Second Saturday ARTWORK
Over the past two decades, the Second Saturday Artwalk has become one of the most popular monthly community events in the entire region. Gallery openings, shop and restaurant specials and live music make the streets of town swirl with a fun family energy. While things are lively all day, the music and specials take place from 4 - 8pm.
Each month, two "Hot Spot" businesses take the limelight. Make sure to stop by and congratulate them!
FULL MOON CLOCKWORKS
301 Railroad Ave.
Bay St Louis MS 39520
Just steps from the railroad, a historic home keeps the rhythm of Bay St. Louis even when the tracks are silent.
Walking through the front door of Full Moon Clockworks, it’s clear Terry Downs has a passion for timepieces. Clocks of every shape, size and age adorn the walls and cover her workbench.
“My love of clocks started when I was looking for a job,” Downs said. “It’s just as simple as that. I was 30 years old and a homemaker looking for a career. It was a turning point in my life.”
She stepped into Stan Good Clocks in Tampa Florida looking for work. Downs had a bit of experience refinishing furniture, but Good already had someone doing casing work.
He offered her an apprenticeship and from there a new career — master clockmaker — was born.
“I apprenticed for two years in the shop every day, and they could see my curiosity,” Downs said. “One of the clockmakers was retiring and Stan offered me a position.”
Downs was the only woman clockmaker in the shop and to this day she finds very few female colleagues in her field.
In the early 2000s, Downs relocated to New Orleans where her husband, Neil Gauthier, was. She knew she wanted to open a shop of her own, but didn’t feel like the big city was the right fit.
“We knew Ellis Anderson and she encouraged us to come visit the Bay more and more,” Downs said. “We saw the evolution of the Second Saturdays and really felt at home here.”
In a town full of antiques, Downs has no shortage of work. She makes house calls to work on grandfather clocks and takes appointments at her studio for clients to bring in their broken tickers.
Her favorite clocks? Down favors French timepieces. “I like the way the French build their clocks,” she said. “They are really quality pieces.”
A unique clock, an oeil-de-boeuf, overlooks Downs’s workbench and literally doubles as an art piece. The French clock features a beautiful painting that would look at home in a major museum.
Downs prefers to work on antique clocks, but sees all types of clocks in her line of work. She also only works on clocks, not wristwatches.
“Watches are different,” she explains. “The tools are different. With watches you buy a part to replace, and with clocks you are making the replacement parts.”
Modern technologies and mindsets seem to be taking the place of wristwatches and wall clocks. Downs has met millennial children who don’t know how to tell time with a clock face.
“American clockmakers are dying off in droves,” she said. “I’m a young clockmaker and I’m 65.”
Downs agrees there will always be a place for nostalgic things, but the industry is not sustainable.
“A young person could not support a family being a clockmaker, and I think that young people’s minds gravitate to something more technical,” she said.
In Bay St. Louis, Downs has certainly found a community that appreciates history and though Full Moon Clockworks she keeps the heartbeat of that history ticking along.
The Second Saturday Artwalk is sponsored by
Hancock Bank and Peoples Bank
with support from the Seacoast Echo.
Over the past twenty 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 4 – 8pm, when gallery openings and live music keep the streets humming with activity.
Each month, one or two Old Town businesses take the spotlight as “Hot Spots." Veteran Second Saturday patrons know these will be among the liveliest places to be during the event.
2016 Hot Spots
100 Block 200 Block
January Bijoubel Blue Rose Estates Sales
February Trapani’s Smith & Lens
March Fashion Express Starfish Café
April Life’s a Beach Heart of Old Town
May Bay Books Something Special
June Twin Lights California Drawstrings
July Face & Body Magnolia Antiques
August Antique Maison Gourmet Gallery
September The Bonner Collection Sycamore House
October Bay-Tique Mockingbird Café
November Bay Town Inn Manieri Real Estate
December Purple Banana Full Moon Clock Works
Alternates 100 Block 200 Block
O’Dwyer Realty Pink Heron Cottage
Crawford Realty The Buttercup
Bay Life 100 Men Hall
Serious Bread Alice Moseley Museum
George’s Girls Bay Emporium