Blog. This is a collection of news and events relating to the artist.
Amanda Sanford is the featured artist at Admiral Semmes Hotel in Mobile, AL


Amanda Sanford was comissioned to paint her largest works of art to date. Two paintings measuring over 9ft wide and 8ft tall. Amanda will exhibit six original works of art in the newly renovated, iconic Mobile, AL hotel. 




Amanda Sanford painting an original work of art for hotel rennovation in Mobile, AL.


August 1, 2015.

Amanda Sanford is a
BEST Visual Artist 2014


Each year Festival South opens online voting polls for nominations in a variety of categories including Shopping, Outdoor and Recreation, Services, Etc. Amanda Sanford was a finalist amongst 3 locals for the best visual artist. Voting for the finalists ended on April 15. Winners will be announced in the June edition of the Signature Magazine which will also hold as the program for Festival South.





Voting has closed in this year's competition. Full results will be featured in the June edition of Signature Magazine - the FestivalSouth program. Thanks for voting!





April 1, 2014.​

Amanda Sanford's "Tools of the Trade" places Third in the
SMAA 37th Annual Art Show


The South Mississippi Art Association hosts a judged show each year showcasing that years finest works of art. This year Kat Fitzpatrick judged hundreds of paintings and works of art, giving a third place finish to "Tools of the Trade" in the painting category. Amanda displayed several other works of art including a sculptural piece, "Early Bloomer" as well as a realistic oil on canvas titled "Bottoms Up."





December 16, 2013.​

Hattiesburg Arts Council Selects Amanda S. Sanford as a featured Emerging Artist for 2013

Amanda Spiers Sanford

selected many new artworks derived from nature . Her chosen mediums include ink on water color paper , oil on canvas, acrylics, and more. These and many more of this emerging artists works of art are available for purchase here.

Amanda Spiers Sanford is among several artists to be featured in the 2013 annual emerging artist exhibition. The Slide Show is a gallery of featured works of art that will be displayed in the Hattiesburg Cultural Center beginning December 14, 2013 through January 2014.





December 14, 2013.​

Main Street Books
2013 Author Extravaganza


Amanda Sanford was a featured children's book author and illustrator featured at Main Street Books anual author extravaganza held in Hattiesburg, MS. Amanda sat amongst a variety of best selling authors from all over the state as she introduces her first children's book The Dragonfly Hunter of the Critter Crawler Collection. The book maybe purchased on the authors website here. Also available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

Amanda Spiers Sanford has sold out hardback copies of The Dragonfly Hunter and released digital versions through Amazon and Barnes and Noble. The Dragonfly Hunter has shipped all across The United States as well as Canada. 




December 2, 2013.​

South Mississippi Art Association Juried Exhibition: Watercolors, Pastels, and Sculptures


Sculpture, "Early Bloomer" created by Amanda Spiers Sanford, was selected amongst several entrants to be displayed in the South Mississippi Art Association Juried Exhibition: Watercolors, Pastels, and Sculptures located at the Lucile Parker Gallery on William Carey Universities campus. Mrs. Sanford's sculpture will be on display the month of October 2013, opening reception Thursday, October 3, 4:30 - 6:00 p.m.


October 16, 2013.​

Amanda Sanford, artist quoted in

Signature Magazine

Amanda Sanford, artist was quoted in April 2013 Music Issue in Signature Magazine. Sanford discusses the array of art that she will provide to the public for sale at the Spring Art Walk, hosted by the Hattiesburg Downtown Historic District.

A. Sanford Original Works of Art will be set up in front of the Kress Gallery from 4:00 to 9:00 pm​​. Works will include handbuilt pottery and original paintings.


April 11, 2013.​

An EF4 Tornado Reeks Havoc on Hometown

I was contracted by my alma mater to create a silhouette rendering of "The Ogletree House" which is the home of the alumni association at The University of Southern Mississippi. Just four days later an EF4 tornado touched down reeking havoc on Hattiesburg. The tornado sought fury on The Ogletree House as well as many other iconic features of Hattiesburg. It is no coincidence to me that I was contacted just days before this natural disaster and was able to capture the architectural beauty of this home before it was destroyed. This piece has definitely increased in sentimental value. The original painting is being donated to the alumni association and will be displayed once the home is rebuilt. The University is planning to rebuild and our town will recover.

