Briley Hines (McHenry), Paxton and Lucy George (Perk), Katharine Spacht (Perk), and Donna and Davis Walker were among the students at the Summer Art Workshop sponsored by the Stone County Arts Council in partnership with the Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College. Art Instructor Kelli Spacht worked with students to create different art pieces each day! Students learned weaving, drawing, abstract watercolor painting, and made Chihuly inspired bowls.
A Gathering of Heroes
Third Annual Creative Economy Workshop
Stone County Arts Council March Meeting and Kelly Spacht Workshop
Join us at The Mary O’Keefe for Red Creek Currents!
Artist Wyatt Waters and the SCAC Paint Red Creek
The Perk Players and The Telling Trees Project present “A GATHERING OF HEROES: STONE COUNTY STORIES” on February 16, 17, & 18th at 7pm and February 19th at 2pm at the Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, Perkinston, Mississippi, in the Malone Hall Auditorium. An additional performance will occur at the Mary C. O’Keefe, Ocean Springs, Mississippi on March 4th at 7pm.
This original play, written by Tonya S. Hayes is based on oral histories via interviews collected by the Telling Trees Project of Stone County, Mississippi. The plot follows a young Len Blackwell, a well-known Mississippi Gulf Coast attorney and Stone County native, on his paper route as he discovers the everyday heroes in his community: teachers, veterans, police, fire fighters, farmers, volunteers, neighbors and community leaders. Based on the examples set by his local heroes, he realizes that he can become a hero to others.
This is a Stone County community and Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College collaboration. The production includes community members, leaders, families, and college students and is made possible through a Tourism Development Grant from the Stone County Economic Development Partnership. This production celebrates what makes our community unique and special- the people that reside here.
Tickets: General admission $5 available at the door. Tickets for: military, police, fire fighters, emergency personal are complimentary. A donation of $5 worth of canned goods will serve as a ticket and will be donated to the Stone County Our Daily Bread Food Pantry.
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.
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.
On August 20, 2015, Stone County students and citizens “enjoyed the journey opening the door to literacy” with award winning Author Hester Bass and the “Secret World of Walter Anderson.” Thanks to our sponsors and partners Stone County Economic Development Partnership (SCEDP), Stone County School District, the Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College Perkinston Campus and Fine Arts Department, Friends of Stone County Libraries, the Stone County Arts Council, and the Pine Belt Libraries.
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.
Join us for “From Page to Stage” – Sharing Your Community’s Voice. This event is presented by writer/director/actress Tonya Hays, artistic director of the Nationally Award Winning Wings program at the Lynn Meadows Discovery Center.
Where: Community Arts Center, Perkinston Campus- MS Gulf Coast Community College, Perkinston, MS
When: June 20, 2015, 9-noon.
Friends and Family are invited to a brown bag lunch performance at noon. This program is in partnership with MS Gulf Coast Community College, the Stone County Telling Trees Project, Stone County Economic Development Partnership, and Festival South. This program is open and free to the public and is of special interest to citizens who are interested in story gathering and telling.
For additional information contact Tonya Hays – phone: (228-860-6336) or Kathryn Lewis – phone 228-697-4505.