The NCLAC office is excited about this week’s Peach Festival Art Exhibit. On Thursday, June 13, we’ll be on site at the Ruston Civic Center from 9am-5, to check in artwork for this 26th annual fine arts show. This is such a wonderful program, as it brings the community together through the arts, exhibiting works by hobby-artists, professionals, students and young children. Wonderful community sponsors contribute monetary awards in eight categories, and works exhibited may be for sale, so viewers can buy and bring a favorite piece home when the exhibit closes.
The most exciting part of the event is the opening reception, which will be held on Father’s Day, Sunday, June 16, at 3pm. At this time, the exhibit will be open for public viewing, ribbons and awards will be given, and snacks will be served. Last year’s exhibit was lovely, with the walls in City Hall covered top to bottom with a wonderful variety of artwork. The show will be on display through the Louisiana Peach Festival, so be sure to take a moment to stop in and see the works created by many of our regional artists.
Another element to the Peach Art Reception is the Keep the Arts Afloat drawing! As our largest fundraiser, Keep the Arts Afloat gives $100 donors the chance to win $5000. Only 250 donations are taken and put in the pot for the drawing. There is still time to make your donation, but the clock is ticking! Any NCLAC Board Member will be happy to help you with this process, or you can call our office at 318.255.1450. As an operational fundraiser, these donations truly “keep us afloat” here at the Arts Council. If you think, for example, of all the planning that goes into a wedding, you can begin to imagine how much work it takes to coordinate large-scale events like Summer Arts Camps and Holiday Arts Tour…with numerous locations, dates, artists, teachers, etc… and these are just two of our programs. If you’re new to the Art Talk column and aren’t familiar with the scope of the North Central Louisiana Arts Council, I encourage you to take a look at our website, www.nclarts.org, to see the many ways in which we serve the five parishes of Union, Bienville, Claiborne, Jackson and Union Parishes.
Now for a fun announcement-- Women of all ages: Have you considered "singing for the summer"? Piney Hills Harmony is inviting women from across the region to join its Summer Singers program.
The end result will be participation in the Sweet Adelines' annual show Aug. 24 in Monroe's JackHowardTheatre. The chorus will be bringing "Rock Around the Clock" back to the stage – complete with "Elvis" and lots of hits from the '50s, '60s and '70s.
Summer Singers will perform during certain segments on the show. Chorus leaders say it's a great time to experience the awe of a cappella harmony and to perform before an audience. And because it's a benefit for AngelMinistries, you can help raise funds for a worthy cause!
Good things to know: No try-outs are involved; the ability to read music is not required; learning aids and musical assistance will be provided; a $10 materials fee will be assessed.
Interested singers should start attending rehearsals as soon as possible, with a deadline of June 13 for beginning the program. Joining the chorus after being a Summer Singer is an option, but no long-term commitment is necessary.
Rehearsals are from 6-9 p.m. Thursdays in the fellowship hall of the Presbyterian Church of Ruston, 212 N. Bonner. For more information call Director Sheila Nugent at 237-3331.