Upcoming events

    • 9 Nov 2022
    • 1:00 AM (CST)
    • 9 Dec 2022
    • 11:59 PM (CST)
    • 405 Blaize Avenue, Bay St. Louis, MS
    • 50
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    Call for Submissions

    Juried Logo Contest for 20th Anniversary of The Arts, Hancock County. 

    Window for submission November 9th - December 9th (midnight) 

    Beginning January 1, 2023, The Arts will begin a year-long celebration of our 20th anniversary as an arts organization in Hancock County.  The Arts is looking for submissions for the logo that will be displayed on all digital and print media both promotional, informative and educational materials during 2023 and in relation to the 20th Anniversary.  

    The selection will be announced on December 17th.  

    Your logo design submission should meet all of the following requirements:

    • Include all the words "The Arts, Hancock County, 20th Anniversary" 
    • Reflect the arts organization as a whole  
    • It should be original, unique and memorable. 
    • Your logo should also work well as a black and white design (for one-color printing) and also in full color (both CMYK and RGB).  
    • Your logo needs to be scalable, and aesthetically pleasing in both small and large sizes, and in a variety of mediums (print and digital, small to large).  
    • Your submission should also be artistically balanced with color, line, density and shape.

    You may submit up to 3 designs.  There is no cost for submissions.

    You should submit your logo printed on paper and digitally at a minimum of 300 dpi and no smaller than 4 inches in width in three (3) file formats: EPS for printing as CMYK and JPG and GIF in RGB format with a transparent background.

    Please submit your designs to hancockarts@gmail.com by December 9th, 2022 (midnight).  Late entries will not be considered. 

    The winning design will be chosen by committee and announced on December 17, 2022.  The artist with the winning design will receive $200.00 and have their design featured on ALL print and digital media in 2023.

    Deadline for submission of a logo for The Arts, Hancock County 20th Anniversary is Friday December 9th, 2022.

    PLEASE REGISTER YOUR ENTRY HERE, THEN EMAIL YOUR PHOTO TO HANCOCKARTS@GMAIL.COM


    • 10 Dec 2022
    • 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
    • 405 Blaize Avenue, Bay St. Louis MS
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    Young Artists' Classes Open House

    PARENTS! Come and join us for an experiential gathering and meet some of our instructors for upcoming kids' classes and workshops. Speak with our instructors and other Hancock Arts members about what you'd like for your child to experience.

    See samples of what your kids will experience in our classes: acrylic painting; drawing; weaving; lantern-making; ballet and much more!!

    While here, kids may make lanterns for our upcoming BEACH PARADE on Dec. 21! ($10 donation to cover supplies)

    Coffee, Hot chocolate and other refreshments served!

    • 10 Dec 2022
    • 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • 405 Blaize Ave, Bay St. Louis MS
    • 13
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    Make an ANGEL LANTERN!

    This class is for kids ages 8-12. Each child will make a colorful paper Angel lantern, with a battery-operated tea light, and the head can be an animal or a person.  The lanterns will be mounted on willowy sticks and suitable for parade use! 

    Our Adult Lantern Workshop is Dec. 10. We hope you will join us at our Winter Solstice Parade and Bonfire on Dec. 21. 

    $10 for members and non-members

    Parents are invited to assist if you like.

    • 10 Dec 2022
    • 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • 405 Blaize Avenue, Bay St. Louis, MS 39520
    • 21
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    Art Without Walls is a pop-up market that offers local artists the opportunity to display and sell their own artwork in the historic Bay St. Louis Depot Arts District.  Art ranges from mixed media to jewelry to pottery and beyond.

    There are 7 pop-up markets scheduled for 2022.  Artists are encouraged to take advantage of this wonderful opportunity to display their talents. All artwork must be handmade by the artist.

    Pop-up markets are scheduled for 2nd Saturdays during the Spring and Fall months.  The pop-up market time is from 12:00 PM until sundown (4-5:00 PM). Set up begins at 10:00 AM.

    The pop-up markets will be held on the grounds of The Arts, Hancock County located at 405 Blaize Avenue, Bay St. Louis. Artists may begin to set up tents beginning at 10:00 AM on Saturday morning.  At this time, artists will be provided a welcome packet for the current pop-up market.  The packet will include tent assignment and the sales tax form.  

    Art Without Walls, a pop-up market does not require a booth fee.  However, artists who wish to participate must be a member of The Arts, Hancock County.  To join, please visit hancockarts.org/join-us.  Artists are required to charge 7% sales tax for all items that are sold.  At the end of each market, all sales tax collected and the original sales tax form will be turned in to a representative from The Arts, Hancock County.  The Arts will submit your sales tax for you to the Mississippi Department of Revenue.

    All artists will need to register on the provided registration form.  You will need to register for each individual session. Members only need to click on the REGISTER button at the bottom of this event notice to enter their info



    • 10 Dec 2022
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • 405 Blaize Ave, Bay St. Louis MS
    • 0
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    What is more fun than a parade lantern!

    See 2nd class option here.

    Using willow reeds and tissue paper, come and design your own paper lantern.  A star, a fish, a jellyfish..... you decide what you want to do (keep it simple).  

    You will draw your design on paper, then measure and cut your reeds, taping and tying them into your desired 3D shape. Next comes gluing tissue paper, either plain white or colored paper, onto your structure. We will leave space for inserting battery-operated tea lights or fairy lights into our lanterns, and attach each lantern to a willowy bamboo pole for parading. We have a beach parade & bonfire scheduled for December 21, the Winter Solstice, details here

    Your instructors are Joan Coleman and Emma Connolly. 

