Culinary Arts
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Healthy Cooking

Every month, Dr. Milam will teach healthy cooking based on the Medi-Weightloss System.

This month's menu will be focused on healthy tailgating recipes! This month's menu includes: Chicken Salad Stuffed Sweet Peppers, Stuffed Cherry Tomato Salad, Buffalo Chicken Dip, Veggie Dipping Tray, Monterey Jack Dipping Chips, Oven-Baked Cheese Crisps, Fresh Salsa, and Chocolate Stuffed Strawberries.

She received her medical degree, as well as completed her residency in obstetrics and gynecology, at Louisiana State University Health Science Center. She has been in private practice with her husband, Dr. Bradley Sams, in Ocean Springs since 2000. Dr. Milam is a Fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology. She is also a member of the Mississippi Medical Association and the American Association of Bariatric Physicians. Using the Medi-Weightloss Dr. Milam treats one of America's leading health concerns through appropriate diet and lifestyle changes.

Instructor: Dr. Milam from the Medi Weight Loss Clinic
Member Fee: $35 (Mary C Members and Medi Members)
Non-Member Fee: $50

Dates: 1st Monday of the month

Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm






Kids in the Kitchen

Mom and Dad, enjoy a healthy meal for a family of 4, made with love for you by your junior chef! Each fun afternoon in the Mary C Culinary Cafe is a hands-on lesson in life skills and exploration of the art and science of food.

Instructor: Chef Cheri Hiers

Age Requirement: 9 - 15

Dates: September 24, October 1, October 8

Day & Time: Wednesdays 4:00 - 6:00 pm

Youth Member Fee: $65 per class

September 24 - Fish Teriyaki with Vegetable Noodle Stir Fry

October 1 - Turkey Meatloaf, Cauliflower Mash, and Garlic Green Beans

October 8 - Grilled Loin Chop Curry with Jasmine Rice

Class Slots Available: Each class is available for only 6 kids each.





Cruisin' The Coast Chic

Are you tired of renting or buying your costumes? Do you want to make your own for yourself, your kids, or for your local theatre? Join us for a class that will teach you basic sewing skills. Cruisin' the Coast, Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas are right around the corner, and sewing skills can help all of these memorable events truly be events to remember! You will have a completed costume upon completion of this class!

Instructors: Becky Rutz and Gloria Gaines

September 23, 25, and 30 - from 6:30 - 8:30 pm

Class fee is $60 + supply cost






Beaded Jewelry - Making Workshop

During this 4 - hour session, students will learn different techniques to design and create a variety of beautiful jewely using crystals, glass beads, sterling silver charms, etc. Select your colors and designs from a huge selection of high quality beads, charms, and findings. You will learn how to attach the clasps for a professional finish and show off your one-of-a-kind pieces. 
We will use sturdy nylon-coated stainless steel wire. During the first two hours, we will be creating jewelry for the Mary C. O'Keefe Gift Shop. During the second part of the workshop, you will create a set of necklace and earrings to take home and wear. Swarovskis, Czech crystals, cultured pearls, and natural stones will be available for your designs. Jewelry supplies include sterling silver charms and spacers. All supplies and tools are provided and included in the fee. Lunch is included in this workshop.

Instructor: Shirley Cahela
Date and Time :Weekly, Every Tuesday beginning September 23, 10:30 am - 2:30 pm
Class Fee: Member Fee $35; Non-Member Fee $45 per session

(Class fee includes lunch in The Mary C Cafe)

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Ocean Springs Figure Drawing Group

Calling all artists! Whether you sketch, paint or sculpt, drawing the figure has historically been one of the best ways to continue to hone your skills. The group will meet weekly to draw from live models. There will be no instructor, just a session organizer. For more information, please contact Jessie at jessie@themaryc.org

Age requirement: 21 years and older

Day and Time: Thursdays, 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Fees: $15 per session (pre-registration required)

$100 package for all 8 sessions

$20 per session Drop In fee




Landscape Painting in Acrylics

Learn about acrylic painting from local artist Bruce Seabolt. Recognized for his beautiful coastal landscapes, his was was chosen recently for the cover of DeSoto Magazine. In this class you will learn how to paint skies, clouds, water, trees, sandbars, marshes and other landscape elements using representational realism. This class is for all levels of painters. Choose a landscape scene of your own or one can be provided. Please call the Mary C office for a list of supplies you will need to bring to class - 228-818-2878.

