First Annual “Remember the Past” festival to be held at the Historic Shaw Homestead in Poplarville, MS.
Take a step back in time and explore the Historic Shaw Homestead in the Barth community of Poplarville, MS. The Land Trust for the Mississippi Coastal Plain invites you to attend an open house on Saturday, November 17, 2018 from 10 am to 3 pm at 1214 Barth Road in Poplarville, MS.
The open house will feature historic information about the homestead and the area during the timber boom during the late 1800’s, early 1900’s. There will also be vendors and exhibitors displaying goods and crafts from that time period. This event is made possible in part by funding through the Lower Pearl River Valley Foundation.
Visitors will get to hear stories from locals telling guests about their childhood growing up on a homestead. Podcasts will be available about cattle ranching and sheep shearing, logging, canning, and other information about the time period. Vendors and Exhibitors will be available to demonstrate homestead activities.
This homestead site was established in 1885 and housed the same family for generations until Hurricane Camille. When the property was donated by the family to the Land Trust for the Mississippi Coastal Plain (LTMCP) in 2007, many items were found just as they were left in 1969. The historic site features a dog-trot log cabin, detached kitchen, tractor shed with grist mill, jar house, smoke house, sheep dip, and corn crib and offers a complete picture of rural life in Pearl River County during the Timber Boom in Mississippi. For more information about this program or to register as a vendor or exhibitor, call the Land Trust for the Mississippi Coastal Plain at 228-435-9191 or you can download the vendor application HERE.
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Re: LTMCP reception Saturday, May 13 from 2 to 4pm with exhibit of work by Twelve Oaks Artists in Residence for 2017
Artists MARY HARDY of Ocean Springs and MICHAEL MAXWELL of Oxford will exhibit art work inspired by their time as Twelve Oaks Artists in Residence for 2017 during a reception this Saturday, May 13th from 2 to 4pm. The reception will be at the Twelve Oaks property and is open to the public. The Artist in Residence program is a project of the Land Trust for the Mississippi Coastal Plain, with the goal of promoting & enhancing the natural connection between art & conservation. The artists will each exhibit at least four original pieces created during their residencies.
Mary Hardy holds both Bachelors and Masters degrees in Art Education. She is listed on the Mississippi Arts Commission Artists Registry, was awarded a 2013 MAC Visual Arts Fellowship, and is included in the book Art in Mississippi by Patti Carr Black. Hardy’s multi-media creations are featured as the lead character’s artwork throughout the movie Mississippi Murder. She has participated in the Mississippi Art Colony, serving on their Board and as Colony President. Mary Hardy’s mixed media pieces have been featured in numerous solo and group exhibitions, and her work is held in many private collections.
Artist Michael Maxwell holds a Bachelors in Fine Art in painting. His professional career over the past decade has included numerous exhibitions and juried awards. “I was taught painting in the form of plein air, working from the natural landscape on location like my teachers did,” he explained, ”When it was cold in winter I would turn my attention indoors to still-life painting…As the years passed I began to think of nature and humankind as less separate from one another, to the point where I now find nature more accessible, more knowable…” Maxwell’s work is held in private and public collections across the region.
During their tenures as Artists in Residence, both Hardy and Maxwell each conducted two workshop events at Twelve Oaks. The Twelve Oaks Artist in Residence project is supported in part by a $4,500 grant from the Mississippi Arts Commission, with matching funds from the Land Trust. This is the fourth year of the program, and is the first year the artists selected were visual artists and painters. Last year’s Artist in Residence was author Mary Ann O’Gorman, who composed more than a dozen poems inspired by her Artist in Residence experience. Previous artists have included a botanical sculptor, nature photographers and a kinetic mobile sculptor.
Twelve Oaks is a thirty-acre parcel of protected property situated at the north end of Hanley Road in Ocean Springs, north of Highway 90. The physical address is 1112 Hanley Road. The property is environmentally significant as well as beautiful, featuring a cathedral-like canopy of heritage live oaks around the old house where the artists have resided and worked since January. Twelve Oaks is held under the permanent conservation umbrella of the Land Trust, and is part of the Coastal Preserves program of the Department of Marine Resources.
For more information, review the LTMCP Facebook page or contact the office at 228-435-9191, and visit the organization’s website at www.LTMCP.org. Mary Hardy’s work can be seen at www.MaryHardyStudio.com, and more of artist Michael Maxwell’s work can be seen on his site at www.MichaelMaxwell.net.
