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‘SOUPer MudFest’ returns for March Old Town Artwalk
Mar 1, 2013, 19:06

This month’s Second Saturday Artwalk in Old Town Bay St. Louis is set for March 9 and there are a whole host of activities on tap for the day.
While Old Town will be lively all day, the Artwalk officially kicks into high gear from 4-8 p.m., with gallery openings, shop specials and live music on the streets.
This month, the “SOUPer Mud Fest marks its return to Old Town.
Merchants will host open houses and fill special “pottery bowls” with soup. The bowls are all hand-crafted by local artists.
Bowls an be purchased at the corner of Main and Second streets from 4-8 p.m. For more, call 463-9222.

Other Second Saturday Events include:
The nature photography of P. Chris Christofferson and the striking furniture and wood sculptures created by Cairo will be featured during the Second Saturday Artwalk at Gallery 220 in Old Town Bay St Louis on March 9th. The festivities will begin at 5 p.m. in the historic building on the corner of Toulme and Main Street with drinks, food and live music. The artists will be present to discuss their work and answer any questions.
P. Chris Christofferson is a new artist in our community. She had been a medical malpractice attorney in Louisiana for 20 years when Katrina hit. The storm provided the catalyst to assess her current life and future with the result being a determined resolve to pursue photography as the medium for capturing nature’s beauty. Since 2010 she has lived permanently in Waveland and is enthralled by the wonderland of fleeting, glorious images with the beach and swamps steps from her door. Sunsets over the water, shore birds and ducks, alligators and swamp scenes, flowers and insects, even Katrina remnants such as the madonnas guarding empty lots alight for her as visual gems. Chris is living her dream with invaluable assistance from her husband, Robert. Her work is available at Gallery 220 and Bay Cleaners in Bay St. Louis and Katie’s Restaurant in Mid City New Orleans. The artist may be reached at photos@pchris.net.
Cairo began working in wood upon his retirement from the specialized field of slipform concrete construction. He traveled the world during that time, living in Egypt, the Philippines, Thailand, Mexico and China. He settled on the Mississippi Gulf Coast 15 years ago, and opened his studio in Clermont Harbor. After he lost his home and studio in Katrina he moved inland to the small community of Henleyfield, MS. In this new and expanded space, the artist has been creating many pieces of art. A grant from the Mississippi Arts Commission provided him with a portable sawmill, which he is using to fashion large pieces of furniture including dining tables and beds. Cairo also continues to carve animals out of wood, including his well-loved “dancing frog” series.
Cairo has exhibited his work around the country and has been featured on Gulfport-Biloxi’s WLOX and Mississippi Public Broadcasting. Collectors of his work include Barbara Walters and Eric Clapton. His work may be seen at Gallery 220 and on the web at http:/cairosbayou.blogspot.com.
Cairo and Chris will be joined by the all of the artists from Gallery 220 and Clay Creations. As always, they will be serving up the best food and drink in Old Town, offered gratis to their patrons in appreciation for their support. So come on down to Old Town, load up your plate with your favorite food and drink, and browse the wonderful collection of art in the building.
Chris will have a raffle of an unframed photograph of winner’s choice up to size 11x14 and her husband Robert and friend Marvin Story will play music of oldies rock at the gallery. For more information, call 228 466.6347.

Legends of the Gulf Coast
Local historian, Edmond Boudreaux, will be at Bay Books on Saturday, March 9th from 5:00-7:00 to sign his book, *Legends and Lore of the Mississippi Golden Gulf Coast*.
The story of the Mississippi Golden Gulf Coast can't be told without a few tall tales--pirates, buried treasure, ghosts and colorful characters pepper its diverse past. From incredible stories of the pirate Jean Lafitte t iconic legends like Barq's Root Beer, travel from Bay St. Louis to Pascagoula and every nook and cranny in between to discover the legends and lore of Mississippi's Golden Gulf Coast.
Mixed in the Golden Gulf Coast history and historic structures were legends and lore. Some of these legends and lore are rooted deep in the history of Mississippi's Golden Gulf Coast. Retold from generation to generation and with each generation modified and refined. It is hard to separate fact from fiction in many of these legends and lore but they do give us a window into the Mississippi's Golden Gulf Coast culture. Som legends are believed to be fact but are just well created tales that entertain and amuse us. Mixed with historical facts they become a part of the history of the Mississippi's Golden Gulf Coast. This book will explore and separate the facts and fiction of these historic legends and how they have evolved over time. These legends and lore over time have gained a life of their own. These legends and historical lore have become part of the fabric of Mississippi's Golden Gulf Coast culture and a piece of it history.
For more information or to reserve your copy of *Legends and Lore of the Mississippi Golden Gulf Coast *please contact Bay Books at 228.463.2688.


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