Updates from Your Stone County Arts Council

Join us for “Prime Time Family Reading Time”, a six-week reading program for adults and their lower elementary age children (ages 6-10). Parent/caregivers and children ail enjoy award winning books presented by a storyteller and discussion leader on topics such as fairness, courage, and dreams. Sessions will be held on Tuesdays from 5:30-7:00pm at the Community Arts Center at MGCCC on 2/24, 3/3, 3/10, 3/24, 4/7, 4/14. Contact Shugana Williams at 601-928-6259 for more information. This program is provided by the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities and the Mississippi Humanities Council. Local sponsorship is by MGCCC and the Friends of Stone County Libraries.

The Literacy Celebration will be March 23, 2015, at 3:30 pm at the Wiggins Library. We will be celebrating Dr. Seuss bday with storytelling, activities, face painting, birthday cake and free Seuss books for children pre-k through 2nd grade! Come and celebrate. This program is being sponsored through a generous grant from the Gulf Coast Community Foundation.

The SCAC thanks all of you for your support of the Building Creative Economy Assets Conference. In one word, the event was Priceless! Thanks SCAC, MGCCC, SCEDP and the MS Development Authority. Pictures are available at the end of this article.

Daisha Walker and Kelly may be asking for our help for Pine Hill Day March 20-22, 2015. Thanks to them (and for others) for volunteering to help make the SCAC visible at the Pine Hill Celebration.

The next SCAC meeting is at the VAC: March 24th, 5:30 pm. Also, don’t forget Artist Sherry Carlson’s water color flower workshop March 28, 2015 from 9 until noon. Contact 601-928-6298 for more information and to register.

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Stone County Arts Council News – Much to Know!

The Stone County Arts Council SCAC) enjoyed a great acrylic workshop with Kym Garraway on Saturday, February 15, 2014. Later in this post, you can check out the photos from this event or can see them on our Facebook page. The SCAC was  honored to provide a student scholarship to the workshop. Special thanks to Kym for donating the proceeds from the workshop to the Yellow Brick Community Arts Center project!

Upcoming Events/Workshops!

February 18, 5:30PM – Important SCAC Planning Monthly Meeting, Visual Arts Center-Perkinston Campus

February 21-23 – Folk Music workshops and at William Carey University. For more information check the WCU website or contact Karen McQueen.

March 1, 9:00AM-2:00PM –  Elizabeth Huffmaster’s Watercolor Workshop (Student will choose from watercolor paper or yupo and flower patterns  or can design their own.)  Cost: members $60, non-members $75. Call  601-928-6298 for more information or to register.  All materials to complete one piece will be provided. Visual Arts Center-Perkinston Campus 

March 5 – Read Across America – Share a story and art activity with Stone County Students. If interested in participating,  call 228-697-4505.

March 11, 12:30PM-1:30PM -“The Emilie Stapp Story” presented by Daisha Walker (funded in part with a grant from the Mississippi Humanities Council); Admission is free. The newest Stone County Traveling Mural will be introduced on the life of Emilie Stapp. The Mural, painted by Kym Garraway, is funded by the Stone County Arts Council and The Friends of Stone County Libraries. Visual Arts Center-Perkinston Campus

March 15, 9:00AM-2:00PM – “Art and Spirituality” presented by Joy Jennings, Watch for coming information on this incredible opportunity! -Visual Arts Center-Perkinston Campus

March 18, 5:30PM – Monthly SCAC Meeting followed by “The Emilie Stapp Story” (see March 11 for more information); -Visual Arts Center-Perkinston Campus

March 21-22 – Annual Pine Hill Day – SCAC will have a booth.

March 27; 12 noon – Storyteller and Cultural Arts Director of the Mississippi Arts Commission Diane Williams will be in Stone County at the Lightered Knot Kitchen (sponsored by the Friends of Stone County Libraries) telling stories and signing her new book on Mississippi’s Tall Tales (including some Stone County stories).

April 15, 5:30PM – SCAC monthly meeting; Visual Arts Center – Perkinston Campus

June 23-27 – Mark your calendars for K-12 students for the summer performing arts camp at MGCCC-Perkinston. For more information, contact Daisha Walker at 601-928-6289.

Other Notes

Come see Elizabeth Huffmaster’s Gallery Show now open at the Visual Arts Center.

SCAC member and artist Sherry Carlson, with the MGCCC – Perkinston Campus Art Students, is painting a traveling mural featuring the characters in Emilie Stapp’s many books. This mural will hang at alternate times at Wiggins and Perkinston Elementary Schools. An accompanying lesson will be shared with the students to share with them the incredible story of Emilie Stapp and the characters of her books.

2014 dues are due. We have lots of wonderful “art” going on and we need YOU!! Please let us know what you would like to do for “art” this summer – studio classes? 2 day classes? more Saturday classes?

