What a wonderful evening! .... this week's Art Talk Monday

This week's Art Talk Monday is written by Jessica Slaughter, NCLAC Executive Director. Our recent silent auction fundraiser, held at the Mardi Gras Ball, was a tremendous success and as an added bonus, was super duper fun! 


Last weekend was NCLAC’s annual Silent Auction, held in conjunction with the Krewe of Allegro Mardi Gras Ball. Both events this year were outstanding! Both the Ball and Silent Auction Committees approached the evening’s festivities with new ideas and the results were fun, fresh and fabulous. This was the first year for the nonprofits housed in the Dixie Center for the Arts to work together as the Krewe of Allegro: Dixie Center for the Arts, North Central Louisiana Arts Council, Ruston Civic Symphony Society, Ruston Community Theatre and Troupe Dixie. We were pleased to work together for the benefit of our home, the Dixie Center, in order to keep this hub for arts programming thriving in our community.


This is the best year we’ve had in a long time for our auction, and it is due to the generosity of our donors, the diligence of our Committee, and the buyers who placed winning bids. The Silent Auction Committee this year was chaired by Nancy Wallace, with Catherine McVea as Co-Chair. Amanda Simoneaux, a NCLAC intern from Louisiana Tech, worked with Nancy and Catherine, and these ladies did a wonderful job. I must not forget to mention NCLAC Executive Assistant, Laura Hunt Miller, whose brainstorming played a pivotal part in the planning as well.

NCLAC wishes to personally thank each of our donors who made our auction possible:


Dr. and Mrs. John Ferguson, Dr. and Mrs. Linda Griffin, Erma Hudson, Vienna Ironworks, Jean McWeeney and Jeffrey Hankins, Crescent City Coffee, Joey Slaughter, Kelly Moore Bag, Dorene Kordal, Mary Louise Carter, Frank Hamrick, Nicole Duet, Casey Parkinson, Cindy Gibson, Maggie Boudreaux, Makers Union, Father Frank Folino, Megan Davenport, Fine Line Art Supply, Lue Charles and Becky Napper, Dixie Center for the Arts, Kathy Stone, Saul Zalesch, Alexander’s Acorn Creek Shops, Dianne Douglas, Baldwin’s Jewelers, Cleanes of Ruston, Ruston’s Locker Room, Julie Crews, Allen Tuten, Stitchville, Shelly Nealy Edgerton, Grambling State University Theatre, Chartreuse Pear, Rumo’s Barber Shop, The Fabric Shop, Wild Wings Sporting, John and Nancy Wallace, Ruston Country Club, Lewis Boutique, Bill Cox, Chris Turner, Super One Foods, Cathi Cox-Boniol, LA Tech’s Lambright, Rachel Johnston, Renee Hunt, Suzy Berry, Bruce Cowan, Peter Jones, Kent and Libby Follette, House of Flowers and Cake Shoppe, Social Bites of Ruston, Nora’s Flowers, Bebo and Company, Barks and Bows, Susan Roach, Crossfit Ruston, Patton’s Downtown, New Beginning Wellness Center and Spa, Margaritaville Resort Casino, Boomtown Hotel and Casino, Bodie’s Furniture, Hooshang Khorasani, Raising Cane’s, Kit Gilbert, M. Douglas Walton, Linda Snider-Ward, Elizabeth English, Patricia Tait Jones, Catherine McVea, Jonathan Donehoo, Rogers Furniture and Gifts, The Fashion, and Embellishments.

Finally, NCLAC wishes  to thank the Ball Committee for their collaboration in giving the Ball a facelift. It was wonderful working with Grace Tirado, Ball Committee Chair, as well as Sandra Hart, Libby English, and John Emory, Jr.  NCLAC has such a wonderful home here in the Dixie Center for the Arts, and we are appreciative of the partnership with our sibling nonprofits.

SAC Teacher Feature: Mary Catherine Davis

This week, the star of our Teacher Feature is Mary Catherine Davis! She has participated and volunteered in many community arts exhibitions, events, and workshops. NCLAC is happy to have her as an instructor for Summer Arts Camps 2013! She will lend her talents to a workshop, teaching 2D visual arts.

Member news, and other regional art updates and opportunities

It's spring, and the whirlwind of activity has my spirit full. Today's post is full as well, so let's get started with the news!

Member News:

First up, Hooshang Khorasani currently has a solo exhibition in Bossier City at 1800 Prime in Boomtown Casino, as part of Bossier Arts Council's exhibition series. His April 4 reception includes wine-tasting and a $15 entry fee.

Jerry Berg, of Louisiana Tech University, will be exhibiting at Livaudais Studio in Monroe for the April 4 Downtown Gallery Crawl. New works will be shown for this one night only event, and Jerry will give an artist's talk at 6pm.

Congratulations to Christiane Drieling of Brush Hour Studio, who has been hired to teach art at Montessori School of Ruston. If your child attends Montessory School of Ruston, they will learn so much from Christiane.

Jake Dugard, from Louisiana Tech's SoA Graduate program, will be interning at Hatch Show Print this summer in Nashville. Way to go, Jake!

Dorene Kordal of Fabulous Felt has been invited on an all expenses paid trip to Peru Moda because of her award winning wool felt stitch sampler. Peru--whoo-hoo! AND, Dorene will be blogging about her experience here on our blog upon her return.

At the Louisiana Tech Annual Student Show, currently on display in the School of Art, three NCLAC members won Red River Paper Honorable Mention Awards: Sophia Maras (our recently-moved Gallery Coordinator), Peter Hay and Casey Parkinson. Congratulations!

Next, our very own technical writing intern, Jennifer Downs, was awarded the opportunity to present a paper at the Sigma Tau Delta conference in Portland, Oregon last week. We are proud for you!

