The artist’s way

Picayune is rich with talent in the disciplines of the arts and we need to find a way to celebrate every occasion with as many of them as possible and with complete community support.

Concerts by the Community Band, art shows by the Pearl River County Arts League and Greater Picayune Arts Council, along with blues concerts and theater group performances are just a few of the ways to soak up the artistic talents of the local residents.

Nettie Kennedy, a semi-retired Realtor, board member of Greater Picayune Arts Council and pastel artist is one of those who contribute their talents to the local arts scene.

“I love our art community here in Picayune,” Kennedy said. “We have an incredible talent pool of all kinds of artisans: Visual, woodworking, jewelry— the list goes on and on.

“One of the ladies who is in our Art League just held a one-woman show in Louisiana. This is what I am talking about. We have some talent here.”

Why does a small geographical area have such a high concentration of artists?

“I think that people who come here love the small town atmosphere and slower pace, she says. “Less stress allows them to focus on creating their art. In addition, I find the community very supportive of all the different art organizations and artists here. I have found it very easy to live and work here.”

Kennedy, the mother of two and grandmother of three, has found that her attempt at semi-retirement has her busier than ever. This seems to be another characteristic of those involved in the art community in Picayune.

They simply do not stop.

For example, Kennedy has created a Facebook page for Mississippi Pastel Artists. “When I semi-retired from real estate last year, I decided to work on my art and travel. I have become more active in the Pearl River Arts League, GPAC and St. Tammany Pastel Society as well as The Mississippi Pastel Organization. The Mississippi Pastel Organization is also a part of the International Association of Pastels Society (or IAPS).

“Being centrally located to so many other communities that are strong in the arts, is another reason that I love where I live,” Kennedy says. “Even in semi retirement— this has been the busiest time of my life with shows, travel, as well as church. I am just loving it and thrilled to pursue things that I am passionate about. This has been the most exciting year already and I can’t wait for more.”


Jodi is Lifestyle Editor forthe Itemand can be reached at

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A Magical State of Being

I wrote this as a comment on a Blog by John Pototschnick ( about painting “In the Zone”. John calls this “Dancing With the Angels”, and indeed it is.

A vision of the outcome is definitely seems to be a prerequisite. The Zone is a very real state where nothing exists except you and the painting….and you are driven by a force outside yourself to complete it. If you try to stop, it calls you back. Time does not exist, nor does hunger or sleep. You become tired but it won’t let you rest….the painting has taken on it’s own life and energy and your very soul is in direct contact with our Creator. An awesome, life changing event to reach the Zone to the state above, where Michaelangelo went, too, while painting in the Sistine Chapel. That Supreme State I experienced during a portrait of my first
granddaughter. Yes you can achieve works
beyond your perceived abilities, but must be able to use the medium you are working in. It is your
greatest joy while creating, and your greatest
sorrow to be done.
Nettie Kennedy

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Centroplex in Picayune, MS.

Hi Everyone,

Yes, there is going to be a new Centroplex in Picayune, MS.   Which will house our Community Bank, the Greater Picayune Arts Council and their gallery for members to hang art works for sale, and there is a theater there for plays and productions.   All of it needs refurbishing and a concerted effort by all the members and anyone in the community that wants to offer to help, and/or join GPAC.    This is a very exciting development for Picayune, one that will benefit Picayune and Pearl River County very much.

The Centroplex is going to be in the old MS. Mall and is owned by a local organization.

Another exciting Art Group in Pearl River County is the Pearl River Arts League, an the Art Store called April’s where there is an extensive gallery, and art lessons offered.


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Picayune, MS…A Happy Artistic Community

Welcome to Picayune and enjoy taking this tour of Small Town America where I live.

A Great Place to raise a family or retire to.   We have the Pearl River County Arts League, and the Greater Picayune Arts Council.   Ask about the Blues Out in June and the Blueberry Festival in June.   Lots of fun stuff going on in a great community friendly to Art and Artists of all kinds.

Picayune, MS Video Tour

Home of GODSPEED3 Christian Rock Band

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A Magical Time for Self Discovery & Renewal

I’ve been reading a lot of comments about the time turning ahead one hour and most of them have been grumbly.

At the risk of having poisonous penned word arrows headed my way….I love Daylight Savings time…just absolutely love it.  My favorite time is the time from 5:00 pm on.   Love to hit the open road at that time, to dark….it’s a wonderful time to relax, clear the cobwebs, and think of great new ideas, because it doesn’t feel like the day is over.

So next time you want to think woe is me….take advantage of these extra daylight hours as a special time for you to nourish your special self and creativity.  Along the way grab a chocolate coke or an ice cream cone or a favorite cup of coffee and put easy listening or jazz or whatever you love on the radio.

These hours are like an extra 1/4 day just for us built in!!!!

