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What Are You Working On Now?
  A Series With Local Artists

By Andi Bedsworth

As I continue on this series, I am amazed at how many talented and skilled artisans we have in this town. And just when I think I am close to the end of my list, others come to my attention. That is what happened this past week when I got to speak with Jim Varner of Varner Printing and Office Supply.
Varner’s mom worked for the Commercial Appeal in Memphis where she was in the classified ads department. This work sparked an interest in print-work for Jim, and he attended Memphis Technical High School where he was enrolled in the graphic arts program. He learned all aspects of graphic design and went on to sell printing papers for many years. In 1986, he opened his store in Memphis and relocated the operation to Water Valley in 1998.
The family business is well stocked with equipment including a new Xerox Digital Color Press. They do a variety of projects including the Water Melon Carnival Book for which he designs a new logo each year. He also works in thermography which is a raised letter printing technique. Sublimation graphics involves putting pictures, logos and more on mouse-pads, cups and is also offered at the shop.  He says they do t-shirts, posters for campaigns and sporting events and even cookbooks. With all of these projects, it is no wonder they can juggle it all.
But this family run business does just that, and Jim Varner does not seem to want it any other way. With his years of experience in graphic arts, his shop is well equipped to help with almost any artistic project.
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