Biloxi artist wins Seafood Festival poster contest

By WLOX Staff

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - The Chamber of Commerce on Thursday announced the winner of the Biloxi Seafood Festival poster contest. The work by Biloxi artist Suzy Templin will represent the 2009 Seafood Festival. Templin has won the poster contest four times in the past.

Her painting of three shrimp boats on Biloxi's Back Bay features a blue crab in the foreground and a brown pelican in the air. The artist wins a $500 price and will have her artwork featured on prints, t-shirts, note cards and event promotions.

"This year, over 20 entries were submitted" said Biloxi Chamber Director Rachael Seymour said "That's triple the number of entries received last year."

Templin, a mother of three, is the Military Fine Artist at Keesler Air Force Base and has painted air show posters, as well as portraits in her day job.

The 28th Annual Biloxi Seafood Festival is September 12 and 13th. But you don't have to wait until then to get one of posters. There's a reception for the artist Thursday at 5:30pm at Negrotto's Gallery in Biloxi where you can purchase signed prints.

The Biloxi Seafood Festival is a celebration of family, community, and seafood heritage in the City of Biloxi. This year the Biloxi Chamber of Commerce's Seafood Festival Committee and Board of Directors, in partnership with the City of Biloxi, say they are working to make this year's event the biggest and best festival ever. The Biloxi Seafood Festival is part of what makes Biloxi a diverse and unique community as we highlight our rich history and seafood industry.

Festivalgoers will enjoy a wide variety of seafood dishes, arts, and crafts, and continuous live entertainment throughout the weekend. From Diki Du & the Zydeco Crew to Tim Gross and the Blue Blazes and everything in between, there will surely be something for everyone.

This year's festival will feature the CYP Kids Village. The Boys & Girls Club of the Gulf Coast will also host children's activities on Saturday. Inflatable Slide and bungee obstacle, face painting and games will be just part of the fun that can be experienced in the CYP Kids Village.

You can also sign up for the annual Gumbo Championship, which will be held on Sunday, September 13. Teams can enter in either the professional or amateur competition. It will be held in a special, fenced-off area of the Seafood Festival. The public will be invited to enter the competition area and sample gumbo for a small fee (in additional to the Seafood Festival entrance fee). All of the proceeds raised by the competition will benefit the chamber's programs.

For a complete list of rules and regulations and entry forms contact the Biloxi Chamber of Commerce (228) 604-0014.

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