ArtsAlive! celebration in Bay St. Louis
By Geoff Belcher
Mar 17, 2017, 17:57
The Arts, Hancock County will host its annual "ArtsAlive!" celebration in Old Town Bay St. Louis on Saturday, with artists displaying and teaching their disciplines up at various locations and vendor booths lining the streets from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
After that, the new "Short Film Showcase" is scheduled to kick off at 7 p.m. at the Mockingbird Cafe."
"It's a lot bigger than last year!" The Arts President Martha Whitney-Butler said Friday. "It seems like we have a lot more crafts this year, a lot more artists. It's definitely going to be bigger and better than ever!"
The Arts, Hancock County has hosted the ArtsAlive! annually since 2004, but in turned its signature event – previously a low-key tour of artists' studios – into "A Festival of Art, Music, Literature, Cuisine and Theater in Old Town Bay St. Louis.”
"It's an all-day thing," Butler said.
A host of talented local and regional artists and artisans will showcase their work at multiple Old Town locations, including Bay Life; Bay Books; Serious Bread; the Hancock County Courthouse; Social Chair; Bohemian Gallery; The French Potager; Gallery 220; California Drawstrings; Magnolia Antiques; Smith & Lens; the Mockingbird Cafe; and Bay Emporium.
Bay Emporium will also host the "Lazy Magnolia Pottery Village," which, according to organizer, "will bring to life the experience of making pottery for adults and kids alike, showcasing a wide range of pottery and ceramic arts. Throughout the day, local artists will demonstrate a variety of techniques for working with clay to form beautiful and functional art. Hands-on activities will let you try your hand at wheel throwing and handbuilding to make pottery," for a nominal fee.
The village will also include a live performance by the Bay's own "Mad Potter" Steve Barney and his STEAMpunk contraption, with a special tasting of craft beers from Lazy Magnolia Brewery.
This year's event also includes a "Literary Showcase," with an "On the Spot Flash Fiction Contest." Participants will compete for cash prizes for the best work of flash fiction created during the event. The topic will be revealed to entrants from 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. at Bay Books, 31 Main St.," and writers will have until 1 p.m. to turn in their 400-word or less pieces. Writers will read their entries aloud to an audience at the Mockingbird at 2 p.m.
Amateur chefs will be able to enter the "Serious Salsa Down South" contest during the Culinary Showcase at Serious Bread, 131 Main St., Suite D. Cash prizes will go to the top three winners, with the judging at 2 p.m.
The Mockingbird, 110 S. Second St., will host this year's Singer/Songwriter Showcase, with live performances beginning at 3 p.m. Rochelle Harper and Boz will be the judges.
The Mockingbird will also host the Short Film Showcase, featuring short films produced by local filmmakers, starting at approximately 7 p.m.
The day's schedule of events is as follows:
• 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Artist Showcase at all locations.
• 10 a.m.-10 p.m., Juried show for career artists at 200 North Beach Restaurant, second floor.
• 10 a.m.-5 p.m., "Imagination Station" at Bay Emporium, 112 S. Second St.
1-3 p.m., Flash Fiction contest readings
2 p.m., Culinary "Serious Salsa" Competition at Serious Bread, 131 Main, Suite D.
3 p.m., Singer/Songwriter competition, the Mockingbird Cafe.
7 p.m., Short Film Showcase, the Mockingbird Cafe.