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Sat, Dec 14


MS Gulf Coast


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Dec 14, 2019, 7:00 AM – 5:00 PM

MS Gulf Coast

About The Event

Saturday, December 14, 2019 TYA Day All day

Have you ever imagined what it would be like if there had been no Shearwater Pottery? Meaning no Realizations, no Peter Anderson Festival, and no Walter Anderson Museum of Art. The coast would be different, but so would the world of art as a whole...

In 1918, Annette McConnell Anderson made the journey east from New Orleans, passing by her family's summer home in Bay St. Louis, on the way to Ocean Springs. When she arrived, she purchased twenty-four acres that she envisioned as an artists’ colony – a piece of nature that would give her children room to explore and create. Her intrepid decision, which she made unbeknownst to her husband back in New Orleans, changed American art history. Annette’s sons Peter, Walter, and Mac (and their families) built upon that property – which became known as Shearwater – a generations-long creative legacy that continues in Ocean Springs to this day.

TYA Day – or “Thank You Annette Day” – celebrates Annette’s vision with a relay walk that traces her 31 mile path from Bay St. Louis to Ocean Springs. Teams of walkers will each make a roughly 3-mile leg of the trip along the coastline, culminating with a cozy celebration and free admission at the Walter Anderson Museum of Art for participants.

Our goal is 10 teams to participate in the walk, that raise $500 each. Why? The R&B Feder Foundation has pledged to match, up to $5,000, of the monies raised on TYA Day. The money raised will go to WAMA to support the legacy that Annette created 101 years ago.

There are three ways to be a part of Thank You Annette Day – 1) register your team, 2) sign up to be a part of a team or 3) give a financial gift to support this endeavor.

Come be a part of a way overdue thank you. Come be a part of TYA Day!

Questions about signing up or making a pledge? Contact Amanda Wymer at or 228-872-3164.

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