Instructor: Bruce Seabolt

Dates: October 2, 9, 16, 23

Day & Time: Thursdays, 11:00 am - 1:30 pm

Class Fees: $130 for Member Fee; $150 for Non-Member Fee (Fee includes lunch in the Mary C Cafe)






Beginning Drawing

Learn to draw what you see! Improve your paintings by beginning with accurate drawings. Learn skills that build talent! Veteran art teacher, Dave Jones, is back with his fun and comprehensive five session drawing course. This individually paced course is for absolute beginners, as well as experienced artists. It provides the eye training and teaches the manual skills that lead to better paintings and drawings. Dave Jones is an accomplished artist and teacher, as well as a jazz saxophonist. His web site is www.davidjonesgallery.com. 

Instructor: Dave Jones
Dates: October 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
Day and Time: Thursdays, 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Cost: $90 for Member Fee; $110 Non-Member Fee (Cost Includes All Supplies) 




Painting Studio 

Veteran Mary C art teacher, Dave Jones, is back. He is teaching this fun and comprehensive acrylic painting studio, for both beginners and advanced students. Learn color theory, paint mixing, composition, and a wide variety of acrylic painting techniques. Get one on one coaching  that leads to visible improvement in your work, whether you are an absolute beginner, or an advanced painter. Learn the skills that develop talent and produce paintings you like! You will complete at least two finished paintings during the five sessions. Build a top notch tool and supply kit using a provided online shopping cart (cost is about $100 in addition to tuition), or use supplies you already have. Dave Jones is an accomplished artist and teacher, as well as a jazz saxophonist. His web site is www.davidjonesgallery.com. 

Instructor: Dave Jones
Dates: October 7, 14, 21, and 28
Day and Time: Tuesdays, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Cost: $100 for Members; $120 for Non-Members (Cost Does Not Include Supplies)


Intro to Digital Photography with your SLR Camera

This class is for SLR cameras only (you can remove and replace the lens). Do you look at your photos and wonder “what was this shot about?” Ashley Rodriguez, our fun and informative instructor will help you get ready to take that “perfect shot” of that important moment. Ashley will teach class participants how their camera works including aperture, shutter speed, white balance and many other functions. Learn all about the different menu options that your camera has and how to put them to proper use. Participants will also learn the basics in digital photography using general composition techniques.

Instructor: Ashley Rodriguez



Youth Art Programs
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Kids Need More Art in Stuart welcomes you!

Art Exploration for Kids

Students will explore a range of media and learn to use tem in instructor guided projects. Painting, print making, pastels and collage projects are included in this fun and inspirational class for kids. All supplies and materials are provided.

Instructor: Carmen Lugo
Dates: Monthly
Youth Member Fee: $105 per student per month

Grades 1 - 6

Dates: September Session: September 10, 17, 24, October 1

Dates: October Session: October 8, 15, 22, 29

Day & Time: Wednesdays, 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Grades 4 - 6

Dates: September Session: September 11, 18, 25, October 2

Dates: October Session: October 9, 16, 23, 30

Day & Time: Thursdays, 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm




Stained Glass
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Stained Glass Classes

Come and learn the basics of glass cutting and stained glass window construction in this five part introduction to stained glass fabrication class. Each student will learn how to cut basic shapes out of glass, soldering techniques and window assembly while creating their own piece.

Instructor: Pam Coppola

Beginning - Intermediate Project - Santa

Dates: September 23 - October 21

Dates: Tuesdays, 10:30 am - 1:30 pm

Member Fee: $160 + Supply Fee per person (Fee includes lunch in the Mary C Cafe)

Non-Member Fee: $170 + $50 Supply Fee per person (Fee includes lunch in the Mary C Cafe)

Dates: September 23 - October 21
Tuesdays, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Member Fee: $150 + $50 Supply Fee per person
Non-Member Fee: $160 + $50 Supply Fee per person


Dates: September 24 - October 22

Wednesdays, 6:00 - 9:00 pm

Member Fee: $150 + $50 Supply Fee per person
Non-Member Fee: $160 + $50 Supply Fee per person



Music and Performing Arts
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Beginner’s Private Voice Lessons

Learn the fundamentals of voice including posture, proper breathing techniques while learning to fine tune your vocal instrument. Whether for a young child just learning to sing or an adult wanting to try something new, these one-on-one classes will get you started and help you improve your singing voice.

