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The adage that “a picture is worth a thousand words” is true enough. I can sit here and describe our art community. I can tell you in words how rich and diverse the arts community is or I can simply point you to our Web site.

There you will find visual images of hands creating art -- hands shaping clay, hands applying  paint to canvas or paper, hands carving stone or coaxing images out of wood, hands playing a musical instrument, hands holding a book, hands creating images in stained glass, hands taking an image out of a developer, hands at a computer keyboard, hands creating jewelry out of beads and stones, hands sewing a quilt or fabric wall hanging, hands turning an etching press, hands creating a collage out of found objects, hands holding a theater playbill, hands holding ballet slippers, hands making paper, hands creating murals out of mosaic tiles.

These are the working hands of our artists.

Our web site was created by Schonda Sweeney, one of our artists. Unfortunately, Schonda and her family had to relocate to Washington, D.C., after the hurricane. We miss her but understand that she has to go where the job is. Luckily, David Sallis offered his help in updating our Web site to reflect what has happened since the hurricane.

Check out our Web site and send us feedback. Like so many other things, it’s a work in progress.

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Gwen, the word you need is "sight." Site is a place, sight is a visual immage.

I am a supporter of the art community here in the Bay with many, many purchases over the years. Thanks for making the art community a loved dimension of our town.

artist....is also a carpenter or other skilled tradesmen....who are able who are able to bring back the beauty and elegance to our coast towns

These pictures amazed me.. Myself and 21 others traveled from Middletown, Delaware down to Kiln, MS the week of Thanksgiving to help rebuild a Therapeutic Riding program called Gaits to Success before moving down to another program in New Orleans. While we were there we took may pictures some of which you have here on the slide show. Its amazing to see the "before" pictures to what we have "after" pictures too...
Wish we could come back down and help more...

In this case the writer was referring to the web site being worth a thousand words as the web site contains "pictures." However, the "site" the Gulf Coast itself, seeing it in person is probably more compelling.

I live in Mobile and recently went to the doctor on the Northshore. I had to see Waveland and Bay St. Louis to fully appreciate what these people are going through. Depression and grief were my motivators. The magnitude of destruction and what people will experience in post-traumatic stress is overwhelming.

A small but determined group from Whitewater Wisconsin who recently adopted Bay St Louis as a sister city assisted in 480 volunteer hours in teh local schools and about the same in the library. We met Mary Perkins and were welomed with open arms in the library and Dr Kim Stazny in the schools. Whitewater Wisconsin will continue teh committment to assisting Bay St Louis in any way. Please keep them in your prayers as they are in ours.

A friend from the past. Hope all is well with you and your family.
Remember 1964 in Canton, Ohio, the UFL football league,I left the team when it moved to Phil,Pa.
We worked-out together at the YMCA in Canton,
Call or e-mail me if you get this message.I would love to talk with you and come see you it has been 47 years since we seen or talked with each other.
Joe Stock
404-307-6202 cell

P.S. Please send this to J.E.Loiacano

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