Louise Borden Visits Stone County!

Award winning children’s author Louise Borden will visit Stone County. This official bicentennial project is  made possible by a grant from the Mississippi Humanities Council and through support from the Mississippi Development Authority in partnership with the Friends of Stone County Libraries and Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College (MGCCC). Louise Borden is the author of 19 picture books, and several picture book biographies.
Ms. Borden is a featured presenter at the 2017 (50th Annual) Fay B. Kaigler Children’s Book Festival April 5-7 at the University of Southern Mississippi.  All of Borden’s events are free and open to the public. For further information contact Kathryn Lewis at (228) 697-4505.
Louise Borden’s Schedule for April 3, 2017:
9 am
America Is
Malone Fine Arts Building, Perkinston Campus, MGCCC
The Journey that Saved Curious George
Malone Fine Arts Building, Perkinston Campus, MGCCC
America Is …Mississippi Is
Stone Middle School, Wiggins
Book Signing and Author Feedback (Refreshments)
Wiggins Public Library, Wiggins

Abstract Landscape Workshop Photos

The “Abstract Landscape” workshop presented by Alabama artist Marilyn Ammons sponsored by the Stone County Arts Council at the Community Arts Center was a huge success!

Gallery Opening A Success

On August 30, 2016, over 100 students and Stone County citizens attended the Gallery opening of Marilyn Ammons. The Ammons’ art will remain in the Malone Fine Arts Building  Gallery for the month of September.


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After Retirement…Art – It’s a Journey


The Stone County Arts Council and Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College,  Perkinston Campus, are sponsoring “After Retirement…Art – It’s a Journey” featuring Alabama artist Marilyn Ammons. The Gallery Opening will be August 30 in the Malone Fine Arts Building from 6:00-8:00 pm with the Gallery Talk at 6:30 pm.

Refreshments will be served and the Opening is free and open to the public.

Ammons will return to Stone County on September 10, 2016 to present an abstract landscape workshop. The workshop will be 9 am-3pm at the Community Arts Center, Perkinston Campus, Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College. “How to Paint Abstract Landscapes.” Class is limited to 15 students. Cost is $75 (Members) or  $90 (non-members). All supplies furnished to start and possibly finish 1-3 pieces. Bring your lunch.

Register for the workshop by calling Sandra Cassibry at 601-928-6298.


We Gather Together


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Building Creative Economy Assets


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Stone County Arts Council Meeting

The Stone County Arts Council will meet on Monday, February 29, 2016, at 5:30 PM at the Visual Arts Center on the Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College Campus at Perkinston.  This is an adjustment to the regular meeting date due to conflicts.

Agenda will include planning for future workshops and other events. All are welcome.

Creative Economy Workshop Scheduled

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  Betsy M. Rowell 601-550-5699


Creative Economy Workshop Scheduled

Wiggins, MS—The  Stone County Economic Development Partnership is planning for their second annual Creative Economy Workshop, scheduled for Thursday, February 25, 2016.  The day-long program is being hosted at the Community Arts Center on the Perkinston Campus of Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College.    On-site registration begins at 9 a.m. the program kicks-off at 10 a.m. and concludes at 3 p.m.  Cost to participate is $10.

We have an outstanding agenda for the day, speakers from across the state will share information on a variety of resources available to small communities.  Representatives from MS Arts Commission, MS Main Street Assoc. and others will be in attendance.    Mississippi’s creative economy employs more than 60,000 people in job sectors ranging from design to culinary arts,  museums and heritage.  Most important, the concept is creating a buzz across the state and is generating excitement in small towns that now see new opportunities they may not have considered, new ways to generate, attract and keep jobs.  Taking advantage of our county’s cultural and creative resources can both stimulate the local economy and lay the foundation for future growth and stability.

Lunch is being prepared for us by the award-winning Stone High School Culinary Arts students.  You may register at:  scedp@stonecounty.com

The Stone County Economic Development Partnership is organized under the general laws of Mississippi as a not-for-profit, public corporation authorized by the Mississippi State Legislature in 1999.  The organization plays a vital role in providing one voice to local business owners and those looking to locate in Stone County.  

Betsy M. Rowell, Executive Director
Stone County Economic Development Partnership
115 Hatten Avenue East
P.O. Box 569
Wiggins, MS 39577
Cell:  601-550-5699
Office:  601-928-5418
Fax:  601-928-6469

Mosaic Tile Concrete Benches

Emily Sumrall’s 9th grade students from Stone High School recently spent two days with mosaic tile mural artist Elizabeth Veglia and Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College (MGCCC) arts instructor Sandra Cassibry creating mosaic tile concrete benches celebrating Stone County’s heritage plants and animals.

Project sponsors include the Bank of Wiggins, Betsy and Otis Rowell, the Friends of Stone County Libraries, the Stone County Arts Council, MGCCC, and the Stone County School District. We thank everyone for their support.

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Upcoming Events

March 20-22 Pine Hill Day. If you can help Daisha (601-928-6289) or Kelly (601-528-1123) with their efforts to pass out our SCAC information please contact them (March 21).

March 23: Join Friends of Stone County Libraries for the Dr. Seuss Celebration and Seuss Book Give Away at the Wiggins Library from 3:30-5:00pm.

March 24: SCAC Monthly meeting at the Visual Arts Center on the Perkinston Campus-5:30 pm. Bring pictures for the SCAC art show.

March 25: 8:15-2:15 Artist- Elizabeth Veglia/Sandra Cassibry- Mosaic Tile Workshop with MGCCC Art Students SHS 9th Graders – SCAC members welcome to stop by (Visual Arts Center).

March 27: 8:15-2:15- Quilter Marcus Weekley works with community volunteers and a second group of SHS 9th graders at the CAC in a fabric arts workshop making community banners. We need one more volunteer. Please call Kathryn Lewis 228-697-4505 if you are interested.

March 28: 9am-noon- Artist Sherry Carlson presents Watercolor Workshop: Painting Flowers. Call Sandra at 601-928-6298 to register and for additional information.

Save the Date: Full day workshop- April 11- Suncatchers with Daniel Calcote!

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