Calls for Entry:

Interactive Art Exhibition presented by Alexandria Museum of Art Friday, May 10, 2013, 4–9pm & Saturday, May 11, 2013, 9am–7pm SUBMISSION DEADLINE: April 11, 2013 Alexandria Museum of Art is seeking artists to participate in the first annual Interactive Art Exhibition taking place on public sidewalks, green spaces, and streets along the riverfront area of downtown Alexandria during the 2013 Annual Louisiana Dragon Boat Races™. Drawing over 10,000 attendees and 1,000 race participants, Louisiana Dragon Boat Races™ on the scenic Red River viewed from the amphitheater in downtown Alexandria, Louisiana is a spirited day of racing features more teams, food, elaborate costumes, and entertainment on and off the water than ever before. The Interactive Art Exhibition presented by Alexandria Museum of Art will feature art that is highly interactive and invites participation, inspired by local community themes and the spirit of the Louisiana Dragon Boat Races™. Artists will have an opportunity to create new work, showcase their creativity to a large audience, and interact with the public, alongside food vendors, live music, and race spectators. Interactive art may require human interaction to complete the piece; involve the community and the audience in its creation; prompt the viewer to act; incorporate multi-sensory elements; prompt people to interact with one another; respond to participants and its environment; cause people to reflect on the larger community; respond to the community’s culture, needs, and environment in an innovative and unique way. Honorariums in varying amounts will be awarded to each selected artist or collective. For more information on how to submit a proposal:

NCLAC's is now accepting artist entries for our exhibition spaces at Crescent City, Dixie Center Lobby, the Bridge Project with Bossier Arts Council, and early notification for large group shows in a new space being renovated at Louisiana Tech University's Student Center. Here is more information. The application is available in 'the box' at the bottom of your screen.Big_News_clip_art_88125135_std.329233502_std


The Twin City Art Foundation and the Masur Museum of Art are asking artists to help with our annual fundraiser. The Off-the-Wall Fundraiser will include a silent auction. Please consider contributing a work of art to this important cause! The money raised will help fund upcoming exhibitions, educational outreach, and educational programming for adults and children. It's your last chance to participate in this worthwhile and, frankly, very fun event! See more details here.

NCLAC's Keep the Arts Afloat fundraiser is here! This annual event makes the arts council possible. We sell only 250 tickets, for $100 donations, and then we give away $5000. It's great odds, and it's a great way to make a tax-deductible donation. See any NCLAC board member to make your donation and get your ticket, call our office t 255-1450, or stop by the Dixie Center for the Arts at 212 North Vienna, Monday-Thursday from 9-3.

Take note: Entertainment and Education

In today's Member News, check out upcoming entertainment in town, as well as new art class options. NCLAC partner, the Dixie Center for the Arts, has an exciting show coming up on February 23 at 7pm. We know the Dixie Center for the Arts is

         Krewe of Swing

the place to go for the best variety of great music in town, and this show is no exception. The Krewe of Swing is sure to be a fun evening. Tickets are $20 general admission, $5 students, or a season ticket. I went to the show last year with my children, and it was an entertaining family night, but would also make a perfect date night.

With their New Orleans influenced sound and energetic style,The Krewe of Swing is a six piece ensemble you wouldn't want to miss.

The Krewe of Swing is the smaller group of the critically acclaimed Fort Worth Jazz Orchestra. The Orchestra's founder and director,New Orleans Native and Grammy Awarded jazz drummer Adonis Rose selected members from the FWJO to form The Krewe of Swing in the fall of 2009.

Since then the ensemble has been featured at events throughout the states of Texas and Louisiana. Scat Jazz Lounge, located in Fort Worth's Sundance Square, has become the band's home as they entertain tourists from around the world. The sounds of Bourbon Street electrify Sundance Square during the weekly "Nawlins Nights" show.

The Krewe of Swing Members

Alcedrick Todd - Trumpet- Grand Prairie,TX Chris Milyo - Tenor Saxaphone- Arlinton,TX Phil Joseph -Trombone-Desoto,TX Michael Palma- Piano- Dallas,TX Bach Norwood- Bass-Monroe,LA J.E. McKissic-vocals- Arlington,TX  

NCLAC member artist Christiane Drieling announces her new program Brush Hour: Art Projects for People of All Ages. An Open House will be held March 23.

Christiane says:

I am excited to present you with the very first Brush Hour program. “Brush Hour” is meant to be the opposite of “rush hour” – a time to relax, to contemplate, and to enjoy, especially after a long day of school or work. I have prepared lots of interesting art classes where people of all ages can learn new skills and create unique pieces. Most classes I will teach myself. In addition, fiber artist Rachel Johnston will come in, and show and introduce you to her specialties. For children's classes with more than 4 registered participants, I plan to have a second teacher in the room. With 8 spaces per class, the classes are small. – So register soon!

She has classes scheduled for the entire year, but for today we'll share the next few months with you. If you have questions or are ready to register, please call Christiane at: 318-255-7422, or email her at:

Classes for Adults

Decoupage – “Wine & Design”

April 3 – May 22 (8 weeks)

Wednesdays, 7-9 pm

In this class you will learn various decoupage techniques and practice them on different objects and surfaces like ceramic, wood, and metal. One of these decoupage techniques I learned in Germany, and I look forward to sharing it with you. Also, I will show you how to add painted details to your pieces to make them especially unique. The projects include coasters, plates, serving trays, vases, and pendants. Fee: $ 110 + $ 15 for supplies.

Batik – “Wine & Design”

April 5 – May 24 (8 weeks)

Fridays, 7-9 pm

Batik is a special way of painting on fabric and an art form that always gives you amazing results. The original Batik uses hot wax to make the contours of the design. I am going to show you an updated version based on a certain type of glue that is easier to work with and leads to the same results. The technique itself is not difficult to learn; however, it requires a little bit of planning in order to achieve the intended outcome. The projects include table cloths, pillow cases, book covers, and note cards. Fee: $ 110 + $ 20 for supplies.


