BAY ST. LOUIS, MS (WLOX) - Inside the historic train depot in Bay St. Louis, you'll find the Mardi Gras Museum on the first floor with carnival memorabilia. On the second floor, Donna Oakley tells visitors about the folk art of Alice Moseley, who lived and painted in Bay St. Louis.
Moseley's distinctive art depicts the history of the South in a simple and colorful way.
"That's what fold art does. It preserves in art this period of time. It is frozen and there for us to study, learn from, and to remember. This is our history in Ms. Alice's art," said Oakley.
Moseley was a self-taught artist. She didn't pick up a brush until she was 60 years old. She was a teacher taking care of her Alzheimer's afflicted mother and was searching for an outlet.
"Alice became sad watching her mother deteriorate and needed an outlet. She started telling stories through her wonderful paintings," said Oakley.
The Alice Moseley Folk Art and Antique Museum showcases the painter's uncanny ability for capturing people and places across the rural South during the mid-20th century. The work is appreciated by historians, because it depicts life in a sometimes whimsical and very real way.
"It is a history of that period, and we're fortunate to have 50 of these paintings in our collection. Alice was a storyteller," according to Oakley.
Moseley painted at a desk in her blue home in Bay St. Louis. She passed away in 2004 at the age of 94.
"Ms. Alice loved the Bay, and Bay. St. Louis loved Miss Alice," Oakley said.