dorene kordal

Holiday Arts Tour Stop: Chartreuse Pear and The Fashion of Ruston

17th Annual Holiday Arts Tour, November 20-23, 2014 Oyster V, by Caroline Youngblood

Chartreuse Pear and the Fashion of Ruston have such awesome locations on West Park Avenue.  They are neighboring shops in the historic Harris Hotel building. The Fashion of Ruston is a women's boutique with clothing, jewelry and shoes. Chartreuse Pear offers an eclectic mix of home decor, antiques, gifts, custom bedding, and rugs. In addition to the artists featured below, you can hear Karl Puljak play classical selections on the cello on Thursday evening, from 5-6pm.

Chartreuse Pear will be featuring paintings by Caroline Youngblood. Caroline says "Searching through junk drawers and closets overstuffed with ephemera left by four generations of family, I create art from an assemblage of objects discovered at historic Breston Plantation in Riverton, Louisiana." Caroline's work is in numerous private collections around the country, as well interiors of hotels, hospitals and more. One from her recent series of oyster paintings has such a stunning color palette it's hard for me to look away. Bits of Louisiana life, whether literal pieces through collage, or themes and icons, such as oysters and cotton, figure prominently in her work and are handled with beauty and passion.

Along with Caroline at this location will be Dorene Kordal, whose felt accessories can add some spunk to your life. Dorene has been featured at Chartreuse Pear the last few year for HAT so shoppers will know just where to find her. Hairbands, bags, jewelry, stockings and more fly from Dorene's fingers, and are incredibly gift-worthy.

stockings by Dorene Kordal


Peach Tree in Bloom, sketch, by Lacey Stinson

The Fashion will be hosting Lacey Stinson in the "carriage way" between the two shops. A Louisiana native, fine art painter of landscapes, portraits and surreal masterpieces, Lacey Stinson currently resides in north central Louisiana with his feline companion and muse Pip, who regularly sits in Mr. Stinson’s lap while he draws and paints. Lacey's drawings captured my eye when I first saw them several years ago, but his paintings are also incredibly beautiful. He will be showing some of these at this year's Tour; I'm excited to see them in person!

The Fashion will also be hosting artist Shalis Stevens. Shalis, an artist, graphic designer and puppet maker, has recently returned to Louisiana after  time studying at Savannah College of Design. For this year's Tour, she is making beautiful pendants-- handcrafted one-of-a-kind jewelry items that each wearer should feel proud to own. I love imagining her hands building each layer and stitch.

pin by Shalis Stevens


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.