Beaded JewelryWorkshop for teenagers and adults

May 4-5

Saturday and Sunday, 1-5 pm

In this workshop I will introduce you to basic beading techniques such as stringing, crimping, and attaching clasps. You will play around with different beads and findings and their combinations, and work on designs for necklaces, bracelets, and earrings. These would make nice presents for Mother's Day (May 11)! Fee: $ 55 + individual costs for supplies ($ 5-10).

Workshops and Art Days for Children and Teenagers

Let's orbit! – Workshop for children 6 and up

April 13-14 (tax day weekend)

Saturday and Sunday, 1-4 pm

Soup cans, bottle caps, electronic and plumbing supplies, and lots of packaging material are waiting to become a universe of satellites and spaceships, robots and aliens. The children will build and paint their objects and use wires and hardware instead of glue in order to hold the parts together. Fee: $ 45 + $ 5 for supplies.

Play with your food! – Art Day for children 3 and up

May 3 (parent/teacher conference day)

Friday, 9 am – 3 pm

This day is meant both for younger and older children. The projects will allow the young children to explore the materials and come up with surprising results. In the meantime, the older ones can apply their more advanced skills to more specific project ideas. During the first three hours we will make legumes, rice, and pasta mosaics on boxes and picture frames. The last three hours we will work with salt dough and sculpt it into everlasting decorative pieces, like ornaments and wreaths. Fee: $ 45 + $ 5 for supplies

Half days from 9 am to 12 pm or from 12 to 3 pm are available for $ 25 including supply fee.

Secrets of an Arts Administrator

“Secrets of an Arts Adminstrator” will be a weekly blog post featuring anecdote from regional administrators/educators in the creative field.  It is NCLAC’s hope that through these real life experiences artists in all fields can gain practical knowledge for the industry.  As the famous author C.S. Lewis once said “Experience: that most brutal of teachers. But you learn, my God do you learn.” Topic Three: Just Apply

This is less of a life experience and more of a soap box post.  So excuse me as this little lady steps up and gives her opinion.  Currently the Louisiana Division of the Arts is taking applications for Career Advancement Grants for Artists.  I've been blabbing about this grant since I got the first announcement email and I feel like I am beating a dead horse but here goes again...


Now for my soap box, these grant monies are available because people in the arts administrative world work for it.  They lobby, argue, and write defending the importance of art and money for individual artists.  They talk about it so much and so intensely they often find themselves yelling at complete strangers. (Okay, maybe not all of them but I have definitely yelled at a few people and not all of them were strangers.)  They work because they think your work is important, so important that they believe you deserve extra funding just to produce  it.  So if you are a visual artist, dancer, actor, musician, writer, or media artist APPLY.

Do it.  Your work is important and what you do deserves funding.

This weeks post is by Leigh Anne Chambers, Executive Director of the North Central Louisiana Arts Council.  

NCLAC is supported in part by a grant from the Louisiana Division of the Arts, Office of Cultural Development, Department of Culture, Recreation & Tourism, in cooperation with the Louisiana State Arts Council. Funding has also been provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, a Federal agency.

Fr. Frank Folino Challenges Stereotypes in Art Show

Thank you to St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church for becoming a NCLAC member.
St. Thomas Aquinas (810 Carey Ave.) in Ruston is hosting an art show of the works by its pastor, Fr. Frank Folino, OFM.  This show will take place Thursday, August 18th, from 7:00-9:00, in St. Francis Hall.  When one thinks of a priest painting, one might be tempted to think it will be saccharin over-pious religious kitsch.  Fr. Frank does not play to that stereotype. His work is abstract yet accessible, using many media to achieve a very textural result.  Viewers will be delighted to discover the many layers and colors of his mixed-media works.  All are invited to attend this one-night showing of the work, hors d’Oeuvres to be served. 
For more information, please contact the church at 318-255-2870.

SAC Encounter: Entergy

Our 2011 Summer Arts Camp season is coming to an end, with our last camp being held this week in Jonesboro. This amazing summer could not have been possible without a generous donation from Entergy. Entergy is dedicated to making a difference in the communities it serves, and its support for NCLAC made our Summer Arts Camps a reality. NCLAC's camps this year reached over 160 student artists, employed local artists and art educators, and spanned the 5-parish region of Bienville Claiborne, Jackson, Lincoln and Union. Thank you, Entergy, for making a difference! Have a look at 1 of our drama classes, performing under the direction of Allie Bennett. This clip is from our Farmerville camp, with the students' puppet performance of Goldilocks.

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Art of Film: 'Take Me Out to the Ball Game'

What better time than mid-summer to view a free movie aboutAmerica's pastime and a couple of melodious Boys of Summer? Mix in the Million Dollar Mermaid as the baseball team's owner, and you've definitely got a winning line-up. "Take Me out to the Ball Game" – starring Gene Kelly, Frank Sinatra and Esther Williams – will be shown at 6 p.m. July 28 in the Lincoln Parish Library Meeting Room. It's part of the Art of Film series, a collaboration of the library and the North Central Louisiana Arts Council.

Set in the early 1900s, this musical comedy revolves around the fictional American League team, the Wolves, and two of its players, Eddie O'Brien (Kelly) and Dennis Ryan (Sinatra). The team's success depends in particular on the double-play action of O'Brien to Ryan to Nat Goldberg, but two of the players (guess which ones!) actually prefer their part-time, off-season vaudeville work over baseball.

Williams enters the mix as the team's new owner, K.C. Higgins, and when Summer's Boys learn that the "K.C." stands for Katherine Catherine, the equation, of course, becomes even more interesting. Director Busby Berkeley couldn't miss an opportunity – even in a baseball movie – for Williams to don a bathing suit, so she croons "Take Me out to the Ball Game" while swimming in a hotel pool. Toss in a few gangsters who try to get the team to throw one of its games for a big gambling payoff, and you're got the premise for a movie that raked in more than $4 million in 1949.

Termed "one of MGM's musical comedy gems" by an reviewer, this film offers 93 fast-paced minutes that "just fly by with snappy dialogue, foot-tapping musical numbers, some good plot twists and great interactions between the characters."

