p’Artake 44: Ocean Springs Art Association Fall 2015 Exhibit & Sale

Also at the Peter Anderson Festival in early November, I saw one of the ancillary exhibitions, p’Artake 44: Ocean Springs Art Association Fall 2015 Exhibit & Sale, at the Ocean Springs Community Center. Surrounded by Walter Anderson’s murals were an impressive number of artworks in the 44th annual exhibition, which ran from October 30 through November 14, 2015.

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p’Artake 44: Ocean Springs Art Association Fall 2015 Exhibit & Sale, at the Ocean Springs Community Center

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Walter Anderson’s murals cover the walls of the exhibition space.

Carole Marie, who is president of the Ocean Springs Art Association (OSAA), showed me one of her artworks in the show.

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Carole Marie, Tree in Moonlight #2, mixed mediums. copyright (c) the artist.

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Artist Carole Marie with her trademark purple-dyed American Indian-style braid

Carole Marie exhibits at The Art House, the cooperative gallery for members of OSAA. She works in a variety of mediums and genres, but the subject matter of classic cars is prominent in most of her current work, according to her promotional flyer and a Knight Foundation blog post, “New exhibitions at the Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art feature cars and parades,” written by By Barbara Johnson Ross, Ohr-Ohr’O’Keefe Museum of Art, in October 2014.

Here are two other artists I met at the OSAA exhibition: Ellen Ellis Lee and Debra Baldinger.

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Ellen Ellis Lee and her mixed mediums artwork entitled Willie Ann Wasp. artwork copyright (c) the artist.

Debra Baldinger portrait

Artist Debra Baldinger stands in front of one of her drawings (clearer picture of artwork is below).

Here are more of the artworks that were on view. (To read the captions with artists and titles, click on the image.)

All images used with permission of the Ocean Springs Art Association.

Peter Anderson Festival, Day Two

Sunday of the Peter Anderson Festival in early November was not as rainy and gave me time to meet time to meet a few more of the 400 (!) artists who had booths.

Ceramicist Casey Ginn won Best of Show at the 2014 festival and returned to the festival this year. He told me all about studying art under Sammy Britt and Malcolm Norwood at Delta State University back in the… seventies?

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Ceramic pot by Casey Ginn. Copyright (c) the artist.

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Artist Casey Ginn

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More artwork by Casey Ginn. Copyright (c) the artist.

One of the festival booths belonged to Steven Dark, who sculpts ceramic heads and face jugs and, after firing them, turns them over to Mother Nature.  He submerges them in the Gulf of Mexico near his “Pottery Central World Headquarters” in Gulf Shores, Alabama.  Crustaceans encrust on the surface, leaving growths and wormy lines on the heads. Yes, he’s an Alabamian, but he was in Mississippi for the festival, and I wanted to show you his work.

Artwork by Steven Dark. Copyright (c) the artist.

Artwork by Steven Dark. Copyright (c) the artist.

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Artwork by Steven Dark. Copyright (c) the artist.

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Artwork by Steven Dark. Copyright (c) the artist.

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Sam Williams, a ceramicist from Monroeville, Alabama, visits the booth of Steven Dark, who shows us a face jug with a limerick inscribed on the back.

Early on at the festival, I ran into Vicksburg residents Becky and Randy Jolly and Lesley Silver.

Educator Becky Jolly; Attic Gallery owner and artist Leslie Silver; and Randy Jolly, artist and Director of Gore Galleries in the Mississippi College Department of Art

Becky Jolly, Lesley Silver, and Randy Jolly at the Peter Anderson Festival

Lesley Silver is an artist and owns the Attic Gallery in downtown Vicksburg with her husband, Daniel Boone.  Becky Jolly works at Hinds Community College/Vicksburg Branch in the library and once did weaving. Artist Randy Jolly is the person who invited me to Mississippi Art Colony for a day in October. He directs the Gore Galleries in the Mississippi College Department of Art. I’ve interviewed Randy and will blog about him after I’ve done some transcribing.

Earnestine Williams of Ocean Springs has been sewing and making alterations for 55 years. She sold pieced blankets, quilts, and aprons, and more in her booth at the festival.

Earnestine Williams

Earnestine Williams

Earl Yandell, son of Norm Yandell who created Norm Bait Lures, talked to me about the lures he carves from wood. Their booth was full of colorful lures ready for fishing.

Fisher Willingham probably had more fun than anyone at the festival. I met him as he was skating the food area on his Ripstik board.

Fisher Willingham on his Ripstik board

All images are used with permission of the artist and subject.