Walter Anderson Museum of Art

510 Washington Avenue

Ocean Springs, MS 39564

Phone: (228) 872-3164

A visit to the Walter Anderson Museum of Art, opened in 1991 dedicated to celebrating the works of Walter Inglis Anderson (1903-1965), American master, whose depictions of the plants, animals, and people of the Gulf Coast have placed him among the forefront of American painters of the Twentieth Century; and to his brothers, Peter Anderson (1901-1984), master potter and founder of Shearwater Pottery; and James McConnell Anderson (1907-1998), noted painter and ceramist.

The watercolors, drawings, oils, block prints, ceramics, and carvings by the three Anderson brothers are all represented in the museum’s permanent collection. Diverse changing exhibitions, many featuring the work of other significant artists, occur throughout the year.

The museum’s sky lit interior of warm southern yellow pine includes a main galleria and two additional galleries, which echo the natural beauty and simplicity of its setting. Adjacent to the museum is the Ocean Springs Community Center, home of Walter Anderson’s largest mural.

Admission Charged.

Museum Hours:
Monday-Saturday 9:30am-4:30pm, Sunday 12:30-4:30pm
Closed New Year’s Day, Easter Sunday, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day.

  • Walter Anderson Museum of Art

  • Dec 10, 2016 - Dec 11, 2016

In this workshop, we will follow the tradition of the Golden Age of painting as exemplified by Rubens, Velasquez and Titian. We will explore in depth the techniques of the Old Masters. The creation of a believable and dimensional painting is greatly facilitated when, instead of just copying laboriously what is before you, one approaches reality with a "concept," for example, the movement of light in the painting. The concept permits you to see the still life as an idea and to express it with the principles of the Old Masters. These principles include; contrast of light and shadows, opaque lights and transparent shadows, understanding how to use the half-tone with its magnificent pearl effect, quality of paint, creating the substance and dimension of the objects with opaque and transparent passages. Using these principles or tools to express the larger idea or concept you will always know where you are and where you are going in the painting process.

Frank Janca is a modern-day master in the truest sense. His impressionist canvases display an emulation of the Baroque and Renaissance Masters married with a refined individual style. Janca insists on personal involvement in every aspect of his paintings. Dissatisfied with the quality of paints commercially available to artists, he grinds his pigment by hand and cooks his own oil mediums, similar to the manner of medieval alchemists. His carefully prepared linen canvases are frequently under painted in grisaille, a centuries-old technique of painting the forms in grayscale before color is used. Janca then paints the final image with rich, jeweled colors. The results of these efforts are luxurious colors now rare in contemporary work and paintings which will remain in the finest condition for generations to come. The length of a typical painting day for Janca is about 14 hours. Such perseverance has brought Janca's work to a level reflecting the insight and maturity of a master painter who is recognized as such in the United States and abroad.

To reserve your space contact Heather Rumfelt at or click here.

  • Beau Rivage Resort & Casino

  • May 11, 2017

Tentative Date 2017

Gala XXVI promises to be a most memorable gathering of patrons of the arts on the Gulf Coast, and we hope that you will be one of them!  Help us celebrate Walter Anderson while supporting the arts of the Gulf Coast. This year's event will be hosted by the Beau Rivage resort and Casino and will feature wonderful food, an open bar, and live entertainment. Attendees will have the opportunity to bid on original artwork from local and regional artists in a live and silent auction.