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Hancock Chamber Partners With Arts

The renovated Hancock County Chamber of Commerce had empty walls and displaced artists needed exhibit space, so they say a partnership just made sense. The works of more than 40 artists opened Monday inside the Hancock County Chamber of Commerce as part of an exhibit called "Starting Over."

The Hancock County artists who have the tools and talent to create beautiful artwork face a not so pretty picture when it comes to finding a place to display and sell their pieces. So members of The Arts, Hancock County approached the Chamber of Commerce about setting up a gallery in the Chamber offices.

Gwen Impson is president of The Arts, Hancock County.

"This provides a local place that locals can come, see and buy work," Impson said. "Also, because it's the Chamber, we get a lot of people from the media, a lot of volunteer organizations, a lot of business people pass through here. So we think this is going to be a good selling spot."

"That just makes us a bold new chamber because it gives a wonderful, bright and happy place to work," said Hancock County Chamber Director Tish Williams. "It gives us a wonderful place for all of our members and residents to come in, so it creates just a wonderful work environment."

Some pieces have been displayed outside Hancock County, thereby bringing awareness to recovery needs and rebuilding efforts. There was a show in Minnesota and another at the William Jefferson Clinton Presidential Library in Little Rock. It was the first art exhibit ever held there.

Impson said, "It was a one night event and 60 percent of all the artwork was sold. And what didn't sell that night was disbursed to different galleries in Little Rock. So we had a good opportunity to sell work there."

You can view the "Starting Over" exhibit Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. at the chamber office in Highway 90 in Bay St. Louis. There will be a special reception Sunday,  August 27th at 5 p.m.

by Danielle Thomas

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