Grant for Teaching Artist

Amy Perry, Cher Barefoot, Angelia Ross and Teaching Artist Tonya Hayes celebrate the announcement that Stone Middle School in Wiggins, Mississippi, received a grant from the Mississippi Alliance for Arts Education (MAAE), to research, study and present the story of Emilie and Marie Stapp. The Stapp sisters were Stone County community advocates , philanthropists, and Emily was a world known children’s writer.
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SCAC / Oil on Canvas Workshop

Join us for the Stone County Arts Council April meeting on April 18 at 5:30 PM, Community Arts Center, Perkinston.
Following the meeting at 6:30 PM, Artist Joy Jennings will conduct an Oil on Canvas workshop. 12″x12″ canvas plus some oil paints will be provided. If you want to paint on a larger canvas or use another medium, please provide your own materials. Cost: Members $25, non-members $35. Contact Sandra Cassibry for additional information and to register for the class-601-528-2343 or 601-928-6298.

Author Louise Borden Visits Stone County Schools

Children’s author Louise Borden recently visited Stone County schools and the after-school program. Using books donated by Wynn and Carolyn Alexander, this project was an official Bicentennial program supported by a grant from the Mississippi Humanities Council and the Mississippi Development Authority.

SCAC April Meeting and “Painting Flowers” Workshop

The Stone County Arts Council will hold their April meeting on April 18th, 5:30 pm at the Community Arts Center on the Perkinston Campus of Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College.

Following the meeting, artist Joy Jennings will present “Painting Flowers.” All supplies will be furnished. Cost for members is $25. Cost for non-members is $35.

For further information or to register, call Sandra Cassibry at (601) 928-6298.

Joy Jennings

Stone County Arts Council News

The Stone County Arts Council will meet March 21, 5:30 pm-Community Arts Center, Perkinston Campus . The monthly Meeting followed by a workshop presented by Kelly Spacht: “Painting Jellyfish.”  All supplies furnished. Cost is $25 for members and $35 for non-members. Call Sandra Cassibry (601) 928-6298 for additional information and to reserve a spot.
Arts at the Capitol, March 29, 12:30-2:30, State Capitol Rotunda, Jackson, Mississippi -Stone County will have a table!
Coast Bicentennial Celebration, March 31 – April 1, 2017. The Pine Hill Dulcimers will play at 4:30 pm on March 31st at Centennial Park on Highway 90 in Gulfport.
Award Winning Children’s Author Louise Borden will have a book signing and author feedback session on  April 3, 2017 at 5:30 pm at the Wiggins Library.
Congratulations to Sandra Cassibry and Daniel Calcote, their students and Stone County  for the beautiful Bicentennial Mural (Number 8, mosaic tile) that was dedicated on March 18, 2017 during the Pine Hill Celebration on the grounds of the Stone County Courthouse.

Louise Borden Visits Stone County!

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Award winning children’s author Louise Borden will visit Stone County. This official bicentennial project is  made possible by a grant from the Mississippi Humanities Council and through support from the Mississippi Development Authority in partnership with the Friends of Stone County Libraries and Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College (MGCCC). Louise Borden is the author of 19 picture books, and several picture book biographies.
Ms. Borden is a featured presenter at the 2017 (50th Annual) Fay B. Kaigler Children’s Book Festival April 5-7 at the University of Southern Mississippi.  All of Borden’s events are free and open to the public. For further information contact Kathryn Lewis at (228) 697-4505.
Louise Borden’s Schedule for April 3, 2017:
9 am
America Is
Malone Fine Arts Building, Perkinston Campus, MGCCC
                 
1pm
The Journey that Saved Curious George
Malone Fine Arts Building, Perkinston Campus, MGCCC
                                                                        
3:30pm
America Is …Mississippi Is
Stone Middle School, Wiggins
5:30pm
Book Signing and Author Feedback (Refreshments)
Wiggins Public Library, Wiggins

Thank You Wynn and Carolyn Alexander!

Wynn and Carolyn Alexander donated $500 to the Friends of Stone County Libraries to purchase books for Award Winning Louise Borden’s visit. Each classroom teacher attending the presentations and each public and school library in Stone County will receive a book. This donation will be used to help match the Bicentennial Grant received from the Mississippi Humanities Council and the Mississippi Development Authority.