    Appropriate for ages 16 thru adult

    Fee is $25 per person for members
    $27.50 for non-members
    $10 materials fee payable to the instructors on day of class

    Note: A kids' lantern class is being planned as well.

                   

    • 12 Dec 2022
    • 20 Dec 2022
    • 4 sessions
    • 405 Blaize Ave, Bay St. Louis MS
    • 20
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    Adult Ballet Series:

    Specific Mondays & Tuesdays, 9:15am - 10:15am
    Dec. 12, 13, 19, 20

    The overall goal of this series will be to “leave the world behind” and have fun dancing. The class will offer an enjoyable, stress- free opportunity to move to music.  Dancers will focus on their own movement with assistance from the instructor.  This is not a competition class. 

    Appropriate for ages 16 thru adult.
    $15 per class drop-in fee for non-members (pay at door)
    $13.50 per class drop-in fee for members of Hancock Arts (pay at door)
    or
    $44.00 per month for non-members 
    $39.60 per month for members of Hancock Arts

    This will be a typical ballet class with a 35-40 minute barre (plie, tendu, degage, ronde de jambe…)  followed by short center combinations.  The instructor will begin with slow warm up combinations at the barre to properly warm up feet, legs and back.  It is recommended that students have at least 2 recent years of ballet or similar dance experience as a child/ teen.

    Dress: comfortable clothes student can move in, such as yoga pants and work out top or leotard.  Leotard and tights are also appropriate.  Ballet slippers or jazz shoes recommended. 

    Students will gain strength, flexibility, and balance while learning new ballet steps and improving ballet technique.  This is also an opportunity to decrease stress through dance and music.

    For specific questions, you may call Michele at 225-252-8263.

    Your instructor, Michele Ball, fell in love with ballet at the age of 7 and has not stopped dancing since.  Originally from Pennsylvania, Ms Ball began her serious ballet training at the school of the Pennsylvania Ballet.  She went on to earn a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Ballet from the University of Utah and apprenticed with Ballet West.  The rigorous curriculum in the ballet program at the University of Utah was anchored in Cecchetti ballet technique, which was designed by Italian born dancer, Enrico Cecchetti.  This method, focused on promoting proper body alignment and development of each component of ballet technique, results in graceful movement that appears effortless.

    After earning her BFA, Michele was hired into the American Festival Ballet repertory company.  As a full-time company dancer, she performed throughout the United States with a yearly national tour and extensive performance schedule throughout the Pacific Northwest. Upon leaving the company, Michele returned to the University of Utah where she earned a Master of Science Degree in Nutrition while she resumed work with Ballet West as a dancer in the company’s outreach program, “Ballet for Children.”

    Prior to moving to the Mississippi Gulf Coast in June 2020, Michele lived in Baton Rouge and worked with the Baton Rouge Ballet Theatre (BRBT) as a soloist performer, teacher, choreographer, and associate director. Though her primary commitment was to BRBT, she recently performed as a guest artist in the contemporary production of Romeo and Juliet, produced by “Of Moving Colors” dance company.

    • 13 Dec 2022
    • 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • 405 Blaize Ave, Bay St. Louis MS
    • 1
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    What is more fun than a parade lantern!

    Using willow reeds and tissue paper, come and design your own paper lantern.  A star, a fish, a jellyfish..... you decide what you want to do (keep it simple).  

    You will draw your design on paper, then measure and cut your reeds, taping and tying them into your desired 3D shape. Next comes gluing tissue paper, either plain white or colored paper, onto your structure. We will leave space for inserting battery-operated tea lights or fairy lights into our lanterns, and attach each lantern to a willowy bamboo pole for parading. We have a beach parade & bonfire scheduled for December 21, the Winter Solstice, details here

    Your instructors are Joan Coleman and Emma Connolly. 

    Appropriate for ages 16 thru adult
    Bring a snack, as we will work thru lunch!!

    Fee is $25 per person for members
    $27.50 for non-members
    $10 materials fee payable to the instructors on day of class

    Note: A kids' lantern class is being planned as well.

                   

    • 15 Dec 2022
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • 405 Blaize Ave, Bay St. Louis MS
    • 13
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    In this class students will learn how to use acrylic paints to create shadow, facial features, and paint fine lines. Students will paint on dried gourds to create a cute gourd Santa approximately 8-10" tall.
    $25 materials fee payable to instructor.
    $50 class fee per student for non-members.
    $45 class fee per student for members of Hancock Arts.

    Your instructor, Holly Coia, studied illustration at Moore College of Art, Philadelphia, PA, and Art Education at Kutztown State University of PA. Coia also earned ancillary certification to teach Gifted and Talented in Visual Arts. Her teaching experience ranges from pre-K to college level, and from the mountains of Pennsylvania to the great city of New Orleans. In addition, she designs greeting cards and has written and illustrated two children's books.

    Holly Coia lives in Bay St. Louis, MS, where she makes her living as and artist and craftsperson, teaching art and piano and is a workshop facilitator for both children and adults. Learn more on her website here.


    • 17 Dec 2022
    • 6:00 PM - 9:30 PM
    • 405 Blaize Avenue, Bay St. Louis MS
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    Our Annual Juried Art Exhibition Awards!

    Come and see & celebrate the prize winners!

    Also our Holiday Party - This will be a catered event so no need to bring anything!! -  Arts furnishes food, wine and beverages. Members and non-members are invited.
    Registration is not required to attend.

    • 21 Dec 2022
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • 405 Blaize Ave to Beach Picnic Area at End of Washington Avenue, Bay St. Louis, MS
    • 62
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    Bring your lanterns - homemade or purchased, battery powered only- to this fun playful meetup as we light up the LONGEST NIGHT of the year on December 21- the Winter Solstice. 

