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Art in the Pass offers art for art's sake

COURTESY ART IN THE PASSArtist Spencer Gray, named Best in Show at the 2015 Art in the Pass, returns this year with his quirky creature creations.
COURTESY ART IN THE PASSArtist Spencer Gray, named Best in Show at the 2015 Art in the Pass, returns this year with his quirky creature creations.

The 19th annual Art in the Pass will bring nearly 100 artists to War Memorial Park in Pass Christian on Saturday and Sunday along with cooking demonstrations, marine education and entertainment.

Art in the Pass selectively brings in vendors that span multiple media. In any given year, one is likely to find painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, pottery, fiber arts, glass arts, woodworking and jewelry from near and far.

F.J. Cutting, event chair, said it's a fun family event with lots to offer.

"We are literally one of the premiere art shows," she said. "Artists are juried, and we have just under 100 from 14 different states offering fine arts, fine jewelry and crafts."

The event was founded by the Pass Christian Main Street Association as a nonprofit event to fund art scholarships and grants in Hancock and Harrison county school districts. Roughly $6,000 was donated last year. Each participating artist donates one piece for silent auction at the event to help fund the proceeds.

It's a premise that has earned the event accolades from AAA Southern Traveler and regional magazines.

"It's not only a premiere event, but it has a purpose, also," Cutting said.

On Sunday, a student art show will be held and scholarship winners will be announced at 3 p.m.

While the focus is on art, there are other significant attractions offered as well.

The event celebrates the Gulf from preservation of marine life to seafood preparation.

On Saturday, a catch-and-release fishing rodeo for ages 12 and younger will take place from 8 to 10 a.m. at the West Pass Harbor. Free rides on schooners and marsh boats will be offered beginning at 10:30 a.m.

The Gulf Marine Education Festival will take place Saturday at War Memorial Park. This festival within a festival presents family-friendly, hands-on activities related to coastal environment issues.

On both days, the Marine Cuisine Pavilion will feature local and regional chefs giving cooking demonstrations using fresh Gulf seafood. Corks and Cleaver and Bacchus on the Beach are a few of the participants who will offer free samples, recipes and cooking tips.

Admission is free. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days.

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