This week’s Art Talk Monday is written by Jessica Slaughter, NCLAC Executive Director
Friday night there will be several facets of our artistic community on display simultaneously, which will make for a wonderful weekend. We have such a rich artistic environment in our region, with a wealth of professional artists as well as student artists. We are lucky to be a “university town” with such great programs in the arts. Theatre, music, visual arts, architecture, and literature each add considerable depth, beauty and warmth to our cultural landscape. In addition, we have many professional artists living in our region who create music, paintings, quilts, sculpture, photographs and more. Some of these artists travel and exhibit worldwide. It’s easy to take one’s home turf for granted, and to miss opportunities for experiencing the wealth of talent we have in our own backyard. Next Friday is an opportunity not to miss this talent.
The annual BFA Photography Exhibition will be having its opening reception at the Rawle Enterprise Center, 509 West Alabama Avenue, from 6 till 8pm. The show, titled Construct, features work by: Whitney Caskey, Austin Elgin, Morgan Kee, Hannah Merritt, Charles C. Rhea, Kevin H Reddic Jr., Shradha Sharma-Bhandari and Cecila A. Stevenson. The exhibition will be on display through May 23rd, weekdays from 8am till 5pm. More information about this can be found by emailing Dorene Kordal at firstname.lastname@example.org This reception and exhibition are free to the public.
Drive down West Alabama into downtown Ruston for a Spring Gallery Crawl, from 6-9pm. The public is invited to view new work from local artists, live performances, and enjoy tasty snacks and beverages. Each of the galleries and arts businesses is nestled conveniently on or near West Alabama Avenue, so visitors can park, walk and enjoy the spring evening. The following locations will be participating: Makers Union- featuring the works of Mary Boothe Dunn; Percussive Arts Institute of Ruston (PAIR) – a student showcase performance followed by a talk about upcoming events, activities and class offerings; PAIR Gallery- presenting The Art of Music, an exhibition showcasing local art based on the concept and process of music; Fine Line Art Supply – featuring the intaglio work of Hillary Clary; Pastry Moon – showcasing the work of Whitney Caskey; and Frame of Mind – presenting the cooperative works of the Artist Alliance from Louisiana Tech University. For more information about the Spring Gallery Crawl, email shop owner Bonnie Ferguson at email@example.com or visit any of the galleries during normal business hours. This gallery crawl event is free to the public.
In addition to the visual arts and music that have been mentioned, NCLAC’s partner, Ruston Community Theatre, will be holding its spring production, All Because of Agatha. The comedy, which tells the story of a couple, a haunting, and a bewitching party, begins at 7pm. The performance will also be held on Thursday, May 1,
Saturday, May 3, and Sunday (matinee performance.) Tickets are $6 for students, $12 for adults, and they are available at the Dixie Box Office, (318)255-1450,as well as at the door the night of the show. While in the Dixie Lobby waiting on the performance, be sure to note the artwork on display, as it is a collection of works from the Bienville Parish Talented Art Students, taught by Caleb Clark. NCLAC coordinates with the Dixie Center for the Arts to display artwork from regional art groups.
All too soon it will be hot and steamy, and we won’t want to be out and about. Enjoy the Louisiana springtime, enjoy the fun happenings that are scheduled, and enjoy what our special town has to offer.