Mary C. O'Keefe Cultural Center of Arts & Education

1600 Government Street

Ocean Springs, MS 39564

Phone: (228) 818-2878

The Mary C. O'Keefe Cultural Center is located in the historic 1927 Ocean Springs Public School Building. The Center provides a diverse set of programs and facilities for the arts. The beautiful lobby area houses the spectacular 1937 WPA tile murals painted by James McConnell Anderson and fired by Peter Anderson and now lovingly restored and protected.

Inside the Cultural Center an art gallery filled with beautiful artwork and the Ocean Springs Art Museum.

Open Monday-Saturday 10am to 6pm.

Facility Info
  • Description The Trent Lott Performing Arts Theatre is available for performances and meetings. With 393 seats, the Theatre accommodates concerts, plays, musicals, recitals and town meetings. The Mary C. O’Keefe Cultural Center also offers seven other rooms throughout the center for workshops or gatherings! The Duckett Gallery, Paper Mache Room, HOSA Room, Performing Arts Room, VA Room, Pottery Studio, and Woodcarving Room are available for your meeting needs. Call for details & rental fees!

The "NEW REALISM" taught in one to one instruction in a studio. Individualized according to the level of oil painting experience using photographs of one's own choosing - Landscape, Portraiture or Still Life - with emphasis on basic drawing and underpainting in classical technique. 

Instructor: Magtillt Laan-Van Thiel

Ages: 18 and up

Registration Deadline: February 26th

The "NEW REALISM" taught in one to one instruction in a studio. Individualized according to the level of oil painting experience using photographs of one's own choosing - Landscape, Portraiture or Still Life - with emphasis on basic drawing and underpainting in classical technique. 

Instructor: Magtillt Laan-Van Thiel

Ages: 18 and up

Registration Deadline: February 27th

Learn to draw the basic shapes and forms. Learn shading techniques using line and crosshatching.

For those who have mastered the basics, explore the use of negative spaces, perspective, understanding key values and contrasts. Build upon your knowledge of advanced shading, textures, and lighting.  Explore objects you are interested in drawing, such as trees, landscapes, animals, still lifes, etc. while learning these techniques.

Due to the small class size, each student can go at their own pace, direction, and interest.

For those interested in continuing classes, this will enable you to build your own path to improving your pencil drawing techniques!

Supply List will be emailed.

Instructor: Debra Baldinger

Join Pam Coppola and learn the techniques to making beautiful Stained Glass!

Instructor: Pam Coppola

Thursday Morning Classes (5 Classes)

Registration Deadline: February 21st

A celebration of southern modern dance artists on the Mississippi Gulf Coast! There are morning master classes and an evening Share Dance Concert that begins at 6pm with a Champagne, Art and Screendances Pre-Show followed by live dance performances by local dance artists as well as visiting dance artists from New Orleans, LA and Hattiesburg, MS

The "NEW REALISM" taught in one to one instruction in a studio. Individualized according to the level of oil painting experience using photographs of one's own choosing - Landscape, Portraiture or Still Life - with emphasis on basic drawing and underpainting in classical technique. 

Instructor: Magtillt Laan-Van Thiel

Ages: 18 and up

Registration Deadline: March 2

Starring Karen Abernathy, Stephanie Maxwell, Danette Pilon, Michael Frome, David Slatten, Wayne Stephens, Jonathan Brannan, & Natalie Breland.

Learn to draw the basic shapes and forms. Learn shading techniques using line and crosshatching.

For those who have mastered the basics, explore the use of negative spaces, perspective, understanding key values and contrasts. Build upon your knowledge of advanced shading, textures, and lighting.  Explore objects you are interested in drawing, such as trees, landscapes, animals, still lifes, etc. while learning these techniques.

Due to the small class size, each student can go at their own pace, direction, and interest.

For those interested in continuing classes, this will enable you to build your own path to improving your pencil drawing techniques!

Supply List will be emailed.

Instructor: Debra Baldinger

Join Pam Coppola and learn the techniques to making beautiful Stained Glass!

Instructor: Pam Coppola

Wednesday Morning Classes (5 Classes)

Registration Deadline: April 10th

Join Pam Coppola and learn the techniques to making beautiful Stained Glass!

Instructor: Pam Coppola

Thursday Morning Classes (5 Classes)

Registration Deadline: April 11th

The "NEW REALISM" taught in one to one instruction in a studio. Individualized according to the level of oil painting experience using photographs of one's own choosing - Landscape, Portraiture or Still Life - with emphasis on basic drawing and underpainting in classical technique. 

Instructor: Magtillt Laan-Van Thiel

Ages: 18 and up

Registration Deadline: April 16th

The "NEW REALISM" taught in one to one instruction in a studio. Individualized according to the level of oil painting experience using photographs of one's own choosing - Landscape, Portraiture or Still Life - with emphasis on basic drawing and underpainting in classical technique. 

Instructor: Magtillt Laan-Van Thiel

Ages: 18 and up

April 24th, May 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th

Registration Deadline: April 17th

Songs and Stories featuring Serabee. This free monthly concert features a national or regional songwriter in an intimate concert free at the Historic Mary C Theatre in Ocean Springs produced by the MS Songwriters Alliance.

Sera hails direct from the Kiln, Mississippi with the wandering strains of roadhouse blues and rollicking revivals psychically embedded in her songs. Irresistible, pop, country and R&B adorned in her soulful vocal presence and piano playing.
 

As a singer, songwriter and musician, the creative edge of Sera points to this soulful artist deep roots and colorful background in the American South. 

Growing up the daughter of a Pentecostal minister father (always a bluesman at heart) and singer/songwriter mother, Sera was raised on the music of Ray Charles, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash, Sam Cooke, Bob Dylan, Dolly, Aretha and of course, good ole gospel music.

Realizing her musical ambition at an early age, she traveled with her family’s tent revival, leading the musical praise and worship, excelling on the Hammond B-3 organ and piano. 

Striking out on her own, Sera began performing in New Orleans & Mississippi clubs where she garnered quite a local following. The soulful songstress created two independent recordings catching the attention of veteran music industry executives, Doug Morris , Gary Katz and LA Reid.

She was signed to major label Universal and Sony where she released an EP (Serabee) and had the ITunes single of the week, “Driving Me Stupid.”

She also became a finalist on the first season of “The Voice” as Serabee on Blake Shelton's team.

As a naturally gifted songwriter, with a strong commercial appeal, Sera penned the number one smash “Crazy Chick” for platinum sensation Charlotte Church in Europe and has since been writing with the hit makers in Nashville, London and New York for years.

Sera recently returned home to record her latest album, drawing on her natural ability and southern heritage and without the interruption of major label politics.

She says it will be very poignant and nostalgic, The prodigal daughter returning home from major label deals and touring the world to embrace her roots to record what she calls "the front porch songs" in a historical 1920s church turned studio in New Orleans.