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Spring Lamb, Exec Director


Southaven Arts Council's mission is to serve our community as a catalyst for creating events, organizing fresh and creative programs,  engaging under-served groups, and acting as a central agency for the collection and distribution of ideas

and information.


We have received our 501(c)3 Non-Profit Organization status.  2019 is our Organizational Year.  We have assembled a board of directors with diverse experience to help give this council the foundation to succeed.  With a strong Mission, we are building a Strategic Plan that will take us into the future.

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Spring Lamb is a contemporary realist painter and illustrator of people and the human condition. Born into a family of artists and married to a musician, she doesn’t remember a time when she wasn’t surrounded by the creative spark.  As a teen, her fascination with graphic novels and comic books led to a fascination with illustrating people.

At West Virginia University, she expanded into sculpture with Alison Helm and mixed media composition and illustration with Sergio Soave. During her Junior year, she went to Glenville State College specifically to study photography, lapidary, and pottery making with Charles C. Scott.  Spring worked in advertising design and marketing, graphic design, and has built a studio career as an illustrator and commission painter with occasional shows in local galleries.

As co-founder of the Southaven Arts Council, Spring is focused on bringing art to the community of Southaven.


Executive Director, Founder
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Vicky Neyman fancied herself an artist when she was 3 years old.  Through the encouragement of her family and a brilliant high school art teacher, she developed her passion for creating art.  Art took a back seat while she raised a family and focused on a career in "corporate world".  After 25 years in the business world, Vicky returned to her art roots.  She served as Executive Director of DeSoto Arts Council and Assistant Director of Olive Branch Arts Council.  For many years, she has conducted inclusion art classes for special needs teens and adults.  


Vicky is active at Graceland Christian Church and a founding member of Gallery 12 Mississippi, a coterie of artists who exhibit throughout the MidSouth area. She currently resides in Olive Branch, Mississippi with her husband, 3 dogs and assorted grandchildren.  


Board President

Kelly Adkins does not consider herself an artist, but she has always loved art and culture of all kinds. For many years, she has been involved in the arts in DeSoto County, where she has many friends who are artists. Kelly has also lived in Southaven most of her life, and her family has deep roots in the area. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Mississippi, where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa with honors and received teacher certification.


Through much volunteer work involving children, Kelly has developed a passion for children’s issues and education. While she has had the advantage of being exposed to the arts her entire life, she realizes a lot of children in Southaven are not receiving adequate exposure to the arts. Kelly believes art is essential to life and to the development of young minds. Her hope for Southaven Arts Council is for it to provide a home for the arts and art education in Southaven, making art accessible to everyone.


Board Vice President

James Rice is a graduate of Horn Lake High School and a career military member with a lifelong involvement in not-for-profit organizations.  James’ personal investment in art is derived from his wife Kay’s portrait paintings and fabric art. 


His vision is for a vibrant and active arts council that encourages and connects aspiring young artists to achieve their maximum potential.


Board Treasurer
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Anna is from Coldwater MS, and moved to Southaven 16 years ago after marrying William Hill.  She has been involved in theater with Desoto Family Theater, Kudzu Theater, and Northwest Community College on stage and behind the scenes.  Anna is a licensed hairdresser and is involved with several animal rescue societies.


Board Secretary
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Kim Bearden was born in Memphis, raised in Southaven, MS, and the greater metropolitan area.  She graduated from Southaven High School, attended Northwest MS Community College, and graduated from the University of Memphis with a BA in English in 1998.


She has worked for the Memphis Botanic Garden and the Pink Palace Family of Museums and began her two decade career at Elmwood Cemetery in the fall of 1998. In 2005, she became the Executive Director of the cemetery, and in 2016 she published Elmwood Cemetery with her husband, Willy.  They currently live in Southaven and are at work on their second book, a history of DeSoto County.  They share 5 children, 1 of whom attends Southaven High School.


Board Member
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William Hill was born in Tippah County Mississippi, raised in Faulkner and Ripley.  He is a retired printer and has served as a pastor and youth minister.  William's artistic outlets are painting, writing poetry, and pet sitting.  He serves on the Board of Directors of the Poetry Society of Tennessee and as chaplain and treasurer of the Mid-South Christian Writers Conference.  He and his wife of 16 years, Anna, reside in Southaven.


Board Member

Writer and director Robb Rokk (aka Robb Smith) is the founder of Desoto Arts Institute where he teaches acting and all aspects of filmmaking. Robb’s mission is to provide exposure, education, and hands-on experience in the arts films to anyone and everyone interested – and to prove that great entertainment can be made without in-your-face agendas and shocking value. Robb’s films are written to be viewed by most of the family but sometimes contain themes such as suicide, sexual abuse, but told in a mild and interesting way.


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Dr. Sipley is the minister at Graceland Christian Church and retired Fine Arts Department Head at Northwest Community College Senatobia.  


Graceland Christian Church supports the arts community by hosting weekly line and square dance groups, Starlight Singers' practice space, and the Southaven Arts Council office.  Ken and his wife, Mary, lead the Startlight Singers community singing group.


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