Upcoming films in the Art of Film series include:

  • Aug. 25 – "The Spy Who Came in from the Cold"
  • Sept. 22 –  "Sita Sings the Blues"
  • Oct. 27 – "The Awful Truth"
  • Nov.  10 – "Charade" and
  • Dec. 8 – "Jane Eyre."

Begun in 2007, the Art of Film is a free monthly film series that features notable movie classics in all genres. For more information or to make suggestions for the series, call Leigh Anne Chambers at 255-1450. In addition to the film, other offerings will include popcorn, treats and trivia.

Peach Art Exhibit Winners!!

North Central Louisiana Arts Council

24th Annual Peach Festival Art Exhibit

Welcome!  The following is a list of our 2011 winners and our sponsors who make it possible.

 Best of Show ~CatherineDavid Floral Design - $150~ Untitled, Erin Hollis

Children / Youth Best of Show ~Kathy & Chris Stone - $75~ My Friend, John Madix

Category 1 ~ Opaque 

1st from KPCH “The Peach” ($100) Trespass, Nick Bustamante

2nd from Waltz Pharmacy ($75) Morning Gleam, Mitch Overby

       3rd from The Bank of Ruston ($50) Camera & Pennywhistle, Mercury, Argus & IO, Peter Jones

Honorable Mention, The Intellectuals, Melanie Douthit

Honorable Mention, Got Milk, Jeanne Teague

Category 2 ~ Transparent 

1st from Beta Sigma Phi, Preceptor Chapter ($100) Rovenna, Italy, Dianne Douglas    

2nd from Community Trust Bank ($75) Barnyard Chatter, Joyce Beauvais

3rd from Elizabeth English ($50) Thibodeaux’s Dream, Marlen Waters

Honorable Mention, Mr. Cochran’s Memories, Dianne Douglas

Category 3 ~ Miscellaneous 

1st from Elizabeth English ($100) Flight, Lana Langston

2nd from Dawn & Edwin Pinkston ($75) Sugar, Debra Heard

3rd from Patricia & Drew Jones ($50) While the Babies Sleep, Julie Crews

Honorable Mention, Red Tree, Nan Cole

Honorable Mention, Sky, Dean Dablow

Honorable Mention, Enchanted Forest, Sierra Pearce

Category 4 ~ Original Crafts

1st Angela Norris Memorial Award ~ Community Trust Bank ($100) Tool Box #1, Chris Bartlett

2nd from Follette Pottery ($75) Chenille Tote, Bonnie Mobley

3rd from Elizabeth English ($50) Celadon Sake, Ashley Moody

Honorable Mention, Burl Poplar Bowl, Audie Maxey

Category 5 ~ Photography

1st from Ruston Daily Leader ($100) Pallet Series – Green, Peter Jones

2nd from Janine & Richard Lewis ($75) Spuds, David Hedgepeth

3rd from Elizabeth English ($50) Future Fruit, Charlotte Hood

Children ~ Ages 8 and Under

1st from Dr. Pat Stuckey ($40)  Covered-up Orange, Abbie Bryan

2nd from Dr. Pat Stuckey ($30) The 3 Grapes, Lindsey Bryan

3rd from Dr. Pat Stuckey ($20) Self Portrait,Nan Crews

Honorable Mention, The Big Green Tractor, Tucker Martin

Children ~ Ages 9 – 12

1st from Dianne Douglas & Saul Zalesch ($40) Kira Self Portrait, KiraJordan

2nd from MaryAnn & Bill Willoughby ($30) Peacock, Gwen Beasley

3rd from MaryAnn & Bill Willoughby ($20) Medieval Shield & Sword, Dallas Edwards

Honorable Mention, African Elephant Love, Arielle Douthit

Honorable Mention, Jesus & The Children, Allyson Martin

Youth ~ Ages 13 – 18

1st from Nancy & John Wallace ($40) At the Pond, Ashtin Bell

2nd from Nancy & John Wallace ($30) The Old Tree, Morgan McCullin

3rd from Nancy & John Wallace ($20) Flower Basket Still Life, Larken Hampton

Honorable Mention, Ruston in a Peach, Gaby Harpel

Honorable Mention, Cat’s Catahoula Cur, Catlin Tatum

Thank You to All of Our Tour Supporters

The 13th Annual NCLAC Holiday Arts Tour would not be possible without the support of our sponsors.

The arts propel, complement, and reflect the achievements and character of a community and its people. They revitalize neighborhoods, create jobs, spur entrepreneurial activity, drive economic development, increase recreational opportunities, and attract tourists. The arts not only form the foundation of the world's rapidly expanding cultural industries; they also have the unique power to touch our spirits.

Thank you for helping NCLAC educate, inspire, challenge, and entertain individuals from all walks of life.

Tour Supporters

  • Diamond

Art Innovations

  • Platinum

KLS Physics Group

Teresa’s Flooring & Decorating

  • Gold

Houck & Riggle, LLC

  • Silver

Holiday Inn Express

  • Bronze

Marsala Beverage Company

Lazy Magnolia Brewery

3 Docs Brew House

Jean Gourd, Ph.D.

  • Grant Providers

Shreveport Regional Arts Council (LDOA DAF)

Plum Creek Foundation

Ruston-Lincoln Convention & Visitors Bureau

Thank you, too, to all the local businesses and artists who have supported NCLAC and the Tour through their participation fees and memberships. Click here to learn more about each Tour location and to learn more about the Tour.

More Featured Hosts for Holiday Arts Tour 2010

Donnie Bell Design About Donnie Bell Design

Donnie Bell Design is a team consisting of Donnie Bell, Daniel Hudgens, Courtney Pugh, Matt Lange, Sean Green, Aaron Talley, Sarah Bell, and Melissa Bradford.

Established in 2009, they "serve businesses and organizations by branding or re-branding products and services." They also "implement print, packaging, environmental, web graphics, social media and video to support a single, clear brand message."

Specializing in graphic arts, the team naturally agreed to support NCLAC's 2010 Holiday Arts Tour.

