Peach Festival Art Exhibit - One Month Away!

  Today's Art Talk Monday is written by Laura Hunt Miller, NCLAC Executive Assistant.



     It’s almost time for NCLAC’s 27th Annual Peach Art Exhibit!  Artists of all ages may enter their artwork into the show on Thursday, June 19th, at the Ruston Civic Center, between 9am-4pm. Every year this is a fantastic showing of our region’s talent, including crafts, photography, paintings and drawings.

     If you are interested in entering artwork in the exhibit, there are three Youth categories, and five Adult categories that are outlined on the PAE Entry Form, which can be found on the NCLAC website here, or on the Ruston Chamber of Commerce website. And remember, all 2-dimensional works must be framed and wired to hang on the wall to be eligible to enter!

     The Peach Art Exhibit Opening Reception will be held at the Civic Center on Sunday, June 22nd, from 3-4pm, where we'll present awards. The show will remain on display through the weekend of the Peach Festival.

     NCLAC would love to thank our 2014 PAE Award Sponsors who are providing for this year’s awards: Community Trust Bank, The Peach 99.3, Kit Gilbert’s Studio 301, The Fashion, Bank of Ruston, Ponchatoulas, Catherine & Winston McVea, Kelly Moore Bag, Janine & Richard Lewis, Elizabeth English, Stitchville, Fine Line Arts Supply & Print Lab, Dawn & Edwin Pinkston, Donnie Bell Design, Kathy & Chris Stone, The Children’s Shoppe, David Hedgepeth Interiors, Nora’s Flowers, Nancy & John Wallace, Dianne Douglas & Saul Zalesch, Pastry Moon, Frame of Mind, and Tom Boniol & Cathi Cox-Boniol. 

**The following piece is now past-tense. However, you may contact Main Street Exchange's owner, Jane Watts, for an appointment to see her shop: 

Happening this weekend is an artist’s reception for Ed Pinkston at Main Street Exchange Occasional Shop in Ruston. Pinkston is exhibiting a range of works, including current abstracts as well as drawings from his time spent teaching in Rome. Shop hours this weekend are 10- 5pm Friday and Saturday. As a special treat, tomorrow you can mix and mingle with Ed at “Coffee with the Artist,” from 11-noon. Located at 122 S. Trenton, this unique shop is open two weekends each month. The shop always features an artist, and supports a charity.  This month’s proceeds go to the Junior Auxiliary’s Methodist Children’s Home Project.

**Going till June 19! There's still time to sing!

Also of note, area women are getting the chance to attend a free singing school offered by Piney Hills Harmony Chorus of Sweet Adelines. The sessions began May 15 and will continue each Thursday through June 19 from 6-7:30 p.m. in the fellowship hall of the Presbyterian Church of Ruston, 212 N. Bonner. Participants can attend any or all of the sessions free of charge.

Sessions include instruction on expressiveness, breath control, resonance, vocal placement, dynamics, vowels and other topics. The class is conducted in a group setting, and chorus director Sheila Nugent describes the approach as "user-friendly." Women of all ages and with all voice ranges are welcome; the ability to read music is not required.

In addition to learning techniques to improve their singing, participants will learn – alongside the chorus – a cappella versions of "Life Is a Highway," "Bless This House," "Lazy Day" and "God Bless the USA."

More information can be found at or by calling Nugent at (318) 237-3331.