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Moss Point artists highlighted in exhibit

By Sylvia Hall – bio | email

MOSS POINT, MS (WLOX) – Drills and saws echo from the old Moss Point Library.  This Friday, the boards will come off the facility's windows for a display of eight different arts, aptly named "Made in Moss Point."  The Gulf Coast Community Design Studio is holding the exhibit, which is funded by the National Endowment for the Arts.

"The exhibit is comprised of photographs and video that's documenting the process and materials that each of these artists and craftspeople use in their craft," explained Nadene Mairesse of the Gulf Coast Community Design Studio. 

Mairesse said she's surprised by the number and diversity of craftsmen and artists that call Moss Point home.  She said as the group researched craftsmen and artists, they found too many to put on display.  They still, however, managed to find a wide variety of artists to feature.

 "The scale of the work ranges from domestic arts like quilting, rug making, to shipbuilding," said Mairesse. 

Britton Jones, who also works on the project, said a taxidermist is one of the more interesting artists on display.

"His role is something really incredible because he can give personality and a real character to these animals," explained Jones.  "And it's all animals that are of our place, it's our ecology."

They hope the project will highlight the creativity of Moss Point's citizens.

"This is an opportunity for the public to come to Moss Point and acknowledge the creative skill of local people and for local people to see how talented people in Moss Point are," said Mairesse.

"I think people will see just the incredible histories and stories," said Jones.  "The crafts themselves are something that's passed down and there's a story behind all of it."

The exhibit is the second in a series of four.  She said the next one will focus on Moss Point's parks and recreation, and the last one will focus on the Riverfront.  Mairesse said she hopes the exhibits will help Moss Point attract citizens and businesses.

"In our work what we hope to do is keep the public engaged in the process of developing Moss Point in a way that everyone will find really useful and feel really positive about," said Mairesse.  "And will hopefully attract business investors to come and live here and work here."

Doors open Friday at 6:30p.m. with food and live music for all who attend.

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