This week’s Art Talk is written by Jessica Slaughter, NCLAC Executive Director
Saturday, February 2 at 7pm, the Ruston Civic Symphony Society (RCSS) and the North Central Louisiana Arts Council (NCLAC) will partner on the annual Mardi Gras Ball and Silent Auction. The event is loads of fun, with dinner by Campatori Catering, music by the Buddy Terzia Band, drinks, dancing, and wonderful auction items. In addition to being an exciting evening, the event is an important fundraiser for the two involved nonprofits. RCSS is celebrating its 50th year of serving Ruston, bringing classical music into area schools. Proceeds from ticket sales will aid in their mission of music education.
NCLAC is celebrating its 25th year of serving the five parish region of Lincoln, Bienville, Claiborne, Jackson, and Union. Proceeds from the silent auction will help us in our mission to foster creative expression, primarily through our arts education programming. A portion of the silent auction proceeds are donated back to RCSS in partnership.
This is the 14th year for the Krewe of Allegro Ball, and this year’s King and Queen are Bill and Lynne Gnemi of Ruston. NCLAC and RCSS have worked together on this event for years, and it is an example of the power of partnership. Libby English, Vice-President of the Dixie Center for the Arts, stated “Ruston Civic Symphony Society, the North Central Louisiana Arts Council, and Ruston Community Theatre are all priority partners of the Dixie Center for the Arts. Working together, these groups bring culture and creativity to the region, as well as showcase our homegrown talent.” Becky Napper of RCSS fondly calls Libby a “star worker bee,” as she works tirelessly for several local organizations.
The silent auction this year is going to be a good one, with art, home décor, jewelry, war memorabilia, gift certificates and gift baskets, and packages that will help you explore our region. A few of the many merchants who are making donations are Devine Wines and Spirits, Chartreuse Pear, Lewis Boutique, and Rogers Furniture. Some of the artists who are donating not-to-miss works are Julie Crews, Patrick Miller, Frank Hamrick and Linda Snider Ward. Accessories and functional art by Laura Glen Lawson, Dorene Kordal, Beth Holland and Casey Parkinson will be available. This list is just a small fraction of the many items that will be available for bid at the Ball.
The big night will begin at 7pm and tickets are available at the Dixie Center for the Arts, 255-1450, or by calling Becky Napper at 243-8887. Your $60 ticket will offer an evening of entertainment, the opportunity to bid on great items, and the satisfaction of knowing you’re helping the arts to thrive in our area.