Saturday, December 15th
Be sure to check out "Hot Spots" Antique Maison (111 N. Second Street) and Smith & Lens Gallery (106 S. Second Street). Read more about these featured businesses below!
- Hot Spot stories by Caroline St. Paul
Over the past twenty-three 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 4pm – 7pm on December 15, when gallery openings and live music keep the streets humming with activity.
111 N. Second Street
Bay St. Louis, MS
Sylvia and Ed Young moved to Bay St. Louis from New Orleans in 1991. Ed grew up buying and selling furniture for his family’s business, Young’s Furniture, that was located on Magazine Street. Sylvia was in the real estate business in Metairie for 30 years. The couple opened Antique Maison on January 1, 2007, after they renovated the building that was destroyed during Hurricane Katrina. Antique Maison, LLC became a mall that rented booths to dealers who had lost their own antique malls to Katrina. Soon, the business became a success, providing dealers with their own business, and offering a variety of merchandise to customers.
“We have everything from industrial furniture and decor, to steam punk creations, nostalgia, vintage, and antique furniture, hand-crafted, vintage, and new silver and gold jewelry, home decor, a variety of art, books, historical collections, tools, a large collection of vinyl records, record players, light fixtures, toys and games, hunting equipment, tree bottles and driftwood, custom-made, hand-crafted wood items, handmade signs, and much more,” Sylvia says. Each time you visit, there is sure to be something unique, as new and interesting merchandise arrives to Antique Maison daily, says Sylvia.
Smith & Lens
106 S. Second Street
Bay St. Louis, MS
228.313.6613 or 228.254.6006
The two first met when they were paired up during Nora Wikoff’s limited business, and then showed their art inside of the same building that we know and love today. When that particular business closed, Sandy and Ann took over, and everything “happened very quickly,” according to the owners. Fast forward five years, and the gallery is better than ever.
Sandy and Ann feature local artists that they already know, ones they find from social media and art fairs, and ones who simply “walk in off the street and want to show us their work.” They enjoy all of the artists, and especially enjoy finding new ones and watching them grow and gain a following. When they do their pop-up gallery each year, they love to check in with artists they have known and see how much their art has evolved. They hope to keep their support and continue to support all of these artists. Both Maggio and Madden also hope that art lovers continue to visit the gallery and that the gallery turns more people into art lovers.
Two events that Smith & Lens features each year are Frida Fest in July, and Dolly Should, coming up on January 12. These are not to be missed events, as they are truly unique to Bay St. Louis and have “grown in an exciting and wonderful way.”
220 Main Street
Bay St. Louis, MS
Bay St. Louis-For a taste of local art and creative energy, check out Gallery 220 (220 Main Street), always an epicenter of activity during Second Saturdays. The cooperative art gallery is home to twenty-five local artists and will feature two of its talents on Saturday, December 8, 2018. Join Carol Bowman and Holly Boynes as they present their most recent works on canvas and in clay from 4-8 pm in the gallery center aisle.
The gallery offers something for everyone at all price points. Refreshments will have a Caribbean theme and the festive atmosphere is sure to put all in the giving spirit.