We sat Hanson and Cox down to see how, all this time later, the show continues to build on its premise and appeal.
The eighth go-around! What’s new this year?
Hanson: This year will be the largest number of artists so far. With over 30 artists (we’ve gotten close to 30 before, but never over), this year also offers the greatest breadth of styles and media we’ve ever had. And of course, this year’s venue is amazing. I think we all have so much love for Midtown and everything that goes on there that we’re excited to take the show back and forth from Fondren, where we all live, to Midtown where there are so many impressive, truly local businesses doing everything from brewing beer to selling comics.
Cox: We are so happy to be back in Midtown. No shade on Fondren: we all live or work or both in the neighborhood, but Midtown really has the aesthetic that Priced to Move is all about. Art by the people and for the people.
Who are some of the artists you are really looking forward to?
Hanson: While we have a great batch of P2M alumni as well, I think attendees are going to see numerous artists they’ve never seen before. Some of these first-timers have never shown art to the public before so being able to facilitate that is truly special. While we’re looking forward to everyone’s offerings, I’m stoked to see the illustrative art of newcomer Marcus Fortenberry and I can’t wait to see what new, irreverent cross stitch work returning artist Laura Elizabeth has for us.
Cox: I am really excited to have Adrienne Dominick be part of this year’s show. Really curious when a very talented and established artist is part of the show because they have such an interesting approach for our style of show. I am also super happy to have Josh Little back again this year. His glass work is always a standout part of the show.
It’s a ton of work for little or no financial reward. What keeps you guys doing this year after year?
Hanson: I ask myself this every year. Ha! To be honest, we’ve done this so many times now that we have a pretty good system in place and it’s as close to a well-oiled machine as this type of pop up endeavor can be. Also, the community makes it easy. All of the artists and musicians who take part are always down to help on the front end as much as possible. And at the end of the day, the effort that goes in is a small price to pay to watch this giant cash infusion go directly into the local art community. Hopefully one day we can sell the entire brand to some evil corporate entity for an obscene amount of money and then swim around in it like Scrooge McDuck, but until then helping our local creative economy keep moving forward really is its own reward.
Cox: I really don’t know why honestly. I think because of how many people that I see come and go through the whole weekend with smiles on their faces, arms filled with local art. Or just simply being in a space that for two days is changed into a centralized amalgamation of all the talent that is here in Jackson. We know that it’s all here but seeing it all together in one place is a bit overwhelming in the best way possible.
Give us schedule details (music, too)
5-10 pm Friday, December 15 and 2-10 pm Saturday, December 16. No charge for admission.
Friday’s music: DJ Young Venom & DJ Breakem Off Present: A Tribute to The Native Tongues
Saturday’s music: Passing Parade, fuzzy rock trio consisting of Ryan Baucum, Jarad Wilson, and Cody Cox writing songs about robots, love, and flannel shirts; James Crow, Jackson hip-hop veteran who just released his third album and consistently delivers poignant verses with deft maturity and skill; DBL Take, sister duo, Kate and Victoria Fortenberry, uses drums and keys to deliver their quirky and heartfelt original sound; and Silent G.
Talk about your host, Lucky Town.
Hanson: So as most people know, our hosts Lucky Town Brewing Co. are Jackson’s only brewery. And these guys are truly awesome. I think this is the first year where we didn’t have to look for a venue; Lucas Simmons approached us and offered their place simply because they love the event and wanted to be a part of it. If that isn’t community, I don’t know what is. It also means people get to drink really good beer while they hang out and shop (it beats the foamy PBR kegs of years past by a long shot).
Also, because of the laws changing, Lucky Town was finally able to open a bar in the brewery this year, so if you haven’t had a chance to check that out yet, now you can while you knock out some Christmas shopping and listen to some live music.
Cox: Lucky Town has been absolutely gracious to host us this year and we are proud to partner with such a great local business.
You, I’m sure, have others to thank for Priced to Move’s success?
Hanson: As always, Cody, Garrad and I have to give a huge thanks to everyone who helps us do this including everyone who helps us promote the show, everyone works the event, the artists and musicians who take part and of course everyone who shows up and buys all this fantastic art.
Cox: Really just a thank you to everyone who has supported this ridiculous little idea that we had so many years ago. And thanks to all the wonderful people who have volunteered to help over the years.