Coming Events

September 18, 4PM-5PM, Community Arts Center, MGCCC, Perkinston
Stone County Arts Council Presents Kids Artists Workshop Fall Tree
September 19
530-630PM, Malone Fine Arts Building, Room 104, MGCCC, Perkinston
Monthly Stone County Arts Council Meeting
630PM, Malone Fine Arts Building, Gallery, MGCCC, Perkinston
Gallery Opening, Joy Jennings and Mary Ann Long:
Two Views, Two Styles, and Two Stone County Girls
September 23, 9AM-3PM,Community Arts Center, MGCCC, Perkinston
Join Artist Kelly Spacht for a Free-Form Basket Workshop. Call Sandra Cassibry at 601-528-2343 for more information and to register.
September 25, 6PM-730PM, Community Arts Center, MGCCC, Perkinston
PAWS for ART – The Stone County SPCA (SCSPCA) in partnership with the Stone County Arts Council (SCAC) is offering a fun night of art, sipping lemonade and sweet tea, and painting the State of Mississippi.  Fee is a donation of $45 to benefit the SCSPCA to pay for kitten/cat spay/neuter. Instruction by artist Sandra Cassibry. PLEASE register ASAP so we can have adequate supplies on hand. To register, contact Kathryn Lewis  at 228-697-4505 or All Supplies are furnished.
Community Notes:
September 24, 730AM-10AM, FUMC Wiggins
Pancake Breakfast benefitting the Friends of Stone County Libraries
November 11
Dedication of Stone County’s Bicentennial (36th) Mural – A Gathering of Heroes

Summer Art Workshop 2017!

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Briley Hines (McHenry), Paxton and Lucy George (Perk), Katharine Spacht (Perk), and Donna and Davis Walker were among the students at the Summer Art Workshop sponsored by the Stone County Arts Council in partnership with the Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College. Art Instructor Kelli Spacht worked with students to create different art pieces each day!  Students learned weaving, drawing, abstract watercolor painting, and made Chihuly inspired bowls.

News and Notes from the SCAC

A Gathering of Heroes

The “Perk Players” in partnership with “The Telling Trees Project” presented A Gathering of Heroes.  Admission to the production included donations to “Our Daily Bread Food Pantry”! Over 15 flats of food were donated!
Food Collections

Third Annual Creative Economy Workshop

The Stone County Economic Development Partnership, MS Gulf Coast Community College and the Mississippi Creative Economy sponsored the Third Annual Creative Economy Workshop, February 23, 2017, at the Community Arts Center on the Perkinston Campus of Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College. Featured speakers included Tonya Sanders Hays (Wings Director and writer of the two “Telling Trees” Plays featuring Stone County stories), Rick Wilemon (William Carey University-curator, painter, and sculptor) and Bethany Byrd (Marketing) “Own Your Hill”.  Robert St. John was the luncheon keynote speaker and the Ultimate Panel Discussion followed – Tres Hombres– Robert St. John (Chef, Restaurateur, Author), Malcolm White (Director Mississippi Arts Commission) and Wyatt Waters (watercolorist and author)! 65+ participants enjoyed a day of sharing and learning from these incredible workshop leaders!
Wyatt Waters, Malcolm White, Robert St. John

Stone County Arts Council March Meeting                       and Kelly Spacht Workshop

The Stone County Arts Council will meet on March 21, 2017 at 4:30pm at the Community Arts Center on the Perkinston Campus of Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College. The meeting is open to all interested participants.
Following the meeting, at 5:30pm, artist Kelly Spacht will present the workshop “Painting Jellyfish.” The workshop is open to SCAC members for $25 and non-members for $40. For more information and to register, contact Sandra Cassibry at (601) 928-2343 or (601) 928-6298.
Kelly Spacht Jellyfish

Join us at The Mary O’Keefe for Red Creek Currents!



Artist Wyatt Waters and the SCAC Paint Red Creek

Wyatt Waters’ Easel
SCAC with Wyatt Waters at Red Creek


The Mural Journey Continues

Mural Artist Elizabeth Veglia, Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College (MGCCC), Perkinston Campus, art teachers Sandra Cassibry and Daniel Calcote and their art student are creating Stone County’s 8th mosaic tile mural and 35th County Mural. The newest mural celebrates Mississippi’s Bicentennial and will be formally dedicated at the Pine Hill Celebration in Wiggins on March 18, 2017.  This project is a partnership of the Stone County Economic Development Partnership, MGCCC, and the Stone County Board of Supervisors and was made possible by a grant from the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources and the Mississippi Gulf Coast National Heritage Area, whose mission is to promote understanding of and to conserve and enhance the heritage resources of the six Mississippi Gulf Coast counties.
Front row L to R – Devonna Meuller, Diamondhead; Kendrick Zimmerman, Collins; Ciara Fountain, Perkintson; Back Row: Kaitlyn Breland, Wiggins; Elizabeth Veglia, Bay St. Louis; Daniel Calcote, Wiggins; Sandra Cassibry, Magnolia; and Wyatt Wood, Lumberton.

