More than 100 Artists Selling Fine Arts & Crafts, Marine Cuisine Seafood Cooking Demonstrations,
Celebrate the Gulf Marine Education Festival, Music, Food and More
More than 100 artists from 16 states will participate in this year’s annual Art in the Pass, a two-day juried arts festival held in scenic War Memorial Park overlooking the Gulf in Pass Christian, Mississippi. The event will take place on Saturday and Sunday, April 11-12, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission to the festival is free.
Now in its 18th year, Art in the Pass showcases artists who work in a variety of mediums including painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, pottery, fiber arts, glass arts, woodworking and jewelry. Many of the artists are from across Mississippi, as well as Alabama, Florida and Louisiana. Some artists are traveling to the festival from as far away as New Mexico, Colorado and Minnesota. The artists’ booths will be scattered around the park, under the trees and along the paths, creating an enjoyable environment. Free seafood cooking demonstrations, a marine educational program for children and live music by Bobby Allison and others add to the enjoyment. The Patron’s Party (tickets required) will take place at the home of Joanne and John Curren in Pass Christian on Saturday evening. See www.artinthepass.com for more information.
Marine Cuisine Pavilion Cooking Demonstrations
Thanks to a generous grant from the Department of Marine Resources, the Marine Cuisine Pavilion located on the northeast side of the park will offer two days of demonstrations using Mississippi Gulf Fresh Seafood to promote the culinary arts. This event includes free cooking demonstrations by local and regional chefs, sample tastings, recipes and information on cooking seafood on both Saturday and Sunday. Rob Stinson, host of Mississippi Public Broadcasting’s “Fit to Eat” cooking show and executive chef and owner of three award-winning Mississippi Gulf Coast restaurants, will cook on Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m.
Marine Cuisine Pavilion Cooking Demonstrations Schedule
SATURDAY, APRIL 11
11:30 Shaggy’s, Chef Anthony May
12:30 Hook Gulf Coast, Chef Reuben Hanberry
1:30 Bacchus on the Beach, Chef Jimmy Mero Crespo
2:30 Fatsumo, Chef Scott Meinka
SUNDAY, APRIL 12
12:00 MGCCC, Chef Todd Reilly
1:00 City Line Cafe and Lunch, Chef Danie Rodriguez
2:00 The Stinson Restaurant Group, Chef Rob Stinson
Celebrate the Gulf Marine Education Festival
The annual Celebrate the Gulf Marine Education Festival will be held concurrently with Art in the Pass and is a free, fun, family-friendly event to take place on Saturday, April 11, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m., adjacent to the park’s playground. Celebrate the Gulf will offer a free junior fishing rodeo and rides on the Biloxi schooners, as well as lively, hands-on activities addressing coastal environmental issues, and recreational and commercial uses associated with the Gulf of Mexico.
Scholarships and Donations
Each year, Art in the Pass gives scholarships and art supplies to public schools in Harrison and Hancock counties. Last year, an art student at Gulfport High School received a $1,000 scholarship, and schools in both counties, along with the Pass Christian Boys and Girls Club, received over $2,500 in art supplies. This year PCMA expects to give two $1,500 art scholarships in addition to donations of art supplies.
AAA Southern Traveler Travel Treasure Award
In 2015, Art in the Pass was selected as an official AAA Southern Traveler Travel Treasure by the AAA Association. AAA Southern Traveler magazine is read by more than 290,000 frequent travelers. Each bimonthly issue features a series of four to six unique Southern attractions. Art in the Pass was selected a Travel Treasure for the March – April 2015 issue.
Art in the Pass is a program of Pass Christian Main Street Association. Its sponsors include the Department of Marine Resources, the City of Pass Christian, the Gazebo Gazette and a number of local businesses and citizens.