Nettie Kennedy

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Hi, this is a busy weekend for Picayune, Ms. There is a fundraiser going on for “Pennies in the Park” to help refurbish the Community Park (Friendship Park) on Highway 11 just South of Picayune, MS.

Everyone is out picking up, mowing and raking leaves (they just finished my yard) and generally sprucing up from the rain storms and for Spring.  Don’t forget the clock moves forward one hour this Sunday (tomorrow) at 2:00 am.

Note that Melinda’s of Picayune, Ms has moved her great business over off Exit 6, of I-59 to the Paul’s Pastry Shop …. shopping center.  There are several great shops there, the bakery and the Marble Slab Creamery (delicious ice cream).

East and West Canal Street and up and down Highway 11 have great shops, and then there is the Tea Room on East Canal Street @ Country Shabby Chic. On down the street you can stop in at Amore’s and dine outside on their deck for one of their great sandwiches or fantastic salads.    Over on West Canal there are The Glass Porch, June Bugs and Galliano’s to name a few of the cute shops there.

And then there’s Hudson’s Treasure Hunt and Stage’s off exit 4 of I-59 where our Super Walmart, and Home Depot are located along with lots of delightful shops and eating places.   Come…experience Picayune, Ms…

“Small MS Town  With a Big Heart”!!!

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News From Stennis Space Center,(Nasa)… Picayune,Ms.

Stennis Space Center is our largest employer in the Picayune, Ms. Area.  The North Gate Opens into Pearl River County and is just 10 minutes from Picayune, Ms.

They just tested a new engine there today as covered in our local newspaper … The Picayune Item…see link to article below.

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Local Attractions – In And Around Pearl River County, MS

The following is a list of some of the area attractions in and around Pearl River County, Mississippi:

Crosby Arboretum/Mississippi State University 370 Ridge Road (601) 799-2311 Wednesday-Sunday 9:00 a.m. ‘ 5:00 p.m.
Pine Tree Lanes Hwy. 43 South (601) 799-2081
Clearwater RV Park & Campground 1505 Caesar Road (601) 749-8142
Lacy RV Park/Campgrounds Carriere, MS (601) 799-2238
Sun Roamers RV Resort 41 Mississippi Pines Blvd. Picayune, MS (601) 798-5818
Walkiah Bluff Campgrounds Walkiah Bluff Road (601) 799-8313 County Office (601) 798-8013
Children’s Christmas Tree Farm Henleyfield (601) 798-9388 Albert Acosta
Picayune Street Fair (First full week-end in April and November.) For information call (601) 799-3070
Poplarville Blueberry Jubilee (Second Saturday in June) For information call (601) 795-8162
Trade Days at the Greater Picayune Area Chamber of Commerce 1st Saturday of each month
201 Hwy. 11 North (601) 798-3122
Pond Fishing Albert Acosta (601) 798-9388 Henleyfield
McLeod Park Hwy. 43 Kiln, MS-23 Miles
The Pearl River 4 Miles South
Saltwater Fishing Bay St. Louis, MS-30 Miles
Millbrook Country Club 9 Hole PGA Facility MS Golf Association Member Hwy 11 North (601) 798-8711
Pearl River Golf Course Hwy. 26 (601) 795-8887
Plantation Sporting Clay Flat Top Road (601) 798-6919

Riverridge Cinema IV Riverridge Shopping Center (601) 798-1487
Friendship Park and Center Hwy. 11 South Lighted tennis courts, children’s playground, ball fields
Jack Read Park Goodyear Blvd. Across the street from City Hall
Senior Adult Center of South Pearl River County 45 EL Patch Parkway Picayune, MS (601) 798-9892
The Pines 1201 Kingsway Drive (601) 798-9892
Skate Station Hwy. 11 North Ozona (601) 799-5989
Plantation Sporting Clay Flat Top Road (601) 798-6919
NASA’s John C. Stennis Space Center Hwy. 607 ‘ 10 Miles from Picayune Visitor’s Center ‘ Building 1200 Free Tours (800) 237-1821 Ext. 1 (601) 688-2370
Picayune Riding Club Michele Varner (601) 799-3639
Absolutely Pappa Lee’s Riding Stable Bienville Road (601) 798-0012 (601) 798-0671
Broken T Ranch & Riding Stables Broken T Ranch Drive (601) 749-0896
Circle G Riding Stables 13027 Circle G Ranch Road (601) 798-2152
Circle M Riding Stables Circle M Road (601) 798-7677
High Hill Riding Stables 47 Fred Johnson Road Carriere, MS (601) 798-2211
Tawiki Park (601) 798-2496
Picayune on Stage Dinner Theatre Friendship Park ‘ Hwy. 11 South (601) 799-1714
The Pearl River 4 Miles South
McLeod Park Hwy. 43 South ‘ Bay St. Louis, MS Jordan River Pavilion (228) 467-1894
Hollywood Casino Bay St. Louis, MS Hotel, golf, campground, restaurants
Grand Casino Gulfport, MS Hotel, golf, entertainment, restaurants
Hard Rock Casino, Biloxi, Ms.
Imperial Casino, Gulfport, Ms.
Buccaneer State Park Waveland, MS Wave Pool, Waterslide, camping (228) 467-3822
Flint Creek Wiggins, MS Camping, Cabins, Water Playground (601) 928-3051
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Welcome to Pearl River County – Picayune Mississippi – South Mississippi

