As temperatures heat up and the rain pours down outside our office today, we can’t help but think about Mississippi artist Walter Anderson, who braved the elements during frequent visits to the state’s Horn Island for the sake of his art. He made his way through wild pickets of vegetation and lay down in lagoons to become one with his beloved island and create stunning works of art that are celebrated inside the town of Ocean Springs’ Walter Anderson Museum of Art.
Stepping inside the museum on Washington Avenue is like stepping inside the artist’s world for an hour or two. Its skylit interior of warm Southern yellow pine is a glowing backdrop for Anderson’s depictions of the plants, animals and people of the Gulf Coast. His boat hangs from the ceiling in the hallway, and the adjacent community center’s walls are covered with his largest mural. Pottery fans will also want to see pieces created by his brothers, including Peter Anderson, founder of Shearwater Pottery.
Don’t miss this coastal gem the next time you’re traveling through Southern Mississippi. The museum is open seven days a week, and admission is $10.