They will be open Friday, Nov. 19, from 3-9 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 20, from 10 a.m. -7 p.m.

Featured Artist: Caleb Clark, fine art and commercial photography & videography

Featured Musician: Tracy Brockman, Saturday, Nov. 20, 5 p.m.

More Info To learn more, visit the Donnie Bell Design website.

Or stop by 203 West Alabama, Suite 1 in Ruston.

The Fashion of Ruston

About The Fashion The Fashion has been in business in Ruston for 55 years. For the last 6 1/2 years, owner and manager Kelly Hogan has ensured quality service and selection. According to Kelly, "The Fashion can suit a woman from head to toe for any occasion whether for o special occasion or a casual lifestyle."

The Fashion provides Ruston with designer clothing brands normally found in larger cities. Kelly said, "We really try to have the latest and greatest of what is available." The Fashion is also willing to place special orders to meet a customer's specific needs.

Why The Fashion Supports the Tour Kelly sees the Tour as a great way to build connections with artists. She said, "We love interacting with the arts community--the Tour is a great way to kick off our holiday season."

The Fashion will be open Friday, Nov. 21, from 3-9 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 20, from 10 a.m. -7 p.m. Featured Artist: Joli Livaudais, fine art and commercial photography

More Info The Fashion is located at 124 Park Avenue in downtown Ruston across from Railroad Park.

You can contact them at or 318-255-2525.

13th Annual Holiday Arts Tour Music Schedule

Kenny Bill Stinson

The Year of the Song

Friday, November 19

Sara Sullivan Singer-Songwriter, Southern Folk Stitchville 111 E. Mississippi Ruston, LA 71270 5:00 p.m.

Cain & The Heady Brew Singer-Songwriter Frothy Monkey Coffeehouse 201 N. Trenton St. Ruston, LA 71270 6:00 p.m.

The Lucky Seven Classic Rock & Country Turbo Goat 310 N. Trenton St. Ruston, LA 71270 7:00 p.m.

Kenny Bill Stinson Blues, Rock, & Rockabilly Sundown Tavern 111 E. Park Ave. Ruston, LA 71270 8:00 p.m.



Saturday, November 21

Po’ Henry & Tookie Traditional Delta Blues Sundown Tavern 111 E. Park Ave. Ruston, LA 71270 12:00 noon

Matthew Davidson Classic Rock & Blues Louisiana Tech University, School of Art 1 Mayfield Street (opposite A.E. Phillips School) Ruston, LA 71270 2:00 p.m.

Steve Hearn Project Classic Rock Follette Pottery 1991 Pea Ridge Rd. Dubach, LA 71235 3:00 p.m.

Kenneth W. Hale Blues, Jazz, Classic Rock, & Louisiana Songs Fine Line Art Supply & Print Lab 120 S. Trenton Ruston LA 71270 4:00 p.m.

Tracy Brockman Singer-Songwriter, Southern Folk Donnie Bell Design 203 W. Alabama, Suite 1 Ruston, LA 71270 5:00 p.m.

Da One Hillside Singer-Songwriter, R & B Art Innovations 112 W. Alabama Ave. Ruston, LA 71270 6:00 p.m.

Monty Russell & General Patterson Singer-Songwriters, Country Art Innovations 112 W. Alabama Ave. Ruston, LA 71270 7:00 p.m.


Sunday, November 21

Open-Mic Singer-Songwriters’ Concert Kevin Gordon Kicks Off Lincoln Parish Library Events Center 910 N. Trenton St. Ruston, LA 71270 2:00 p.m.-5 p.m.



More Info

For more information about the Tour this year, check back often. You can also visit NCLAC's Facebook page and/or subscribe to our Newsletter mailing list at our official site.

13th Annual Holiday Arts Tour Basic Schedule & Details

When: November 19-21, 2010Where: Ruston, LA & Lincoln Parish

During this weekend, you will meet some of the most talented artists and musicians in the region. More than 60 artists and 26 locations are participating this year.

The Tour Schedule

Friday, November 19, 3-9 p.m. Saturday, November 20, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday November 21, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Exceptions to the above dates and times are included with individual site details below. All information can also be found in NCLAC's brochure tour guide, which will be available to visitors at all locations during the weekend of the Tour. For the music schedule click here.

Locations & Artists

By Laura Glen Lawson

Dixie Center for the Arts 212 N. Vienna St. Ruston, LA 71270 Open All Hours Friday & Saturday, Sunday 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Dolores Williams: Fine Purses from Original Designs Jo Ann Grafton: Representational Paintings & Folk Art Prints Laura Glen Lawson: Handmade Jewelry Inspired by Nature Beverly Dudley: Portraits & Paintings with Harmonious Energy


By Frances Burford

Lincoln Parish Museum 609 N. Vienna St. Ruston, LA 71270 Open Friday & Saturday Porcelain Painters’ Guild: Hand-Painted China & Decorative Porcelain




Lincoln Parish Library & Events Center 910 N. Trenton St. Ruston, LA 71270 Open Friday & Saturday to 6 p.m., Sunday 1-5 p.m. Jack Beard’s Political Cartoons C.B. Mathis

By Rodney Smith

Art Innovations 112 W. Alabama Ave. Ruston, LA 71270 Open Friday & Saturday Todd Cloe: Handcrafted Wood Rings & Sculpture Adrian Gipson: Paintings Inspired by Unity, Equality, & Self Rodney Smith: Photography of Rural Louisiana Life

Dorene Kordal:  "All Strung Out" Bead Store



By Joshua Chambers

Turbo Goat 310 N. Trenton St. Ruston, LA 71270 Open All Days Joshua Chambers: Symbolic, Mythologic Prints & Paintings




By Fr. Brendan Pelphrey

Gallery 210 210 W. Alabama Ave. Ruston, LA 71270 Open Friday & Saturday Jan Thibault: Vibrant, Expressive Acrylic Paintings Father Brendan Pelphrey: Celebrations of Culture & Everyday Things Laura Lewis: Oil Paintings Patricia Tait Jones: Landscapes in Oil & Mixed Media Carol Plamondon: Oil Paintings Dr. James C. White: Landscapes of Louisiana, Marshes & Lakes in Oil


Bell Jar 203 W. Alabama Ave. Ruston, LA 71270 Open Friday & Saturday Todd Maggio: Recycled Notebooks & Screen Printed Works Lyndey Clayborn: Cut Paper Prints



By Caleb Clark

Donnie Bell Design 203 W. Alabama Ave. Suite 1 Ruston, LA 71270 Open Friday & Saturday Caleb Clark: Dynamic Photographs Inspired by Change




By Frank Kelley, Jr.