Advanced Private Voice Lessons

Come study voice with one of the top vocal educators in Mississippi. Whether you are getting ready for auditions or just want to improve your singing voice these classes will help you reach your goal. These lessons are for the true vocal academic. Learn everything you need to know from pitch, diction, posture, audition tips and attitude in these one-on-one 30 minute classes.

Instructor: Billy Marter
Dates: Monthly
Days & Times: Call the Mary C to schedule lessons
Member Fee: $70.00 (Non-Member Fee: $80.00) per person per month


Private Guitar/Bass Lessons

Bring your guitar / bass and learn to play with one of our experienced instructors. Whether you are just starting to learn or need to improve your skills, our instructors will get you to your goal.

Age Requirement: Ages 6 and up
Instructor: Billy Marter
Dates: Monthly
Days & Times: Call the Mary C to schedule lessons
Member Fee: $70.00 (Non-Member Fee: $80.00) per person per month
Supplies: Students will need to have their own guitar / bass, either acoustic or electric with portable amplifier.



Songwriting Club

Are you inspired by the Mississippi Songwriters Festival? Have you ever been interested in writing your own songs? Join us for the first songwriting class at The Mary C where you will learn about different genres of music through the history of several Mississippi songwriters. Students will also learn tips for song writing, including writing on demand and co-writing. Guest speakers and performances can be expected, as well as a group song writing project at the end of the session.

Age Requirement: Ages 16 - 21
Instructor: Matt Hoggatt
Dates: September 23 - May 15
Day & Time: Tuesdays, 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Annual Dues: $150 





Jazz Improv

Join veteran jazz saxophonist Dave Jones for this weekly class / jam session to learn how to improvise and practice jazz tunes, in a comfortable group setting. Students will listen to and play along with recordings of jazz rhythm sections playing the chord progressions from the vast jazz standards repertoire. These recordings cover all jazz styles - Swing, Latin, Dixieland, Gypsy Jazz, BeBop - and will be used to learn the melodies and how to improvise on the chords used in those tunes. Students will learn to work in a jazz band setting, listening and responding to each other's improvisation, and composing on the spot arrangements. 

Age Requirement: 16 years and older, 
You must have at least 1 year of lessons on your instrument
Instructor: Dave Jones
Dates: October 6, 13, 20, 27
Day & Time: Mondays, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Member Fee: $100
Non-Member Fee: $120






FUNdamentals of Acting for Youth

Young performers will learn the FUNdamentals of acting in this 6 week class taught by Cliff Thompson. They will learn theatrical movement, voice and body awareness and improvisational techniques through fun games and activities.

Age requirement: Ages 8 - 18

Instructor: Cliff Thompson

Dates: September 30 - November 4
Day & Time: Tuesdays, 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Youth Member Fee: $75






Broadway Prep

Students learn dance combinations, scenes and songs from a major Broadway show. Video and audio of original Broadway casts are used as tools to acclimate the students to the world of professional theater. The class concludes with a showcase featuring the students' work.

Age requirement: Ages 5 - 8

Instructor: Cliff Thompson

Dates: October 1 - November 5
Day & Time: Wednesdays, 4:30 - 5:30 pm

Youth Member Fee: $75




Introduction to Acting for Adults

This 6 week acting class is ideal for the new adult actor (High School & Adults)- whether you've been onstage before or just want to check it out. Learn the fundamentals of acting using different techniques including Margolis and Meisner. Through entertaining activities and games, you will learn scene studies, character development and audition prep.

Instructor: Cliff Thompson

Dates: October 1 - November 5
Day & Time: Wednesdays, 5:30 - 6:30 pm

Member Fee: $75
Non-Member Fee: $85