous artists. Most of the work is for sale but the center has some permanent displays as well.

The Craftsmen’s Guild was founded in 1973 in order to preserve and promote traditional Mississippi and Southern folk art. It assists artists and craftsmen by providing a sales and marketing outlet for their work. From its original 30 artists, the guild now supports over 400 artists in the US. New artists seeking to join the guild are judged by a 10 member panel. The guild is supported by membership dues, contributions and grants. In addition to the center, the guild sells art at festivals.

Even if you are not into crafts or the art scene, the variety of artwork, themes and styles at the Craft Center, merits taking a look. Much of the art has a distinctiveness and cultural connection to the South that makes it more interesting. The woodcarvings, pottery and baskets are particularly notable. If you are looking for a gift or keepsake, the art here is suitable and most of the pieces come with a card describing the artist and his work. The art prices tend to be on the higher side, but there is enough to choose from to find something affordable for most budgets. If you are planning a visit, check the center’s website first for a schedule of classes and craft demonstrations. When you are in or near Jackson Mississippi, the Craft Center is a good choice to enjoy some uncommon art and diverse crafts.
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