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Current Exhibits


Currently on Display at Parish Press


Exhibition of works by photographer Melissa Leporati

Old Trucks by 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.

“Onions” by Bonnie Ferguson

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.

“Albert Einstein/Genius” by Dorene Kordal

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




NCLAC is supported by its members, as well as 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.