Today we've moved onto the 100 block of North Vienna with our Holiday Arts Tour sites; The Frame Up, Chartreuse Pear and Lewis Boutique are one block south of the Dixie Center from the Arts. The Frame Up, located at 102 N Vienna, is your local source for custom framing needs. Led at the shop knows the business and can professionally frame any painting, print or photograph for your wall. Hooshang Khorasani will be showing there again this year, with his large selection of acrylic paintings and prints. Hooshang is an internationally exhibited artist with working studios in Ruston, LA, and Orange County, CA. His background includes a BFA in painting, plus 12 years as a graphic designer and an award-winning illustrator. He has worked as a self-employed artist in America and Spain since 1984. Hooshang's work reflects a bold contemporary style, with hues alternating between muted and highly energized. My favorite series are his mixed-media flowers in vases.
Chartreuse Pear, at 108 N Vienna, is a charming storefront that offers an eclectic mix of home decor, antiques, jewelry, custom bedding, and rugs. It's one of my favorite places to go for a last-minute gift. The store will be hosting Dorene Kordal again this year, with her felt creations. Dorene is Executive Administrative Coordinator for Louisiana Tech University's Enterprise Center and Humana Enterprise Center. It's a very long title for a very busy lady, who somehow finds times to make beautiful felt items. Her work includes a variety of items such as hair accessories, iPad sleeves, crown+wand sets, stockings and ornaments. All her work has incredible quality and aesthetic charm.
Next door to Chartreuse Pear at 110 N Vienna is Lewis Boutique, which is celebrating it's 150th (!) birthday this week. When I first moved to Ruston, I immediately heard about Lewis Boutique. It is our local source for cosmetics and Vera Bradley items, and it's my favorite place to go for a dress. Dress shopping there feels special, reminiscent of dress shops I used to go to a child with my family......before people starting "running to the mall." It's personal, and the quality is wonderful. But on to the artist! Christiane Drieling will be displaying her work at the shop, with small sculptures and ornaments that are inspired by German fairytales and other traditions of playing and story-telling. Her classical German "Kaspar" handpuppets and enchanted-forest marionettes will also be on display. Christiane's items are truly lovely. I was so excited the first time I saw her work, as the craftsmanship is remarkable. Christiane is a very gentle woman, who teaches both adult and children's art classes at her Brush Hour studio as well as at Montessori School of Ruston.
These artists and many more, including musicians, poets and dancers, will be featured at NCLAC's Holiday Arts Tour, November 21-24 in downtown Ruston. A complete schedule can be found at nclarts.org