Artists are resilient.
That is the aura that Gallery 220 radiates when you stand in front of the colorful, ornate building on Main Street. It’s a wonder how during the most anxiety-riddled time of many people’s lives, the artists inside Gallery 220 continue forward with their work. They chat, create and offer a different normality to those who step inside to escape for a moment.
Gallery 220 has been a stronghold of the Old Town Bay Saint Louis community since 2005 - many of the artists have been in the area for much longer than that. Showcasing that resilience in the midst of turmoil once again, Gallery 220 came back in a strong community sense after Hurricane Katrina by reviving Second Saturday Art Walk. This gave the town a new sense of hope and community, something that was desperately needed at the time.
Now, they’re still putting their best foot forward. Renowned watercolor artist, Herb Willey, is the featured artist of the month - and his pieces show a different view of Americana. Dutifully named “The Quarantine Series”, Herb’s pieces show not necessarily the effects of the quarantine itself, but the life that was able to be lived because of it.
Herb was a commercial illustrator for companies such as Oreck for years. When he came to Gallery 220, owner Jenise McCardle did not give it a second thought.
“He just showed up and wanted to show and I was like, ‘Yeah!’”, said Jenise.
Come by Gallery 220 for October’s Second Saturday to see Herb’s beautiful paintings and the rest of the exhibits inside this amazing shop. There is a new artist featured monthly so it’s worth paying a visit as often as you can to be amazed at the relentlessness of the artists this gallery houses.
Mark Currier’s band, Jessie & Friends, will be playing live at Gallery 220. Enjoy the ambience from Cruisin’ the Coast all the way down Main Street. Be sure to snap a picture against the Coca-Cola mural!
Second Saturday is October 10th from 4-7 pm.
JANE IS NOW IN 15 TO 20 SMALL SHOPS ACROSS THE GULF COAST. SHE DECIDED TO BEGIN SEARCHING THE BAY SAINT LOUIS AREA WITH WALTER, HER HUSBAND OF FIVE YEARS. SHE FOUND THE SHOPS OF CENTURY HALL AND FELL IN LOVE WITH THE FEEL AND LOCATION.
HER SHOP IS TRULY A LABOR OF LOVE. HER HUSBAND CREATES A MOLD FOR HER OUT OF SHELLS FROM CRABS TO TURTLES AND THEN SHE CREATES BEAUTIFUL CERAMIC WORK FROM THEM. JANE’S FATHER WAS AN ARCHITECT AND SHE CREDITS HIS EYE FOR DESIGN AS THE BASE FOR WHERE HER CREATIVITY STEMS FROM. NOW, JANE’S DAUGHTER IS ALSO AN ARCHITECT AND HELPS BRING HER MOTHER’S VISIONS TO LIFE WITH LINE WORK USED ON MANY OF THE CERAMIC ORNAMENTS.
“PRETTY MUCH EVERYTHING THAT IS IN HERE HAS GONE THROUGH MY HANDS,” SAID JANE. “I CUT ALL OF THIS OUT OF CLAY AND THEN I FIRE IT AND THEN FINISH IT.”
MANY OF THE PIECES HAVE SEVERAL SHEETS OF GOLD LEAF AND TYPES OF GOLD LEAF PAINT WHILE OTHERS ARE GLAZED. JANE HAS A LONG LIST OF PIECES SHE’D LIKE TO BRING TO LIFE FOR HER SHOP. NOTHING IN HER STORE IS COMMERCIALLY BOUGHT, OUTSIDE OF THE PIECES SHE ACQUIRES AT THE ROUND TOP MARKET IN TEXAS.
BRADLEY BONES WILL BE PLAYING FROM 4-7PM AT THE SHOPS OF CENTURY HALL FOR JANE EVANS DESIGN’S HOT SPOT FOR SEPTEMBER. INDIVIDUALLY WRAPPED COOKIES AND REFRESHMENTS WILL BE OFFERED TO THOSE STOPPING BY TO SHOP. A TABLE OF BEAUTIFUL BUTTERFLY ORNAMENTS CREATED BY JANE WILL BE ON THE PORCH OF THE SHOPS OF CENTURY HALL. EACH $12 ORNAMENT WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE AND THE PROCEEDS WILL BE DONATED TO LOCAL GARDEN, RUTH’S ROOTS.
“I JUST DISCOVERED RUTH’S ROOTS WHILE WALKING AROUND OLD TOWN WITH MY HUSBAND,” SAID JANE. “THIS WILL BE MY WAY OF GIVING BACK THROUGH MY TIME AND WORK BUT OFFERING A WAY FOR OTHERS TO GIVE.”
MAKE JANE EVANS DESIGNS A STOP DURING YOUR SHOPPING ON SEPTEMBER 12 TO ENJOY SOME LIVELY MUSIC, SHOP BEAUTIFUL ARTWORK AND TAKE THE CHANCE TO GIVE BACK TO A COMMUNITY INSTITUTION.
Trapani's Eatery is a serious "if you know, you know" type of situation.
You know, if you've been on the Gulf Coast for a while, that Trapani's is always a must stop while you're out and about in Old Town Bay Saint Louis.
Delicious specialities, fun atmosphere at their Blue Marlin Bar and a fresh spin on traditional meals - this is a must do.