Second Saturday Artwalk in Old Town BSL
By Echo staff
Nov 10, 2017, 22:33
Gallery 220 will feature artists Janet Densmore and Barbara Brodtmann for Second Saturday. The above painting by Densmore features the artist’s trademark layers of transparent glazes, embedded with light-refracting pigments to create “chiaroscuro” (light out of darkness) imagery.
The members of the Old Town Merchants Association invite everyone to join them this Saturday in downtown Bay St. Louis for the November edition of their monthly Second Saturday Artwalk.
Over the past two decades, the Second Saturday Artwalk has become one of the most popular monthly community events on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.
Gallery openings, shop and restaurant specials and live music make the streets of Old Town swirl with a fun, family energy.
While things are lively all day, the music and specials take place from 4-8 p.m.
The November 2017 Old Town Merchants Association Hot Spots are down the road from each other on Main Street in Old Town Bay St. Louis. Both Hot Spots—Social Chair and Biz-zee Bee—will host special activities between 4 and 8 p.m
201 Main Street
Bay St Louis, MS 39520
The November 2017 Old Town Merchants Association Hot Spots are down the road from each other on Main Street in Old Town Bay St. Louis. Both Hot Spots—Social Chair and Biz-zee Bee—will host special activities between 4:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.
At 201 Main Street, Social Chair is an Old Town fixture. Owned by Yuki Northington, who holds degrees in fine art and interior design, the store opened shortly after Hurricane Katrina demolished the town. Despite the devastation that surrounded her, she spotted a niche to be filled, and she filled it.
Social Chair hums with positive energy year long, and those shopping for their homes will find furniture, tableware, and luxury bedding. Others will find trendy and sparkling jewelry to their liking. During the holiday season, the store sings with an eclectic variety of ornaments and seasonal decor. Yuki is especially excited to offer a new line of handmade Seagem oyster pottery out of Louisiana.
Get a jump on your holiday shopping at Social Chair, and stop by for live music, a pop-up park for kids, dix-mix samples, and a gift-with-purchase giveaway. At the end of the night on Second Saturday, November 11, some lucky person is going to walk away with a handmade Swarovski crystal creation, one of Social Chair's top-selling pieces. It might be you!
111B Main Street
Bay St Louis, MS 39520
Right down the road at 111B Main Street, Biz-zee Bee has been a coastal favorite since relocating to Bay St. Louis in 2005.
“Biz-zee Bee is like two stores in one," owner Janelle Graham explains, gesturing toward three high-tech sewing machines behind the register, where Janelle Hilliard, Janelle's aunt, "mans" the machines, adding custom embroidery and monogramming to items purchased at Biz-zee Bee and elsewhere.
In addition to the best in seasonal children's clothing, smocked baby clothes, and nautical wear for the young crowd, Biz-zee Bee also caters to local dance troupes, with shoes and clothes for ballet, jazz, and tap. And while it is a children's shop, two adult brands are also carried: Charles River raincoats and Comfort Colors BSL tee-shirts. Gift-wrapping is free, too, making the shop easy for shower-shoppers.
After 12 years of serving the Bay area, Graham and Hilliard are most proud of their small-town personal level of customer service. "It's what keeps people coming back," Graham says, adding that she has made a lot of friends through the years. "You really can't beat the Old Town shopping experience,” she says. ?
For the latest in children's fall fashions, stop by Biz-zee Bee for Second Saturday hours and enjoy live music and kid-friendly goodies. Beat the rush on your special embroidery needs and holiday shopping. The embroidery drop-off deadline is December 15; don't miss it!
Elsewhere for Second Saturday
Visit Gallery 220 at 220 Main Street, Bay St. Louis to celebrate Second Saturday. There you will also get the chance to meet featured artists Janet Densmore and Barbara Brodtmann – two local realist painters.
Most realist painters deal with light and have been doing so for centuries. Densmore follows the same path advantaged by newer materials merged with the same traditional ones Rembrandt used to create his “chiaroscuro” (light out of the darkness) imagery.
Inspired by the sky and water here at the beach, works on view by J.G.Densmore actually change color. No black-light gimmickry here. Layers of transparent glazes embedded with light-refracting pigments allow her to work subtle magic.
“I look up and the amazing skies here enliven me,” she adds: “I feel so fortunate to be here to witness it all.”
Though the artist is quick to admit the near impossibility of painting such fleeting phenomena, “still I try. I struggle to paint the light changing so my paintings have to change with the light,” she explains, and they do!
Brodtmann uses her paintbrush to create impressions of life on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Natural light has always been the main attraction for the artist’s choice of subject and color palette. To capture the unique light and color of the coast Brodtmann has narrowed her focus to her favorite media: watercolor and acrylic.
Born in Michigan and educated at Hillsdale College and Syracuse University, Brodtmann moved to New Orleans in the 1970s and began painting professionally, eventually settling in coastal Mississippi.
Brodtmann has a long history of teaching art, to both children and adults. Working along in partnership with local government and organizations, she has introduced thousands of children to art through the years.
More recently, she has been teaching adults during her “Wine, Women and Watercolor” sessions. Brodtmann’s work is featured at several regional galleries: Behold Gallery, Gallery 220 in Bay St, Louis, MS and Le Jarden in New Orleans, LA. She also accepts commissions and creates portraits of children and pets.