Martha’s Boutique 212 N. Trenton St. Ruston, LA 71270 Open Friday & Saturday Frank Kelley, Jr.: Paintings Inspired by Rural Southern Life & Jazz



By Emily Ezell

Frothy Monkey Coffeehouse 201 N. Trenton St. Ruston, LA 71270 Open All Days Emily Ezell: Atmospheric Paintings & Drawings Julie Crews: Oil Paintings Inspired by the Simple Things


By Nicholas Bustamante

Fine Line Art Supply & Print Lab 120 S. Trenton St. Ruston, LA 71270 Open All Days Nicholas Bustamante: Contemporary Spatial, Narrative Paintings




102 A Bistro 102 N. Monroe St. Ruston, LA 71270 Open Friday 5 p.m.-9 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-2 p.m. & 5 p.m.-7 p.m. Marlen Water: Brazen Works of Water Media

By Martha Craft

All That Jazz 130 W. Park Ave. Ruston, LA 71270 Open Friday & Saturday Martha Craft: Hot Glass, Yard, Concrete, & Custom Art




By Joli Livaudais

The Fashion 124 Park Ave. Ruston, LA 71270 Open Friday & Saturday Joli Livaudais: Photographic Depictions of Darker Nature Bonnie Ferguson: Environmentally Friendly Soaps


Stitchville 111 E. Mississippi Ave. Ruston, LA 71270 Open Friday & Saturday Allie Bennett: Unique, Contemporary Fabrics & Accessories Hannah Bustamante: Trendy, Sculptural Jewelry Debra Lee Upshaw: Woven Bead Jewelry

By Mara Loeb

Lewis’s Boutique 110 N. Vienna St. Ruston, LA 71270 Open Friday & Saturday Mara Loeb: Jewelry, Wearable Art, & Menopause Charms Donna Henkel: Handcrafted Goats’ Milk Soaps


By Slaughterhead

Chartreuse Pear 108 N. Vienna St. Ruston, LA 71270 Open Friday & Saturday Slaughterhead: Functional, Vegan-Friendly Wallets & Bags




By Diana Synatske

Embellishments 104 N. Vienna St. Ruston, LA 71270 Open Friday & Saturday Diana Synatzske: Delicate Ceramics Fortified by Steel



By Potting Shed Art

Sundown Tavern 111 E. Park Ave. Ruston, LA 71270 Open Friday & Saturday Wanda Anglin & Mary Jane Van Zandt: Bedazzling Potting Shed Art




By Lorretta Shadow Owens

Loretta’s Stichin’ Post & Gallery 302 W. Texas St. Ruston, LA 71270 Open Saturday & Sunday (1-5 p.m.) Loretta Shadow Owens: Spiritually Inspired Paintings & Drawings Sarah Albritton: A Self-Taught Artist Tells Her Life Story




By Adrian Gipson

Louisiana Tech University, School of Art 1 Mayfield St. (opposite A.E. Phillips School) Ruston, LA 71270 Open Friday & Saturday Louisiana Tech & Grambling State Students: Assorted Media Cheyenne Morrow Russell Pirkle Gabrielle Gaspard

By Russell Pirkle

Ashley Feagin Eric Thomas Ashley Barnes Ciley Carrington Lendell Roberts Quinstieia Gray Jennifer Johnson Naja Simeon Marcus Kilgore Landis Anderson Cederrick Mixon





By Hooshang Khorasani

Hooshang Studio 1001 Cedar Creek Rd. Ruston, LA 71270 Open All Days Hooshang Khorasani: Energetic Acrylic & Mixed Media Paintings




By Follette Pottery

Follette Pottery 1991 Pea Ridge Rd. Dubach, LA 71235 Open Saturday & Sunday Kent & Libby Follette: Louisiana’s Oldest Production Pottery


By Garden Delights

Garden Delights 1906 Pea Ridge Rd. Dubach, LA 71235 Open All Days Paul & Kathy Smith: Multimedia Yard Art & Bottle Trees




By Dianne Springer

Dianne Springer 158 Downs Rd. Ruston, LA 71270 Open Saturday Dianne Springer: Innovative Quilt Works, Glass Designs, & Paintings



By M. Douglas Walton

M. Douglas Walton 150 Encounter Point Ruston, LA 71270 Open Saturday & Sunday M. Douglas Walton: Water Media Paintings, Jewelry, & Artifacts

More Info

For more information about the Tour this year, check back often. You can also visit NCLAC's Facebook page and/or subscribe to our Newsletter mailing list at our official site.

DaOne Hillside: Featured Musician for Holiday Arts Tour 2010

DaOne is a talented local singer-songwriter, and NCLAC is pleased to have him on the Tour for the first time this year. About DaOne DaOne Hillside (a.k.a. Duane Harris) is a humble, hardworking father with four beautiful children--Honor, Zyon, Jaylin and Lyric. DaOne has a passion for music that began years ago in church. Somewhere along the way, others began to recognize his talent, and he started performing at events: weddings, parties etc. He embraced this encouragement, honing his singing skills and participating in a variety of talent competitions.

DaOne is now a dynamic artist whose talents range from smooth R & B covers, to soulful, heartfelt originals, to hardcore, energetic rap.

<DaOne on DaOne 1. Who is your favorite musician and why? Sean Combs because he sticks with the music no matter what turn it takes.

