Here are a few pictures from the first day of the Peter Anderson Festival in downtown Ocean Springs. Despite the rain, attendance seemed good. I’m headed back there right now and, hopefully, it will be a bit dryer.
Saturday, I’m off to the Peter Anderson Arts and Crafts Festival in Ocean Springs. I’m hoping to see some of the artists I met at Mississippi Art Colony back in late September and to meet even more artists. There will be “more than 400 artists, crafters and food vendors lining the downtown streets of Ocean Springs” according to the festival Facebook page.
Eleven of the 42 members of Mississippi Art Colony live in Ocean Springs. They are Kris Byrd, Rosemary Eagan, Monique Greathouse, Sandra Halat, Judy MacInnis, George Ann McCullough, Patt Odom, Susie Ranager, Norma Seward, Kathy Tosch, and Bryant Whelan. Some other Mississippi Art Colony members who work on the Gulf Coast are Pat Abernathy, Lyn Brown, Sherry Phillips Carlson, Paulette Dove, Kat Fitzpatrick, Vanda McCormick, and Cissy Quinn.
A couple of weekends ago, I went to ¡Latinfest! at the Mississippi Farmers’ Market in Jackson. After having a lunch of some delicious tacos, I watched the audience dancing the electric slide (do people still call it that?). After some announcements, Mariachi Jalisco & Danza Azteca performed and had everyone’s attention with their music and dancing.
For more photographs of the festival, check out Rick Guy’s photographs in The Clarion-Ledger (“Latin Fest brightens up day“, October 25, 2015). There are some videos posted on LatinFest MS’s Facebook page.
I did not meet any visual artists, but Ms. Addy Keith, one of the event organizers, invited me to contact her about MS Byways. If you know of any visual artists, especially those of Latino heritage, in Mississippi, please email me at email@example.com. By visual artists, I don’t mean only painters, sculptors, photographers, and draftsmen. It also means clothing designers, tattoo artists, mural and sign painters, filmmakers… I’m sure I could go on.