    We hope you will consider making your own lantern at our Adult lantern-making workshop is Dec. 10, click here.

    On Dec. 21, at 6pm, we will meet at The ARTS at 405 Blaize Avenue, light up our lanterns and have  our first annual HANDMADE PARADE over to Washington, then down to the picnic area at the end of Washington Avenue in Bay St. Louis. 

    Parade with us along the beach then sit by the bonfire and sing familiar tunes, or just enjoy the night. Or, meet us at the bonfire!

    What to bring:

    1. Any type Lantern (battery-operated only, prefer handmade)
    2. Folding chair or blanket (drop off at the beach area prior to parade)
    3. Beverage of your choice
    4. Snack to share if you like

    This is a family-friendly event. No dogs please! Friends are always welcome!

    We are having lantern-making workshops - for kids and one for adults.

    Registration is required for parade participation as we need to let city know our number  of walkers. 

    "Civic play connects people to place."

    • 14 Jan 2023
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • 405 Blaize Ave, Bay St. Louis MS
    • 15
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    In this 3-hour workshop, students will learn a brief history of weaving, then learn to warp a frame loom, create fringe, plain weave technique, create shapes, textures and patterns. They will learn how to remove the weaving from the loom and turn it into a unique wall hanging. The small wooden loom and supplies will be for keeps! Kids will have the skills and knowledge to make many more with their own little loom!

    Appropriate for kids ages 8-12. 

    $66.60 per student for members of Hancock Arts
    $74.00 per student for non-members
    $10 supply fee per student paid directly to instructor at beginning of class

    Your instructor is Cecelia Hopes, artist & designer of Pink Bug Studio. Cecelia is a fiber and watercolor artist whose interest in design began very early, especially at her time at NOCCA in New Orleans. Weaving has opened a new world for creative expression that she is in love with. This medium is an escape into a textural world where her art is not on the canvas - it is the canvas. 

    See more of Cecelia's work at www.pinkbugdesignstudio.com.

    • 15 Jan 2023
    • 29 Jan 2023
    • 3 sessions
    • 405 Blaize Ave, Bay St. Louis MS
    • 10
    Registration is closed

    February 20, 2023 is LUNDI GRAS!

    The Krewe of ATHENA, the goddess of art and creativity, will be marching with the Mystic Krewe of the Seahorse (Pirates) on Lundi Gras 2023. The theme will not be set until December, 2022, so we will not know until then what our costumes and focus will be. 

    This will be a "Handmade Parade" with everything made by arts members and friends.

    We will add more sessions as necessary.

    • 21 Jan 2023
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • 405 Blaize Ave, Bay St. Louis MS
    • 9
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    Introduction to Life Drawing

    A Life drawing is a drawing of the human figure from observation of a live model. Life Drawing teaches hand-eye coordination, hones your observational skills and does wonders for relaxation.  In the introductory session, we will focus on capturing  the movement or gesture of the figure, starting with multiple, quick  2 minute poses, gradually moving to longer poses as time permits. The great thing about Life Drawing is that in one session, you can experience a  noticeable marked change in your drawing ability.

    All skill levels are welcome, ages 16 years and up. 

    Supplies needed are a quantity of inexpensive paper, newsprint is great - and a drawing tool, pencils, vine charcoal, charcoal pencils, conde etc. It helps to have a back board and clips to secure your paper.

    Instructor will provide handouts plus many reference books and examples of her personal favorite drawing materials.

    We will be working from a clothed model. Each student will assist in paying model fee at $10 per person, payable to instructor at start of class.

    This may work into a series if enough students are interested.

    About your instructor: 
    A native of New Orleans, Sandra Epton studied her craft primarily at the New Orleans Academy of Find Arts - but also under the supervision of professional artists around the USA and internationally. While she is well known for her work with the human figure, her numerous creations also include abstract compositions, portraits and natural subjects.

    In her 18 years of Life Drawing, she has studied with Auseklis Ozols, founder of NOAFA, in addition to Kathy Grego and Carol Peebles. She has taken classes in painting the figure in watercolor with Nina Fritz of Pensacola and Naomi Campbell with the Art Students League of New York. She has traveled to Europe with the Arts Students League for drawing instruction and art studies in Florence and spent a two week residency at the International School of Painting, Drawing and Sculpture in Umbria, Italy. 

    She is recipient of the Nell Tilton Faculty Award for Abstract Painting at the New Orleans Academy of Fine Arts for 2016. 

    Exhibitions & Galleries:
    Gallery 220, Bay St. Louis
    Mid-City Studios, New Orleans
    New Orleans Academy of Fine Arts, New Orleans
    Whimsies Annual Art Show, New Orleans

    • 23 Jan 2023
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • 405 Blaize Ave, Bay St. Louis MS
    • 15
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    In this 3-hour workshop, students will learn a brief history of weaving, then learn to warp a frame loom, create fringe, plain weave technique, create shapes, textures and patterns. They will learn how to remove the weaving from the loom and turn it into a unique wall hanging. The small wooden loom and supplies will be for keeps! you will have the skills and knowledge to make many more with your own little loom!

    Appropriate for ages 15 thru adult

    $66.60 per student for members of Hancock Arts
    $74.00 per student for non-members
    $10 supply fee per student paid directly to instructor at beginning of class

    Your instructor is Cecelia Hopes, artist & designer of Pink Bug Studio. Cecelia is a fiber and watercolor artist whose interest in design began very early, especially at her time at NOCCA in New Orleans. Weaving has opened a new world for creative expression that she is in love with. This medium is an escape into a textural world where her art is not on the canvas - it is the canvas. 

