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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The Centennial Mural Journey Begins

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Elizabeth Veglia and Sandra Cassibry

Mural artist Elizabeth Veglia (left) and Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College (MGCCC) Fine Arts Chair  (right) Sandra Cassibry begin celebration of Stone County’s Centennial. The mosaic tile mural will be dedicated May 10, 2016, and is supported by a grant from the Heritage Foundation and the Stone County Economic Development Partnership (SC EDP).

Veglia, Cassibry, and MGCCC art students are  working with mural architect Rusty Ryals and the SC EDP Centennial Committee on this significant project.SC100 Logo

Community Banners and Mosaic Tile Benches

Emily Sumrall’s 9th grade students dedicate “community banners” and mosaic tile benches to Stone County. The banners and benches were created by students in conjunction with fabric artist Marcus Weekley and tile artist Elizabeth Veglia and community volunteers. The banners will hang in Stone High School and the benches will be located on the nature trail between Perk Elementary and the Community Arts Center.

Sponsors for this project were: Bank of Wiggins, Friends of Stone County Libraries, Stone County Arts Council, Betsy and Otis Rowell and the SC Telling Trees Project. The project partner is MGCCC.

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Mosaic Tile Concrete Benches

Emily Sumrall’s 9th grade students from Stone High School recently spent two days with mosaic tile mural artist Elizabeth Veglia and Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College (MGCCC) arts instructor Sandra Cassibry creating mosaic tile concrete benches celebrating Stone County’s heritage plants and animals.

Project sponsors include the Bank of Wiggins, Betsy and Otis Rowell, the Friends of Stone County Libraries, the Stone County Arts Council, MGCCC, and the Stone County School District. We thank everyone for their support.

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Upcoming Events

March 20-22 Pine Hill Day. If you can help Daisha (601-928-6289) or Kelly (601-528-1123) with their efforts to pass out our SCAC information please contact them (March 21).

March 23: Join Friends of Stone County Libraries for the Dr. Seuss Celebration and Seuss Book Give Away at the Wiggins Library from 3:30-5:00pm.

March 24: SCAC Monthly meeting at the Visual Arts Center on the Perkinston Campus-5:30 pm. Bring pictures for the SCAC art show.

March 25: 8:15-2:15 Artist- Elizabeth Veglia/Sandra Cassibry- Mosaic Tile Workshop with MGCCC Art Students SHS 9th Graders – SCAC members welcome to stop by (Visual Arts Center).

March 27: 8:15-2:15- Quilter Marcus Weekley works with community volunteers and a second group of SHS 9th graders at the CAC in a fabric arts workshop making community banners. We need one more volunteer. Please call Kathryn Lewis 228-697-4505 if you are interested.

March 28: 9am-noon- Artist Sherry Carlson presents Watercolor Workshop: Painting Flowers. Call Sandra at 601-928-6298 to register and for additional information.

Save the Date: Full day workshop- April 11- Suncatchers with Daniel Calcote!

Sunset Through the Longleaf Pine

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Blaylock Park – “Sunset Through the Longleaf Pine”

Sunset Through the Longleaf Pine is the original Stone County Mural.  Erected in Blaylock Park in Wiggins facing Pine Street, the mural allows the viewer to see what the pioneers who settled in Mississippi’s virgin pine forests in the early part of the 20th century saw every day. Today, one of the few remaining stands of Longleaf Pines can be seen from the Flint Creek Water Park.

The ceramic tiles in this mural were cut by hand. The bricks fronting the mural are some of the original Pine Hill bricks.

Mural artists were Elizabeth Veglia and Sandra Cassibry and the art students of the Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, Perkinston Campus. The mural was dedicated in 2007. Photo is by Cille McHenry Litchfield.