Matt Stebly's iconic art wins Biloxi Seafood Festival poster contest

Sun HeraldJuly 16, 2014 

BILOXI -- Matt Stebly has done it again.

The Ocean Springs artist's winning Biloxi Seafood Festival poster-contest entry was unveiled Wednesday morning at the Biloxi Chamber of Commerce Breakfast with the Mayor at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Biloxi.

Stebly, who owns Twisted Anchor tattoo shop, has won the contest four years in a row.

When he was growing up on the Coast, he said, everyone had a Seafood Festival poster hanging at home. He encourages others, especially young artists, to enter the contest.

"I tell everyone about it," he said.

He got the inspiration for this year's poster by visiting the Biloxi Maritime and Seafood Museum store at Edgewater Mall with his family.

"I wanted to do something a little different than the last few years," he said.

Stebly made a sea turtle the focus of this year's poster.

The $25 posters are sold at the Biloxi Lighthouse Visitors Center gift shop, the Biloxi Chamber office and Negrotto's Gallery.

Posters and T-shirts will be available at the Biloxi Seafood Festival, which returns to Point Cadet Plaza this year Sept. 13-14.

Also at Wednesday's breakfast, chief administrator David Nichols and city department heads gave reports.

n Nichols said the city is evaluating bids for the baseball stadium. "We've invested a lot of money and time," he said.

nCommunity Development Director Jerry Creel ran down a list of projects in progress or proposed. "There's renewed interest in the Casino Magic building," he said. His department is reviewing three new restaurants, six hotels on U.S. 90, a shopping center at Interstate 10 and almost 1,500 new homes north of I-10.

n Public Works Director Dan Gaillet said there will be a meeting at 6 p.m. July 24 at the Gruich Center in East Biloxi to talk about the $116 million infrastructure project north of the railroad tracks.

n Parks and Recreation Director Cheryl Bell said a grand opening is planned July 26 at Point Cadet Plaza, and the Sports Hall of Fame activities will be Aug. 22-25. Her department is working with Councilwoman Dixie Newman to sponsor fundraisers for Hiller Park and the next will be a kickball tournament Aug. 30.

n Police Chief John Miller said Biloxi is recognized as a sort of law enforcement justice ground because many law enforcement groups book conferences in the city. He said the city doesn't have to send personnel elsewhere for training, and the conference participants bring their families and stay for a week, boosting the city's economy.

n Fire Chief Joe Boney said a record number of fire inspectors are going through a national fire training program in Maryland.

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