Dixie Center

HAT: Create! at the Dixie Center for the Arts

This year is the 16th annual Holiday Arts Tour for NCLAC, and we have a wonderful year lined up. I'll start our "HAT web tour" at the Dixie Center for the Arts, corner of Alabama and North Vienna in downtown Ruston, where the Tour itself will begin on November 21-24. Tour-goers should make their first stop at the DCA to view the group exhibition, sponsored by Landry Vineyards, featuring each of the participating Holiday Arts Tour artists. You'll be able to see the well-crafted variety of works available, from calligraphy to photography, handmade books to oil paintings, soaps to wood-turned jewelry. In addition to the exhibition at the Dixie Center, there will also be a voting box for the People's Choice Winner. In an effort to reward our talented artists, we will be offering two awards this year: Juror's Choice and People's Choice. Upon looking at the Dixie Center exhibition, and/or after making stops at each Tour site, be sure to cast your vote for your favorite artist. Awards will be announced at the end-of-Tour artists' party on Saturday.

The Tour will begin again this year on Thursday, in partnership with the City of Ruston's Main Street Christmas Open House. Artwork will be on display for special Open House hours of 5-8pm. Stop in and visit with merchants and get a jump on the weekend.

Friday's Tour hours will be 4-8, so you'll have time to head downtown after work. At the Dixie Center, Landry Vineyards, north Louisiana's own vineyard and winery, will be holding a wine tasting. Artists will be on site in each Holiday Arts Tour location, ready to chat about their work. From 5-8pm at seven downtown Tour sites, musicians will be performing for visitors. These will be small ensembles who perform short sets so that you may talk with them about their music. At Pastry Moon, there will also be a round-robin style Poetry Reading at 6pm.

Saturday will be the big shopping day, with artists present in each of the Tour sites from 11-5. Many will be offering demonstrations, such as screen printing, spinning, flint napping, and calligraphy. Holiday Arts Tour is really a special event, as it gives you a unique opportunity in a relaxed setting to see and hear about art processes that may be unfamiliar.

Sunday will be a special day for the family. Three studios will be offering Sprout Sunday activities, which are free art projects for children. Stitchville, Brush Hour and Pastry Moon will each offer a unique activity for Tour-goers from 1-4pm. When Tour hours end, head over to the Dixie Center for the Arts for a free Community Variety Show at 4:30. Dancing, singing, theatre and more will be on the Dixie Center stage as a perfect ending to a big extended weekend. This is your perfect opportunity to check out the beautiful Dixie Center Theatre if you haven't been in in a while.

Artwork from the Tour will make wonderful gifts; how much better to spend your holiday shopping money in locally owned businesses?!

Here are the sites and artists included in the Tour this year. We will be posting about each of the sites with descriptions of the artists in the coming days. Check in here to stay in the know!

Dixie Center for the Arts featuring a Holiday Arts Tour Group Exhibition, sponsored by Landry Vineyards. Wine tasting on Friday. Community Variety Show on Sunday.HAT2013_PostCardFRONT

Makers Union, featuring  Jake Dugard and Joey Slaughter. Screenprinting demonstration on Saturday.

Kelly Moore Bag, featuring Nicole Duet and Stephanie Dugard. Olsen String Trio on Friday.

Serendipity, featuring  Leigh Buffington. Grace Notes Quartet on Friday.

Lewis Boutique, featuring Christiane Drieling.

Chartreuse Pear, featuring Dorene Kordal.

Embellishments, featuring Suzy Berry and Shannan Inman. Calligraphy demonstration.

The Frame Up, featuring Hooshang Khorasani.

House of Flowers and the Cake Shoppe, featuring Julie Crews and Casey Parkinson.

Sundown Tavern, featuring Todd Cloe and Emily Ezell. Ken Carter Quartet on Friday.

The Fabric Shop, featuring an embroidery class on Thursday and a quilting class on Saturday.

