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09/26/03

Art Lovers Invited To Ocean Springs' Gallery Walk

The peaceful sounds in Shane Sekul's backyard are often interrupted by his zest for perfection. Sekul clanks newly fired pottery against a piece of wood. The artistic pots must have smooth edges, if they're going to be admired. "That's why we make it," he said, "so people can see it."

Art is more than an escape for this Ocean Springs man. It's become an integral part of his life. "It's just I have this uncontrollable passion to do it every single day, no matter what," he explained.

A year and a half ago, Sekul decided to share his artwork with others. He opened Sekul's Wolface Pottery and Gallery .

Friday at the downtown Ocean Springs studio, Sekul's wife took a break on one of his more comfortable creations, an exotic chair "It's all work and no rest from now on," Sherie Sekul said.

Mrs. Sekul is one of the masterminds of the city's first Friday night Gallery Walk . "Other cities do it. New Orleans, Bay St. Louis and Lafayette," she said. "It's so successful there that we decided that Ocean Springs needs to try it." The Gallery Walk is a two hour cultural showcase. Thirteen Ocean Springs art studios and museums will open their doors on the fourth Friday night of the month. People will get to see the pottery and the paintings that make this downtown are so unique.

Gaye Aultman is the assistant director of the Ocean Springs Chamber of Commerce, one of the sponsors of the gallery walk. "Hopefully they will see what Ocean Springs is all about," she said. "The arts, the culture, the ambiance of the area."

It's that mix of art and culture that gallery owners will showcase the fourth Friday of the next four months.

by Brad Kessie

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