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Art in the Pass and Celebrate the Gulf expected to bring thousands to the Coast
By Echo Staff
Apr 1, 2014, 17:41

This year's annual Art in the Pass will host more than 100 artists from 15 states in a two-day juried arts festival to be held at scenic War Memorial Park overlooking the Gulf in Pass Christian, Miss. The event will take place Saturday and Sunday April 5-6 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and include seafood cooking demonstrations, a marine educational program for children and live music. Admission is free.
Now in its 17th year, Art in the Pass showcases artists who work in a variety of mediums including painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, pottery, fiber arts, glass arts, woodworking and jewelry.
The featured artist for this year’s event will be “steampunk” engineer John von Walrod, recipient of the 2013 Creative Arts Award at the Peter Anderson Art Festival. Steampunk is a visual style mixing old with new, combining the practical uses of modern technology with the design aesthetic of the Victorian age. He will show his Neo-Victorian machines assembled, in his words, “from odd bits, found objects, and, to some minds, useless old junk.”
On Sunday, April 6 Rob Stinson, host of the Fit to Eat cooking show on Mississippi Public Broadcasting, will make an appearance as Art in the Pass’s guest chef. Stinson is the owner of three award-winning restaurants in Mississippi.
Entertainment will be provided around the park’s gazebo. Saturday’s performers will include local favorite Bobby Allison as well as Reggie and Sandy Murray of Nashville. Sunday’s lineup will feature Rochelle Harper and Boz of Bay St. Louis, Phil Williams of Bay St. Louis and Judy Black and the Mississippi Irish Dancers of Ocean Springs.
The annual Celebrate the Gulf Marine Education Festival will be held concurrently with Art in the Pass and is a free, fun, family-friendly event to be held on Saturday, April 5 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m., adjacent to the park’s playground. Celebrate the Gulf will offer lively hands-on activities addressing marine and estuarine environmental issues, and recreational and commercial uses associated with the Gulf of Mexico.
Art in the Pass is a program of Pass Christian Main Street Association. Its sponsors include the Department of Marine Resources and the City of Pass Christian, with the Gazebo Gazette as media sponsor. For more information on Art in the Pass, visit www.artinthepass.com.


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