Spring is in the Air

Spring is definitely here and the time to enjoy it is the relaxing evening of the Second Saturday Art Walk in Bay St. Louis today in historic Old Town.

From 5 to 8 p.m. the art, fun, music, food and shopping will be yours in the pedestrian-friendly event sponsored by the Old Town Merchants Association.

A kids’ event is a special treat at 2 p.m. at Bay Books when Louisiana author Linda Deniger presents a puppet show based on her book Salty Seas and His Heroic Friends. It’s a tale of shrimp fishing and the wildlife of Grand Isle, Louisiana, and the environment and love of nature are familiar and well-loved by all on the Gulf Coast. Deniger will return to Bay Books at 131 Main Street from 5 to 7 to sign her book. She’ll be joined by Gulfport author Terry Miles, writer of the “cozy little murder mysteries” series with her latest title.

Uptown Interiors at 111 Main Street, will have the fabulous local photographer John Wilkerson is the store for Second Saturday. His local photographs exhibit the coastal scenes at their best. Photos include many nature scenes from the Hancock County area including the famous “Waveland Flamingo.” Stop by Uptown on Second Saturday as they are always receiving new shipment and have just received great new graduation gifts and wedding gifts!

The Hot Spot, TWIN LIGHT CREATIONS, Garden & Home Decor of Distinction, invites you to join in their anniversary celebration. Meet master gardener Yvette Cutrer, whose imagination is unending. The “living wreath” is her signature art design where mixed greens and flowers are arranged to create a lush materpiece! Enjoy the sounds of Becky Eymard, sponsored by Hancock Bank. Refreshments will be served on the deck overlooking the gardens. Come enjoy the elements of nature and take a little of the “light” with you! Located at 136 Main Street, in the heart of Old Town.

Gallery 220 in Old Town Bay St. Louis celebrates spring during the Second Saturday Art Walk featuring the work of Meg Henson and Nonie Johns. Both artists will be present in the gallery from 5-8 PM to discuss their work. Artist Meg Henson is crazy about gourds. Birdhouses, bird feeders, garden ornaments, flamingos, Christmas ornaments, vases, or musical instruments: gourds can be anything! Meg’s techniques for finishing a gourd have been taken from traditional and ancient tribal methods such as carving and pyrography as well as modern abstract inspirations. Her Avant Gourds for Second Saturday will feature colorful birdhouses, bird feeders & shekeries (African musical instruments similar to a maraca) to adorn your porch, patio, and garden for spring. To preview samples of her work, stop by the gallery or check her website at http://www.avantgourds.net. Please come by on Second Saturday to pick out a gourd for your home and remember they make great affordable gifts for Mother’s Day! Profits from any of the HAITI gourds will be donated to Haiti relief efforts.

Nonie Johns is a relative newcomer to the coast, but her presence in the world of art has been long established. Nonie is a paper artist, specializing in hand made cards and books. In addition to her mixed media constructions, collages, journals and humorous cards, Nonie will have a new focus this month. Handmade vintage aprons are a new obsession with her, and she has whipped up a collection for the Artwalk at Gallery 220. She will also have handmade sunglasses available, just in time to celebrate the beginning of the new season. Nonie’s work may be seen online at noniejohns.blogspot.com.

As always, the two dozen artists at Gallery 220 and Clay Creations will be serving up a vast array of goodies for the evening’s festivities, all at no charge. Live music will be provided courtesy of Peoples Bank, so come on over to the historic building on the corner of Toulme and Main Streets in the prettiest town on the Mississippi Gulf Coast and usher in spring with the artists of 220 Main Street. Pamela Tripp and Dale Simmons will be showing pottery and paintings from April 10 through May 8th. at Eclipse Gallery in Century Hall, 112 South Second Street.

Dale Simmons and Pamela Tripp have been collaborating on pottery for 30 years. Simmons’ pottery is wheelthrown and fired in kilns he has built. The glazes are not purchased premixed, but are formulated by the potter. What sets their pottery apart is the masterful thrown forms and the imagery incorporated in the glazing process. The imagery is designed and applied by Pamela Tripp-Simmons.

A child of the1950’s, Tripp feels a familiarity with the textile designs that were popular around her as a child. She remembers as a child napping on a handmade quilt and being fascinated by the many varied designs. She is incorporating these as well as designs from her vintage fabric collection,to Raku pottery. On May 8th the public is invited to see Dale Simmons creating wheel thrown pottery and watch Pamela Tripp decorate Simmons’ pottery.

The Salon Gallery at Century Hall features new works in photography by Tim Donohoe and Marilynn Masters Arseneau. The gallery also exhibits works by Dot Copeland in watercolor, Mary Pat Forrest and Marcia Prejean in mixed media, and Elizabeth Veglia in mosaics and assemblage.

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

The Sea Coast Echo

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