Take Note: Member News

Featured Artist: NCLAC Board Member and artist Marlen Waters was recently featured in the Monroe News Star, in a story titled Laugh, Love, Letter & Paintwhich is the title of her exhibition at the River Gallery in West MonroeThe story is linked here. We are proud she's a part of our organization, and she serves as a good model for artists in the region. The arts permeate Marlen's life. She's involved in numerous arts organizations in the region, in addition to being included on the artist roster. This roster is an important link in networking with other artists. Marlen is quoted:

I enjoy color — and lots of it, and the energy that the paint has when it is applied to the paper or canvas. I use latex, inks and acrylic paints on paper and canvas and let the paint tell me what the painting is to become. I also do a combination of calligraphic lettering worked into colorful abstract compositions. I still remember as a small child tracing letters from the covers of magazines, changing them, embellishing them and marveling at how their parts fit together.

Marlen is the featured artist for January at the River Gallery (formerly the Ouachita River Art Gallery) in West Monroe. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Stitchville, Ruston's one-stop-shop for knitting and sewing supplies, is holding winter sewing classes. This week, there's a Kid's Sewing Class Tuesday (tonight) from 4:00-5:30 or Thursday 3:00-4:30 (pick the most convenient time slot) The fee is $25/class when signing up for 4 or less, $20/class when attending more than 4

And as always,  there's the always-fun Open Knit Night each Tuesday from 6-8. It's an encouraging, positive setting to work on projects and share tips.

For more info about Stitchville, call Allie at (318) 255-6446


Opening tonight is Louisiana Purchase, 2nd Annual National Juried Exhibition at Louisiana Tech's School of Art. The show includes several NCLAC member artists: Joshua Chambers, Julie Crews, Jake Dugard, Peter Hay and Sophia Maras. The exhibition runs from January 15-February 19, with a Juror Talk, by Dr. Paul Manoguerra,  this afternoon at 5pm. Thanks to Jonathan Donehoo for posting this lovely photo as a sneak peak of the show.