Holiday Arts Tour Stop: 202 N Vienna Special Events

17th annual Holiday Arts Tour, November 20-23, 2014 Yesterday we told you about the artists who will be exhibiting at 202 N Vienna, so today we need to finish this site with the special events that will be taking place.

On Saturday, Nov. 22 at 4pm we will be holding a Round Robin Poetry Reading featuring four regional poets. This event had its pilot year during last year's

Poetry Reading 2013: Veronica Schuder, April Honaker, Errol Miller, Genaro Ky Ly Smith

Holiday Arts Tour, and it was so well received we are bringing it back. The participating poets will be Veronica Schuder, Genaro Ky Ly Smith, April Honaker, and Errol Miller. I'm including brief descriptions for each of our poets, because their lists of publications and awards are extensive.

Veronica Schuder, instructor of English at Louisiana Tech University, received her MA at Ohio University and her MFA at the University of Arkansas. She will read a sequence of her  poems about the human condition, grounded in the personal perspective: wife, mother, woman, and person.

Genaro Ky Ly Smith teaches literature, composition and creative writing at Louisiana Tech University. He received the ATLAS grant by the Louisiana Board of Regents for 2013-14, and has previously received both the Louisiana Division of the Arts Artist Fellowship and minigrant. His  poems center around family diversity and history, and grappling with personal struggles. He had a big year with the publishing of his book The Land Baron's Sun: The Story of Ly Loc and His Seven Wives.

April Honaker is an instructor in the Department of English at Louisiana Tech. Her work has been featured in the 2River View, fall 2012 and she received a Louisiana Division of the Arts Artist Advancement Grant in 2012/13. Honaker’s poetry focuses on family and relationships through the use of metaphor, imagery, and dialogue.

Errol Miller, another recipient of a Louisiana Division of the Arts Artist Advancement Grant, creates works based on Southern people’s stories, hopes, dreams, and failures. He has been called “the Woolworth Poet of America,” publishing thousands of poems in magazines and journals since 1972.

After the readings the poets will be available to discuss their works. There will also be books available for purchase.

On Sunday, Nov. 23 from 1:30-3:30, NCLAC will offer Sprout Sunday for families. These free art activities will expose children to art processes and concepts, and allow them to take home projects and ideas from Holiday Arts Tour.

Christiane Drieling's Frog Prince

Christiane Drieling, of Brush Hour Studio, will be leading participants in a Frog Prince paper project. The Frog Prince can be used as a puppet as well as a catching game. (Christiane's site for her work on the Tour is Lewis Boutique.)

Maureen Hinton will offer a reading of her children's book, William's Troublesome Tongue. (Maureen's home site for the Tour is Pastry Moon.)

Rachel Johnston will show students how to make a woven ornament with yarn and fabric. (Her work on the Tour is

Maureen Hinton's children's book

displayed at Beau Monde.)

Bonnie Ferguson will lead children in a petri dish ornament project to accompany Maureen's book. (Bonnie is an artist as well as the shop owner of Pastry Moon.)

Adrianna Speer will offer a Picasso Portrait project that kids will be excited to take home. It's always good to learn about important artists! (Adrianna's site for the Tour is 202 N Vienna.)

Sprout Sunday 2012, with a reading by author Debra Faircloth

Sprout Sunday 2011, with a clay project at Follette Pottery

Holiday Arts Tour is a free event open to the public. It is supported by a grant form the Louisiana Division of the Arts, Office of Cultural Development, Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism in cooperation with the Louisiana State Arts Council and administered by the Shreveport Regional Arts Council.