    See more of Cecelia's work at www.pinkbugdesignstudio.com.

    • 20 Feb 2023
    • 7:00 PM - 11:00 PM (CST)
    • 405 Blaize Avenue, Bay St. Louis, MS
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    In celebration of The Arts, Hancock County's 20th Year, we invite you to join The Arts' own walking group, and walk with us on Lundi Gras, Feb 20, 2023 in the evening, The Krewe of Athena! Athena, also spelled Athene, in Greek mythology is the city protectress, goddess of arts, handicraft and practical reason

    Theme of Lundi Gras 2023 to be announced in December of 2022 and will be posted here.

    Costumes are encouraged but not mandatory. FUN is required. Bring your paper lanterns from the Handmade Parade!

    Golf Carts - family friendly!

    You must register here to walk with us. 

    If you want to include your golf cart, you must pay a separate fee for that. Fees for 2023 will be announced in December and will be posted here. 



    • 4 Mar 2023
    • 11 Mar 2023
    • 2 sessions
    • 405 Blaize Ave, Bay St. Louis MS
    • 15
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    Make Playful Accordion Books!

    This 2-Session workshop is appropriate for ages 7-12. Students will make a simple drawing, learn how to reverse it, then carve a small rubber block stamp, and make an accordion book. 

    *Bring small (about 2”x 3”) clear-photos, drawings, magazine or other images that you like. Magazines and photo books will also be provided for imagery and inspiration. Enjoy composing and drawing the image for your rubber stamp block. You will create your rubber stamp block, cutting it out with a lino cutter. This design will be printed on note cards and within your accordion book. Printing your pages with your own rubber stamp, along with commercial stamper images and alphabet stamps, you will "write" your book.

    Your rubber stamp may be used many times, on many different surfaces! This is a two day workshop.

    *Day one, March 4: Create your rubber stamp. Print your note cards and accordion pieces.

    *Day two, March 11: Assemble your cover. Compose your dried, printed books and collect your dried note cards. 

    $45 class fee Hancock Arts members
    $50 class fee non-members
    $20 materials fee (rubber blo
    cks, paper, binding materials and paints) payable to instructor on day of first session. 








    • 6 Mar 2023
    • 20 Mar 2023
    • 3 sessions
    • 405 Blaize Ave, Bay St. Louis MS
    • 12
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    In this 3-session workshop series, students will receive a thorough overview of basic weaving methods and gain the confidence to continue to explore weaving on their own. We will explore weaving with various fibers, combining natural materials and explore the creative possibilities of loom weaving. 

    Supply fee includes loom kit to use in class and take home to continue creating. All materials will be provided at the workshop. Students are welcome to bring any additional yarn, fibers, ribbons, flora or whatever they would like to experiment with. No prior weaving experience needed, and all levels are welcome. 

    $180 for non-members
    $165 for members
    $15 materials fee payable to instructor at first day of class

    Session 1: Basic Weaving Techniques. Students learn to warp a frame loom, create fringe, plain weave technique, create shapes, textures and patterns. Learn to remove your project from the loom and turn it into a unique wall hanging. 

    Session 2: Blending Fiber & Flora. Combining weaving techniques with delights of nature. Create a magical wall hanging that blends textiles and elements of nature. Each student will create a sculptural wildflower wall hanging. 

    Session 3: Branch Weaving Wall Hanging. This class utilizes the techniques learned in the previous two sessions to create a beautiful natural landscape. Students will learn to warp a handmade branch loom; to add natural textures such as moss, tree bark, dried grasses etc..

     

    • 11 Mar 2023
    • 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Hancock Arts, 405 Blaize Ave.
    • 18
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    Collage, Paint & Be Inspired! 
    Gather in our studio to create a one of a kind personal homage, reflecting things meaningful to you. You will carefully select from a large array of words, textures, colors, memorabilia, found objects, decorative papers and patterns provided by the instructor.  All these will be artfully placed inside your box to become a sweet shrine to your life.

    NOTES:
    > Please bring a photo or two of yourself (or someone else) to choose from, no larger than 5"x7". Bring any small bits of personal papers you may want to include.
    Please bring a lunch and beverage!
    > You will be using tacky glue, scissors and an Exacto knife (if you have these and would like to bring your own).

    The instructor will provide boxes, brushes, paint and all other collage materials. 

    An educator, artist, and a native of Biloxi, Paulette Dove has been painting and exhibiting on the Gulf Coast for many years, and her work has been displayed throughout the South. She is a member of the Ocean Springs Art Association, President of the South Mississippi Art League and Board member of the Mississippi Art Colony. Paulette received her BFA and M.Ed from The Mississippi University for Women and William Carey College. Her education includes Louisiana Tech University, Savannah School of Art and Bascom Center for the Visual Arts. She has taught for over 30 years in Mississippi and West Virginia, as well as serving as art educator at the Ohr-O'Keefe Museum of Art and Walter Anderson Museum of Art. Paulette prefers to work in oils, mixed media and clay, and works currently from her Side Door Studio in Biloxi. 


    • 11 Mar 2023
    • 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • 405 Blaize Avenue, Bay St. Louis, MS 39520
    • 25
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    Art Without Walls is a pop-up market that offers local artists the opportunity to display and sell their own artwork in the historic Bay St. Louis Depot Arts District.  Art ranges from mixed media to jewelry to pottery and beyond.

