Visitors, residents taste the coast through history and art

BILOXI, MISS (WLOX) – Those looking to learn something about coastal culture got two events in one place on Saturday.

The Biloxi Visitor Center hosted events featuring coastal artisans and coastal historians.

One group hopes for a little profit, the other wants to shape a few minds, but both are trying to help create a better sense of place.

Michael Kessler of the Peace By Piece Quilt Shop said the Lighthouse Arts & Crafts Fair gives every craftsman a place to shine.

“We’re really building a small business as a whole here,” he said. “The rising tide lifts all the boats.”

Kessler combines the creation of products that promote the place he loves with a kind of teacher.

“I consider myself an interpreter of culture,” he said. “Because when someone comes to visit us on the Gulf Coast, and not outside the Mississippi, they have an idea. But when they come here and see all the diversity, all the different people who make up the coast and all the different things they can find here on the coast, they will say, ‘Wait a second. I didn’t know that. ‘ “

Sharon Albrecht and Randy Hanson are still trying to discover the coast after recently moving here. This is the place for it.

“Part of that is just arts and crafts that have a nice look and see,” Albrecht said. “And, like photographers, they take photos and those are the things we’ve seen and the things we’d like to see. You really feel good seeing it in the picture. ”

Hanson added: “This is Biloxi. It’s our city, now our city and we enjoy it. “

Also within the Biloxi Visitor Center, an annual historical and cultural exhibition of the Gulf Coast was held this weekend.

This was an opportunity for organizations to put the history of the entire coast into perspective and context.

The directive of the exhibition is to show that, although each community is different, our common geography connects us all, so it is important to know the whole story of the coast.

“You just feel part of that area,” said Cathy Lagaccia, a resident of Biloxi for six months. “The more you know about the area, the more you feel like you’re part of it. And that will make me do things. ”

This year’s Historical and Cultural Expo was dedicated to Charles Harry Gray, former director of the Hancock Historical Society.

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