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Area Artisans Honored

Every November on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, the turning of the leaves may or may not indicate the presence of fall, but one thing certainly does – The Peter Anderson Festival.

For more than 30 years, the Peter Anderson Festival has celebrated the art and craft of local hands and area artisans.  Attracting vendors from all across the region, the festival has become a focal point of appreciation and fellowship.  Ocean Springs, Mississippi shuts down its historic downtown streets and makes room for thousands of coastians and visitors to roam freely through the street.  Meandering between vendors and stately oaks, there is beauty found in the natural scene and the created art.

Each year, the festival coordinators opens up a friendly competition between the artisans.  And the winners for the 34th Annual Peter Anderson Arts & Crafts Festival have been announced. This year’s “Best of Show” presented by Blue Moon went to Paul Kuhn and Van Outlaw of Hartford, Alabama for their European style metal work. The “Mississippi Press Award of Excellence” was given to Michael Fagen of Pensacola, Florida for his mixed media 2D fine art.  The “Award for the Creative Arts” was given to Brian and Paige Greer of Falkville, Alabama for their handcrafted jewelry made with coins. Each winner received a framed poster with Shearwater tile and monetary award.

Whereas, we are all excited for every entrant, we are most proud to congratulate our very own Kelly Nitz of Ocean Springs, winner of the “Peter Anderson Legacy Award”, for her wheel thrown and hand painting pottery.

We at Charter Bank, are proud of the rich heritage our cities have to offer.  We not only celebrate the successes of our citizens, but we celebrate the successes of our greater Gulf Coast – which we are proud to call our home.