Today’s Art Talk Monday is from Cara Beth Buie, NCLAC’s Executive Assistant. UPDATE: 12/11/17– see the last section below for info about this Friday’s Russ-Town Band Christmas Concert. It’s sure to get you in the holiday spirit!
Last week began the start of a busy holiday season here in Ruston. In addition to all of the usual festivities, there are plenty of opportunities this Christmas to get plugged into the arts. A Christmas Carol, The Musical, from Ruston Community Theatre, and NCLAC’s own Holiday Arts Tour ran throughout the weekend. Now here we are on Monday, and there’s more to come!
If you have not visited the newest art gallery in town, Ruston Artisans, you should definitely swing by on December 4th. From exhibitions to art classes, they always have something fun going on. Tonight they will be making spindle ornaments. Bring a friend and create three vintage ornaments with chalk paint for just $25/person. This class is open to the public but make sure to grab your tickets ahead of time to reserve your spot. Check them out here.
One of NCLAC’s corporate members, Bank of Ruston, is hosting an annual holiday art exhibition tomorrow evening, December 5th. This year’s art exhibition,”Mapping Out A Future with the Arts,” features artists from the Lincoln Parish area. Participating artists were asked to use topographical maps in their work for this exhibition. The maps were found in the historic Federal Building that will one day become a home for NCLAC as well as the City of Ruston’s community arts center. Come join NCLAC and Bank of Ruston in an opening reception tomorrow night from 5:30-7:30 PM. Check out more details here.
Other art opportunities that can be found around town are the play “A Tuna Christmas” on December 14th and Russ-Town Band on the 15th. “A Tuna Christmas,” a comedy directed by Mary Fran Crook, starring Joel Sharpton and Paul B. Crook, focuses on a small, fictional town in Tuna, Texas. The play is presented by the Ruston Cultural District and is sure to entertain. The single performance will be held at The Norton Building, and tickets are only $10 at the door. Bring a date, and/or a picnic dinner and enjoy the show. Check out “A Tuna Christmas” details here.
The next night, Friday, December 15th, Lawrence Gibbs and the Russ-Town Band will be performing a popular line up of holiday classics at the Dixie Center for the Arts. Prior to the performance, the Dixie Center will be collecting donations for those in need, so make sure to bring a toy or a canned food item. To learn more about the Dixie Center, click here. This annual Christmas concert is always a crowd pleaser, with song selections to please everyone in the family. The acoustics in the Dixie are so well suited for the band…I especially love the fullness of sound when sitting in the balcony.