See you soon!

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SCAC News and Reminders

Hope everyone is ready for the Labor Day weekend and the start of college football.

The Stone County Arts Council (SCAC) will hold the next meeting at the Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College (MGCCC) Visual Arts Building on September 10th at 5:30 p.m.  Hope to see everyone there as we continue this wonderful year.

There will be an Art Exhibit opening on September 16th at 6:00 p.m. at MGCCC Visual Arts Building with featured artist Kym Garraway.   The public is invited to the gallery opening and the gallery will be open Monday – Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. or by appointment until October.   For more information or to schedule an appointment call Sandra Cassibry at 601.928.6298.

There will be a “Watercolor Workshop” by Kym Garraway held on September 14th at MGCCC Visual Arts Building from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.  There are a couple of seats left, please call Sandra Cassibry at 601.928.6298 to check for availability and reserve a spot.  All proceeds from this workshop will go to help fund the “Yellow Brick Community Art Project”.

On a sad note, the SCAC has learned that Mrs. Nancilee Bodine of Bodine Pottery has passed away this week.  She was the past president of this association and loved the “Arts”. Our thoughts and prayers go out to her husband, Pat Bodine, and her family at the great loss of this lady.  The arrangements are not known at this time, but we will forward as soon as available.

Thank  you for your support of the arts and the Stone County Arts Council.

Calligraphy Workshop with Carmel Harmon – August 17, 2013

The Stone County Arts Council will sponsor a Calligraphy workshop on (Sat) Aug. 17th from 9-2. The workshop is limited to 12 participants and the fee is $60 for members and $75 for non-members. Supplies for the workshop will be furnished. The workshop will be held at the Visual Arts Center at the Perkinston Campus of the Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College.

The workshop will be taught by Carmel Harmon.

To sign up, contact Sandra Cassibry at 601-928-6298 or 601-528-2343. Proceeds from this workshop will benefit the Yellow Brick Community Arts Center.

Painting Workshop With Kym Garraway – September 14, 2013

Kym Garraway
Kym Garraway

The Stone County Arts Council (SCAC) will sponsor a Painting Workshop with artist Kym Garraway on September 14, 2013. The workshop will be from 9am -12 noon at the Visual Arts Center on the Perkinston Campus of Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College.

All supplies will be furnished for a completed piece. The cost is $45 for SCAC members and $60 for non-members. Space is limited and pre-registration is required.

For further information, call Sandra Cassibry at 601-928-6298 or 601-528-2343.

Proceeds from this workshop will benefit the Yellow Brick Community Arts Center Project.

For more information about Kym Garraway, click here to see her website.

Elizabeth Huffmaster

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Stone Countians enjoy painting at Elizabeth Huffmaster’s recent watercolor class sponsored by the Stone County Arts Council. Elizabeth’s next class is a watercolor canvas class July 13th. Call 601-528-2343 or 228-697-4505 for further information. All proceeds from these classes benefit the “Yellow Brick” Community Arts Center project.

Free-Form Basket Class with Kelly Spacht – 08-10-2013

The Stone County Arts Council will sponsor a “Free-Form Basket” class with artist Kelly Spacht on August 10th at the Visual Arts Center on the Perkinston Campus of Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College. The workshop is from 9 am – 2 pm.

All supplies will be furnished to complete one basket. The workshop is limited to 20 participants and the cost is $45 for members and $60 for non-members.

Please contact Sandra Cassibry to register or for further information at 601-928-2234. Proceeds from this workshop benefit the “Yellow Brick Community Arts” project.

Stained Glass Workshop with Marge Sepanski – 07-27-2013

The Stone County Arts Council will sponsor a “Stained Glass” workshop with artist Marge Sepanski on July 27th at the Visual Arts Center on the Perkinston Campus of Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College.

The workshop is from 9 am – 4 pm, all supplies will be furnished to complete one piece of stained glass. The workshop is limited to 12 participants and the cost is $60 for members and $75 for non-members.

Please contact Sandra Cassibry to register or for further information at 601-928-2234. This workshops benefits the “Yellow Brick Community Arts” project.

Watercolor Canvas Workshop with Elizabeth Huffmaster – 07-13-2013

huffmaster-1 The Stone County Arts Council will sponsor a “Watercolor Canvas” workshop with artist Elizabeth Huffmaster on July 13th at the Visual Arts Center on the Perkinston Campus of Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College. The workshop is from 9 am – 3 pm. All supplies will be furnished to complete one work – a floral piece or a crab.

The workshop is limited to 20 participants.  The cost of the workshop is $60 for members and $75 for non-members.

Please contact Sandra Cassibry to register or for further information at 601-928-2234. This workshop benefits the “Yellow Brick Community Arts” project.