News and Events

Calling All Angels Workshop – November 19, 2013

Join us for a “Make Two…Take One…Donate One” Calling All Angels Workshop on November 19, 2013 at 6:30 PM. Participants will make two each of three different art pieces/ornaments to take home and donate to the Calling All Angels Fundraiser. This workshop will begin immediately after the November 19th meeting of the SCAC. Cost is $25. Call Sandra Cassibry at 601-928-6298 to register.

Quilting Workshop with Marcus Weekley – October 12, 2013

The Stone County Arts Council is sponsoring a Quilting Workshop with Marcus Weekley on October 12, 2013, from 9am-3pm at the Visual Arts Center on the Perkinston Campus of the Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College.

Cost is $60 for non-members and $45 for members. Limited enrollment! Contact Sandra Cassibry at 601-928-6298 to register.

Glass Crosses Workshop with Daniel Calcote – October 26, 2013

The Stone County Arts Council is sponsoring a Glass Crosses Workshop with Daniel Calcote on October 26, 2013, at the Visual Arts Center on the Perkinston Campus of Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College from 9am-3pm.

Cost is $60 for non-members and $45 for members. Contact Sandra Cassibry at 601-928-6298 to register.

SCAC News and Reminders

Hope everyone is ready for the Labor Day weekend and the start of college football.

The Stone County Arts Council (SCAC) will hold the next meeting at the Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College (MGCCC) Visual Arts Building on September 10th at 5:30 p.m.  Hope to see everyone there as we continue this wonderful year.

There will be an Art Exhibit opening on September 16th at 6:00 p.m. at MGCCC Visual Arts Building with featured artist Kym Garraway.   The public is invited to the gallery opening and the gallery will be open Monday – Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. or by appointment until October.   For more information or to schedule an appointment call Sandra Cassibry at 601.928.6298.

There will be a “Watercolor Workshop” by Kym Garraway held on September 14th at MGCCC Visual Arts Building from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.  There are a couple of seats left, please call Sandra Cassibry at 601.928.6298 to check for availability and reserve a spot.  All proceeds from this workshop will go to help fund the “Yellow Brick Community Art Project”.

On a sad note, the SCAC has learned that Mrs. Nancilee Bodine of Bodine Pottery has passed away this week.  She was the past president of this association and loved the “Arts”. Our thoughts and prayers go out to her husband, Pat Bodine, and her family at the great loss of this lady.  The arrangements are not known at this time, but we will forward as soon as available.

Thank  you for your support of the arts and the Stone County Arts Council.

Exhibit by Artist Kym Garraway

Kym Garraway
Kym Garraway

Join the Stone County Arts Council and join us for the opening of an exhibit by artist Kym Garraway at the Visual Arts Center on the Perkinston Campus of Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College on September 16, 2013 at 6:00PM.

The exhibit is open to the public from September 17, 2013 – October 31, 2013, Monday-Friday from 8AM-5PM or by special appointment by dialing (228) 928-6298.

Emilie Blackmore Stapp Project

Daisha Walker of MGCCC with picture of Emilie Blackmore Stapp
Daisha Walker of MGCCC with picture of Emilie Blackmore Stapp

The Friends of  Stone County Libraries has received a $3,000 grant from the Mississippi Humanities Council for the Emilie Blackmore Stapp project.  Emilie B. Stapp was a well-known children’s author, who lived at the Friendship Farm in Stone County from 1935 until her death in 1962.  She is best known for the Go Hawks and Isabella the Wise Goose book series. Emilie and her sister Marie were active members of this community and were involved in many philanthropic endeavors,  including establishing the first library for Stone County citizens.  This grant will support research on the Stapp sisters, which will be followed by a presentation and gallery exhibit at the Visual Arts Center on the Perkinston Campus of Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College.

The Friends of  Stone County Libraries is excited to be reintroducing the lives, work, and contributions of these two remarkable women to this community.  If you knew the Stapp sisters or have any information on them you would like to share please contact Daisha Walker at 228-669-9747 or at daish68@yahoo.com.

Friends is proud to partner with the Stone County Arts Council, Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, the DeGrummond Children’s Literature Collection and The Old Firehouse Museum on this project.

Daisha Walker, MGCCC, and Ellen Ruffin, Curator, de Grummond at USM, research the project.
Daisha Walker, MGCCC, and Ellen Ruffin, Curator, de Grummond at USM, research the project.

Gallery Exhibit

Join us any weekday from now through September 30th at the Malone Fine Arts Center on the Perkinston Campus of Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College for a Gallery Exhibit of the work of members of the Stone County Arts Council and various workshop artists and participants.

The Exhibit is open from 8AM-5PM Monday – Friday.

Emilie Blackmore Stapp

Emilie Blackmore Stapp, an American children’s author and philanthropist, and her sister, Marie Graham Stapp, were women with a mission. Their lives are documented in an extensive collection of lively correspondence and letters, published and unpublished manuscripts for children’s stories in books, periodicals, and newspapers; original plays, illustrations and publicity materials; and, personal items, such as photographs of friends and notables, fragile scrapbooks documenting Emilie Stapp’s from 1904 through the time of her death in 1962 can be found in the de Grummond Children’s Literature Collection at The University of Southern Mississippi, McCain Library & Archives.

The Stapps lived in Indiana, Iowa, Massachusetts, and finally in Mississippi during a significant historical period, covering two world wars and the tumultuous Jim Crow era. Emilie Blackmore Stapp probably was years ahead of her time in her work with children of all races and creeds, raising funds for two World Wars, and other philanthropic efforts.  Some of these, commencing soon after their arrival in Wiggins, include deeding the land and facility for the Women’s Club of Wiggins, donating over 4000 books to establish the first lending library in Stone County, and funding construction for a new post office.

The Stapp sisters bought a farm they named Friendship Farm out Highway 26 East.  There  they established a pecan orchard and built their homenamed The Dolls’ House. The home received its name from a rare collection of over 400 dolls of historic significance, that the Stapp sisters acquired from their world travels and prominently displayed there during their lifetimes.You will be hearing more about Emilie Blackmore Stapp in the months ahead as The Old Firehouse Museum and The Stone County Arts Council jointly will celebrate her life and accomplishments in several very distinct ways. You will not want to miss those events so stay tuned for dates to be published!

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Stained Glass Workshop with Marge Sepanski – Photos 7-27-2013

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Calligraphy Workshop with Carmel Harmon – August 17, 2013

The Stone County Arts Council will sponsor a Calligraphy workshop on (Sat) Aug. 17th from 9-2. The workshop is limited to 12 participants and the fee is $60 for members and $75 for non-members. Supplies for the workshop will be furnished. The workshop will be held at the Visual Arts Center at the Perkinston Campus of the Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College.

The workshop will be taught by Carmel Harmon.

To sign up, contact Sandra Cassibry at 601-928-6298 or 601-528-2343. Proceeds from this workshop will benefit the Yellow Brick Community Arts Center.

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