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Reviving Coastal Culture: Bringing Art to Life

BAY ST. LOUIS, Miss. (WLOX) – The Arts will once again take center stage in Hancock County this weekend, continuing the cherished spring Coast Life tradition.

Renowned artist James Inabinet finds his artistic muse in the wonders of nature, showcasing his skills as both a weaver and multimedia artist.

“I strive to capture the essence of nature in my creations,” expressed Inabinet.

Similarly, Emma Connolly derives her creative spark from the natural beauty that envelops her home in Bay St. Louis.

Arts Alive is happening Saturday, April 13 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and on Sunday, April 14…

Scheduled for Saturday, April 13, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Sunday, April 14, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Arts Alive promises a delightful experience for all art enthusiasts. (WLOX)

“The theme of my showcased pieces, named ‘Out of the Depths,’ delves into the mysteries lying beneath the waters where the Magnolia Bayou converges,” shared Connolly.

Both Connolly and Inabinet are set to exhibit their exceptional artworks at the upcoming “Arts Alive” festival.

Describing the event, organizer Nancy Mellon praised it as “the most distinctive arts festival globally.”

Emma Connolly draws her inspiration from the environment surrounding her Bay St. Louis home.

Drawing inspiration from her Bay St. Louis surroundings, Emma Connolly’s artistry shines through in her creations. (WLOX)

“Bay St. Louis boasts a vibrant artist community that actively engages with both children and adults,” Mellon added.

Attendees, especially budding artists, can witness firsthand the artistry of creators like Inabinet through interactive demonstrations. The artists find fulfillment in sharing their unique artistic vision with each sale.

“I derive immense joy from seeing people embrace and wear my woven creations with happiness,” expressed Connolly. “Having worked as a clothing designer previously, everything I craft from textiles will be available for purchase at Arts Alive.”

Artist James Inabinet gets his artistic creativity from nature. He’s a weaver and multimedia…

James Inabinet, a talented weaver and multimedia artist, draws his creative inspiration from the wonders of nature. (WLOX)

While art takes center stage, the festival will also feature music and culinary delights to enhance the Arts Alive experience.

“We aim to create an interactive space that combines various art forms, ranging from mixed media to performance art,” Mellon highlighted.

Arts Alive is scheduled for Saturday, April 13, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Sunday, April 14, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., with a special preview event on Friday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

In April, Inabinet and Connolly will showcase their works at the Arts Hancock County Center as part of the Magnolia Bayou Art Project.

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