Currently on Display at Parish Press
Exhibition of works by photographer Melissa Leporati
The North Central Louisiana Arts Council (NCLAC) is pleased to announce an exhibit of photographs by Photographer Melissa Leporati.
Melissa Leporati is a local photographer living in West Monroe, Louisiana. She 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.
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.
To find out more info about NCLAC and its programming, visit nclac.org or call (318) 255-1450.
Parish Press is located at 1007 North Trenton Street in Ruston and offers a full-service coffee bar, as well as an assortment of baked goods.
This show will be on display through September 26, 2017. For purchase information contact NCLAC office at 318-255-1450
Currently on Display at The Dixie Center for the Arts
Bonnie Ferguson / Dorene Kordal exhibition
NCLAC is pleased to announce an exhibit of works by Painter Bonnie Ferguson and Fiber Artist Dorene Kordal. The exhibition runs now through August 7th. This exhibit displays bright, colorful paintings by Ms. Ferguson, and cheerful characterized portraits by Ms. Kordal, along with a couple of her felted floral arrangements.
Bonnie is an artist who lives simply, with minimal materialistic desires, observing culture and its dependency on immediate gratification through the eyes of a maker, artisan, and craftsman. Ms. Ferguson has no qualms about making quick decorative work.
“If I can reach someone who may have thought original art was beyond their budget, then I have done what I have set out to do.”
Bonnie would rather her work sit unknown on the wall of a family for years, infiltrating the tastes and memories of generations rather than a mass-produced print, even if that means enjoying anonymity.
Dorene is a maker who is interested in fiber, felt, embroidery and the repurposing of all things possible. Tactile materials are the most inspirational to her and colors evoke in her thoughts of gardens, play toys and the magic of childhood. Her felt start its life as a plastic milk container. After being washed and ground up, it is mixed with bamboo and wool fibers, color is added and it is then fashioned into embroidered portraits, flowers and foliage, crowns, barrettes, hairbands, wands, and anything else that comes to mind.
Ms. Ferguson holds a B.F.A. degree from LA Tech and teaches art at Mount Olive Christian School. She is the owner of Pastry Moon Soap Company. Ms. Kordal holds a degree in Political Science and splits her time between the Waggonner Center for Public Policy and her studio behind the Frame of Mind/Gallery 203.
This show will be on display at the Dixie Center for the Arts through May 7th, 2017. For purchase information contact NCLAC office at 318-255-1450
Currently on Display at Lincoln Parish Library
A Sense of Place
Welded Shadows by Jeff Perot
The North Central Louisiana Arts Council (NCLAC) is pleased to announce an exhibit of the top twelve photographic images from the 2016 exhibition “A Sense of Place: Contemporary Images of Lincoln Parish.” Each photograph displayed has received a Juror’s Purchase Award.
The photographs are displayed in Ruston, Louisiana’s Lincoln Parish Library just inside the main entrance. The top twelve photographs are now the property of the North Central Louisiana Arts Council (NCLAC) and will be displayed in different venues in the future.
In addition, the images have been reproduced and made into sets of postcards titled, “Postcards From the Parish.” All proceeds from the sale of the postcards benefit NCLAC. Sets of postcards may be purchased at The Dixie Center for the Arts, located at 212 North Vienna Street, Ruston LA 71270.
Calendar of Exhibitions 2017-2018
July 25 – Sept. 26, 2017 Photographs by Melissa Leporati at Parish Press Coffee House
Aug. 8 – Oct. 10, 2017 Exhibition of Show Posters by RCT/Dixie/NCLAC at Dixie Center for the Arts
Sept. 26 – Nov. 28, 2017 Paintings by Emily Pullin at Parish Press Coffee House
Oct. 10, 2017 – Feb. 20, 2018 Paintings by Amanda Roe at Dixie Center for the Arts
Nov. 28, 2017 – Jan. 30, 2017 Works by Lacey Stinson at Parish Press Coffee House
Feb. 20 – May 8, 2018 Paintings by Linda Dwyer at Dixie Center for the Arts
Jan. 30 – March 27, 2018 50 for $50 Annual Exhibit and Sale at Parish Press Coffee House
March 27 – May 29, 2018 3rd Annual Juried Student Art Show at Parish Press Coffee House
May 8 – Aug. 14, 2018 Paintings by Sharon Petch at Dixie Center for the Arts
May 29 – July 7, 2018 Works by Christiane Drieling at Parish Press Coffee House