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Second Saturday Artwalk Hot Spots - July 2022: Jane Evans Designs, Antique Maison, and The Arts, Hancock County
Jane Evans Designs
112 S. 2nd Street
Located inside Century Hall, 1st Floor
Located on the first floor of the historic Century Hall (112 S. 2nd St.) you will find Jane Evans Designs. The shop is filled with golden works of art, decorative ceramic animal shells, original Bay St Louis gear, and more.
Owner and artist, Jane Evans, stated that she’s been doing art her whole life, but it was in 2012 that she began creating her popular ceramic crosses that truly turned her love for art into a business. As a daughter of an accomplished architect, Jane attributes her knowledge of the significance and power of strong design elements and diligent artisanship to her father.
A Baton Rouge native, Jane started by selling her crosses to local shops. As her business continued to grow, she decided to open a store of her own. While searching for a retail location to set up shop, Jane and her husband, Walter, fell in love with Old Town Bay St. Louis. In 2019 Jane Evans Designs opened its door in the heart of Old Town inside The Shops of Century Hall.
Jane currently sells her collections to 18 stores across the county. The artist’s stunning silver and gold-leaf handcrafted ornaments range from designs of LSU’s Tiger Stadium to Bay St. Louis’s Bay Bridge, from crowns to crosses, from bunnies to portraits of Frida Kahlo. Jane Evan Designs’ collection also features a variety of unique, ceramic turtle and crab shells. Many of the pieces are decorated with sheets of gold-leaf and gold-leaf paint, while others are glazed. The shop also has lines of specialized Bay St. Louis gear such as a variety of shirts, water bottles, and signs designed by Jane.
In celebration of their Hot Spot status on July 9th, Jane Evans Designs will be featuring live music by Bradley Bones and serving refreshments from 4pm-7pm. Out on the porch of The Shops of Century Hall, a table of beautiful butterfly ornaments created by Jane will be available for purchase by shoppers and Frida Festers alike. For the past few years Jane Evans Designs has dedicated its Hot Spot feature to benefit Old Town Bay St. Louis’s local community garden, Ruth’s Roots (located right around the corner on Court Street). “Ruth roots just touched my heart when I saw it for the first time a few years ago,” said Jane. Jane Evans Designs will be accepting donations for the garden as well as donating all of the proceeds from the butterfly ornaments to Ruth’s Roots.
111 N. 2nd Street
With over 7,000 square feet of retail space filled with a variety of collectibles and curiosities from over 25 vendors and several local artists, Antique Maison is a go-to for antique shoppers, treasure seekers and visitors alike. Their extensive inventory includes collectibles, vintage hand tools, nautical decor, books, repurposed furniture, jewelry, Jazz Fest posters, linens, and even fresh baked cookies, muffins and shoe soles that can be found up by the register in Pablo & Missy’s Sweet Treat Case.
Strategic shoppers set aside extra time when visiting, to allow enough time to peruse Antique Maison’s vast expertly curated booths. No matter whether shopping for something small or large, for yourself or as a thoughtful gift, the incredible team at Antique Maison is extremely knowledgeable and always ready to assist you in finding that special something.
Antique Maison (111 N. 2nd Street) is one of the featured Hot Spot businesses for Second Saturday on July 9, 2022. In celebration of Frida Fest and their Hot Spot status, Antique Maison will be offering live music outside from 4pm to 7pm by the talented Cari Lynn Lacey and serving up some delicious sangrias and refreshments for their savvy shoppers.
The Arts, Hancock County
405 Blaize Avenue
The Arts, Hancock County is a non-profit organization that aims to promote, enhance and support the arts in Hancock County. As a fast-growing, active arts organization that offers sponsorship and genuine support in the form of shows, festivals, classes, installations, and events, The Arts and their members play a large role in all the wonderful creativity we all see, know, and love around Old Town Bay St. Louis.
The Arts performs a plethora of programs and initiatives throughout the year such as their Art Without Walls Pop-Up Markets and the Arts Alive! Festival. On most Second Saturdays, The Arts hosts Art Without Walls which is a pop-up market that provides the opportunity for local artists to display and sell their artwork. Each spring they host the Arts Alive! Festival which is the largest multifaceted arts festival in Hancock County that includes arts ranging from sterling silver and gemstone jewelry, photography, mixed media, and clothing, to local authors, printing, pottery, painting, weaving, and wood carving, mini-workshops from local artists, along with music, dance, and drumming performances.
The next Art Without Walls Pop-Up Market will be September 10th at The Arts, Hancock County (405 Blaize Ave.) from 12pm to 5pm. If you are interested in participating in any of these events, their only requirements are that everything has to be handmade and you have to be a member of The Arts, Hancock County. Their membership is open to ALL artists and art lovers and is only $35 a year for an individual member. With membership, artists can set up at any of the organization's pop-ups with no additional charge. For more information on upcoming events, membership, and donating visit their website at www.HancockArts.org.
This Second Saturday, July 9th, The Arts, Hancock County will be setting up an Imagination Station across the street from the Mockingbird Cafe in the grassy area of Main Street Methodist Church from 4pm to 6pm. The Imagination Station will consist of a variety of fun and engaging children's activities. All of the activities are sponsored by The Arts and completely free- all the kiddos have to do is show up and have fun!
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