Art Talk Monday: Celebrating Tradition

This week's Art Talk Monday is written by NCLAC's Executive Director, Jessica Slaughter Next month, the North Central Louisiana Arts Council will hold its Holiday Arts Tour in Lincoln Parish, November 15-18. The tour is one of our most popular programs, as it combines local musicians, literary and visual artists, with downtown businesses and area art studios—and presents everything together for the public, with entertainment for all ages. The Tour this year is our 15th Annual, with the title Celebrating Tradition, and that is just what we intend to do. We will celebrate the tradition of a community that supports its artists and downtown merchants. We will celebrate our children and the effect art can have in their lives. We will celebrate the power of music. We will celebrate this special place that we call home, and enjoy the local talent that resides here.

The extended weekend kicks off in a partnership with the Main Street Christmas Open House on Thursday, November 15, from 5-8pm.  Downtown merchants will stay open late for guests to shop and mingle, experiencing what our stores have to offer, as well as getting the first peek at our artists’ works. We have many new artists participating this year, who are diligently creating in their studios as I write, to offer you their unique views of our world. New merchants are participating as well, which is a wonderful way for the public to experience new places in town.

Friday’s in-store hours will be 2-5pm, with musical performances beginning after 5 at Turbo Goat, the bike shop, 301 North Trenton. One of the acts for Friday evening will be the Swinging Richards, and the line-up will continue until around midnight. Turbo Goat hosted music for last year’s Tour, and it’s a nice venue, with easy accessibility on the corner.

Saturday will include area studios as well as downtown merchants, from 11am-5pm. Then after 5, music will begin at Sundown Tavern, including a new band for this year, The Reactors. Just as on Friday, the music will continue until midnight. On that Saturday there is also a Louisiana Tech football game, as well as fall commencement, so our area will be full of folks looking for activities. Last year’s Sprout Sunday addition was a huge hit, bringing families to the Tour who hadn’t previously participated, so we are excited to offer another element for students this year, “Chalk the Walk,” on Saturday. Participating locations will have sidewalk chalk available for children to draw and make their own “public” art outdoors.

Sunday will round out this year’s Holiday Arts Tour, and it’s a special way to finish out the weekend. Artists’ studios will be open from 11am-5pm. Participating studios include yearly favorites like Hooshang, Doug Walton, Follette Pottery, and Hannah’s Quilts and Crafts, as well as new creative spaces like Ellie’s Country Store, Kapiche, Pastry Moon and Richardson Hall. Visitors can view the places where the “magic” happens, as well as shop for gifts and see demonstrations. At select sites, we’ll have Sprout Sunday activities, with free activities and readings for children.

Mark your calendars now, for November 15-18, to come “Celebrate the Tradition” with NCLAC at our 15th Annual Holiday Arts Tour.