    There are 8 pop-up markets scheduled for 2023.  Artists are encouraged to take advantage of this wonderful opportunity to display their talents. All artwork must be handmade by the artist.

    Pop-up markets are scheduled for 2nd Saturdays during the Spring and Fall months.  The pop-up market time is from 12:00 PM until sundown (4-5:00 PM). Set up begins at 10:00 AM.

    The pop-up markets will be held on the grounds of The Arts, Hancock County located at 405 Blaize Avenue, Bay St. Louis. Artists may begin to set up tents beginning at 10:00 AM on Saturday morning.  At this time, artists will be provided a welcome packet for the current pop-up market.  The packet will include tent assignment and the sales tax form.  

    Art Without Walls, a pop-up market does not require a booth fee.  However, artists who wish to participate must be a member of The Arts, Hancock County.  To join, please visit hancockarts.org/join-us.  Artists are required to charge 7% sales tax for all items that are sold.  At the end of each market, all sales tax collected and the original sales tax form will be turned in to a representative from The Arts, Hancock County.  The Arts will submit your sales tax for you to the Mississippi Department of Revenue.

    All artists will need to register on the provided registration form.  You will need to register for each individual session. Members only need to click on the REGISTER button at the bottom of this event notice to enter their info



    • 25 Mar 2023
    • 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • 405 Blaize Ave, Bay St. Louis MS

    The Business of Art:
    Selling your own work is challenging—but it can also be exciting.

    As an artist, you already know how much time and energy it can take to get someone to commit to acquiring an artwork. While this workshop will give you a lay of the land for selling your own art, it’s important to know that just as everyone’s personality is different, each artist’s experience selling their work will also be different. We hope to answer some of your questions, generate new ideas and assist you in becoming your own best marketer.

    Liz will address your questions, including these:

    • How do I get people to know that I make art in the first place?
    • I am an artist - how do I become a salesperson?
    • What other venues are available in addition to social media to gain exposure?
    • Should I have a website?
    • What about ETSY?
    • How do I develop my artist statement?

    MORE DETAILS TO COME!

    Registration opens January 1, 2023.







    • 15 Apr 2023
    • 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Bay St. Louis Depot Arts District
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    #ArtsAliveBSL is an innovative art festival, where music, art, and theater mix it up for an unforgettable experience in the historic coastal community of Bay St. Louis, Mississippi. Dozens of artists will show work and/or demonstrate technique and share their creative process with customers at locations across The Depot Arts District.

    We promote, enhance and support the arts in Hancock County.  As a non-profit corporation that is inclusive of all artists: visual artists, performing artists, writers, artisans and art supporters, we support art education in the schools and for the general public and work to foster a deeper appreciation of all the diverse forms of art within the community.

    • We believe artists and art supporters have the power to inspire social change.
    • We pledge to be committed and accountable to creating a path and welcoming everyone interested in the Arts while acknowledging their individual knowledge and experiences.
    • We strive to support creativity and continual learning.
    • We realize that the under-served can experience disparities in terms of access to publicly funded services including arts and culture. We are committed to assisting them and others to gain access to services and to feel appreciated and welcomed in our art community. We will work to break down barriers so there is equal access to the arts.

    Without the support of our patrons and businesses, we would not be able to provide this amazing experience for our artists and our community.  The Arts, Hancock County is grateful for all support whether monetary or In-Kind donations.  


    • 15 Apr 2023
    • 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • BSL Community Hall, The Depot Arts District, Bay St. Louis, MS
    • 45
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    Makerspace is a part of ARTS ALIVE 2023.

    #ArtsAliveBSL is an innovative art festival, where music, art, and theater mix it up for an unforgettable experience in the historic coastal community of Bay St. Louis, Mississippi. Dozens of artists will show work and or demonstrate technique and share their creative process with customers at locations across The Depot Arts District.

    NOTE: • MAKERSPACE is an “art happening” and not an art sale.  You may sign up students for your classes by demonstrating what they may learn, distribute business cards, have a drawing - there is a wide range of opportunities for you to promote your business.

    #ArtsAliveBSL will be located in the Depot Arts District and Community Hall located on Blaize Avenue.

    We will again feature a MakerSpace area with artists and non-profit organizations from across the region offering demonstrations to the community.  Selected artists and non-profit organizations are invited to participate free of charge. 

    MakerSpace does not require a registration fee or membership fee.    Please consider supporting The Arts, Hancock County by becoming a member.  You may join at hancockarts.org/join-us.

    New for this year is that each individual artist or organization will receive a $100 stipend to offset materials costs.

    MakerSpace is a creative experience where learning takes place through hands-on activities and/or demonstrations.  Participants have the opportunity to be creative and apply learning strategies to develop their own ideas, methods, and products.  All we ask is that each demonstration engage the community in projects using simple hands-on learning experiences suitable for all ages.

    PLEASE REGISTER YOUR INTEREST HERE. One of our MakerSpace Coordinators (Becky Rotundo and Emma Connolly) will contact you to schedule your location, time and complete your registration.

    • 15 Apr 2023
    • 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • The Depot Arts District in Bay St. Louis
    • 58
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    #ArtsAliveBSL is an innovative art festival, where music, art, and theater mix it up for an unforgettable experience in the historic coastal community of Bay St. Louis, Mississippi. Dozens of artists will show work and/or demonstrate technique and share their creative process with customers at locations across The Depot Arts District.

     #ArtsAliveBSL will be located in the Depot Arts District on the newly installed grounds & facilities in front of THE DEPOT and  Community Hall located on Blaize Avenue.  Please note that the festival does not include access to the Depot building.

