Saturday, July 9, 2022
This specially themed Second Saturday art walk in July – Frida Fest – celebrates the birthday of iconic artist Frida Kahlo with an extraordinary costume contest and a fiesta of other special happenings!
- by McKenzey Northington
Over the past 29 years, the monthly artwalk has become one of the most popular events in the region. Old Town stays lively all day, with many merchants and restaurants offering specials.
The pace picks up from 4 – 7 pm, when gallery openings and live music keep the streets humming with activity.
This specially themed Second Saturday artwalk in July - Frida Fest - celebrates the birthday of iconic artist Frida Kahlo with an extraordinary costume contest and a fiesta of other special happenings! This event has quickly become one of the absolutely do-not-miss annual celebrations on the coast.
Be sure to check out "Hot Spots" Antique Maison (111 North 2nd St.), Jane Evans Designs (112 South 2nd St.), and The Arts, Hancock County (405 Blaize Avenue). Read more about these featured businesses below!
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111 N. 2nd Street | (228) 466-4848
With over 7,000 square feet of retail space filled with a variety of collectibles and curiosities from over 25 vendors and several local artists, Antique Maison is a go-to for antique shoppers, treasure seekers and visitors alike. Their extensive inventory includes collectibles, vintage hand tools, nautical decor, books, repurposed furniture, jewelry, Jazz Fest posters, linens, and even fresh baked cookies, muffins and shoe soles that can be found up by the register in Pablo & Missy’s Sweet Treat case.
Strategic shoppers set aside extra time when visiting to allow enough time to peruse Antique Maison’s vast, expertly curated booths. Whether shopping for something small or large, for yourself or as a thoughtful gift, the incredible team at Antique Maison is extremely knowledgeable and is always ready to assist you in finding that special something.
Antique Maison is one of the featured Hot Spot businesses for Second Saturday on July 9. In celebration of Frida Fest and their Hot Spot status, Antique Maison will be offering live music outside from 4 to 7 pm by the talented Cari Lynn Lacey and serving up some delicious sangrias and refreshments for their savvy shoppers.
Jane Evans Designs
112 S. 2nd Street (inside Century Hall, 1st floor) | (504) 858-8574
Located on the first floor of the historic Century Hall (112 S. 2nd St.) you will find Jane Evans Designs. The shop is filled with golden works of art, decorative ceramic animal shells, original Bay St. Louis gear, and more.
Owner and artist, Jane Evans, stated that she’s been creating art her whole life, but it was in 2012 that she began making her popular ceramic crosses that turned her love for art into a business. As the daughter of an accomplished architect, Jane attributes her knowledge of the significance and power of strong design elements and diligent artisanship to her father.
A Baton Rouge native, Jane started by selling her crosses to local shops. As her business continued to grow, she decided to open a store of her own. While searching for a retail location to set up shop, Jane and her husband, Walter, fell in love with Old Town Bay St. Louis. In 2019 Jane Evans Designs opened its doors in the heart of Old Town, inside The Shops of Century Hall.
Jane currently sells her collections to 18 stores across the county. The artist’s stunning silver- and gold-leaf handcrafted ornaments range from designs of LSU’s Tiger Stadium to Bay St. Louis’s Bay Bridge, from crowns to crosses, from bunnies to portraits of Frida Kahlo. Jane Evan Designs’ collection also features a variety of unique, ceramic turtle and crab shells. Many of the pieces are decorated with sheets of gold-leaf and gold-leaf paint, while others are glazed. The shop also has lines of specialized Bay St. Louis gear such as a variety of shirts, water bottles, and signs designed by Jane.
In celebration of their Hot Spot status on July 9, Jane Evans Designs will be featuring live music by Bradley Bones and serving refreshments from 4 to 7 pm. Out on the porch of The Shops of Century Hall, a table of beautiful butterfly ornaments created by Jane will be available for purchase by shoppers and Frida Festers alike. For the past few years Jane Evans Designs has dedicated its Hot Spot feature to benefit Old Town Bay St. Louis’s local community garden, Ruth’s Roots (located right around the corner on Court Street). “Ruth roots just touched my heart when I saw it for the first time,” said Jane. Jane Evans Designs will be accepting donations for the garden as well as donating all of the proceeds from the butterfly ornaments to Ruth’s Roots.
The Arts, Hancock County
405 Blaize Avenue | 228-342-4521
The Arts, Hancock County is a non-profit organization that aims to promote, enhance and support the arts in Hancock County. As a fast-growing, active arts organization that offers sponsorship and genuine support in the form of shows, festivals, classes, installations, and events, The Arts and their members play a large role in all the wonderful creativity we all see, know, and love around Old Town Bay St. Louis.
The Arts performs a plethora of programs and initiatives throughout the year such as their Art Without Walls Pop-Up Markets and the Arts Alive! Festival. On most Second Saturdays, The Arts hosts Art Without Walls which is a pop-up market that provides the opportunity for local artists to display and sell their artwork. Each spring they host the Arts Alive! Festival, which is the largest multifaceted arts festival in Hancock County that includes arts ranging from sterling silver and gemstone jewelry, photography, mixed media, and clothing, to local authors, printing, pottery, painting, weaving, and wood carving, mini-workshops from local artists, along with music, dance, and drumming performances.
The next Art Without Walls Pop-Up Market will be Saturday, September 10 at The Arts, Hancock County building, 405 Blaize Ave., from noon to 5 pm. If you are interested in participating in these events, their only requirements are that everything has to be handmade and you have to be a member of The Arts, Hancock County. Their membership is open to ALL artists and art lovers and is only $35 per year for an individual member. With membership, artists can set up at any of the organization's pop-ups with no additional charge. For more information on upcoming events, membership, and donating visit their website at www.HancockArts.org.
This Second Saturday, July 9, The Arts, Hancock County will be setting up an Imagination Station across the street from the Mockingbird Cafe in the grassy area of Main Street Methodist Church from 4 to 6 pm. The Imagination Station will consist of a variety of fun and engaging children's activities. All of the activities are sponsored by The Arts and are completely free – the kiddos just have to show up and have fun!
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