Picayune is situated just inside the border of South Mississippi and South Louisiana. Named one of Mississippi’s Premium Retirement Cities, Picayune is less than one hour from New Orleans, La. and the Mississippi Gulf Coast. With a mild, temperate climate, Picayune is the perfect “Garden of Eden” of the South, with a long growing season for gardening, bird watching, outdoor sports enjoying the wildlife and natural beauty all around us in our local forests. For the Golfers we have Millbrook Golf Course and Pearl River Valley Golf Course, both 18 hole courses. This area of South Mississippi offers great hunting for whitetail deer, wild turkey, dove, squirrel, and other small game. Plenty of fishing holes wait at Anchor Lake (a 400 approx. acre freshwater lake), Hide-A-Way Lake (a 200 approx. acre freshwater lake), Lake David, New Arbor Lake (a 200 approx. acre freshwater, champion Bass fishing lake, Old River (15000 approx. acres of State Protected Wildlife Reserve), the Hobolochitto (Boley River nickname, or numerous small streams and creeks. Saltwater fishing is less than an hour away on the Gulf of Mexico. The Mississippi Gulf Coast also offers miles of white sand beaches, year round golf and the excitement of casino gaming. The Coast’s casinos are known for their excellent restaurants and accommodations, and book top entertainment from all over the world. If Casinos don’t attract you, many other Fine Cuisine Restaurants offer a gourmet’s choice of delicious foods ranging from local seafood to Mississippi Favorites and French Creole and French Cajun dishes. Picayune residents never have to worry about finding a place to stay during Mardi Gras since New Orleans is just 40 miles South across Lake Ponchartrain (another boating and fishing area 15 minutes from Picayune). A trip across the bridge is all you need to enjoy everything this world-famous city has to offer. The French Quarter, Audubon Zoo, New Orleans Museum of Art and City Park, Aquarium of the Americas, numerous fine Art Galleries, Steamboat Cruises down the Mississippi River, Professional Football, the Jazz and Heritage Festival… name just a few of the perks of living so close to the “Big Easy”. But you will see………’s so nice to be able to come back to the peace and tranquility of Picayune, Mississippi. Where neighbors socialize on front lawns and porches, kids play outside, and the quiet streets are perfect for an evening stroll. The award winning Crosby Arboretum is perfect for a relaxing outdoors outing, and there are numerous Civic Organizations and Local Clubs to join. Picayune is proud of their brand new Senior Citizen Building where Seniors meet daily and weekly for numerous events, crafts and dinners. We celebrate many festivals here which include Poplarville’s Blueberry Festival where you will hear local story telling, music and feast on many yummy dishes using blueberries. The Picayune Street Fair in the spring and fall attracts visitors from all over the South come to Picayune for our local, Picayune Street Fairs, which feature entertainment, vendors’ booths, special store promotions, food, and fun for all. Christmas brings the Christmas Pilgrimage to Fine Homes in the Area, The Christmas Parade, and entertainment by local organizations. Right after Christmas, we have our local Mardi Gras parade which has taken on a little bit of that New Orleans flavor, with participants on the floats throwing trinkets and candy. And just wait until you go to our Local County Fair in the fall in Poplarville, with farm animal exhibits, a rodeo, art competition, many exhibit booths, and more food!!!! The local Pearl River Art Club hosts a large Art Show and competition each spring which attracts Artists from everywhere in this Southern Region. It is a juried show and has great participation from local businesses and Artists. Pearl River Community College offers a wide variety of courses, and Senior Citizens can take classes for FREE, on a space available basis. The College also hosts a wonderful spring show, The Pearl River Extravaganza, where local, gourmet Southern Chef’s serve their specialties, great entertainment and a wonderful auction are held. Add to all the above our famous Stennis Space Center (NASA) testing and research center, with a wonderful new visitor’s center being built, and you can see……we have some really wonderful and interesting educational opportunities also. Many retired Senior Citizens have moved to our area and the State of Mississippi because they can purchase more home for their dollars spent, and their retirment is not taxed in Mississippi!!

So, give Nettie a call for a Free Art Information, 601-590-4729.  Portraits, Landscapes, Have Your Home or Favorite Vacation done in Pastels as a permanent happy Memory.

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