Art Talk Monday: Peach Art Exhibit

This week's Art Talk Monday is written by Laura Hunt Miller, NCLAC Executive Assistant PAE-logodesign

Are you ready to enter your artwork into this year’s Louisiana Peach Festival Art Exhibit?

Artists of all ages are welcome to enter their work on Thursday, June 13th, at the Ruston Civic Center in one of the Peach Festival’s longest running showcases of fine arts and crafts, organized and hosted by the North Central Louisiana Arts Council for over 25 years. The show will open and awards will be given on Father’s Day Sunday from 3-4 p.m., and remain on display through the weekend of the Peach Festival.

Community members and businesses come together to provide cash awards and ribbons in each category, 1st through 3rd place, as well as a $150 Adult Best of Show, and a $75 Youth Best of Show! Thank you to Community Trust, The Peach 99.3, Beta Sigma Phi, Bank of Ruston, Elizabeth English, Kelly Moore Bag, Janine and Richard Lewis, Stichville, Fine Line Art Supply, Dawn and Edwin Pinkston, The Fashion, Kathy and Chris Stone, Leigh Anne and Josh Chambers, Social Bites, The Frame Up, Nancy and John Wallace, and MaryAnn and Bill Willoughby for your gracious support!

There are three Youth categories: “Ages 8 and Under,” “Ages 9 to 12” years old, and “Ages 13 to 17” years old. Each young person may enter a maximum of two artworks. There is a $10 entry fee for each youth.

There are five Adult categories: “Opaque,” Transparent,” “Photography,” “Original Crafts,” and “Miscellaneous.” Each adult may enter a maximum of two works per an Adult category. There is a $20 entry fee for each category in which an adult enters work.

Descriptions of the Adult categories are on the Peach Festival Art Exhibit Entry Form, which can be found on the NCLAC website at, or on the Ruston Chamber of Commerce website. You may also come by the NCLAC office at the Dixie Theater at 212 North Vienna Street in downtown Ruston to pick up a form.

As a past participant, and coordinator of this event, I know just how exciting and encouraging this event is to our local artists, both young and old. So take out that painting or piece of pottery you were worried wasn’t good enough to show, and enter it in the exhibit-- you never know who will win. But remember! All 2-dimensional works must be framed and wired to hang on the wall to be eligible to enter!

I hope to see you and your artwork at the show!