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Artist brings printed poster art to Ocean Springs

Amos Kennedy (Photo source: WLOX) Amos Kennedy (Photo source: WLOX)
Kennedy will be at the Greenhouse selling his posters through Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m. (Photo source: WLOX) Kennedy will be at the Greenhouse selling his posters through Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m. (Photo source: WLOX)
OCEAN SPRINGS, MS (WLOX) -

Ocean Springs is a city that prides itself on its love of the arts. Art festivals, galleries and workshops call the city home on a regular basis. Saturday, an artist brought his own take on a retro advertising technique to Ocean Springs.

The colorful designs and graphics hanging up in the Greenhouse on Porter may seem familiar. They might resemble a retro poster look that seems to be coming back in style. These are all new designs on an old form of advertising.

"If you are of a certain age, you will remember seeing these tacked up on phone poles along the road," said Amos Kennedy.

He's originally from the South, but recently moved to Detroit, MI. He's bringing his printed posters back down for a southern tour.

"Sometimes I say what I do is I make an oversized greeting card," said Kennedy.

Using an old style wooden printing block, Kennedy fills his posters with aphorisms, proverbs, quotations and witty sayings.

"Like this one, 'Friendship is like peeing on yourself, everyone can see it, but only you get the warm feeling.' Isn't that great? Everyone can relate to it, you know," Kennedy said.

Many of the posters provide humor, some serve as a salutation, but his fans consider them all to be works of art. This isn't the first time for Kennedy to visit Ocean Springs with his posters.

Susie Ranager missed him the last time he came down a few years ago. As an artist, Ranager is glad to see him coming back to so much community support.

"We've got such a vibrant community, and just the whole Mississippi Gulf Coast is really very receptive to the arts," said Ranager.

Kennedy said every time he comes to the Coast, he gets a warm reception. He hopes his work will make people feel that same welcome spirit.

"I think one of the greatest things you can is make people happy," said Kennedy.

Kennedy will be at the Greenhouse selling his posters through Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m.

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