Rodeo Boutique, featuring Whitney Caskey

Patton's Downtown, featuring Allen Tuten and Geri Taylor. Cain Budds on Friday.

Rogers Furniture and Gifts, featuring Cindy Gibson and Julie Roane.

Fine Line Art Supply and Stitchville, featuring MC Davis and Frank Hamrick. Elizabeth Vidos on Friday.

Pastry Moon, featuring Bonnie Ferguson, Lora Lee and Frank Kelley, Jr. Poetry Reading on Friday.

Rumo's Barber Shop, featuring Rachel Johnston. Bethany Raybourn on Friday. Spinning demo on Saturday.

Turbo Goat, featuring Peter Hay.

The Lodge, featuring Sonny Monteleone. Fred Beavers and Sara Sullivan on Friday.

Studio 301, featuring work by Kit Gilbert.

Art Innovations, featuring an on-site art installation.

Percussive Arts Institute of Ruston, featuring sculpture created during a collaborative workshop.

Townsend House Gifts, featuring Laura Glen Lawson and Michelle McGeehee.

NCLAC's Holiday Arts Tour is supported in part by a grant from Louisiana Division of the Arts, Office of Cultural Development, Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism in cooperation with the Louisiana State Arts Council as administered by the Shreveport Regional Arts Council.

Anybody Out There?...Art Talk Monday

This week's Art Talk Monday is written by Linda Sivils,  about this week's Ruston Community Theatre's presentation of Anybody Out There? RCT to present Anybody Out There?

Preparations are well underway for Ruston Community Theatre’s production of Anybody Out There?, with special arrangement from Dramatists Play Service.  The play is sponsored by Northwood Medical Center, Dr. Ben Grigsby and will be held March 7-10 at the Dixie Center for the Performing Arts. Additionally, RCT productions are supported this season 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 Arts Council.

The play is written by John Patrick and will be directed by Billy Chandler.  Billy is a seasoned member of the RCT Board having directed eleven previous plays including Bus Stop and Heaven Can Wait.  Satish Bharadvaj will assist as Stage Manager and Don Mitchell will be responsible for lighting. Karen Pittman will oversee costumes.

As usual, the cast and crew are hard at work preparing for opening night. A number of actors will be returning to the RCT stage for this production.  Among these are Jane Wallace, Dixie Mitchell, Casey Allen, Terry Stepp, Rex Yocum, Doug Postel, Rick Godley and Satish Bharadvaj. There are four actors new to the RCT stage.

The plot of this two act comedy revolves around a single character, Oliver Pankey, played by Doug Postel.  Oliver seems to be a born loser and has several hilarious mishaps including relationship troubles, employment troubles, and a run-in with the FBI. The action spins zanily on, deftly finding its way to a happy—and hilarious—conclusion.

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Jane Wallace: Millie Milhous

Dusty Hampton: Herbie Henderson

Troy Wold: Bill McSwain

Dixie Mitchell: Sophie Goggan

Casey Allen: Thief

Terry Stepp: Officer

Suzy Gardunio: Anita Wrenn

Rex Yocum: Doctor Dickey

Michael Tanahill: Stranger

John Lee: Mr. Poopuski

Donald Lazarus: Bank Customer # 1

Edwin Davis: Bank Customer # 2

Rick Godley: Radio Announcer

Satish Bharadvaj: Voice of Neighbor


Show times are 7pm on March 7-9 and 2pm on March 10.  General admission for Seniors/Adults is $12 and Student admission is $6. Tickets can be purchased at the door on the day of the performance or earlier at the Dixie Center for the Performing Arts Box Office.

Ruston Community Theatre seeks to involve the local community in all aspects of theatre production and to provide opportunities to interact on a voluntary basis.  We are looking for individuals who want to explore acting, stage design and production, costumes, directing and lighting and sound.  Auditions for upcoming plays are announced in the Ruston Daily Leader.  Additional information can be found on the website: www.rctruston.org facebook: www.facebook.com/RustonCommunityTheatre