Festival Season Kicks Off in Ocean Springs

The Peter Anderson Festival is right around the corner. The City of Ocean Springs is offering a sneak peek at some of what you can expect this year. News 25’s Hank Davis brings us the details.
Ocean Springs and Blue Moon have paired up again to present a preview of the upcoming 2016 Peter Anderson Festival, inviting the community to view ten paintings including the work selected as the feature art for this year’s festival. Each one is inspired by the Gulf Coast and the Belgian brew. Ocean Springs Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Cynthia Sutton said, “We’re very fortunate to have FEB Distributing, Blue Moon beer, to a be a partner with us. They’re actually the presenting sponsor for the Peter Anderson Arts and Crafts Festival. What we like to do is we like to do a kick off.”
Of course, Ocean Springs kicks it off in style, inviting people to the Walter Anderson Museum of Art to get a taste of what they can expect at the festival. The sneak peek is a perfect example of why the Peter Anderson Festival is such a huge success with music, beer, art and food. Aaron LeFrance with FEB Distributing said, “There’s live music and an art scene in the culture. It’s kind of a no-brainer to put an artistic creation of beer and food going together with actual art. The partnership between a brewery that focuses on art with a festival that is focused on art is just a natural pairing.”
This year’s winning artist successfully embraced that combo, Gulfport artist Daniel Gurneck drew inspiration from Blue Moon’s logo and the craftsmanship of old racing boats. “It was an old turn of the century postcard. I said, ‘that’s the way they crafted those boats.’ With their slogan ‘artfully crafted,’ I said ‘it matches so I gotta do that.’ Sometimes when you do a painting, sometimes they just fall together and you think it’s gonna be a hard one. Sometimes you think the easy one is just gonna fall together and it’s the worst. You have to fight the whole way. This one just fell, everything just went right,” said Gurneck.

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