2016 Peter Anderson Arts & Crafts Festival Award Winners Announced

(Ocean Springs, MS) – Winners for the 38th Annual Peter Anderson Arts & Crafts Festival have been announced.

Every year, awards are given out to top exhibitors within the festival.  Throughout the two-day event judges travel the show and evaluate the booths to honor individual artists or craftsmen’s work with one of the annual awards, “Best of Show”, “Peter Anderson Legacy Award”, “Award of Excellence”, “Award for the Creative Arts” and “Best Booth”.  This year’s recipients are as follows:

This year’s “Best of Show” presented by Blue Moon went to Donald Portschy of Greensboro, Georgia for his metal wall hangings with both realistic and abstract designs. The “Peter Anderson Legacy Award” was presented to Robin Rodgers of Tallahassee, Florida for his original wheel thrown pottery vessels with sculpted, carved and incised imagery of wildlife, birds and sea creatures.  The “Mississippi Press Award of Excellence” was given to Cheryl Baker of Springfield, Missouri for her digital art virtually painted.   The “Award for the Creative Arts” was given to Ross De La Garza of Blanco, Texas for his whimsical hand built Raku fired fish, teapots and vessels. And, the “Booth Award” was presented to Sarah & Kaylin Lee of Monroe, Louisiana for their M&K House booth filled with handmade vintage-style artisan jewelry and handmade blankets.

The awards were presented to the individuals Sunday afternoon of the festival.  Winners received plaques complete with Shearwater tiles and cash prizes.  The items were displayed at the winners’ booths for the remainder of the afternoon.

The 38th Annual Peter Anderson Arts & Crafts Festival presented by Blue Moon was held on Saturday, November 5 and Sunday, November 6 in downtown Ocean Springs.

For more information, please contact the Ocean Springs Chamber of Commerce – Main Street – Tourism Bureau at 228-875-4424 or visit www.peterandersonfestival.com for all the details.