Holiday Arts Tour, December 1st and 2nd, is NCLAC’s celebration of the arts, where merchants host visual, literary and performing artists for an art crawl throughout downtown Ruston. While walking from shop to shop, Tour-goers can hear musicians performing, watch art demonstrations, catch live street theatre, and chat with artists about their artwork. Variety and quality are hallmarks of Holiday Arts Tour, and each of the featured artists will be on site to help shape a unique art experience.
Highlights of this year’s Holiday Arts Tour include an exhibition inside Ruston Artisans, a brand new fine arts venue at 203 West Alabama. This group exhibition will offer a glimpse of the variety of artists included in the Tour, as well as serve as the location for People’s Choice voting. Guests are encouraged to vote on their favorite artist from the Tour, and to drop their ballots in the box at Ruston Artisans. The public is invited to an opening reception for this group exhibition on Thursday evening, November 30, from 5:30-7:30, at Ruston Artisans where visitors can see a glimpse of the variety and quality of artwork included in the Tour.
Another highlight this year is the return of the Holiday Art Brawl that we began last year. A number of visual artists will paint in front of an audience for an hour at the Historic Ruston Firestation on Saturday morning. Viewers are invited to vote on their favorite painting by dropping “bucks into buckets” and the artist with the most voting dollars will be named the Holiday Art Brawl Champion. If you fall in love with any of the newly created paintings, they will be available for purchase from the artists. Participating Art Brawl artists are: Deana Revels, Amanda Roe, Liz Zanca, Kaye Dillard, Victoria Neblett, Julie Crews and Molly Engen.
Held in conjunction with the Art Brawl will be Sprout Hour, hands’ on projects for children. Local artists will lead art projects that are absolutely free and absolutely fun. April Honaker, Catherine McVea, and Christiane Drieling will lead these projects.
In addition to all the downtown-centered activities, two individual artists are opening their studios. Hooshang Khorasani and Douglas Walton will make their studios available for visitors to get a glimpse into their paintings and creative spaces. Hooshang will be open on Friday and Saturday; Walton will be open Saturday only.
General Tour hours are Friday, 5-9pm and Saturday, 10-5pm. A detailed schedule and map will follow soon. This event is an opportunity to walk through charming downtown Ruston, meet talented people, hear good music, and shop for original gifts.
The following artists will be displaying their works: Christiane Drieling, Nicole Duet, Bonnie Ferguson, Dorene Kordal, Shawn Hood, Dean Dablow, Bette Kaufman, Toni Pederson, Julie Crews, Jim Huckabay, Jeanne Teague, Jake Dugard, Chris Seaman, Todd Maggio, Zeppy Cheng, Paperglaze Calligraphy, Rabbet Run, Todd Cloe, Jack Gates, Emily Welch, Ron Atwood, Liz Zanca, Zach Hannibal, Whitney Caskey, Anne Marie Jackson, Linda Dwyer, Karen Armstrong, Linda Snider-Ward, Mary Jane VanZandt, Noula Rodakis, Annie Richardson, Catherine McVea, Amy Crittenden, Amanda Roe, Nan Cole, Steve Cole, and Jan Thibault
The following artists will open their private studios during Holiday Arts Tour: Hooshang Khorasani and Douglas Walton.
The following performing artists will be performing: Ouachita Strummers, Louisiana Tech’s Theatre Players, Dr. Cain Budds, Lady Chops, James Waller, Untouchables, Bella Bleu, and Amy Crittenden.
The following will offer art demonstrations: Shannan Inman (calligraphy), Todd Maggio (screenprinting), and Todd Cloe (woodcarving)
The following will provide Sprout Hour children’s projects: Christiane Drieling, April Honaker, Catherine McVea
The following will paint in the Holiday Art Brawl: Molly Engen, Julie Crews, Victoria Neblett, Kaye Dillard, Liz Zanca, Amanda Roe, and Amanda Revels
NCLAC’s Holiday Arts Tour is supported in part by Title Sponsor Fine Line Supply, and by a grant from the Louisiana Division of the Arts, Office of Cultural Development, Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism in cooperation with the Louisiana State Arts Council and administered by the Shreveport Regional Arts Council.