Arts & Culture

Arts Notes for April 3

MGCCC Jackson County presents 'Chasing Light'

Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, Jackson County, will host an exhibit featuring the work of fine arts instructor Marc Poole through April 21. The exhibit will feature more than 40 original paintings created "en plein air," used for artwork created outdoors on location.

Plein air painting was popularized in the 19th century with the development of paint in tubes, where previously older artists would grind their own pigments and mix their paint.

The gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday. Details: 497-7684.

Judy Davies named 2015 Poet of Year

Writer Judy Davies of Gautier was awarded the 2015 Mississippi Poetry Society, South Branch Poet of the Year award at the Mississippi Poetry Society meeting in March at the Gautier Public Library. The four-time winner has been named as Mississippi's Senior Poet Laureate and the 2013 National Senior Poet Honor Scroll Winner. Her poetry has been published nationally and internationally.

Long Beach High student wins Gulf poster contest

Grace Bennett, a junior at Long Beach High School, has won the second annual Celebrate the Gulf Poster Contest. Bennett was selected among 14 other poster submissions. Her poster features marine life found in the Gulf of Mexico.

Art of Spencer Schulz will be at Old Town Ice Cream Shop

The art of Spencer Schulz will be featured at Old Town Ice Cream Shop in Bay St. Louis on Friday before the Second Saturday Art Celebration in Old Town. His works are in the expressionist style, characterized by bright colors, abstract shapes and landscapes. His work has been shown in galleries throughout New Orleans. Ole Town Ice Cream Shop is at 203A North Second St.

Cheney, Hill exhibit shown through May 5

"Transitions #2 x 2" exhibit will be featured through May 5 at the Art House, 921 Cash Alley, in Ocean Springs. The exhibit features the artwork of Gail Cheney and Dawn Hill and their life's transitions illustrated through the show. Details: 875-9285.

Donations given to Center Stage Theatre

Kennedy Miazza White presented a $5,000 gift to Center Stage Theatre in Biloxi creating the Martin Miazza Fund for the Arts. Miazza was a founding member of Center Stage in 1975 and served as board member, adviser and supporter until his death. The Martin Miazza Fund for the Arts will help Center Stage continue their theater productions.

Triple Threat Academy students shine in Atlanta

Nine students from Triple Threat Academy of Biloxi attended the Junior Theatre Festival in Atlanta in January. The festival was sponsored by iTheatrics, Music Theatre International and Disney Theatrical Productions.

TTA was awarded "Excellence in Acting"; Aaron Rishel and Caitlyn Diamond won All-Star awards; Jayne Edwards and Haley Sliker won Golden Tickets and Laci Wainscott was named to a Broadway slam group. There were more than 5,800 in attendance, with groups from Australia, New Zealand, Korea and Canada.

Rheta Grimsley Johnson presents book signing in Pass

Pass Books/Cat Island Coffeehouse, 300 E. Scenic Drive, will hold a book signing featuring Rheta Grimsley Johnson with "The Dogs Buried Over the Bridge" on Tuesday from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Details: 222-4827.