2. What inspires, influences, and/or drives you as a musician? It's a gift. I didn't earn it.

3. Do you have a special relationship with a particular instrument? My voice. I wanna master my craft.

4. How does creating and/or playing music make you feel? Alive

5. What, if anything, do you want others to get from your music? I want them to say, "He's the real deal."

More Info Visit DaOne on Reverbnation here.

In the weeks leading up to this year's Holiday Arts Tour, NCLAC will be posting articles about the participating artists, musicians, and select businesses here on the blog, and on NCLAC's Facebook page. In addition, we will include featured artists in our e-blasts. To subscribe to our mailing list, visit our official site and signup for our Newsletter.

We will be posting a full list of participating artists, musicians, and local businesses here on the blog soon.

NCLAC and 102 Present Laugh, Love, & Paint

About the Exhibition "Laugh, Love, and Paint" is an exhibition of Marlen Waters' Water Media on Paper and Canvas. NCLAC and 102 will host an opening reception on Wednesday, October 27 from 5-7 pm, and the show will remain on exhibition through January 31.

102 will provide wine tasting and light appetizers at 5 pm.

About Marlen

Former Executive Director of the Dixie Center for the Arts, Marlen Waters is also a talented professional artist who has studied privately with renowned artists including M. Douglas Walton, Anne Bergeron, Betty Lee, and Anita K. Peterson.

Marlen is also a master calligrapher and has studied the arts of calligraphy, papermaking, bookbinding, and paper preservation at Lake Forrest College in Illinois. She has owned and operated her own graphic art company (Waters and Associates) since 1979.

In addition, she has also completed over 30 credit hours in the School of Art at Louisiana Tech University, and she has taught water media workshops through various venues including Ruston Parks and Recreation and the Continuing Education programs at Louisiana Tech and Grambling State University. Her work has been selected for inclusion in multiple juried and group exhibitions throughout our region, and she is a regular participant in NCLAC's Holiday Arts Tour.

More Info

For more information about Marlen Waters and her work, visit

NCLAC Celebrates Year of the Song

The North Central Louisiana Arts Council (NCLAC) announces its 13th Annual NCLAC Holiday Arts Tour. In celebration of Louisiana’s 2010 Year of the Song, NCLAC has added more live music, a Singer-Songwriter’s Workshop, and an open-mic Singer-Songwriter’s Concert to the lineup this year. All events will take place in downtown Ruston and the surrounding area during the weekend of Nov. 19-21, 2010. Governor Bobby Jindal and Louisiana’s Legislature designated 2010 as The Year of the Song to recognize and celebrate the unique talents of Louisiana songwriters and their contribution to nearly every genre of American music since the invention of the phonograph. This initiative will also support ongoing economic development efforts related to music publishing, songwriting and sound recording across the state.

While the Holiday Arts Tour remains an opportunity for the public to meet more than 50 regional artists in multiple disciplines, this year’s visitors will notice more regional musicians and more offerings for singer-songwriters.

In honor of the Year of the Song, NCLAC is hosting a Singer-Songwriter’s Workshop taught by Kevin Gordon. A north Louisiana native, Gordon grew up hearing music that shares the same raw emotion and spontaneity that he now puts into his own.


Over the course of twenty years of writing, recording and touring, Kevin Gordon has built an impressively consistent catalog of songs, a critically acclaimed stack of albums, and a reputation for dynamic live performances that make first-time listeners life-long fans.

Gordonʼs songs have been recorded by Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones, Levon Helm of The Band, Ronnie Hawkins, Kate Campbell, Blackie & the Rodeo Kings, and others. Gordon now lives in Nashville, but he tours throughout the U.S. and is a regular performer at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival and Louisiana Folklife Festival. Also a published poet, Gordon holds an MFA degree from the renowned University of Iowa Writersʼ Workshop.

The Singer-Songwriter’s Workshop, which costs $20 a day for NCLAC members and $25 a day for nonmembers, will take place Nov. 19-20 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. daily in the Community Trust Bank meeting room (1511 North Trenton).

Gordon has asked that we keep the workshop small, no more than 10, to allow for more productive, one-on-one instructional time. Interested parties are encouraged to contact NCLAC to pre-register.

In addition to the workshop, NCLAC will be placing regional musicians at various Tour sites throughout the weekend. Featured musicians include Monty Russell and General Patterson, Cain Budds and the Heady Brew, Sara Sullivan, and DaOne Hillside among others.


The Tour will conclude with an open-mic concert for singer-songwriters and workshop participants in Lincoln Parish Library Events Center from 2-5 p.m. This event is free and open to the public thanks to the sponsorship of the Plum Creek Foundation and Holiday Inn Express of Ruston.

“Louisiana’s songwriters have made a substantial contribution to the catalog of American music,” said Sherri McConnell, director of Louisiana Economic Development’s Office of Entertainment Industry Development. “The 2010 Year of the Song, including events such as this one, will help us grow this aspect of the music and sound recording industry across the state.”

To learn more about, the NCLAC Holiday Arts Tour, visit, call us at 318-255-1450, or write to Tour brochures, which contain a map and full details, will be available at the Dixie Center for the Arts (211 N. Vienna St.) before and during the Tour. To learn more about 2010 Year of the Song and other events taking place throughout the year, please visit

Lewis Boutique: Featured Host for Holiday Arts Tour 2010

About Lewis BoutiqueLewis Boutique has been a prominent fixture in Ruston's downtown since 1884. For 126 years, Lewis's has served our region.

Owners Richard and William Lewis, along with manager Jhola McGee, ensure that Lewis Boutique offers lines that are unique to our area--Clinique, Estee Lauder, Brighton, and Vera Bradley for example.

In addition, Lewis Boutique offers the most popular and highly trained specialists for each cosmetic line, as well as the most complete selection of Vera Bradley in Louisiana. Their friendly, well-trained staff is always eager to assist you.