    In order to register for this event, you must first be a member of The Arts, Hancock County.  You can join at https://hancockarts.org/join-us.  As soon as you join, you can register for this event.  Thanks for your support!

    #ArtsAliveBSL Refund/ Cancellation Policy:

    In the event of circumstances beyond the control of The Arts,

    Hancock County (War, natural disaster, threatening weather, public

    health emergency or other acts of God) which force the cancellation

    of #ArtsAliveBSL, the following refund policy will be in effect.


    If The Arts, Hancock County is forced to cancel #ArtsAliveBSL, artists will receive a 50% refund of registration fee. 

                                                                                       

    If an artists cancels for any reason, the following refund policies apply: 

    • An artist cancellation by February 15, 2023, will receive a 75% refund.
    • An artist cancellation by March 15, 2023, will receive a 50% refund.
    • An artist cancellation after March 15, 2023, will not receive a refund.

    This is a rain or shine event.  If the possibility of rain is predicted 48 hours prior to the start of the festival, the board of The Arts, Hancock County will make a determination about relocation of festival activities indoors.

    Artists are responsible for providing their own set-up, including tents, displays, tables, and chairs

    Thank you for participationg in the 2023 Arts Alive BSL Artist Festival. We wanted to let you know about some important information regarding your role in the Arts Alive festival.

    1. Artist check-ins is in the Community Hall meeting rooms(west end of Hall by parking lot).Check-in is from 7:30am until 9:00am on the day of the festival. At this time, you will also pick up your Welcome Packet, which will include information about the location and set up of your booth.

    2. Artist booths will be located in the park at the east end of the Community Hall and in the park in front of the Depot.

    3. Booth set-up time is immediately following check-in (7:30am-10am). Booths must be ready to open to the public at 10:00am. The festival hours are 10:00-5:00pm. Artists are not to begin teardown until the end of the Festival at 5:pm.

    4. Parking in The Depot Arts District is limited. It is recommended that artists unload their vehicles near their assigned booth space. After you unload, please park in the lot at the corner of Sycamore Street and Blaize Avenue.

    5. Artists are responsible for all sales and transactions. Artists are to bring their own money, cash box, change, credit card reader, receipt book, and anything else needed to process customer transactions.

    6. Artists are responsible for collecting 7% Mississippi Sales tax on all customer purchases. Completed Sales Tax forms and a check/cash for collected taxes must be in a the Check-in Room in the Community Hall no later than 6:00pm. The Arts, Hancock County is responsible for submitting all sales tax to the Mississippi Department of Revenue.

    7. All artist tents must be adequately secured against high winds. Serious damage and injury have occurred from unsecured tents in previous years. The Arts, Hancock County reserves the right to have a tent taken down if it isn't properly secured.

    8. Artists are responsible for their own signage, bags, and packing materials.

    9. This is a rain or shine event. If the possibility of rain is predicted 48 hours prior to the start of the festival, the board of The Arts,Hancock County will decide about moving the festival activities indoor.



    • 24 Apr 2023
    • 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • 405 Blaize Ave, Bay St. Louis MS
    • 15
    Register

    Circular weaving is similar to frame loom weaving, but it requires a round loom instead of a rectangular loom. In this 4-hour class, we’ll start with a discussion on the similarities and differences between weaving on a round vs. frame loom. Then, learn how to create your own circular weaving, including how to warp a circle loom and use tapestry-weaving techniques. Experiment with various yarns and materials to create dimension, texture and learn how to hang your finished piece on the wall!

    Yarn, loom, and warp thread are provided to make one circle weaving, from start to finish, but students are encouraged to incorporate their favorite yarns as well.

    This workshop can be fun for new weavers as well as experienced fiber artists. No prior weaving experience is required.

    Your finished piece on the frame will be ready to hang, and you can reuse your tools to continue your weaving journey!

    Appropriate for ages 15 thru adult

    $66.60 per student for members of Hancock Arts
    $74.00 per student for non-members
    $15 supply fee per student paid directly to instructor at beginning of class

    Your instructor is Cecelia Hopes, artist & designer of Pink Bug Studio. Cecelia is a fiber and watercolor artist whose interest in design began very early, especially at her time at NOCCA in New Orleans. Weaving has opened a new world for creative expression that she is in love with. This medium is an escape into a textural world where her art is not on the canvas - it is the canvas. 

    See more of Cecelia's work at www.pinkbugdesignstudio.com.

    • 3 May 2023
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • 405 Blaize Ave, Bay St. Louis MS
    • 15
    Register

    In this 3-hour workshop, students will learn a brief history of weaving, then learn to warp a frame loom, create fringe, plain weave technique, create shapes, textures and patterns. They will learn how to remove the weaving from the loom and turn it into a unique wall hanging. The small wooden loom and supplies will be for keeps! you will have the skills and knowledge to make many more with your own little loom!

    Appropriate for ages 15 thru adult

    $66.60 per student for members of Hancock Arts
    $74.00 per student for non-members
    $10 supply fee per student paid directly to instructor at beginning of class

    Your instructor is Cecelia Hopes, artist & designer of Pink Bug Studio. Cecelia is a fiber and watercolor artist whose interest in design began very early, especially at her time at NOCCA in New Orleans. Weaving has opened a new world for creative expression that she is in love with. This medium is an escape into a textural world where her art is not on the canvas - it is the canvas. 

    See more of Cecelia's work at www.pinkbugdesignstudio.com.

    • 6 May 2023
    • 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    • James & Peggy Inabinet's Property. 22591 Rue La Terre Kiln, MS 39555
    • 25
    Registration is closed

    On Saturday May 5, 2023, The Arts, Hancock County MS will present our annual nighttime art installation extravaganza - Under the New Flower Moon - on the beautiful property of James and Peggy Inabinet, located at 22591 Rue La Terre, Kiln, MS.

