Holiday Arts Tour: Sprout Sunday

Each year, NCLAC brings its annual Holiday Arts Tour to Lincoln Parish. Artists fill our local shops with quality artwork and crafts, shoppers flood the streets, and excitement for the holiday season fills the air. In addition to the shops in downtown Ruston, area artists' studios are open to allow for live demonstrations and dialogue with the artists about their work. As NCLAC's new Educational Coordinator, I've added an education component to this year's tour. On Sunday, November 20, when the Tour's focus is on artists' studios, there will be free demonstrations and projects for children at three tour sites. While you visit with the artists, your sprouts can learn about artistic processes and experience a hands-on project tailored just for them.

Paul and Kathy Smith at Garden Delights create multi-media sculptures made from recycled materials. Their cheerful peacocks, crawling spiders and rowdy cowboys are sure to bring a smile to your face. For Sprout Sunday, Paul will have welded Butterfly Stakes for children to paint in order to add some whimsy to your own yard. Garden Delights is located at 1906 Pea Ridge Road in Dubach. You may call them at (318)251-9994

Just down the highway from Garden Delights lies Follette Pottery. Here, Kent and Libby Follette make beautiful, functional pottery for the home. Their studio is definitely a destination, with a shop full of unique gifts, numerous outdoor sculptures, and a busy catfish pond. Bring your children to their studio to create a clay Sun Face to take to your home. Joni Dollar's paintings and Caleb Clark's photography will also be exhibited at the studio for the weekend. Follette Pottery is located at 1991 Pea Ridge Road in Dubach. You may call them at (318)513-9121

Allie Bennett is the woman behind Stitchville, a contemporary fabric and yarn supply store. She teaches classes on knitting and sewing for children and adults. From home decor items to apparel, if you are ready to try, she's ready to help. Allie will be demonstrating Drop-Spindle Spinning for Sprout Sunday. This interesting process turns raw wool into yarn. Ravenworks, wearable art by Mara Loeb, and paintings by Adrian Gipson and Peter Hay will be also be on site. Stitchville is located at 120 South Trenton in downtown Ruston. You may call her at (318)202-5932.

All three Sprout Sunday projects will be offered at 11:30, 1:30 and 3:30. On Sunday, November 20, be sure to plan your Holiday Arts Tour Studio route with our Sprout Sunday locations in mind. Bring the kids out for an art-filled, family-friendly day.