The Gulf Coast Music Teachers Association held its 43rd annual Music Festival in February at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College's Jefferson Davis campus. A total of 74 pianists, violinists and vocalists, representing nine teachers who are members of GCMTA participated. Each was required to perform one piece by memory and received a written evaluation and certificate.
Students who scored High Superior were eligible to play in one of the Honors Recitals e held concurrently with the adjudications. Receiving a High Superior rating were Kate Ackerman, Luke Ackerman, Jade Agler, Joseph Agler, Trinitee Augustine, Maham Babar, Parisay Babar, Vienna Banks, Marina Blankenship, Elizabeth Dodson, Elizabeth Dodson, Cecilia Escobedo, David Hopkins, Rebekah Hopkins, Erin Kilpatrick, Ethan Kilpatrick, Makayla Knight, Ella Lansford, Kate Lansford, Elizabeth Livingston, Anna Kate Long, Sam Lynn, Kathryn McArthur, Katharine Newman, Alexis Pellegrin, Caroline Rinker, Elaina Rubenstein, Samantha Schwartz, Jonathan Shelby, Kayla Shelby, David Solomon, Lee Tao, Derick Taylor, Isaiah Way, Luke Way, Kip Williamson and Allan Zieber.
Receiving the Five-Year Award this year were Anna Kate Long, Samantha Schwartz, Derick Taylor. The Five-Year Award is presented to students who score a High Superior for five or more consecutive years and comes with a small monetary award. Participating teachers were Elsie Barnes, Mildred Dickson, Betty Hopkins, Marilyn Leone, Carol Mahler, Kristen Moody, Dawn Nelson, Peggy Peterson and Jeanie Pollard.
Local artist receives People's Choice Award
Kim Iglesia of Gulfport won the People's Choice Award in the annual Student Art Exhibit and Competition at the Jefferson Davis campus of Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College.
Of the 183 votes cast for Favorite Work of Art by gallery visitors during April, Iglesia's 16-by-20-inch acrylic painting "Track List" got 39 votes.
Iglesia, a freshman, will continue her studies in fine art at MGCCC in the fall.
Submit artworks today for Singing River Art Show
Singing River Art Association will present the annual spring art show at the River Gallery in Pascagoula, May 17-20. A reception is set for 5:30 p.m. Friday. Artists are encouraged to enter the judged competition by submitting artwork today from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Winners will be announced by judge, Ed Ford of William Carey University. Awards will be given for pottery, sculpture, watercolor, acrylic and oil paintings, photography, abstracts, drawings and pastels. Details: 218-1739.
Piano lessons offered in Gulfport
The Music Studio, 1902 24th St., Gulfport will be offering private lessons for adults in classical piano lessons. The lessons will be taught by James Jolly for 30-minute and hour sessions. Cost: $15 half-hour and $30 hour. Details: 863-1388.
'Bird Cage' performance held in Pass Christian
Pass Christian Public Library will host a "speed theater" performance of "The Birdcage" presented by the Pass Christian Theater Project at 7 p.m. Thursday. The presentation is part of the fifth annual Words and Music Community Culture Series.
Speed Theater is a variation on "Readers Theater," a style of theater in which actors do not memorize their lines. Due to potential language, it is recommended for young adults and adults. Pass Christian City Court Building is at 111 Hiern Ave. Details: ci.pass-christian.ms.us or 452-4596.
'Coastal Kaleidoscope' art featured in Ocean Springs
The Art House, 921 Cash Alley, Ocean Springs, will display a "Coastal Kaleidoscope" Art Show through June 17. Fused-glass artist Clair Etzold and painter Linda Fayard will present a joint show that celebrates their love for South Mississippi. The gallery will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Details: 875-9285.
Suspense play planned at Gulfport Little Theatre
The Gulfport Little Theatre, 2600 13th Ave., will be presenting "If It's Monday, This Must be Murder" at 8 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Cost: $15 general admission and $12 seniors and military and $10 students and children. Details: gulfportlittletheatre.org or 864-7983.
Deadline approaches for MAC minigrant program
Applications are being accepted until 5 p.m. June 1 for the Mississippi Arts Commission's mini-grant program MAC offers two minigrant deadlines each year on June 1 and Nov. 1 to assist with smaller arts projects around the state.
Mini-grants for organizations are designed to meet a variety of needs in communities, schools and arts organizations and to stimulate arts projects in rural and under-served communities. Nonprofit organizations or municipalities may apply for up to $1,000 to support a presentation by members of the MAC's Artist Roster. Professional-level artists may apply through the artist minigrant program for up to $500 to support promotion and marketing efforts or to attend a professional development workshop or to purchase art supplies.
Complete grant guidelines and application forms are available on MAC's website at arts.ms.gov or by calling (601) 359-6030. First-time applicants are strongly encouraged to call and speak with a MAC staff member about their project before submitting an application.
Credit union will award scholarships to five students
Keesler Federal Credit Union will be awarding five $1,000 scholarships toward students' college educations with the annual Lisa J. Stubbs Memorial Scholarship Contest. Lisa Stubbs, a former Keesler Federal employee of eight years, was working full-time and attending night classes toward her degree. At age 25, she died after a lifelong struggle with cystic fibrosis. The scholarship program was renamed in memory of her determination.
The essay topic is: "How Can You Use Social Media to Benefit Others in Your Community?" All entries must be postmarked no later than June 11. For guidelines and instructions for entering the contest, visit kfcu.org/media/scholarship. Email entries will not be eligible. Winners will be announced in July. Mail entries to: Keesler Federal Credit Union Scholarship Contest, Attn: Marketing Dept., Keesler Federal Credit Union, 13083A Seaway Road, Gulfport MS 39503.
Baseball exhibit featured through November in Biloxi
The Ohr-O'Keefe Museum of Art, 386 Beach Blvd., Biloxi, will display "Our Love Affair with Baseball" through Nov. 4. The display is a showcase of multimedia exhibits on a home-run of topics including inaugural season of the Biloxi Shuckers. Other highlighted moments are minor league teams of early 1900s, Biloxi Dodger, semi-pro "Negro League" from the 1940s, collection of World Series rings, rare baseball cards, artwork and more, curated by Biloxi's World Series champion Barry Lyons. Details: 374-5547.
Drawing/painting classes will be offered in Biloxi
Hobby Lobby, 2649 Pass Road, Biloxi, will offer drawing and painting classes Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 4 to 7 p.m. The $45 cost includes the supplies. Details: 222-0180.