If you like antiques, if you like art, if you like resilient Southern women, if you like museums, or if you simply like to enjoy yourself, then you will definitely like the Alice Moseley Folk Art and Antique Museum that is located in the Train Depot in Old Town Bay St. Louis.
Alice Moseley is a well-known folk artist who resided in Old Town. She did not begin her artistic career until the age of 65, and she lived to be 94 years young.
The museum is home to 45 of her paintings that she left to the people of Bay St. Louis. The paintings are not for sale, but prints of her paintings are available for purchase at the museum. Also housed in the museum are furnishings from her home, located across the street, and Tim Moseley’s 35-year-old collection of majolica, art pottery, art glass, and other collectibles.
The Friend of the Alice Moseley Museum recently dedicated a new pavilion on the grounds of the Depot and announced that a new folk art festival honoring Miss Alice is being created.
Miss Alice’s blue house, as mentioned, is across the street from the museum and is available rent as a vacation cottage.
The museum is open Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission is free.
For more information, you can call the museum at 228.457.9223 or click HERE to go to the museum’s website.
This museum is one of those not-to-miss items on any list!
November 13 and 14 are the dates of this year’s annual Pass Christian Holiday Boutique Sale will be held again this year at the Pass Christian Yacht Club, 120 S. Market Street, Pass Christian.
Over 20 vendors will have booths selling their wares ranging from hand-crafted jewelry, clothing and accessories, art, pottery–and many other items.
Come out and get your Christmas Shopping completed early!
Times are as follows:
- Friday, November 13, 2015 10 am-6 pm
- Saturday, November 14, 2015 10 am-4 pm
For more information, contact Cathy Kahn at 228.452.2571. Admission is only $5!
Solveig Wells was a master quiltmaker who had a second home on the Coast before Katrina. When that home was lost, so was Solveig’s extensive collection of fabrics.
Months later, many of the fabric’s in her collection were found on the beach weathered, frayed, and still wet.
To read Solveig’s amazing story of recovery and see photos of some of the 55 quilts she made from her destroyed fabric collection, click here.
The quilts were donated to the Ground Zero Hurricane Museum following Solveig’s death in 2013. As of this writing, the Museum undergoing repairs and is not open but you can still read Solveig’s inspiring story on their website.
The 37th annual Peter Anderson Arts & Crafts Festival will be held November 7 and 8 in its usual location of the streets of Ocean Springs, under a canopy of beautiful trees dressed in their finest fall colors and surrounded by over 150 shops and 400 booths. Last year over 150,000 people visited the shops and booths that were showcasing all shades of art, jewelry, clothing, and crafts geared to young and old alike. Food, music, meeting old friends and new, there is plenty for all to see.
Hours of the Festival are 9 am-5 pm each day.
For full schedule and events, follow the above link or call 228.875.4424.
Bay St. Louis is one of the oldest cities in South Mississippi, established over 300 years ago in 1699 and was originally named Shieldsboro, after a ship’s purser named Thomas Shields. Renamed in 1818 to the current name, Bay St. Louis was slated to be the first state capital but lost out to Natchez, which, shortly thereafter, lost out to Jackson. What wasn’t lost to Jackson was the area’s charm and affinity for the arts.
Bay St. Louis has the distinction of being home to artists, sets for movies, and some of the oldest, most historic buildings in Mississippi. Among the buildings are:
- The 1899 Hancock Bank Building (the oldest two-story building in the city) located at 100 S. Beach Blvd;
- The 1925 Masonic Temple Building at 125 Main Street, a neo-classic Revival style building;
- The 1911 Hancock County Courthouse at 150 Main Street, the tallest building in Old Town;
- 1880’s The Louis Piernas House, 202 S. Toulme St, home to a “free man of color”;
- The Train Depot, 1928 Depot Way, two-story mission style depot built in 1928 and famously served as a set in “This Property is Condemned”;
- The Queen Anne style home located at 398 Blaize Ave. was built in 1916, and is was the centerpiece of the movie “This Property is Condemned House“, based on a play by Tennessee Williams. This building is now the home of the Bay St. Louis Little Theater.
- One of the most well-known artists from Bay St, Louis was Alice Moseley. Ms. Moseley began her artistic career at age 60 and lived to be 94. The Alice Moseley House is located at 214 Bookter Street.
Many more historic and stunning buildings abound in Bay St. Louis. The best place to go for information is to the Depot Visitor’s Center. This building also houses the Alice Moseley Museum, the Mardi Gras Museum, and the Hancock County Tourism Development Bureau.
Enjoy getting to know Bay St. Louis!
Thomas Jackson, a local artist and musician from Hattiesburg, Mississippi has been touring the Coast for years and has his heart set on making music for years to come. His latest release, Bridgeburner, is a heartfelt, soulful recording about coming home and living life under the southern sky. Thomas Jackson is also a writer and an artist. You can currently see his art at the Mockingbird Cafe in Bay St Louis where we were enjoying some Icy Pints the other night. He does a wide range of oil pastel paintings from superheroes to coastal fish. Growing up in Tupelo, Mississippi, Thomas enjoyed comic books as many of us did. He has rekindled that love for the arts and superheroes through his drawings and paintings.
Thomas moved to Hattiesburg in the 90’s for school to study graphic design. He soon fell in love with songwriting and playing shows. Since then, he’s been doing music full time, teaching in Hattiesburg and painting on his off days. He was set to release his debut comic book in 2014.
Thomas is really passionate about his music and the Arts renaissance that the Coast is experiencing right now. We spoke for quite some time about the beautiful history of Mississippi music makers and the arts of our local community.
You can catch Thomas playing at many of the local bars and clubs throughout Hattiesburg almost every weekend!
Check out The Porch Sessions
Email: TJack26@yahoo.com for Art and Music Requests.
Come Party with Thomas Jackson and friends this summer!