From Page to Stage

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.

Stone County Journey/Art Quilt Community Teams At Work

Award winning Storyteller, Fabric Artist, and Author Diane Williams presented “The Historic Journey of African American Quilters” on November 7, 2014 in Wiggins, Mississippi. This program was sponsored by the MS Humanities Council.

Diane then lead Community Teams through the creation of a “Stone County Journey/Art Quilt” on November 8th. The SCAC sponsored this event. Below are photos of the Community Teams and their work.

 

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SCAC News and Notes

The Ribbon Cutting for the new Community Arts Center will be November 19, 2014 at 1:00 pm at the Arts Center on the Perkinston Campus of MGCCC. All are invited to the ribbon cutting.
The Festival of Lights – Calling All Angels, a fund raiser for the SCAC,  will be held at the Malone Fine Arts Building (Perkinston Campus, MGCCC) beginning at 6pm on December 12, 2012.
SCAC monthly meeting will be November 11,2014,  at 5:30 pm (Visual Arts Center on the Perkinston Campus) with studio class to follow to finish art pieces for Calling All Angels!
You are invited: Award winning Storyteller, Fabric Artist, and Author Diane Williams will present “The Historic Journey of African American Quilters” at 5:00 pm on November 7, 2014 at the EDP office (Train Depot) in Wiggins, MS. This program is being sponsored by the MS Humanities Council and the public is invited-the program is fee). Diane will also lead Community Teams through the creation of a “Stone County Journey/Art Quilt” on November 8th. The SCAC is a sponsor of this event.
Mark your Calendar: The Friends of Stone County Library, MGCCC and Read…Achieve…Lead (literacy program) will be at Barnes and Noble (Gulfport, MS) on November 29, 2014 from  11am – 5pm.
Don’t forget the feather painting workshop with Elaine Maisel on November 15th!

Stapp Traveling Murals

The murals dedicated to the life and work of Emilie and Marie Stapp were on display in the Malone Fine Arts Building at the Perkinston Campus of Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College during August 2014. Look for these murals and related materials to be on display at other Stone County venues throughout the year. photo 2photo 1

Harvesting Knowledge Through History

The Murals of Stone County recently dedicated “Harvesting Knowledge Through History” at Stone High School. The County’s 31st mural was dedicated thanks to First Bank and their representatives Jody Miles and Daphine Cazeaux and Jack’s Home Improvement.  SHS teacher Emilie Sumrall and her 2014 9th grade class inspired this mural.

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The Stone County Arts Council has announced the following meetings and workshops for August-September 2014:
August 12, 5:30 PM, Visual Arts Center, MGCCC, Perkinston – Stone County Arts Council Monthly meeting. Open to all interested citizens.
August 19, 6:00 PM,Stone High School, Wiggins – Mural Dedication: Stone County’s 31st Mural will be dedicated . The mural is dedicated to Stone County’s strong agricultural presence and is titled: “Harvesting Knowledge through History.”  The mural was created by one of Emily Sumrall’s ninth grade classes with mural artist Kym Garraway and was funded by First Bank with donations from Jack’s Home Improvement. All citizens are invited.
August 30, 9AM-2PM, Visual Arts Center, MGCCC, Perkinston – Stone County Arts Council with quilt artist Marcus Weekly is offering a quilting workshop. For further information and to register for the class call Sandra Cassibry at 601-928-6298. Class size is limited.
September 16, 5:30 PM, Visual Arts Center, MGCCC, Perkinston – Stone County Arts Council Monthly meeting. Open to all interested citizens.
September 16, 6:30 PM, Visual Arts Center, MGCCC, Perkinston –  “Make It, Take It, Share It” workshop with three rotating sessions making shell crosses, stamped cards and angels. Workshop fee is $25- participants will make one, take one, and share one for a donation for the upcoming “Calling All Angels” fundraiser during the MGCCC “Festival of Lights.” Call 601-928-6298 to register for this workshop.

