Local Creatives





In an effort to create business and networking opportunities for local artisans and designers on the MS Gulf Coast, Local Creatives was formed in March of 2017. The original founders of LC consisted of local artists and creative entrepreneurs from Ocean Springs, MS. From painters and woodworkers, to graphic designers and architects, this eclectic bunch brainstormed ideas, pinpointing the group’s sole mission within the community- “Connecting Community & Creatives.” Together, the collective designed a website based directory that anyone can access. The site serves as a platform for artists and consumers to connect with one another, provides a calendar of events, and highlights featured artists.

We would like to encourage our community to visit our studio in The Mary C during Local Creatives’ events, meet us, and most importantly ask questions! LC offers specifically skilled workshops, artist’s talks, and studio tours to both members and non-members. Along with the networking aspect of Local Creatives, we also wanted to educate the community on having something custom made. We want to work with our community, and feel they will be surprised at how satisfying and affordable having something made specifically for your home, a gift, or your business can be!

For more information on MS Local Creatives and the artists within the network, please visit https://mslocalcreatives.com.

Featured Artist: Oliver Preus

Oliver Preus is a registered landscape architect with CPLA Design + Planning. Working in the firm’s Ocean Springs office, Oliver serves as the firm’s Director of Design, overseeing the production of graphics and is involved in the design and construction phases of a wide variety of projects.

Oliver has several years of extensive experience in comprehensive and site-level planning projects in Mississippi and Alabama ranging from private gardens to large master-planned communities. He has a bachelor’s degree in Landscape Architecture from Mississippi State University, and a master’s degree in Community Planning from Auburn University. Currently, Oliver sits as Secretary on the Executive Committee of the Mississippi Chapter of ASLA (American Society of Landscape Architects)

Alongside his career as a landscape architect, Oliver has developed his skills as an artist. Working primarily with ink and watercolor, he often sketches and paints scenes around him either in plein air or by photographs taken beforehand.

Outside of his professional life, Oliver is actively involved in the community, serving as a volunteer leader for Young Life; a youth outreach ministry organization. He is also a member of First Presbyterian Church – Ocean Springs and the Ocean Springs 1699 Historical Society.

Oliver Preus
CPLA Design & Planning
Ocean Springs, MS
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