Sunday, October 03, 2010

Gallery 220 is a co-operative gallery which was organized just five weeks after Hurricane Katrina ravaged the Mississippi Gulf Coast on August 29, 2005. Located just a few blocks from the beach in an historic building in Old Town Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, Gallery 220 comprises a group of artists and business people who rose to the formidable challenges which the storm presented. Thanks to the perseverance and hard work of building owners Jenise McCardell and Mark Currier of Clay Creations, the building was cleaned out and repaired in time for the October Second Saturday Artwalk, a much loved tradition in Old Town.

Following is a list of the artists. We invite you all to visit us here in beautiful Bay St. Louis.

Lori K. Gordon is a mixed media artist and painter who has achieved international recognition for The Katrina Collection, her series of mixed media assemblages which incorporate storm debris and for Labat: A Creole Legacy" which has been acquired by the Smithsonian Institution. To view her work, please go to Email her at

David "Cairo" Wheeler is a woodworker. He uses only found wood, and coaxes each piece he finds into beautiful pieces of furniture and exquisite carvings. Cairo may be emailed at, and his work may be found at

Michelle Allee is a painter whose signature contemporary folk art paintings on heavily textured surfaces are recognizable in an instant. Michelle's work my be seen at

Julie Nelson works in raku, creating beautiful pottery, stunning wall sculptures, clocks, and flower frogs. Julie's work may be seen at

Scott Blackwell creates all those wonderfully wacky fish with the big lips that contribute vivid splashes of color all over the area. Scott's work may be found at

Spencer Gray creates incredible things from pots, pans, rakes, tea kettles and other gems of metal. His work may be viewed at

Brian J Bush is a New Orleans artist who creates wonderful sculptures from paper mache. Brian's work may be seen at

Regan Carney and Mark Buszkiewicz
are well-respected clay artists who create wall sculptures, vases, and utilitarian pieces of pottery. Their beautiful and original work may be viewed at and at 

Carol Bowman is a painter whose wonderful, colorful and whimsical "Caribbean" paintings bring the viewer a sense of the islands. Carol's work my be seen at, and at

Jan Densmore is a gifted painter and videographer who excels at commissioned portraits. Janet's work may be seen at

Nonie Johns is a mixed media artist, poet and singer extraordinaire whose visual constructions may be found at

Zita Waller
is a long-time coast resident who has been painting the coast, its people, plants and structures, for many years. Zita's work may be found at

Sid and Pam Yoder are a husband and wife team who create marvelous pieces of personal adornment. Their jewelry is not only beautiful-it is affordable. You may contact Sid and Pam at

Barbara Brodtmann works in two styles of mixed media collage. Lost and Found are mixed media assemblages made from Katrina objects, antique vintage buttons, silver and gold jewelry, gem stones, silver coins and tokens and glass beads. The other approach is her own unique style she calls 3-d watercolor assemblages; each piece of paper is hand colored and individually glued.  Barbara may be reached at 228-216-5353 or 601-928-4134, at To see more of her work go to

Judy Lee  With over 25 years working in ceramics as a distraction from her work in the high tech industry, Judy now concentrates her attention full time to her second career in ceramics.  She is fascinated by textures and uses them frequently in her work. Her style varies from classic functional pieces fired in an electric kiln, to raku and pit fired pieces. The challenge of a variety of techniques keeps the creative juices flowing.  A trip to Africa brought the imagery of animals and masks into her work. She tends to make them more stylized than realistic, leaning toward illusionary or partial forms rather than an exact replica.  Judy has been invited to exhibit in juried shows in California and has also filmed a segment for HGTV’s “That’s Clever” show which was broadcast in Spring 2009. She has exhibited at the Peter Anderson Festival 2008, Ocean Springs, MS, and The Fairhope Festival 2008, Fairhope, AL. She currently shows work at The Hillyer House in Ocean Springs, Negrotto’s Gallery in Biloxi, Aloha Gallery in Diamondhead and Gallery 220 in Bay Saint Louis.

Amy G. Kramer is a self-taught artist living in Bay St. Louis, where she works as an environmental consultant. Her work reflects her love for the garden, water, land, and the environs surrounding the Gulf of Mexico.  She has studied painting and sculpture in many formal and informal settings since receiving her engineering degree from Louisiana State University.

Deb Johnson found a home at Gallery 220 on Main Street just when they were looking for a gourd art enthusiast. Her 'fine art' experience consists of teaching elementary school, pre-Katrina, in New Orleans, and at Coast Episcopal Elementary. She has perfected her style in creating wonderful works of art from gourds, using a combination of techniques including wood burning and the application of acrylic paint and ink.

Ann Kearney works in many medias including hand painted silks, watercolors, oils, and mosaics. She also does hand painted custom furniture. Her favorite subjects are the flora and fauna of New Orleans and the Mississippi Gulf Coast.  After obtaining a degree in Fine Arts from the University of New Orleans in 1993, Ann spent time developing her unique techniques.She furthered her studies at the New Orleans Academy of Fine Arts, her paintings have been exhibited at the prestigious Walter Anderson Museum in Ocean Springs, and her works may be found in many private collections. Ann is continuing her studies, which recently expanded to include artistic creations in pottery and she is happy to be part of the Mississippi Gulf Coast art community. Her work may be found at Gallery 220, 220 Main Street in Bay St. Louis and at Treasures of the Bay, Nicholson Avenue at Old Spanish Trail in Waveland. She may be contacted at 228.671.9531.

Martin Welch is a well-known New Orleans artist whose signature red, gold and turquoise crab paintings are very popular with coastal residents.  He has developed a unique style that is very colorful and dynamic.   Using his own singular style he paints seafood, birds, pets, local venues and landmarks on large size canvases.   Martin also paints on boards, boxes, benches and other recycled items, preserving the found object as part of his art.  He is an Award Winning Artist and was selected as one of New Orleans Museum of Art's "Love in the Gardens" 10 Best Artists for 2008, he also painted the official 2009 Louisiana Seafood Festival poster, and four of his works were chosen by set designers for the HBO series “Treme.”   He was recently named one of the Top Seven Characters of New Orleans by the Windsor Court Hotel.  His works are in several galleries and he frequently shows at outdoor art markets locally and around the country. 
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Originally from New Orleans, Nancy Lowentritt moved to Ponchatoula, LA, in 2005
quite by accident after Katrina interrupted her plan to retire in Bay St
Louis & rekindle her love of painting, which she had put on hold for 30
years. Now she is happily a BSL weekender and thrilled to show her art
at Gallery 220. Painting in acrylics on canvas, Nancy focuses on the beautiful
beaches and culture in South Mississippi and features everything
that relates to the coast: boats, beaches, crabs and crusin’ cars! Follow her
on facebook and her web site