“A Gathering of Heroes”


The Perk Players and The Telling Trees Project present “A GATHERING OF HEROES: STONE COUNTY STORIES” on February 16, 17, & 18th  at 7pm and February 19th at 2pm at the Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, Perkinston, Mississippi, in the  Malone Hall Auditorium. An additional performance will occur at the Mary C. O’Keefe, Ocean Springs, Mississippi on March 4th  at 7pm.

This original play, written by Tonya S. Hayes is based on oral histories via interviews collected by the Telling Trees Project of Stone County, Mississippi.  The plot follows a young Len Blackwell, a well-known Mississippi Gulf Coast attorney and Stone County native, on his paper route as he discovers the everyday heroes in his community: teachers, veterans, police, fire fighters, farmers, volunteers, neighbors and community leaders.  Based on the examples set by his local heroes,  he realizes that he can become a hero to others.

This is a Stone County community and Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College collaboration. The production includes community members, leaders, families, and college students and is made possible through a Tourism Development Grant from the Stone County Economic Development Partnership. This production celebrates what makes our community unique and special- the people that reside here.

Tickets: General admission $5 available at the door. Tickets for: military, police, fire fighters, emergency personal are complimentary.  A donation of $5 worth of canned goods will serve as a ticket and will be donated to the Stone County Our Daily Bread Food Pantry.

For more information please contact Daisha Walker 601-928-6289 or

Book Signing – The Perk Paperboy

Len Blackwell, well-known Coast attorney, Stone County native and author of The Perk Paperboy, will be available to sign his book, The Perk Paperboy, before and after the 2pm matinee performance of “A Gathering of Heroes“: Stone County Stories on February 19, 2017,  at Malone Hall on the Perkinston Campus of Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College. Len will also be available before and following the performance of “A Gathering of Heroes” at the Mary C. O’Keefe in Ocean Springs, Mississippi on March 4, 2017, at 7pm.

The play, inspired by Blackwell’s book: The Perk Paperboy, follows a young Len Blackwell on his paper route  journey as he discovers “everyday heroes” in his community. Additional performances include February 16-18, 2017, at 7pm at Malone on the Perkinston Campus. Tickets, available at the door,  are $5 or $5 in canned foods for the Stone County Our Daily Bread Food Pantry.

For additional information contactDirector Daisha Walker-601-928-6289.

Len Blackwell

The Centennial Mural Journey Begins

Elizabeth Veglia and Sandra Cassibry

Mural artist Elizabeth Veglia (left) and Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College (MGCCC) Fine Arts Chair  (right) Sandra Cassibry begin celebration of Stone County’s Centennial. The mosaic tile mural will be dedicated May 10, 2016, and is supported by a grant from the Heritage Foundation and the Stone County Economic Development Partnership (SC EDP).

Veglia, Cassibry, and MGCCC art students are  working with mural architect Rusty Ryals and the SC EDP Centennial Committee on this significant project.SC100 Logo

Hester Bass and the “Secret World of Walter Anderson”

On August 20, 2015, Stone County students and citizens “enjoyed the journey opening the door to literacy” with award winning Author Hester Bass and the “Secret World of Walter Anderson.” Thanks to our sponsors and partners Stone County Economic Development Partnership (SCEDP), Stone County School District, the Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College Perkinston Campus and Fine Arts Department, Friends of Stone County Libraries, the Stone County Arts Council, and the Pine Belt Libraries.

Stone County Students
All elementary students and middle school students attending Bass’presentation received an autographed copy of the “Secret World of Walter Anderson.”
Honorary Tomcat!
Laura Butler makes Bass an honorary Tomcat.
Heather Bass at book signing at the Wiggins Library.
Author Hester Bass at the book signing at the Wiggins Library.
Artist Elizabeth Huffmaster donates
Artist Elizabeth Huffmaster donates “opening the door to literacy” celebrating Walter Anderson.
Opening the door to literacy.
Opening the door to literacy.

Community Banners and Mosaic Tile Benches

Emily Sumrall’s 9th grade students dedicate “community banners” and mosaic tile benches to Stone County. The banners and benches were created by students in conjunction with fabric artist Marcus Weekley and tile artist Elizabeth Veglia and community volunteers. The banners will hang in Stone High School and the benches will be located on the nature trail between Perk Elementary and the Community Arts Center.

Sponsors for this project were: Bank of Wiggins, Friends of Stone County Libraries, Stone County Arts Council, Betsy and Otis Rowell and the SC Telling Trees Project. The project partner is MGCCC.

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From Page to Stage

Join us for “From Page to Stage” – Sharing Your Community’s Voice. This event is presented by writer/director/actress Tonya Hays, artistic director of the Nationally Award Winning Wings program at the Lynn Meadows Discovery Center.

Where: Community Arts Center, Perkinston Campus- MS Gulf Coast Community College, Perkinston, MS

When: June 20, 2015, 9-noon.

Friends and Family are invited to a brown bag lunch performance at noon. This program is in partnership with MS Gulf Coast Community College, the Stone County Telling Trees Project, Stone County Economic Development Partnership, and Festival South. This program is open and free to the public and is of special interest to citizens who are interested in story gathering and telling.

For additional information contact Tonya Hays – phone: (228-860-6336) or Kathryn Lewis – phone 228-697-4505.

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