The state of Mississippi has designated the Mississippi Arts Commission, the Mississippi Library Commission, the Mississippi Department of Archives and History and the Mississippi Humanities Council, in partnership with panel members representing the University Press of Mississippi, Jackson State University, Mississippi University for Women and others, to seek nominations for submission to the governor for the next Poet Laureate. Mississippi's Poet Laureate will serve as the official state poet and will represent the rich cultural heritage and create and recite appropriate poetry at state occasions and state agency activities. The deadline for nominations is Dec. 11.
Details: Connie Souto Learman, panel chair, at email@example.com or 601-359-6035.
Negrotto's Gallery will host Holiday Open House
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Negrotto's Gallery, 2645 Executive Place, Biloxi, will host a Holiday Open House on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Many artists will be represented in the gallery. Details: 388-8822.
Celebrate the Gulf poster contest underway
Amateur and professional artists are encouraged to submit an original poster design that depicts the conservation or scenic qualities of Mississippi's coastal resources for the Gulf Marine Education Festival that will be held April 2 at War Memorial Park in Pass Christian.
This is the second year for the festival and the first year for an event poster.
The deadline is Jan. 14 for the Celebrate the Gulf poster contest. The winning artist will receive $250 and 10 posters and must attend the festival to sign posters.
Details: Jessica Rankin at Jessica.firstname.lastname@example.org or 374-5000.
Mary C. O'Keefe receives Arts Commission grant
Mary C. O'Keefe Cultural Center of Ocean Springs has been awarded a $874 Mini Grant from the Mississippi Arts Commission. This grant is a portion of the $1.61 million in grants the commission will award to support innovative programming. The grants are made possible by continued funding from the Mississippi Legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Details: 601-359-6031 or email@example.com.
20th Studio Open House will be at Bay Artists' Co-op
The 20th annual Studio Open House will be held at Bay Artists' Co-op, 415 S. Necaise Ave., Bay St. Louis on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Nov. 22 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The show will feature studio pottery, paintings, jewelry, demonstration and live music by Ivory Bill. Details: 216-0210.
Arts Under Dome show is Saturday in Gulfport
First United Methodist Church, 15th Street and 24th Avenue, Gulfport, will host the Arts Under the Dome on Saturday at 7 p.m.
The concert series will feature the Barefoot Movement, a young roots group from Tennessee showcasing a mix of traditional bluegrass and modern Americana. The tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students.
Season tickets are available for $45 per person and $90 for families. Details: 229-6851 or fumc-gulfport.org.
Huffmaster's exhibit will be at MGCCC JD campus
Elizabeth Huffmaster's art exhibition titled "Something Old, Something New" will be on display at the Fine Arts Gallery at the Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College's Jefferson Davis campus in Gulfport from Monday through Dec. 11.
A reception will be held at noon Tuesday.
Huffmaster, of Saucier, works in watercolor, gouache and acrylics. She paints on traditional heavywight watercolor paper and has introduced watercolor canvas and Yupo paper to her artwork.
Gallery hours are 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday to Thursday and 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday. Details: 897-3909.
Arts by the Sea will be held in Gulfport
St. Peter's by-the-Sea Episcopal Church, 1909 15th St., Gulfport, will host Arts by the Sea from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and from noon to 6 p.m. Nov. 22.
The sale will feature pottery, paintings, photography, sculpture, art glass, Episcopal-themed gifts, note cards, ornaments, jewelry and artisan soaps.