Local artists prepare for Peter Anderson festival

Local artists prepare for Peter Anderson festival
Artists work on customers at Twisted Anchor Tattoo (Image Source: WLOX News)
Artists work on customers at Twisted Anchor Tattoo (Image Source: WLOX News)
Dylan Sartin will be a featured artist in this year's Peter Anderson Festival (Image Source: WLOX News)
Dylan Sartin will be a featured artist in this year's Peter Anderson Festival (Image Source: WLOX News)

OCEAN SPRINGS, MS (WLOX) - More than 100,000 people are expected to descend on downtown Ocean Springs this weekend for one of South Mississippi's largest arts and crafts festivals, but the Peter Anderson Festival wouldn't be what it is without the fantastic artists it showcases.

With the humming of tattoo guns in the background, Dylan Sartin,works to finish one of his original paintings he plans to sell at the Peter Anderson Festival.

"It's a lot of color, very vibrant. I would say a little different than people usually see at Peter Anderson," said Sartin.

Growing up in St. Martin, He's been attending the festival since he was a child, and now that he has a chance to be a featured artist, well that's a dream come true.

"It's kind of like a really rewarding feeling. Growing up I've always loved art. To actually be able to sell it in an environment where you feel successful doing, is kind of like the ultimate for an artist," said Sartin.

Sartin works as an apprentice at Twisted Anchor tattoo, under Matt Stebly, who also grew up going to the festival for a different reason.

"I'm an Anderson, so I kind of got raised into that. First thing, I sold at the Peter Anderson festival was little soap carvings that I did, because I was a kid and I didn't have patience for wood carving," said Stebly.

Sartin and Stebly both have eclectic tastes in their artistry that you can see whether it's on paper or on skin.

"You can definitely see the influence of the family that I'm in, like an Anderson type piece. It's subconscious at this point," said Stebly.

While Stebly may be a pro at this, Sartin is a little more anxious about selling his work alongside the hundreds of veteran artists."It's very exciting, very nerve wrecking, you know? Makes you want to really perform and stand out above the people who have been doing it for the last 36 years," said Sartin.

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