Coming Events

September 18, 4PM-5PM, Community Arts Center, MGCCC, Perkinston
Stone County Arts Council Presents Kids Artists Workshop Fall Tree
September 19
530-630PM, Malone Fine Arts Building, Room 104, MGCCC, Perkinston
Monthly Stone County Arts Council Meeting
630PM, Malone Fine Arts Building, Gallery, MGCCC, Perkinston
Gallery Opening, Joy Jennings and Mary Ann Long:
Two Views, Two Styles, and Two Stone County Girls
 
September 23, 9AM-3PM,Community Arts Center, MGCCC, Perkinston
Join Artist Kelly Spacht for a Free-Form Basket Workshop. Call Sandra Cassibry at 601-528-2343 for more information and to register.
 
September 25, 6PM-730PM, Community Arts Center, MGCCC, Perkinston
PAWS for ART – The Stone County SPCA (SCSPCA) in partnership with the Stone County Arts Council (SCAC) is offering a fun night of art, sipping lemonade and sweet tea, and painting the State of Mississippi.  Fee is a donation of $45 to benefit the SCSPCA to pay for kitten/cat spay/neuter. Instruction by artist Sandra Cassibry. PLEASE register ASAP so we can have adequate supplies on hand. To register, contact Kathryn Lewis  at 228-697-4505 or klewis23@yahoo.com. All Supplies are furnished.
 
Community Notes:
September 24, 730AM-10AM, FUMC Wiggins
Pancake Breakfast benefitting the Friends of Stone County Libraries
                              
November 11
Dedication of Stone County’s Bicentennial (36th) Mural – A Gathering of Heroes

New Mural Takes Shape

“A Gathering of Stone County Heroes” is the newest Stone County mural. This mural celebrates Mississippi’s Bicentennial.

Newest Mural
A Gathering of Stone County Heroes

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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Stone County Centennial – Mississippi Bicentennial Poles Update

The newest set of Mississippi Centennial – Stone County Bicentennial Poles are in place at the Stone County Economic Development Office, located in the historic Wiggins Depot. The poles celebrate Stone County’s Centennial and Mississippi’s Bicentennial, its culture and heritage. The pole project was funded in part through a Bicentennial grant from the Mississippi Department of Archives and History and the Mississippi Humanities Council.
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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.

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.

 

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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Additional Centennial Poles Planned

Stone County continues its Centennial Celebration and the Mississippi Bicentennial by adding four more sets of Garden poles to honor our culture, heritage and the arts! In addition to the Centennial poles in place at Jack’s Hardware, the Bank of Wiggins, and the Stone County Enterprise, additional poles will be added for the Stone County Economic Development Partnership, the Stone County Arts Council, Stone County Libraries and Mississippi Bicentennial Poles at the Stone County Centennial Mural. Partnerships include the Stone County Arts Council, Bank of Wiggins and the Friends of Stone County Libraries. These additional poles are “an official bicentennial project made possible by a grant from the Mississippi Humanities Council, through support from the Mississippi Development Authority.”
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Centennial Poles at the Bank of Wiggins

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Celebrating Stone County’s Centennial! The first set of “Centennial Garden Poles” are located at the branch of the Bank of Wiggins! The Bank was one of the sponsors for the poles. Local artists painted the Centennial Poles, the Heritage poles that celebrate businesses that are at least 100 years old, and a theme pole that celebrates the business  (painted by artist Kym Garraway).

Congratulations to Stone County and the Bank of Wiggins on their 100th Birthday!

Pictured l to r: Vicky Bass, Jessica Hickman, Chelsie Black, Tammy Ladner, Jen Bowman, Ron Stanley and Bret Berger.