    This event, held under a spring full moon, will be magical. Just imagine strolling through nature’s beauty along a trail and enjoying various forms of art bursting out from nature! There will be 25 sites built by artists along with music, healing arts, and other forms of creative expression.

    This event does not require a booth fee.  Artists and Performing Artists must be a member of The Arts, Hancock County.  If you would like to join The Arts, please go to hancockarts.org and click on the Join-Us tab..



    • 13 May 2023
    • 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • 405 Blaize Avenue, Bay St. Louis, MS 39520
    • 25
    Register

    Art Without Walls is a pop-up market that offers local artists the opportunity to display and sell their own artwork in the historic Bay St. Louis Depot Arts District.  Art ranges from mixed media to jewelry to pottery and beyond.

    There are 8 pop-up markets scheduled for 2023.  Artists are encouraged to take advantage of this wonderful opportunity to display their talents. All artwork must be handmade by the artist.

    Pop-up markets are scheduled for 2nd Saturdays during the Spring and Fall months.  The pop-up market time is from 12:00 PM until sundown (4-5:00 PM). Set up begins at 10:00 AM.

    The pop-up markets will be held on the grounds of The Arts, Hancock County located at 405 Blaize Avenue, Bay St. Louis. Artists may begin to set up tents beginning at 10:00 AM on Saturday morning.  At this time, artists will be provided a welcome packet for the current pop-up market.  The packet will include tent assignment and the sales tax form.  

    Art Without Walls, a pop-up market does not require a booth fee.  However, artists who wish to participate must be a member of The Arts, Hancock County.  To join, please visit hancockarts.org/join-us.  Artists are required to charge 7% sales tax for all items that are sold.  At the end of each market, all sales tax collected and the original sales tax form will be turned in to a representative from The Arts, Hancock County.  The Arts will submit your sales tax for you to the Mississippi Department of Revenue.

    All artists will need to register on the provided registration form.  You will need to register for each individual session. Members only need to click on the REGISTER button at the bottom of this event notice to enter their info



    • 27 May 2023
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • 405 Blaize Ave, Bay St. Louis MS
    • 15
    Register

    In this 3-hour workshop, students will learn a brief history of weaving, then learn to warp a frame loom, create fringe, plain weave technique, create shapes, textures and patterns. They will learn how to remove the weaving from the loom and turn it into a unique wall hanging. The small wooden loom and supplies will be for keeps! Kids will have the skills and knowledge to make many more with their own little loom!

    Appropriate for kids ages 8-12. 

    $66.60 per student for members of Hancock Arts
    $74.00 per student for non-members
    $10 supply fee per student paid directly to instructor at beginning of class

    Your instructor is Cecelia Hopes, artist & designer of Pink Bug Studio. Cecelia is a fiber and watercolor artist whose interest in design began very early, especially at her time at NOCCA in New Orleans. Weaving has opened a new world for creative expression that she is in love with. This medium is an escape into a textural world where her art is not on the canvas - it is the canvas. 

    See more of Cecelia's work at www.pinkbugdesignstudio.com.

    • 10 Jun 2023
    • 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • 405 Blaize Avenue, Bay St. Louis, MS 39520
    • 25
    Register

    Art Without Walls is a pop-up market that offers local artists the opportunity to display and sell their own artwork in the historic Bay St. Louis Depot Arts District.  Art ranges from mixed media to jewelry to pottery and beyond.

    There are 8 pop-up markets scheduled for 2023.  Artists are encouraged to take advantage of this wonderful opportunity to display their talents. All artwork must be handmade by the artist.

    Pop-up markets are scheduled for 2nd Saturdays during the Spring and Fall months.  The pop-up market time is from 12:00 PM until sundown (4-5:00 PM). Set up begins at 10:00 AM.

    The pop-up markets will be held on the grounds of The Arts, Hancock County located at 405 Blaize Avenue, Bay St. Louis. Artists may begin to set up tents beginning at 10:00 AM on Saturday morning.  At this time, artists will be provided a welcome packet for the current pop-up market.  The packet will include tent assignment and the sales tax form.  

    Art Without Walls, a pop-up market does not require a booth fee.  However, artists who wish to participate must be a member of The Arts, Hancock County.  To join, please visit hancockarts.org/join-us.  Artists are required to charge 7% sales tax for all items that are sold.  At the end of each market, all sales tax collected and the original sales tax form will be turned in to a representative from The Arts, Hancock County.  The Arts will submit your sales tax for you to the Mississippi Department of Revenue.

    All artists will need to register on the provided registration form.  You will need to register for each individual session. Members only need to click on the REGISTER button at the bottom of this event notice to enter their info



    • 8 Jul 2023
    • 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • 405 Blaize Avenue, Bay St. Louis, MS 39520
    • 25
    Register

    Art Without Walls is a pop-up market that offers local artists the opportunity to display and sell their own artwork in the historic Bay St. Louis Depot Arts District.  Art ranges from mixed media to jewelry to pottery and beyond.

    There are 8 pop-up markets scheduled for 2023.  Artists are encouraged to take advantage of this wonderful opportunity to display their talents. All artwork must be handmade by the artist.

    Pop-up markets are scheduled for 2nd Saturdays during the Spring and Fall months.  The pop-up market time is from 12:00 PM until sundown (4-5:00 PM). Set up begins at 10:00 AM.