Why Lewis's Supports the Tour They particpate annually in NCLAC's Holiday Arts Tour because their customers enjoy it. Richard, who is also a NCLAC Board Member, sees the Tour as a social event and a gift to his customers.

Last year, Lewis's Boutique served as a host for area artists Donna Henkel and Mara Loeb.

These artists will be participating there again this year. Donna makes luxurious hand-crafted, goat's milk soaps with all-natural ingredients and a variety of scents. Mara makes wearable art and menopause charms. Both artists were quite popular with visitors last year and are sure to be again.

More Info For more information about Lewis Boutique, visit their new Facebook page by clicking here.

Holiday Arts Tour 2010 Featured Artist: Slaughterhead

In the weeks leading up to this year's Holiday Arts Tour, NCLAC will be posting articles about the participating artists here on the blog and on NCLAC's Facebook page. In addition, we will include featured artists in our e-blasts. To subscribe to our mailing list, visit our official site and signup for our Newsletter. Slaughterhead, a husband and wife team consisting of Joey Slaughter and Jessica Head Slaughter, is featured this week.

About Slaughterhead The Slaughters live in Ruston, Louisiana with their three-year-old son, Sylas, and infant daughter, Eero.

They make fun, functional, and durable wallets, pouches, and bags using PVC-free, 100% urethane for the exteriors and repurposed linens for the linings. This endeavor began with a wallet Jessica made for Joey on his birthday six years ago, and it has grown to include two bifold wallet styles, two large pocketbook wallet bodies, three what-not pouch sizes, and an assortment of bags.

The birth of Slaughterhead was a creative merging of two already artistic minds. Joey is a painter, a Studio Art professor a Louisiana Tech University, and a graduate of Cranbrook Academy of Art and the Memphis College of Art. He is inspired by toys, things that fly, and how-to manuals. Jessica has a similarly artistic background. She is a graduate of the University of Louisiana (Monroe, Louisiana) in Studio Art. She is inspired by growing things, feeding birds, and being efficient.

Together the Slaughters enjoy home improvement projects, listening to and making music, dance parties in the kitchen, cooking, parenting, and occasional grown-up weekends.

Their online store, was begun in 2006 by Joey, and their present site was designed by ConstantX.

Slaughterhead's Vision Slaughterhead intends to help individuals organize bits of their lives. We create wallets, pouches, and bags to give people a fun place to store their daily items. We have all waited in line behind too many people who try to stuff ineffective wallets back into their bags.

Our wallets and pouches are simple, yet fully functional, with pockets in just the right places. In addition to function, we are also concerned with the materials we use and their impact on the environment. Our linings are re-purposed linens collected locally, and the exteriors are a synthetic PVC-free urethane that looks and feels like leather but is vegan-friendly. We shop locally as often as possible and do our best to minimize or use our scrap materials.

Incorporating design is also an important factor in the process of building the wallets. The use of color and line created through stitching and/or screenprinting gives the work a very unique and handmade feel.

Our business name, Slaughterhead, is the combination of our last names, because we create these items together as a team. I do the sewing, and Joey screenprints and/or laser cuts the exteriors.

Slaughterhead on Slaughterhead (a.k.a. Jessica on Slaughterhead) 1. What's your favorite memory of the arts, and/or how did you become interested in art?

I've always been interested in "making things." I created furniture, clothes, etc. for dolls as a child. I built miniature environments from paper in my closet. I loved making dioramas. Making and building in a creative way were an important part of my childhood, spurred by seeing my grandfather make and build in his shop.

2. What is something that inspires, influences, and/or drives you as an artist?

Living with an artist inspires me, as does surrounding myself with other people involved in the arts. Growing things is also inspiring to me. I am driven by the need to mkae items that people will enjoy using, things that will help them organize a little part of their lives.

3. How do you feel about perfection in art?

Perfection isn't possible, and if it were, then what would be the point in making anything else? It would get boring quickly.

4. What, if anything, do you hope others get from your art?

Since I make functional work, I hope people get an effective item of good quality that they enjoy using.

5. Which do you think is smarter for a working artist: pricing work affordably to make it more accessible or pricing work high to make it more precious? Why?

Such a big question! As a maker of small functional items, I try to make items that fit into each category. People can "save" for buying more expensive, precious items, or get a quick fix with a smaller more inexpensive item. I think it often depends on your audience as well.

Jessica on Jessica 1. Who were your childhood heroes?

My Aunt Carol. I respected her education, her parenting skills, and her compassion.

2. What is the greatest compliment anyone has ever paid you? What about the greatest insult? How did you respond?

Repeat customers are my biggest compliments. My biggest insult was an online customer requesting to return an item she ordered, saying it wasn't of sufficient quality. I responded by accepting the return, of course, and reminding myself that it took four years for the first return, so I shouldn't feel too bad about it.

3. What one word would you use to describe yourself?


4. What one word would your friends use to describe you?


5. What's one thing about you few people know?

I hum all the time.

Learn More Visit Slaughterhead's website @ You can also visit Joey's site at

Artoberfest Tickets Selling Fast! Get Yours!!!

We are a week and a half away from Artoberfest, our premier fundrasing event for NCLAC's Annual Holiday Arts Tour. The event will be held at the Ruston Historic Firehouse, and we are so excited about how things are coming together. Our volunteer project planning committee, which consists of Meg Waters, Megan Davenport, Rebecca Taylor, Lauren Coleman, Allie Bennett, and Hannah Bustamante, is doing an excellent job!

We've sold well over half our 120 tickets, and since we cannot sell tickets at the Firehouse, we plan to sell out before the event begins at 5 pm next Friday, October 1.

If any tickets remain, they can be purchased from a NCLAC representative through the box office in the Dixie Center for the Arts that night.

However, if you were hoping to buy tickets that night, don't wait. We plan to sell them like mad this week and next. Call us at 318-255-1450 or stop by the Dixie Center for the Arts between 10 am and 1 pm Wednesday through Friday.

We look forward to seeing you all there! Look for more Artoberfest updates this week. For more info now, you can also click here and then scroll down.