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Art Talk Monday: Jolis Jardins

This week's Art Talk Monday is written by Jennifer Downs, NCLAC technical writing intern and English Master's Candidate from Louisiana Tech University.   Spring is finally here! The North Central Louisiana Arts Council is happy to announce that the Ruston Garden Club will be presenting the Jolis Jardins garden tour again this year from 9:30-2:30 on Saturday, April 27. ­The tour will feature lovely gardens at three area homes, as well as vendors with hand-crafted jewelry and other trinkets, repurposed items, and specialty herbs. You are invited to roam as you please from garden to garden, and we encourage you to visit our artisans’ displays as well!

christiane drieling art talk image jolis jardinsArtisans will be displaying their work at Ruston Convention Center and the Lincoln Parish Visitors Bureau. We are pleased to introduce the following artisans from across the north central Louisiana region whose work will be on sale during the tour: Christine Drieling, Swirling Swirls, with her handmade ornaments; Carolyn Broome, Celebrations, with her collectible dolls; Wanda Anglin and Mary Jane Van ZandtPotting Shed Art, with repurposed glass mosaic windows; Allen Tuten with custom birdhouses, John Adam McWilliamsThe Iron Scotsman, with furniture and decor of repurposed wood and iron; Kathy and Paul SmithGarden Delights, with imaginative garden art and metalwork; and Rachel JohnstonWoolgypsy Fiber Arts/Gypsy Soapworks, with knitted/felt wool items and skincare products like homemade soaps. Buford Shively of Gainsville Herb Co. in Dodson will also be selling a variety of herb plants from his own farm and offering advice on how to start your own herb garden! This is a wonderful opportunity for local crafters and artists to share their work and celebrate the spring season.

In addition, regional Master Gardeners will be showing their amazing work to the public, and they will have a huge sale of some of the rare and beautiful plants that they have cultivated.  The Louisiana Master Gardener program is an educational outreach program by the LSU AgCenter. Whether you are a beginner or a gifted gardener with a “green thumb,” this showcase is truly a unique opportunity for local growers to learn from the masters.     

Tickets may be purchased in advance at three locations in Ruston: the Lincoln Parish Visitors Bureau at 2111 N Trenton St, Twin Oaks at 630 E Georgia St, and the Townsend House at 410 N Bonner St. You can also purchase a ticket at any of the garden locations during the tour. Proceeds will help fund future projects and activities to enrich our community, including the Ruston Garden Club’s yearly scholarship offered to a well-deserving Louisiana Tech University student who is majoring in plant sciences. Come and join us as we celebrate our local gardens, gardeners, and talented artisans!

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.