On the Shoofly - Nov/Dec 2018
- story by Lisa Monti, photos by Ellis Anderson and Lisa Monti
Century Hall, built in 1909 as the Woodman of the World Hall, is a historic fixture in Old Town Bay St. Louis. After having a series of occupants and owners over the years, the renovated building has become well known for the collection of interesting and unique shops it houses. And more good things are happening at 112 South Second Street.
On the Shoofly
For now the working name is The Gallery at Century Hall, though somehow the word Rebirth keeps coming up, even on a small sign at the entrance to the new gallery. The works are in place, on walls and display tables, and Peterson is planning a grand opening soon. She also wants to have “pop up” exhibits regularly, probably every other month.
"With the all the new goings-on here, we're expecting 2020 to be even busier," said Guido. "And we're thrilled to have Tami Curtis here now too."
Familiar musicians including Irma Thomas, Kermit Ruffins and Pete Fountain are prominent subjects of Tami’s paintings. She’s been selected to create three posters for the French Quarter Festival. Her style is unique, with bold colors, and some works feature fabric and vintage architectural pieces found in and around New Orleans.
Tami and her husband, children’s writer Perry Guy, collaborated on a newly published book for young readers, “The Mardi Gras Boat Parade.”
Tami, who moved to Bay St. Louis from New Orleans and will soon have more space when the renovation of Century Hall’s third floor renovation is complete. She plans to host paint parties and offer private art lessons there.
“It’s a gorgeous space with lots of light,” she said. “I hope open and be ready for business the day after Thanksgiving.”
The focus of The Ugly Carrot will be on locally sourced produce (milk, lettuce, tomatoes and more) and products, signature juices, made-in-house Kombucha (fermented tea) and plant-based food to-go.
Covey Rise Farm in Kentwood, La., is just one of the suppliers for The Ugly Carrot. Others include Shroomdom Seasonal Sensations, Country Girls Creamery and G & M Goat Farm.