Art and business merge on Saturday, Aug. 31 in Ocean Springs, Miss. with the 22nd annual Artwalk in the town’s art district. During the free event, many area art galleries will open their doors with special offers in addition to the usual fine art available. Between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., visitors can browse the many shops and galleries, view artists at work, and purchase art, antiques and craft items throughout the downtown area.
Among the galleries celebrating the day will be The Art House artists’ cooperative, located at 921 Cash Alley. During the event, purchases of art from the gallery enjoy a 10% discount and refreshing lemonade will be available for purchase. With 22 artist members, the styles and pieces available from The Art House cover a wide range of possibilities. Featured artists Norma Seward and Ruth Kimbrough share their “Summer on the Bayou” exhibit, and the gallery’s new “Thrifty Fifty and Under” room will provide many opportunities for savvy shoppers.
Cub Scout Troop 220 has scheduled a popcorn fundraiser in conjunction with Artwalk. Look for them at the Depot, a former L&N line station. The old station at 1000 Washington Avenue now houses the Chamber of Commerce.
The Ocean Springs Art & Antiques Market runs between 9 a.m and 3 p.m. on the grounds of the Mary C. O’Keefe Cultural Center at 1600 Government St. Booths include handmade craft items, antiques and other collectible vendors. This marks the first year that antiques and collectibles will be a part of the Market. Visitors can park free near the historic schoolhouse which provides the Center’s home.
The historic Artwalk celebrates the Ocean Springs artistic community and the town’s history. The charming town received the 2013 Great American Main Street Award and offers an attractive destination at any time, but especially so during the annual Artwalk. As home to the Walter Anderson Museum of Art and Shearwater Pottery in addition to the many galleries in the community, Ocean Springs provides an art lover’s oasis of delight on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.
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