Pass Christian

Art in the Pass

20th Annual Art in the Pass
Saturday & Sunday, April 1-2, 2017
10am to 5pm at War Memorial Park

The 20th annual Art in the Pass returns to scenic War Memorial Park, overlooking the beach and gulf waters, in Pass Christian, Mississippi, April 1-2, 2017. Our vetted fine arts and crafts event attracts about 100 artists from 14 states and approximately 7,000 visitors from Pensacola to Baton Rouge.  We are known for our Southern hospitality and beautiful location.

In addition, the Celebrate the Gulf Marine Education Festival is held concurrently each year and we will also host a Marine Cuisine pavilion and other programs.

Applications and Health Department information are now available for Food Vendors:

Food Vendor application
Temporary Food Permit Requirements
Temporary Food Permit Application

Festival Activities

CelebratetheGulfThe annual Celebrate the Gulf Marine Education Festival is held concurrently with Art in the Pass and is a free, fun, family-friendly event held on Saturday, April 1, from 10am to 3pm, adjacent to the park’s playground. Celebrate the Gulf will offer lively hands-on activities addressing marine and estuarine environmental issues, and recreational and commercial uses associated with the Gulf of Mexico.

ChildrensTentArt in the Pass will be filled with special events. Applicants for the Dot Hector and Gretchen Harris Memorial Scholarships will display their art in the scholarship competition. In addition on Sunday, there will be art activities for children as well as a high school art contest.

Silent Auction: The Silent Auction features original artwork from artists participating in the Festival. The proceeds from the Silent Auction funds the Dot Hector and Gretchen Harris Memorial Art Scholarships. Over $5,000 in art scholarships will be given to high school seniors who plan to continue their education in art. Applicants will show their work on Sunday, when scholarships will be awarded. Applications will be mailed to area art teachers in January.

Student Art Show: The fifth annual Art in the Pass Student Art Show will be held on Sunday. Students from area high schools will show their works and compete for ribbons. Instructions will be mailed to area art teachers in January.


Thank You for Your Support:

All of the volunteers who work at Art in the Pass and to the City of Pass Christian: Parks & Recreation Dept., Police Dept., Public Works Dept., and Fire Dept.


Chairman: FJ Cutting
Vice Chair: Betty Sparkman
Treasurer: Jennifer Burke
Secretary: Peggy Dutton

Steering Committee

Clare Bosch, Entertainment
Jennifer Burke, Artists
Bob Cutting, Logistics
Anita Giani, Patron Party
Gary Goulet & Richard Douglass, Food Vendor
Susan Grey & Meg Retersdorf, Silent Auction & Registration
Charla Pryor, Children’s Activities
Jessica Rankin, Dept. of Marine Resources
Wilma Rizzardi, Scholarships &Student Art Show
Sandy Shaver, Judging
Bridgette Varone, Marine Cuisine
Trish Wright & Marie Lamb, Volunteers

Past Event Chairs

2015, 2016, 2017 FJ Cutting
2013, 2014 Anita Giani
2011, 2012 Jerald Williams
2008, 2009, 2010 Julie & Richard O’Briant
2004, 2005, 2007 Virgil & Margaret Harris
2004, 2005 Virgil & Gretchen Harris
2003 Kathie Short
2002 Betsy Burgess & Margaret Harris
2001 Terry Scott
1999-2000 Helen St Paul
1995-1998 Malee Hearin


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