BAY ST. LOUIS, MS (WLOX) - Downtown Bay St. Louis was buzzing with activity Saturday. The streets were filled with colorful artwork, live music and tons to do. It was the city's annual 'Arts Alive!' event.
This year was a little different. Usually only one arts association sponsors the event, but this year the Hancock County and Pass Christian arts councils combined forces. Jennie Lou Mintz, of the Pass Christian Arts Council, says the collaboration is really about support.
"It's important to really admire each other's work and efforts," said Mintz.
There was also another twist to this year's event. In addition to the visual arts, this year also brought literary, music and culinary arts to the table.
Cynthia Mahner, President of the Hancock County Arts Council, said bringing people downtown is great for business.
"The local shops get the benefit of having people come for a special event," said Mahner.
Art vendor Kathleen Johnson said this is more than just a marketing event. She has been an artist and a promoter of the arts for as long as she can remember. To her, art walks are a small piece to a bigger picture.
"This is it, this is where it all begins. Where you sell widgets that you have made to somebody else who takes them and takes them to some other part of the country. I mean, it's extraordinary," said Johnson.
Saturday's events included a singer-songwriter competition, an amateur cooking contest and various writing competitions. 'Arts Alive!' has been around since 2004.
To find out more about the event, visit www.artsalivegulfcoast.com.