Stone County Arts Council Announces August and September Dates

The Stone County Arts Council has announced the following meetings and workshops for August-September 2014:
August 12, 5:30 PM, Visual Arts Center, MGCCC, Perkinston – Stone County Arts Council Monthly meeting. Open to all interested citizens.
August 19, 6:00 PM,Stone High School, Wiggins – Mural Dedication: Stone County’s 31st Mural will be dedicated . The mural is dedicated to Stone County’s strong agricultural presence and is titled: “Harvesting Knowledge through History.”  The mural was created by one of Emily Sumrall’s ninth grade classes with mural artist Kym Garraway and was funded by First Bank with donations from Jack’s Home Improvement. All citizens are invited.
August 30, 9AM-2PM, Visual Arts Center, MGCCC, Perkinston – Stone County Arts Council with quilt artist Marcus Weekly is offering a quilting workshop. For further information and to register for the class call Sandra Cassibry at 601-928-6298. Class size is limited.
September 16, 5:30 PM, Visual Arts Center, MGCCC, Perkinston – Stone County Arts Council Monthly meeting. Open to all interested citizens.
September 16, 6:30 PM, Visual Arts Center, MGCCC, Perkinston –  “Make It, Take It, Share It” workshop with three rotating sessions making shell crosses, stamped cards and angels. Workshop fee is $25- participants will make one, take one, and share one for a donation for the upcoming “Calling All Angels” fundraiser during the MGCCC “Festival of Lights.” Call 601-928-6298 to register for this workshop.

Coming Soon – A Mural Celebrating Stone County Produce

Kathryn Lewis recently had an incredible experience working with a class of 9th graders at Stone High School this semester. These students just finished a wonderful project celebrating Stone County’s history while fulfilling a Common Core objective.  An outcome of this project will be the next Mural of Stone County which will celebrate the fruits and vegetables produced here.

Notes of interest from the initial planning for the mural:
  • There are approximately 30 varieties of fruits and vegetables produced by Stone County farmers for sale. Some of this produced is donated to our food pantry at some time during the year for free distribution to the needy.
  • This will be another painted mural of a farmer and the produce. The farmer will be generic representing all races, sexes, and creeds that call Stone County home.
  • Each participating student’s fingerprints will be placed in the farmer or produce to create the visual effect.
  • We are working on the idea of creating the image with professional artist, student artists, and the classroom students dedicated to this project.
Kathryn noted these are “amazing students!!” and thanks them for celebrating this place called home!

 

VFW Mural Dedicated on Veterans’ Day 2013

The newest mural sponsored by The Telling Trees project was dedicated on November 11, 2013. The mural, painted by Kym Garraway, honors CPL Bobbie Griffin, a POW in Japan during World War II, and PFC Eugene Young who was KIA in Vietnam. VFW Memorial Post #2706 in Wiggins is appropriately named for these fine Americans who put their lives so boldly on the line. The mural tells part of their stories as well as reminds us of the many many activities that took place in the VFW building over the years.

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Emilie Blackmore Stapp Project

Daisha Walker of MGCCC with picture of Emilie Blackmore Stapp
Daisha Walker of MGCCC with picture of Emilie Blackmore Stapp

The Friends of  Stone County Libraries has received a $3,000 grant from the Mississippi Humanities Council for the Emilie Blackmore Stapp project.  Emilie B. Stapp was a well-known children’s author, who lived at the Friendship Farm in Stone County from 1935 until her death in 1962.  She is best known for the Go Hawks and Isabella the Wise Goose book series. Emilie and her sister Marie were active members of this community and were involved in many philanthropic endeavors,  including establishing the first library for Stone County citizens.  This grant will support research on the Stapp sisters, which will be followed by a presentation and gallery exhibit at the Visual Arts Center on the Perkinston Campus of Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College.

The Friends of  Stone County Libraries is excited to be reintroducing the lives, work, and contributions of these two remarkable women to this community.  If you knew the Stapp sisters or have any information on them you would like to share please contact Daisha Walker at 228-669-9747 or at daish68@yahoo.com.

Friends is proud to partner with the Stone County Arts Council, Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, the DeGrummond Children’s Literature Collection and The Old Firehouse Museum on this project.

Daisha Walker, MGCCC, and Ellen Ruffin, Curator, de Grummond at USM, research the project.
Daisha Walker, MGCCC, and Ellen Ruffin, Curator, de Grummond at USM, research the project.