Buffett Bridge Artist Brenda Kitchen

From GulfLive.com: “Pascagoula artist Brenda Kitchens overwhelmed by response to Jimmy Buffett bridge art

It’ll be “really cool” if Jimmy Buffett likes the beach scene that Pascagoula artist Brenda Kitchens recently painted on the Buffett Bridge, but it’s the community that Kitchens cares most about.

“The people, to me, are so important because if it weren’t for the people of Pascagoula, I wouldn’t be able to do this,” Kitchens said Thursday from the work site.

Kitchens has painted a span of the bridge over Baptiste Bayou, which will be named to honor Buffett during a Saturday ceremony.

She painted a beach scene with tropical waters, sea oats, a shrimp boat named “Billy B” to honor Buffett’s grandfather, Round Island in the distance, a crab and starfish, some birds and the words “Buffett Bridge.”

The bayou that runs under the bridge is personally significant for Buffett, who will attend the ceremony and perform some acoustic songs for an anticipated crowd of 10,000.

Buffett, who was born in Pascagoula, spent much time at his grandparents’ waterfront home on Parsley Avenue. As a boy, he went crabbing in Baptiste Bayou from his family pier.

As drivers passed the bridge Thursday, they honked, stopped to talk to Kitchens and asked to take pictures of her.

“The response has just been fantastic,” she said. “It makes me feel great.”

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Article source: http://www.buffettnews.com/2015/09/17/25107/