Hillyer House celebrates 50th anniversary


The Hillyer House of Ocean Springs celebrated its 50th anniversary in very colorful fashion this afternoon.

Artist Jerry Spear revealed his 100th piece art installation entitled ‘Vision’ during an unveiling ceremony at the art shop. It was the first time Owner Paige Riley had seen the installation commemorating Hillyer’s 50th anniversary.

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Spear has been working on the display since February, coming in every night creating and hanging the glass sculptures between 5 p.m. and 3 a.m. in order to keep the piece a secret from Riley.

When Riley saw ‘Vision’ at this afternoon’s ceremony, this was her reaction. “So just totally overwhelmed and stunned. It’s breathtaking. So this has been many, many, many hours, nights, days, weeks, and months and I had no idea what he had done. And it is beyond my wildest dreams that he so perfectly hit our store, our coast, and who we are in that installation called Vision.”

You can check out ‘Vision’ at Hillyer House tomorrow during Ocean Springs’ art walk.

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Grace Boyles was born and raised in Traverse City, Michigan, the “Cherry Capitol of the World”. She graduated with honors from the University of Michigan with dual majors, earning degrees in Communications and Creative Writing. During her time at Michigan, Grace broadcasted countless sporting events for the Big Ten Network, from baseball to men’s and women’s basketball to wrestling. Grace’s favorite sport to cover, however, was Michigan football from the sidelines at the Big House— even when it was 25 degrees and snowing! Grace is excited and eager to explore the Gulf Coast, meet new people, and learn more about this incredible community while telling the area’s news and sports stories.