Glass meets art Sunday at Biloxi Visitors Center

Aquatic and nature-inspired hand-painted glass will be the centerpiece of an opening reception Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Biloxi Visitors Center.

Biloxi native and artist Deborah Jordan Sackett will display her one-of-a-kind, enchantment-inspired pieces that include functional glassware, serving trays and platters, as well as a collection of holiday items such as Christmas and butterfly ornaments and trinket boxes.

“I am a pastel artist with a strength in illustration arts,” Sackett said.  “I have chosen to use glass as my medium of expression in the arts, and I paint for those who value individual and truly qualitative items on sustainable products.”

Each item is exclusively designed with non-toxic water-based paints, cured, then oven-fired, adding durability to each piece, making a professional product highly resistant and dishwasher-safe.

Sackett creates her trademarked Authentic American “sackettdoodles” at her private creative arts studio, Sky Spirit Studios. Founded in 2009 with a heart for custom designing on glass and porcelain, the space allows Sackett to create unique items that can be customized and personalized.

And the name sackettdoodles? “When William and I married, he learned I did unique doodle art on my sons brown lunch bags everyday so they would discover them at school, hopefully, leaving a lasting memory of that day,” Sackett said.  “Thusly, art on brown sacks was hilariously translated to sackettdoodles.”

The opening reception at the Biloxi Visitors Center, 1050 Beach Blvd., is free and will include refreshments, music by Pianist Ken Leonard and pieces on exhibition for purchase as holiday gifts.
See samples of the artist’s work


News and notes

City Council meeting: The Biloxi City Council today voted to hire an appraiser to begin evaluating properties for a proposed new main entrance for Keesler, at Division Street and Forrest Avenue. Councilmembers also heard public comments and discussed proposed redistricting for the 2017 municipal elections, but took no formal action.  To see photographs from the meeting, click here.

Traffic update: Traffic in Biloxi is expected to pick up with the approach of the Thanksgiving holiday and Black Friday. To see an update on road construction through the city, click here.

Picture this: The city’s online photo and video archive has been updated to include hundreds of chronological albums containing thousands of pictures from a host of city gatherings. To see the online archive, which also links to the city’s Facebook and YouTube platforms, click here.