37th Annual Peter Anderson Festival, Day One

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.

Festival participants Bailee Nelson (left) and Kristian Rogers

Festival participants Bailee Nelson (left) and Kristian Rogers

In front of The Pink Rooster art gallery in Ocean Springs, Sherry Phillips Carlson paints a street scene during the Peter Anderson Festival.

In front of The Pink Rooster art gallery in Ocean Springs, Sherry Phillips Carlson paints a street scene during the Peter Anderson Festival.

Sherry Carlson's watercolor

Sherry Phillips Carlson’s watercolor

Festival sign on beer cart

37th Annual Peter Anderson Festival

Festival poster from Facebook

Festival poster from Facebook

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.

Patt Odom paints during Mississippi Art Colony, fall 2015 at Henry S. Jacob Camp, Utica, Mississippi.

Patt Odom paints during Mississippi Art Colony, fall 2015 at Henry S. Jacob Camp, Utica, Mississippi.

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.

Norma Seward paints at Mississippi Art Colony in September 2015.

Norma Seward paints at Mississippi Art Colony in September 2015.

¡Latinfest! 2015

Dancers at LatinFest 2015

Danza Azteca  (I’m still identifying them, but I do know the name of the dancer on the far left: Esmerelda Montragon. Let me know if you know the names of the other dancers.)

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.

Mariachi Jalisco performs

Mariachi Jalisco

Volunteers at LatinFest 2015: (from left to right) Joycie Wilson, Addy Keith (event organizer), Diamond Williams, Jamie Lopez

Volunteers at LatinFest 2015: (from left to right) Joycie Wilson, Addy Keith (event organizer), Diamond Williams, Jamie Lopez

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 bbatton@msmuseumart.org.  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.