40 businesses in downtown Ocean Springs opened their doors Saturday for "Artwalk 2002."
Thousands of visitors strolled down Washington Avenue and Government Street taking in all of the sights and sounds. The yearly event is not only great for local businesses, it's also great for artists and craftsman. Many of them make their beautiful creations at home, and say they love the needed exposure the "Artwalk" gives.
"It's very good for business. We have so many good local artists, they don't have the opportunity to display to the public unless there are art festivals that are put on by the Chambers of Commerce, like this one," says Ocean Springs artist Toni McCleave.
The Ocean Springs Chamber of Commerce gets the artists store sponsors. So, they get to display their work at no cost, like 14 year old welding artist Zack Harris, this is his first public display.
"It's been pretty good. I've gotten a lot of compliments and I've already made a couple of sales," Harris says.
The Artwalk is a one day an annual event sponsored by the Chamber and downtown Ocean Springs merchants and restaurant owners.