Holiday Arts Tour Stops: Park Avenue Antiques & Main Street Exchange

Holiday Arts Tour Stop: Park Avenue Antiques, 120 Park Ave. Bird Kiss by Loretta

Park Avenue Antiques is a trove of yesterday’s treasures made new again by their discovery and display. Wall to wall, ceiling to floor, there are all sorts of historic items here to charm the wandering shopper, even more so with the work of Loretta Shadow Owens joining in the mix.

Butterflies by Loretta

Loretta is a long time local that came to painting later in life, and hasn’t stopped since. Her work is always lively and colorful, full of pattern and meaning. Ask Loretta about her pieces, and as if describing any antique in the store, she can tell you all about their personal history and evolving significance as the work came into being. Usually most admire Loretta’s work though for the narratives they themselves derive from the pieces, so come by and see what tales you can uncover! Loretta will also have her recently published children’s book for sale.


Holiday Arts Tour Stop: Main Street Exchange, 122 S. Trenton St.

Collage by Maggie.

Even on an average day Main Street Exchange carries a variety of local artwork among its unique historic finds. The store also rotates the local non-profits and charities its art sales benefit, but you have to come at the right time to find it open. This is the why the Holiday Arts Tour is perfect time to see the store and its current resident artists Maggie Jones Boudreaux, and Shelly Nealy Edgerton.

Abstract painting by Maggie.

Maggie and Shelly will be exhibiting mixed media paintings, collages, and sculptural works. Both of these artists are also teachers, Maggie teaches art classes at A.E.Phillips Lab School on Louisiana Tech Campus, and Shelly teaches early childhood classes at Wildflower Montessori School in Ruston.

Also both mothers of small children, Maggie has cited how artists should cherish the daily inspiration young students can offer to their work, in the way that children create freely without censorship, and without the pre-determined rules of design that a fine art training might bear on an artist. Come by and see for yourself, the creativity and freedom these two great artists display!

Cain BuddsIf you make it by on Saturday, be sure to stop between 2-3pm to hear to local guitarist Cain Budds. While Cain plays many types of music, he will be performing classical guitar during the Tour, a rare treat in Ruston!