Art Adventures in the Bay
- story by Lisa Monti
Visitors come to Bay St. Louis for a lot of reasons — the beaches, the casual lifestyle and a robust arts community among them. Now we can add another drawing card: art lessons taught by local artists. It’s part of a tourism trend seen nationally and now it’s starting to build here.
Two aspiring potters from Austin sent this testimonial to potter Regan Carney: “The town of Bay St Louis, along with the incredibly gratifying pottery workshop, has been one of the most delightful ‘adventure/learning’ vacations either of us has ever taken. The joy of working with Regan has us looking forward to returning each year for more fun filled ventures in clay.”
Here’s a look at some of the artists and what they offer to visitors (and locals):
The Bay St. Louis Creative Arts Center
Steve Barney, the CAC’s director, has ambitious plans to make it a destination for snowbird artists. “There is a large demographic of semi-retired professionals in colder climates who are avid artists and are looking for opportunities to combine studio time with a mid-winter coastal retreat,” he said.
Barney is teaming up with Kevin Jordan, owner of Gulf View properties, to offer all-inclusive two- and four-week artisan retreat packages. Guests will be housed in Jordan’s guesthouses, studios and vacation homes within a block or two from the CAC.
In addition to pottery and metalworking classes, artists can explore other mediums such as stained glass and silkscreening.
Local transportation options include a shared golf cart and fleet of beach cruiser bikes. Weekend excursions into New Orleans and other coastal destinations are planned. The first artisan retreat package is scheduled for January 13–February 17, 2018.
“Interest in our artisan retreat programs has been strong and we expect this program to grow slowly over time as word gets out,” Barney said.
For those not requiring accommodations or are interested in special arrangements, the CAC offers customized packages to visiting artists.
To book a spot in the 2018 retreat or for other information about CAC programs, email Steve Barney firstname.lastname@example.org or call/text 228-342-7668.
Her work is widely featured, including locally in Gallery 220 and the Lawson Studio. Carney teaches beginner through master level classes at the coop.
“I am happy to teach any level in general or specific techniques. I teach both throwing on the wheel or handbuilding functional ware or sculptural forms. Usually throwing takes the most amount of time,” she said.
To make the experience the best it can be, Carney requires at least three weeks’ lead time to set up a private workshop for one up to six students.
“I need to know the level of expertise, if there is any, and if there is to be a focus.
I also need to know how long they are going to be in the area and how much of that time do they want to spend in the studio,” said Carney. Her workshops have been two days to six weeks. “Communication is key with this kind of workshop,” she said.
For more information, call 228-216-0210.
Cork has 36 years of art-making experience in sculpture, fine art, ceramics and art education.
Her workshops are designed for all skill levels, with an emphasis on having fun. No experience is necessary. The quick and easy workshops include mug making, ceramic planters, decorative crosses and much more. Cork needs three weeks’ notice and prefers classes of three to eight students.
The cost is $50 per student. and all materials are included. Cork will ship your finished pieces home for a nominal fee.
For more information, email email@example.com.
The schedule is posted at tabernabsl.com or on Taberna’s Facebook page. Private lessons are available, but you must book at least two days in advance.
Harville also offers lessons in conceptual fine art photography. Students can view the area through their lenses and create unique works of art to take home. Visit cdoriann.com to view Chloé's portfolio.
Kat teaches a system of shapes and techniques that can unlock your ability to see and render the beauty of your world. Encaustic medium is a luscious and ancient form of painting with molten wax that she has been using in her own work for 13 years. See also Katfish Studio, 233 Boardman Avenue, BSL.
Karen Anne Renz
The Sip, Dip-N-Stroke classes for adults offer an evening of wine and painting on the third Friday of the month. Private parties for a minimum of eight adults are available.
All classes are taught at the Bay Arts Center, 833 U.S. 90 Suite 9, Bay St. Louis. Call 228-467-2110 or visit bayartscenter.com.
The next public workshop is scheduled for Saturday, July 15. All materials, tools, instruction and refreshments are included, and you will take home your own mosaic.
Classes are limited to ten people and begin at 9 a.m., finishing around 3 p.m. with an hour break for lunch.
Private workshops for five or more can be scheduled either at your location, Slay’s private Biloxi studio, or at Clay Creations.
Visit joannaslay.com or call 228-217-9212.