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Wednesday, April 12, 2017 from 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm
at Weeks Bayou in Ocean Springs, Mississippi
hosted by the Land Trust for the Mississippi Coastal Plain
(for additional information, please contact the Land Trust for the Mississippi Coastal Plain at 228.435.9191)
The Land Trust for the Mississippi Coastal Plain (LTMCP) and partners will celebrate the opening of the Coastal Restoration and Nature Education Study Area at Weeks Bayou in Ocean Springs on Wednesday, April 12th between 3:30 pm and 5:30 pm at the site at 315 Shearwater Drive on the west end of East Beach.
During this project, approximately 2.3 acres at Weeks Bayou were restored as a green space for scientific and educational activities. Debris and invasive species were also removed from the area, and a small observation deck was built that will be used for water quality sampling and as an outdoor classroom setting. “This project not only improves water quality, but also provides the Marine Education Center at the University of Southern Mississippi with a wonderful outdoor learning opportunity to teach landowners and students how to reclaim and restore land in sensitive coastal areas,” said Judy Steckler, LTMCP executive director.
The restoration project was funded in part by Southern Company through the Five Star and Urban Waters Restoration Program provided by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF). Additional funding was provided by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS). The Five Star program emphasizes results-based collaboration with diverse partners, including environmental groups, public agencies, non-governmental organizations, landowners, schools, businesses and others.
“Southern Company has a history of developing innovative partnerships to make a meaningful difference in the communities we are privileged to serve,” said Southern Company Chief Environmental Officer Dr. Larry S. Monroe. “This partnership leverages and expands public and private resources to deliver the value of a consistent commitment to environmental stewardship.”
Other project partners include Chevron, the City of Ocean Springs, CLIMB CDC, Mississippi State University Gulf Coast Community Design Studio, Mississippi Power, Mississippi Wildlife Habitat Stewards, the University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast Research Laboratory, Ingalls Shipbuilding, Cypress Environmental Science & Engineering, and 3Point Eco-Logical, LLC.
The public is invited to the project celebration program. For further information on the Weeks Bayou restoration project or the event, contact the Land Trust’s main office at 228.435.9191.
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Date: February 9, 2016
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Re: LTMCP announces Mary Ann O’Gorman as the Twelve Oaks Artist in Residence for 2016
Writer Mary Ann O’Gorman of Ocean Springs has been selected as the Twelve Oaks Artist in Residence for 2016, a project developed by the Land Trust for the Mississippi Coastal Plain to demonstrate and enhance the natural connection between art & conservation, “I am thrilled at the opportunity to enjoy this amazing piece of quiet land,” said O’Gorman, “and I look forward to listening to what it has to tell me, and then writing those words.”
Twelve Oaks is a thirty-acre historic parcel of protected property situated at the north end of Hanley Road in Ocean Springs. It is held under the permanent conservation umbrella of the Land Trust, and is part of the Coastal Preserves program of DMR. LTMCP was awarded $3,700 by the Mississippi Arts Commission to support this year’s Artist in Residence project, which focuses on artistic interpretation of the Twelve Oaks acreage bordered by Highway 90 and extending through to the marshes of Old Fort Bayou.
“There are many ways to appreciate nature,” said Melanie Allen, LTMCP Board President, “and here in Ocean Springs many artists look to our natural resources for inspiration. The Land Trust has worked diligently for more than 15 years to protect and preserve open places and green spaces like Twelve Oaks because they have such value in our lives, especially in a town like Ocean Springs where artistic expression is so engrained in our culture. This is the third year of our Twelve Oaks Artist in Residence project, and we are grateful to the Mississippi Arts Commission and others who have supported this project.”
O’Gorman is a published writer of poetry and prose. In 2012, she earned a Masters of Fine Arts from the respected School of Letters at the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee. O’Gorman has been awarded the Marble Faun Poetry prize through Words and Music of New Orleans. She published Life In This House in 2008, which was nominated the following year for the poetry prize at the Mississippi Institute of Arts and letters.
The Twelve Oaks Artist in Residence project is supported in part by funding from the Mississippi Arts Commission, a state agency, and in part from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. “The creative economy has never been more vibrant than it is today in the communities across Mississippi,” stated Dr. Tom Pearson, Executive Director at MAC. “This agency is honored to play a small role in assisting these organizations to continue their work of reinforcing the value of the arts and the role they play in creative place-making and economic development. “
During her tenure as Artist in Residence, O’Gorman will conduct two public creative writing events at Twelve Oaks, scheduled for Saturday, March 12th and Saturday, April 9th. At the conclusion of her residency, O’Gorman will hold a reading of her work on the property on Saturday, May 7th. “One of the joys of this project is that I will be able to expose others to the wonder of this place, and to inspire them to write what they experience here,” said O’Gorman. In addition to her writing accomplishments, O’Gorman holds a Masters in English Literature from Rutgers, and taught in the English Department at Ocean Springs High School for nearly a decade. She was nominated to Who’s Who in American Teachers four times. In addition, O’Gorman is an E-500 hour yoga instructor. She says she may include some basic yoga stretching at the start of the creative writing workshops at Twelve Oaks. “There is no question”, she says, “how much yoga helps settle the being and body so the creative energy can flow.”