The Ogletree House

Home of the Alumni Association

for The University of Southern Mississippi

University of Southern Mississippi Alumni House Ogletree House Hattiesburg MS Mississippi Silhouette Rendering Black White Local Artist Alum Campus


February 22, 2013.​

Jody O'Hara, the founder and owner of "Off the Tracks Fine Arts Gallery" located in Wiggins, MS will be featuring original works of art by artist, Amanda Spiers Sanford on Saturday, May 4, 2013. The fine arts collection by A. Sanford will consist of sculptural and ​wall art with organic

ambiance. No admission will be charged, but appearances ​by some "Naked  Ladies" are guaranteed! A portion of all proceeds go to the local food bank.

Amaryllis (pronounced /ˌæməˈrɪlɨs/[1]) is a small genus of flowering bulbs, with two species. Plants of the genus Amaryllis are known as belladonna lily, Jersey lily and "naked lady."


February 18, 2013.​

And the winner is....

"Pick Up Sticks" by Amanda Sanford places 1st in oils and acrylics at the 36th annual SMAA Art Show

"Pick Up Sticks" was purchased at the show by the Hattiesburg Downtown Historic​ District. Amanda will be the districts featured upcoming artist for 2013.


January 3, 2013.​

A. Sanford Original Works of Art
To Be Featured in the elite Chancellor Hotel in Fayetteville, Arkansas


The Chancellor Hotel is near the University of Arkansas, and offers upscale accommodations, luxury amenities and impeccable service in a comfortable atmosphere. The Chancellor Hotel is also just minutes from a variety of popular destinations, including the Walton Arts Center. The grand opening for the newly renovated hotel is set for September 13, 2012 which is depicted in the clock on the Old Washington Court House painting. Amanda Spiers Sanford , a Mississippi artist





Prints of this collection are available for purchase at:

was commissioned to paint a series of paintings inspired by the architecture of Fayetteville. The paintings have an architectural, modern twist. The buildings illustrated are (left to right) the Chancellor Hotel, Blair Public Library, Old Washington County Court House, a view of Dickson Street, and Old Main, a historic building located on the University of Arkansas campus, as a representation of the beauty that can be found in Fayetteville.


September 13, 2012.​

Wedding DIY Brooch Bouquet Birdcage Veil, Burlap, Crystal and Pearl Wedding Glasses, Mississippi Snowball, Finally Wedding Sign, Cotton, Monkeys tail, pomander balls

I began dating my best friend on November 9, 2001. On May 19, 2012 I finally got him down the aisle, and looking back at all the wedding projects, planning, and preparation, I think I know why it took so long! Here are some of my D.I.Y. wedding projects that help create our special day.

Wedding Ring LOVE Pottery Dish

"This is a dish for the two of you,

to hold the rings tendered at I do"


Too many times have I heard of couples losing their wedding rings. With this customizable dish our rings will always go in the same place until we put them back on our finger, where they belong.

Wedding Aisle Pomander Kissing Balls

Made using 4 inch moss covered balls, sola shell flowers, dried roses, pearls, burlap and complete with crystal ornament for added elegance and weight. Perfect compliment to any wedding aisle.

"With All My Heart"

Dimensions: 5"

The perfect wedding gift for any couple! A handbuilt pottery dish in a heart shape embossed with the word LOVE to hold wedding bands. Place by a sink or on a dresser and never misplace those rings again.

​​$14.oo usd


pearl rhinestone embellished wine glasses toasking glasses bling

Crystal and Pearl Embellished Toasting Glasses


Made using plain glass flutes and sparatic (epoxy) glued pearl and rhinestone accents which can be found in any hobby store in the scrap book section or upcycle your broken jewelry! Warning: VERY TIME CONSUMING!

Place Your Custom Order on

Handmade Wedding Party Gifts for the ladies

Thank you gifts for those special ladies in your wedding party! Real, freshwater pearls necklace on sterling silver chain. Learn how to bead the pearls into a cluster with this

Available for Purchase

Cotton Tail

$28.oo usd

Or view more Mississippi Pearl Cluster jewelry here.

Finally Bride and Groom Wedding Sign Handpainted
Handmade Finally Wedding Sign

I hand painted caricature replicas of ourselves and after eleven years of dating, no sign would be more appropriate! Place a custom order for any wedding sign on my etsy account!

Official Wedding Thank You Postcards

Thank you cards featuring handmade FINALLY wedding sign.

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