Visitors Center to host North, introduce museum pass

The Biloxi Visitors Center, which is already showcasing the work of Katrina sculptures chainsaw artist Marlin Miller, will host a two-day exhibit by the work of local photographer Alex North this weekend, and on Sunday will introduce the Museum Pass, a new ticket that offers admission to a trio of museums and the Biloxi Lighthouse.

North, whose local scenery photography gained acclaim through regular Facebook posts, will have his work  on display Saturday and Sunday.

A native of the Gulf Coast, North is an avid outdoorsman, gardener and photographer.  “As a photographer my main subject matter is our God given natural surroundings and the wildlife which call it home,” he says. “I try to capture things you don’t see, be it a stunning sunrise, Osprey fishing, or a bloom opening.  My goal is to capture it as it happens and share it with you through photography.”

North will be on hand both days to sign his 2015 “Heaven’s Gateway II” calendar.   These great Christmas gifts showcase the beauty of the Mississippi Gulf Coast and include a bonus two sided print that is suitable for framing.

Then, on Sunday, the Visitors Center will begin offering a new museum pass, called Museum Pass, which allows visitors admission into the Walter Anderson Museum of Art, the Ohr- O’Keefe Museum of Art, the Maritime and Seafood Industry Museum, and the Biloxi Lighthouse.

The passes — a $38 value — will be sold for $20 each.

Individuals who buy a pass this Sunday between noon and  4 p.m. — as part of a “museum crawl” — will be entered into a drawing for a holiday gift basket valued at more than $500. It will include an original Marlin Miller sculpture. Patrons visiting the participating museums that day will receive additional chances to win the gift basket.

While at the Visitors Center, guests are encouraged to explore the Mad Marlin “pop-up” gallery, which features the work of world-renowned Katrina tree sculptor Marlin Miller.  This temporary exhibit is open daily through the end of the year.

The Biloxi Visitors Center, located at 1050 Beach Blvd., is open daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. with lighthouse tours offered at 9, 9:15 and 9:30 a.m., weather permitting. For more information call 228-374-3105 or email


News and notes

City Council meeting: The Biloxi City Council, in its meeting this afternoon at City Hall, will consider approving another short-term rental in downtown Biloxi and allow a crematorium to operate in a long-vacant strip mall at Veterans Avenue and Irish Hill Drive. Also, Mayor A.J. Holloway will present a proclamation honoring former Mayor Danny Guice.  To see the complete agenda, click here.

Balmoral meeting: Residents of the Balmoral and Edgewater Drive area in west Biloxi will be able to attend a meeting this evening at 6 at the Donal M. Snyder Sr. Community Center to learn about a major infrastructure coming to their neighborhood. To read more, click here.