This week's Art Talk Monday is written by Jessica Slaughter, NCLAC's Executive Director. Let’s use this week to share some of our “thankful list” from the NCLAC office.
First, I am thankful for dedicated community partners who support the arts in our region. One of these is Bank of Ruston, who holds an annual art exhibition each December featuring regional artists. This year’s show will feature Hooshang Khorasani and Dianne Springer. Hooshang is a painter. Whether viewing his romantic florals, or his racing horse images that he’s nationally known for, all of his work vibrates with his dynamic color palette and mark making. Dianne Springer is a quilter-extraordinaire. In addition to making quilts, teaching and traveling with quilts, she also has her own line of quilting fabrics. Bank of Ruston will hold a reception for these artists on Tuesday, December 2, from 5-7pm.
Another of our community partners who support the arts is Parish Press. NCLAC displays artwork in Parish Press, creating a rotating exhibition that coordinates well with the vibe in this great new coffee shop. I am also thankful for hardworking, talented local artists like the one currently exhibiting at Parish Press: Whitney Caskey. Whitney is from Jackson Parish, and is a multi-facted artist. Using the theme of fairytales, Whitney uses drawing, painting and photography to convey her story. In 2014 she had a one-person exhibition with the Bossier Parish Arts Council, and last month she had a solo-show at the Jackson Parish Museum. There will be a closing reception for Whitney at Parish Press on Wednesday, Dec. 3, from 5-7pm.
Finally, I’m thankful for other regional arts organizations. We are all working together to cultivate and promote the arts in our unique state. One of these organizations is the Piney Hills Harmony Chorus. This group will join with Noteorious men's chorus from Monroe to present "An A Cappella Christmas" in Monroe's Strauss Theatre on Dec. 6 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. The concert is a benefit for Angel Ministries, a non-profit organization that cares for those unable to care for themselves and also teaches them to help themselves. $15 tickets are for sale at the Strauss, with Piney Hills Harmony members, and at the door.
1) Thursday evening from 5-9pm is the Downtown Gallery Crawl in Monroe/West Monroe. Several NCLAC-member artists will be featured in this exhibition that includes 11 galleries.
2) This weekend is Ruston Community Theatre's Christmas play. This year's show is The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, directed by Mitch Dufour. The show runs Thursday-Saturday at 7pm, and Sunday at 2pm, at the Dixie Center for the Arts. More details will follow in tomorrow'w post.