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(L-R): Carolyn Alexander, Tonya Bolton (representing Stone County School District), Wynn Alexander.

 

News and Notes from the SCAC

A Gathering of Heroes

The “Perk Players” in partnership with “The Telling Trees Project” presented A Gathering of Heroes.  Admission to the production included donations to “Our Daily Bread Food Pantry”! Over 15 flats of food were donated!
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Food Collections

Third Annual Creative Economy Workshop

The Stone County Economic Development Partnership, MS Gulf Coast Community College and the Mississippi Creative Economy sponsored the Third Annual Creative Economy Workshop, February 23, 2017, at the Community Arts Center on the Perkinston Campus of Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College. Featured speakers included Tonya Sanders Hays (Wings Director and writer of the two “Telling Trees” Plays featuring Stone County stories), Rick Wilemon (William Carey University-curator, painter, and sculptor) and Bethany Byrd (Marketing) “Own Your Hill”.  Robert St. John was the luncheon keynote speaker and the Ultimate Panel Discussion followed – Tres Hombres– Robert St. John (Chef, Restaurateur, Author), Malcolm White (Director Mississippi Arts Commission) and Wyatt Waters (watercolorist and author)! 65+ participants enjoyed a day of sharing and learning from these incredible workshop leaders!
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Wyatt Waters, Malcolm White, Robert St. John

Stone County Arts Council March Meeting                       and Kelly Spacht Workshop

The Stone County Arts Council will meet on March 21, 2017 at 4:30pm at the Community Arts Center on the Perkinston Campus of Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College. The meeting is open to all interested participants.
Following the meeting, at 5:30pm, artist Kelly Spacht will present the workshop “Painting Jellyfish.” The workshop is open to SCAC members for $25 and non-members for $40. For more information and to register, contact Sandra Cassibry at (601) 928-2343 or (601) 928-6298.
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Kelly Spacht Jellyfish

Join us at The Mary O’Keefe for Red Creek Currents!

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Artist Wyatt Waters and the SCAC Paint Red Creek

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Wyatt Waters’ Easel
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SCAC with Wyatt Waters at Red Creek

 

The Mural Journey Continues

Mural Artist Elizabeth Veglia, Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College (MGCCC), Perkinston Campus, art teachers Sandra Cassibry and Daniel Calcote and their art student are creating Stone County’s 8th mosaic tile mural and 35th County Mural. The newest mural celebrates Mississippi’s Bicentennial and will be formally dedicated at the Pine Hill Celebration in Wiggins on March 18, 2017.  This project is a partnership of the Stone County Economic Development Partnership, MGCCC, and the Stone County Board of Supervisors and was made possible by a grant from the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources and the Mississippi Gulf Coast National Heritage Area, whose mission is to promote understanding of and to conserve and enhance the heritage resources of the six Mississippi Gulf Coast counties.
 
Front row L to R – Devonna Meuller, Diamondhead; Kendrick Zimmerman, Collins; Ciara Fountain, Perkintson; Back Row: Kaitlyn Breland, Wiggins; Elizabeth Veglia, Bay St. Louis; Daniel Calcote, Wiggins; Sandra Cassibry, Magnolia; and Wyatt Wood, Lumberton.
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Book Signing – The Perk Paperboy

Len Blackwell, well-known Coast attorney, Stone County native and author of The Perk Paperboy, will be available to sign his book, The Perk Paperboy, before and after the 2pm matinee performance of “A Gathering of Heroes“: Stone County Stories on February 19, 2017,  at Malone Hall on the Perkinston Campus of Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College. Len will also be available before and following the performance of “A Gathering of Heroes” at the Mary C. O’Keefe in Ocean Springs, Mississippi on March 4, 2017, at 7pm.

The play, inspired by Blackwell’s book: The Perk Paperboy, follows a young Len Blackwell on his paper route  journey as he discovers “everyday heroes” in his community. Additional performances include February 16-18, 2017, at 7pm at Malone on the Perkinston Campus. Tickets, available at the door,  are $5 or $5 in canned foods for the Stone County Our Daily Bread Food Pantry.

For additional information contactDirector Daisha Walker-601-928-6289.

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Len Blackwell