ZONTA Art Festival Promotes Coast Artists

Colorful pieces and creative works of art, are some of Katie Hinkel's family's specialties. For years the family sold unique art in Gulfport, until Katrina temporarily put them out of business.
"We relocated to Pensacola," said Katie Hinkel.
Now Hinkel is back in business, and she says thanks to art fairs like the ZONTA Festival, small shop owners get the chance to show off the masterpieces they create . 
"It is easy to go to your Wal-Marts, your big chains, but the uniqueness of the small shops, and business are what make it home."
Homemade items such as tye-die shirts and monogram purses could easily be found in the booths in Downtown Pascagoula.. 
Purita Redmond got her hands on an handmade Sponge Bob Wooden Swing.
The Moss Point Resident says she always shops at community venues, because they simply have more to offer.
"The artists and stuff, they do it from their heart." Moss Point Resident Purita Redmond said.
Redmond says more art festivals are needed to promote, "the little guys."
"We want the homemade stuff, we do not want the commercial made stuff."
Jackson County native Jennifer Wilkerson turned her hobby of painting canvases into a business, she says the more places she can display her talent the better. 
"We tend to look toward larger names that are popular by nature, and we forget our culture needs to be visualized with our community," said Jennifer Wilkerson.