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?
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.
Early on at the festival, I ran into Vicksburg residents Becky and Randy Jolly and Lesley Silver.
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.
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.
All images are used with permission of the artist and subject.