Today’s Art Talk Monday is from Toni Pederson, NCLAC’s Exhibition Coordinator.
The North Central Louisiana Arts Council (NCLAC) is pleased to announce our upcoming exhibition schedule for the new academic year, including a new exhibit of work by photographer Melissa Leporati at Parish Press.
The new schedule of exhibitions at Parish Press includes photography by Melissa Leporati, paintings by Emily Pullin, art by Lacey Stinson, 50 @$50 Small Works, our Annual Student Juried Show, and works by Christiane Drieling.
The list of exhibitions at Dixie Center for the Arts includes Show Posters from the Dixie Center, Ruston Community Theatre and NCLAC, paintings by Amanda Roe, paintings by Linda Dwyer, and paintings by Sharon Petch.
So now for our newly hung exhibition at Parish Press! Melissa Leporati has worked as a freelance photojournalist for a number of years. She has won numerous competitions with her work and over 278 of her photographs have been published in the Farmerville Gazette. Her work has also been published in The Good Life magazine and featured in Union Parish Newcomer’s & Visitor’s Guide.
Melissa currently lives and works in West Monroe, LA. The artist enjoys her work so much that she considers it a pleasurable hobby rather than work experience. Ms. Leporati states that her days are spent in an office swarming with activity, appointments, telephones, and deadlines. Her daydreams are spent in mountains and forests, breathing in the sweet scent of honeysuckle while sunshine warms her back, or on a desolate shore listening to waves crash into rocks, or by a crackling campfire underneath a starry sky. When she cannot physically be there, an image will take her there, if not but for a moment. The artist feels that this is what photography does for people: it takes them to another time, another place. It is an escape.
Melissa Leporati’s photography is on display now through September 25th at Parish Press Coffee House located at 1007 North Trenton Street, Ruston LA. NCLAC has a strong running relationship with Parish Press, a locally owned coffee shop that features beignets, muffins, bagel sandwiches, and everyone’s favorite coffee drinks. Parish Press supports our region’s local arts by allowing NCLAC to feature artists throughout the year. Works are available for purchase by calling the NCLAC office at (318) 255-1450 between the hours of 9:00 am and 3:00 pm, Monday-Friday.
NCLAC is supported by its members, including our incredible sustaining corporate members: First National Bank, Origin Bank, Bank of Ruston, Driggers Outdoor, The Peach 99.3, and Ruston Daily Leader. NCLAC is also supported 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 Shreveport Regional Arts Council. Funding has also been provided by the National Endowment for the Arts.