Holiday Arts Tour Stop: Art Innovations and The Townsend House

17th Annual Holiday Arts Tour, November 20-23, 2014, downtown Ruston Today's Tour stops are Art Innovations and the Townsend House. Let's get started...

Art Innovations installation shot

Jackie Cochran's space, Art Innovations, is just that: an innovative space for creating. For this year's Tour, the site has been transformed into A Walk in the Woods. Jackie hiked the Appalachian Trail this summer and was inspired to turn Art Innovations into a forest. A perfect fit for the forest, maker Francis Carson will be there selling his handmade bows (the hunting variety), bird houses, and rings. The beautiful rings he makes are hammered from coins. Francis is a first aid worker by profession, but has always enjoyed working with his hands. He began making multi-level bird houses and then ventured into designing bows made from PVC pipe.

 

bracelet by Laura Glen Lawson

At the Townsend House will be Laura Glen Lawson. She is a long-time participant with Holiday Arts Tour, as well as a member of the Louisiana Craft Guild and the Craftsmen's Guild of Mississippi. Laura Glen creates stunning jewelry, of which she says, "I want the people who wear my jewelry to feel a connection to the jewelry and know the piece was created with love and care. I believe this sense of connectivity is achieved through the synergy of seeking balance and harmony between metal and stone in a fluid, organic style. Inspiration for many of my designs comes from watching nature... the shapes of trees, the growth of wild vines and the curves of clouds." The Townsend House itself is worth a visit, as it's a wonderful gift shop, one of the oldest buildings in Ruston, and is on the National Register of Historic Places.

 

Holiday Arts Tour activities are free and the public is invited! Please join us!

Holiday Arts Tour 2014 Title Sponsor is Fine Line Art Supply & Print Lab. Thanks Fine Line!  Holiday Arts Tour is also supported by a grant from 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.