Visitors, residents discover the Coast through history and art

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BILOXI, Miss. (WLOX) – Those looking to learn a little more about the culture of the coast held two events at one venue on Saturday.

The Biloxi Visitor Center hosted events showcasing coastal artisans and spotlighting coastal historians.

One group hopes to make a little profit, another wants to shape a few minds, but both are looking to help create a better sense of belonging.

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

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

Kessler combines creating products that promote the place he loves with being a teacher of sorts.

“I see myself as an explainer of culture,” he said. “Because when someone comes to visit us on the Gulf Coast and they’re from outside of Mississippi, they have this idea. But when they come here and see all the diversity, all the different people that make up the coast and all the different things that they can find here on the coast, they’ll say, “Just wait a second. I did not know. “

Sharon Albrecht and Randy Hanson are still trying to discover the Coast after moving here not too long ago. This is the place to do it.

“It’s partly just the arts and crafts that they have are fun to look at and behold,” Albrecht said. “And, like photographers, they take pictures and they are things that we have seen and things that we would like to see. It’s really good to see this in pictures. »

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

Also inside the Biloxi Visitor Center this weekend was the annual Gulf Coast Historical and Cultural Expo.

This was an opportunity for the associations to put the history of the whole 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, and it is important to know the whole history of the Coast.

“It just makes you feel like you’re part of the area,” said six-month Biloxi resident Cathy Lagaccia. “The more you know about the region, the more you feel part of it. And it will get me out of doing things.

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

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