Last year, the Artist in Residence at Twelve Oaks was kinetic sculptor Spence Kellum of Starkville, who created a series of colorful copper and glass mobiles, each an interpretation of something he encountered on the property. The sculptures he produced included representations of a pileated woodpecker, belted kingfisher, bald eagle and alligator. In the first year of the project, nationally recognized Ocean Springs’ artist Trailer McQuilkin created a meticulous, painted copper botanical sculpture of a Blackberry Blossom. Also that year, photographers Charlie Taylor and Bob Effinger created a portfolio of two dozen photographs capturing the natural beauty of the protected property. Art created during the project becomes property of the Land Trust.
The LTMCP is a 15-year old conservation organization dedicated to conserving, promoting and protecting green spaces and open places of cultural, scenic and historic value in the six coastal counties of Mississippi. The Land Trust holds over 8,200 acres of property under its conservation umbrella. These valuable and productive lands are an important patchwork of fragile habitats and histories that represent the culture of the Mississippi Gulf Coast. LTMCP is the only nationally accredited land trust in the state of Mississippi. The organization is a registered 501c3 non-profit, and is directed by a volunteer Board of Directors, representing the six counties that comprise the Mississippi Coastal Plain. The organization’s Executive Director is Judy Steckler.
For more information, the LTMCP offices can be contacted at 435.9191, and the organization’s website is www.LTMCP.org.
March 18, 2015
The Land Trust for the Mississippi Coastal Plain is inviting the public to join them at the beautiful “Twelve Oaks” 30 acre preserved property on Old Fort Bayou in Ocean Springs this Saturday afternoon, March 21st from 2 to 4pm as they celebrate a year of accomplishment at their annual meeting.
The agenda Saturday afternoon will include a brief presentation on the historic and fascinating Twelve Oaks property, and an overview of the work of the Land Trust in conserving, protecting and promoting green places & open spaces of scenic, cultural or environmental significance in the six lower counties of the state. The Artist in Residence (AiR) program at Twelve Oaks will be also be discussed, and the 2015 Artist in Residence, Agrippa Spence Kellum, will be introduced. The three walking trails on the property will be available for visitors to enjoy. Refreshments will be served.
Spence Kellum is an award-winning kinetic sculptor who is living on the Twelve Oaks property this spring. His AiR residency allows him to spend an extended time at Twelve Oaks, and to create artwork inspired by his experiences there. An exhibit of Kellum’s kinetic mobiles will be on display Saturday afternoon amongst the oaks and plantings on the property. Kellum is participating in the second year of the Twelve Oaks Artist in Residence project. Last year, botanical sculptor Trailer McQuilkin was selected as the inaugural Twelve Oaks Artist in Residence. McQuilkin created a meticulously accurate, painted copper sculpture of a blackberry bloom as a result of his residency. In addition to McQuilkin, the LTMCP 2014 Twelve Oaks AiR project also included photographers Charlie Taylor and Bob Effinger, whose stunning nature photographs of the Twelve Oaks property are now featured in LTMCP materials and will be displayed as well. The Artist in Residence project at Twelve Oaks is supported by a grant from the Mississippi Arts Commission.
Twelve Oaks is a picturesque thirty acre natural setting that stretches between Highway 90 and Old Fort Bayou, with a breathtaking canopy of huge 400 year old live oak trees whose branches span nearly a hundred feet. There are three walking paths leading to the waterfront, and a small platform overlooking the bayou. The property was once owned by a remarkable former slave named Johanna Blount. Though the physical address for Twelve Oaks is 1112 Hanley Road, locals will find the property at the north end of Hanley Road, following the drive that runs between Hancock Bank and Bobby Tyson’s Tire Shop, as it turns to the west.
The Land Trust for the Mississippi Plain is a membership driven non-profit organization with a volunteer Board of Directors. LTMCP is the only nationally accredited land trust in Mississippi. The organization holds over 6,600 acres of property under its permanent umbrella of protection in the six lower counties of the state. “We are delighted to have Twelve Oaks open for the public to enjoy this coming Saturday,” said LTMCP Executive Director Judy Steckler. “We hope folks will put on good walking shoes and come enjoy this beautiful property that we are proud to help protect.”
For more information, the LTMCP offices can be contacted at 435.9191, and the organization’s website is www.LTMCP.org.