    The pop-up markets will be held on the grounds of The Arts, Hancock County located at 405 Blaize Avenue, Bay St. Louis. Artists may begin to set up tents beginning at 10:00 AM on Saturday morning.  At this time, artists will be provided a welcome packet for the current pop-up market.  The packet will include tent assignment and the sales tax form.  

    Art Without Walls, a pop-up market does not require a booth fee.  However, artists who wish to participate must be a member of The Arts, Hancock County.  To join, please visit hancockarts.org/join-us.  Artists are required to charge 7% sales tax for all items that are sold.  At the end of each market, all sales tax collected and the original sales tax form will be turned in to a representative from The Arts, Hancock County.  The Arts will submit your sales tax for you to the Mississippi Department of Revenue.

    All artists will need to register on the provided registration form.  You will need to register for each individual session. Members only need to click on the REGISTER button at the bottom of this event notice to enter their info



    • 9 Sep 2023
    • 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • 405 Blaize Avenue, Bay St. Louis, MS 39520
    • 25
    Register

    Art Without Walls is a pop-up market that offers local artists the opportunity to display and sell their own artwork in the historic Bay St. Louis Depot Arts District.  Art ranges from mixed media to jewelry to pottery and beyond.

    There are 8 pop-up markets scheduled for 2023.  Artists are encouraged to take advantage of this wonderful opportunity to display their talents. All artwork must be handmade by the artist.

    Pop-up markets are scheduled for 2nd Saturdays during the Spring and Fall months.  The pop-up market time is from 12:00 PM until sundown (4-5:00 PM). Set up begins at 10:00 AM.

    The pop-up markets will be held on the grounds of The Arts, Hancock County located at 405 Blaize Avenue, Bay St. Louis. Artists may begin to set up tents beginning at 10:00 AM on Saturday morning.  At this time, artists will be provided a welcome packet for the current pop-up market.  The packet will include tent assignment and the sales tax form.  

    Art Without Walls, a pop-up market does not require a booth fee.  However, artists who wish to participate must be a member of The Arts, Hancock County.  To join, please visit hancockarts.org/join-us.  Artists are required to charge 7% sales tax for all items that are sold.  At the end of each market, all sales tax collected and the original sales tax form will be turned in to a representative from The Arts, Hancock County.  The Arts will submit your sales tax for you to the Mississippi Department of Revenue.

    All artists will need to register on the provided registration form.  You will need to register for each individual session. Members only need to click on the REGISTER button at the bottom of this event notice to enter their info



    • 14 Oct 2023
    • 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • 405 Blaize Avenue, Bay St. Louis, MS 39520
    • 25
    Register

    Art Without Walls is a pop-up market that offers local artists the opportunity to display and sell their own artwork in the historic Bay St. Louis Depot Arts District.  Art ranges from mixed media to jewelry to pottery and beyond.

    There are 8 pop-up markets scheduled for 2023.  Artists are encouraged to take advantage of this wonderful opportunity to display their talents. All artwork must be handmade by the artist.

    Pop-up markets are scheduled for 2nd Saturdays during the Spring and Fall months.  The pop-up market time is from 12:00 PM until sundown (4-5:00 PM). Set up begins at 10:00 AM.

    The pop-up markets will be held on the grounds of The Arts, Hancock County located at 405 Blaize Avenue, Bay St. Louis. Artists may begin to set up tents beginning at 10:00 AM on Saturday morning.  At this time, artists will be provided a welcome packet for the current pop-up market.  The packet will include tent assignment and the sales tax form.  

    Art Without Walls, a pop-up market does not require a booth fee.  However, artists who wish to participate must be a member of The Arts, Hancock County.  To join, please visit hancockarts.org/join-us.  Artists are required to charge 7% sales tax for all items that are sold.  At the end of each market, all sales tax collected and the original sales tax form will be turned in to a representative from The Arts, Hancock County.  The Arts will submit your sales tax for you to the Mississippi Department of Revenue.

    All artists will need to register on the provided registration form.  You will need to register for each individual session. Members only need to click on the REGISTER button at the bottom of this event notice to enter their info



    • 11 Nov 2023
    • 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • 405 Blaize Avenue, Bay St. Louis, MS 39520
    • 25
    Register

    Art Without Walls is a pop-up market that offers local artists the opportunity to display and sell their own artwork in the historic Bay St. Louis Depot Arts District.  Art ranges from mixed media to jewelry to pottery and beyond.

    There are 8 pop-up markets scheduled for 2023.  Artists are encouraged to take advantage of this wonderful opportunity to display their talents. All artwork must be handmade by the artist.

    Pop-up markets are scheduled for 2nd Saturdays during the Spring and Fall months.  The pop-up market time is from 12:00 PM until sundown (4-5:00 PM). Set up begins at 10:00 AM.

    The pop-up markets will be held on the grounds of The Arts, Hancock County located at 405 Blaize Avenue, Bay St. Louis. Artists may begin to set up tents beginning at 10:00 AM on Saturday morning.  At this time, artists will be provided a welcome packet for the current pop-up market.  The packet will include tent assignment and the sales tax form.  

    Art Without Walls, a pop-up market does not require a booth fee.  However, artists who wish to participate must be a member of The Arts, Hancock County.  To join, please visit hancockarts.org/join-us.  Artists are required to charge 7% sales tax for all items that are sold.  At the end of each market, all sales tax collected and the original sales tax form will be turned in to a representative from The Arts, Hancock County.  The Arts will submit your sales tax for you to the Mississippi Department of Revenue.

    All artists will need to register on the provided registration form.  You will need to register for each individual session. Members only need to click on the REGISTER button at the bottom of this event notice to enter their info