2nd Saturday: Reasons to Celebrate

Old Town Merchants in Bay St. Louis say, “Come to the Second Saturday Art Walk with plenty of reasons to celebrate!” On Saturday, February 13th from 5 to 8 p.m. you’ll be able to celebrate the Saints, Mardi Gras, Chinese New Year, President’s Day, Valentine’s Day—or just a good time with friends in this pedestrian-friendly event in historic Old Town.

Stay warm stopping by the Mockingbird Café and Gallery on Second Street. Local artists Cathy Waugh, Kat Fitzpatrick and John Wilkerson will have works on display. John, a local citizen journalist and award recipient in the Best of Photojournalism in 2008, will show a selection of nature photographs. Photographer Cathy Waugh continues to show her works reflecting personal impressions of the South. Images from her “Mardi Gras, Bay St. Louis” will be on display. Kat Fitzpatrick, who was recently awarded a Mississippi Arts Commission Painting Fellowship, will be showing her encaustics which incorporate beeswax, crystals and pigment on canvas or wood..

Seams Like Yesterday in Century Hall hosts members of the Bay Oaks Quilt Guild displaying a spectacular quilt “Starburst Serenade”. This handmade work of art in fiber will be raffled off at the Guild’s 2010 Quilt Show in April at the Diamondhead Community Center. You can view the quilt, meet Guild members and purchase tickets on Saturday evening.

At Paper Moon mixed media artist Vicki Niolet offers new jewelry and cards designed for Valentine’s Day. Shop for romantic designs in assemblage necklaces and pins with accompanying handmade paper collage cards. Ann Kearney joins other artists at Century Hall with her handmade Sugar Babies—very special dolls for kids and adults who need a little hug.

Gallery 220 features the work of Ruth Robards Thompson and Zita Waller. Thompson, a modestly self-proclaimed “generally nice person and very average artist” will show her latest works developed under the tutelage of a noted abstractionist. Waller’s work includes favorite historic buildings, homes, plantations and flowers. Gallery 220 and Clay Creations will serve a vast array of food and drink.

America’s Vacation Center and Fiesta at 212 Main St. showcase fun arts and crafts with Valentine’s specials and an opportunity to win a travel gift certificate. 212 will preview a new shop set to open in March. Suzi Walters, formerly of Bohemia will open Identity Village with new takes on vintage style. There will be tequila tastings with donations going to the Hancock County Food Pantry.

The Hot Spot for the 200 block will be the Buttercup Café with music sponsored by People’s Bank.

Hot Spot for the 100 block is Purple Snapper Gallery at 126 Main in maggie mays and the Serenity Gallery. Music is sponsored by Hancock Bank.

At Fashion Express register to win one of two $ 25.00 gift certificates where your Valentine will find designer jewelry, silks and other gifts.

Twin Light Creations, Garden & Home Decor of Distinction is clearing out the old to make room for all the new. Enjoy great savings on all past season outdoor displays. And please don’t forget your VALENTINE! Come, enjoy the elements of nature and take a little of the “Light” with you, located at 136 Main.

Proudest Monkey Paint Your Own Potter has just re-stocked. The best Valentines are made by your kids. Stop in to paint a gift that will be treasured forever. Artist Yuki Northington hosts an opening reception from 2 to 4 for the Mississippi Arts Commission- sponsored mixed media class. “Mermaids, music and more” features the works of Betsy Balder, Dale St. Amant, Gerry Stolz, and Renee Boxx.

Social Chair at 131 Main is celebrating the Saints with great last-minute Valentine’s Day gifts—exclusive NFL Saints metal purses with Swarovski crystals and pewter fleur-de-fish jewelry from New Orleans artist, Brandee Barrett.

Proudest Monkey, Social Chair, The Sycamore House and Bay Books will all be contributing to the Haiti relief effort by donating an emergency meal for each customer served Saturday evening.

Bay Books starts the day with Tough Talk and ends with inspiration with book events by two authors. Co-host of “Money Talks” Mississippi Public Radio’s weekly show on personal finance, Dr. Nancy Lottridge Anderson will be at Bay Books at 10 am with advice about managing your money in challenging times. The talk is free but reservations are encouraged. Afterwards, Dr. Anderson will sign her book Tough Talk for Tough Times, Real Conversations with Real People about Money and Finance.

From 5 to 7 Erin Akey, originally from Bay St. Louis, will sign After the Rain.Akey’s book is her personal story of struggle, love, hope and inspiration as a single mom after Hurricane Katrina to a joy-filled new love and new life.

The Second Saturday Art Walk is sponsored by the Bay St. Louis Old Town Merchants Association. For additional information call 228 463 2688.

BY: The Sea Coast Echo

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