Festival-goers soak up art, ambiance, rain

OCEAN SPRINGS– Artists, collectors and casual observers soaked up the ambiance and some rain in downtown Ocean Springs on Sunday, the last day of the 37th yearly Peter Anderson Arts and Crafts Festival.People came in sets or

groups, using rain gear or having it close at hand. Moms and dads pushed infants in strollers and pulled toddlers in wagons. And some leashed their canines and brought them along.Rick Tanner of Ocean Springs stopped to admired glazed pottery in a break from drizzling rain.I come every year and typically buy a piece or 2or more of art for my house,

Tanner said.Its a fantastic atmosphere and its truly excellent for our community.About 150,000 people typically participate in the celebration, considered one of the premier arts and crafts fests in the country. Its kept in honor of ceramist Peter Anderson, who established Shearwater Pottery in 1928, and to commemorate the arts community.Tens of thousands attended this weekends event. Final numbers were not immediately available to see how the rain affected attendance.The just thing missing out on was excellent weather, stated Sara Lierly of New Orleans. Shes a mixed-media artist and concentrates on recycled art.Mona Grable of Hattiesburg stopped to appreciate a

piece of Lierlys recycled art: a colorful peacock fashioned from a green rake with forks for feet. Grable said shes been coming to the celebration about 8 years.Im not creative at all, Grable stated, but I am so surprised at how someone can make something like this.Hagan G. Danish of Ocean Springs played jazz music at his booth that displayed organic art.Its my firstvery first time to reveal my work, Danish said.

I have a studio in my living space and decided to provide this a shot. What Im enjoying most of all is seeing individuals look

closely at my work.Twin young children Charlie and Samuel Hardesty of Cleveland, Miss., appeared material while consuming pizza in a

red wagon.Pizza and pups. Thats what theyre delighting in the most, said their mother, Natalie Hardesty.They concerned the celebration with Natalie Hardestys moms and dads, Bert and Lydia Pickard of Biloxi. Bert Pickard brought a box of Tato Nut Shop doughnuts.It wasnt the first Peter Anderson Celebration for many of the vendors.It was a very first for award-winning ceramist Myron Whitaker of Kannapolis, NC, who shows his work across the country and has an enthusiasmwants Raku firing. He brought a variety of his glazed pottery to the festival.Its been enjoyable, Whitaker stated.