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The NCLAC Team 🙂


Art Talk Monday: Dog Days of Summer

You may be familiar with LA Tech’s annual summer orientation program, where loads of incoming freshmen and their parents descend up on our community. This year the University, the City of Ruston, our hard-working Convention and Visitors Bureau, and numerous downtown business owners have teamed up to make orientation an even richer experience.  Forty-four downtown merchants have agreed to stay open late on four dates this summer, two of which are still to come on July 9th and 30th. The orientation participants are “delivered” to downtown, and encouraged to check out our wonderful, welcoming downtown from 7-10pm. The “encouragement” is made sweeter for the students by the prospect of winning a prize if they visit each location. The response so far has been wonderful, with a lot of interest in what our town has to offer. NCLAC has been open here in the Dixie Center for the Arts and we’ve fielded questions about community band, what musicians perform at the Dixie, how to become involved in community theatre, when and what movies are shown, and what other types of art programs occur around town.


As part of the Dog Days project, several arts businesses are offering exhibitions for the summer. We are encouraging the public, as well as the orientation families, to join the Art Crawl, and see some of the talented artists we have here. An additional bonus event occurring at the July 9th Dog Days Art Crawl will be NCLAC’s drawing of our Keep the Arts Afloat winning donor. If you missed getting your ticket this year, you still have time! As our largest fundraiser, this drawing is essential to the lifeforce of the arts council. Grab a friend, split a ticket 50/50, and you could still win $2,500. The easiest way to donate is through our site with paypal: You can also call our office at (318)255-1450 to make your $100 donation. We urge you to help support our organization, as we work hard to support the arts in our region.

work by artist Nina Stephens

work by artist Nina Stephens

In July, some of the featured artists will be: painter Nina Stephens at the Dixie Center for the Arts; photographer Jim Osborne at Fine Line/Stitchville; painter/photographer Peter Jones at Studio 301; Meagan Awalt of Creperenee at Kelly Moore Bag; photographer Shawn Hood at Frame of Mind; and ceramicist Amanda Ebarb at Main Street Exchange. Other Art Crawl locations include Makers Union, PAIR Gallery, and Pastry Moon, each of which will feature a number of artists, including Bonnie Ferguson, Morgan McGough, Whitney Caskey, and many more.

The road construction downtown is at a halt right now, the sound of cicadas is soon to fill the air, and the Louisiana warm summer nights have arrived. Treat yourself to an evening out and come check out the talent…and the students who are choosing your community as their own.

work by Nina Stephens

work by Nina Stephens

Peach Art Exhibit Winners Announced


Dianne Douglas, Best in Show winner 2014

Dianne Douglas, Best in Show winner 2014

The North Central Louisiana Arts Council is proud to present the winners of the 28th Annual Peach Art Exhibit! For the Youth 9 & Under category, Honorable Mentions go to Starry Night Moon by Ben Boudreaux, Polka Dot Giraffe by Mia St. John, Aspens by Rebekah Webb; 3rd Place to Myself bySusie Welsh; 2nd Place to Thirsty Flowers by Valerie Chatellier; 1st Place to A Messy Room by Andy Lynn.

For the Youth 10 to 13 category, Honorable Mentions go to Calla Lilies by Olivia Roger, Spring Has Arrived! by Destiny Bearden; 3rd Place toKing of the Desert by Jamie Palmer; 2nd Place to Apple Still Life by Lyndsay Claire Hogg; 1st Place to Neon Polly by Leah Price.

For the Youth 14 to 17 category, Honorable Mentions go to Amber Waves of Grain by Rachel Lee, Les Aristocrats by Vivien Ballard; 3rd Place toPuppy Love by Leanna Epps; 2nd Place to Serendipity by Kathryn A. Bryan; 1st Place to Bengal Tiger by Morgan McCullin.

And the Best of Show for the Youth goes to Lauren Hartt, for her drawing Charlie.

Some of the Youth Winners in NCLAC's 2014 Peach Art Exhibit

Some of the Youth Winners in NCLAC’s 2014 Peach Art Exhibit

For the Adult Miscellaneous category, Honorable Mentions go to Pulp, a handmade bookby Frank Hamrick, Purple Lotus, a digital paintingby Sherry Owens; 3rd Place to Leaving for La Foce, a mixed media piece by Kit Gilbert; 2nd Place to Reevaluation, a collageby Meredith McGregor; 1st Place to Life Cycle (Worm Rest), a printby Hillary Clary.

For the Adult Original Crafts category, the Honorable Mention go to The Agate Sisters, a ornamental glass pieceby Betsy Gouedy; 3rd Place to Papa’s Memory, a collage of weathered wood by Lana Benson; 2nd Place to Lewellyan’s Fallen Oak, a natural wood tableby Patrick Blanchard; 1st Place to Origami Crane, a metal sculptureby Morgan McGough.

For the Adult Photography category, Honorable Mentions go to The Gulls by Kori Teague, Blue Abyss by Shawn Hood; 3rd Place to Spearsville, LA, April 2014 by Laila Al-Agha; 2nd Place to Peaceful Fall by Kevin Beasley; 1st Place to Smooth Respite at 86th Street by Kevin Cuccia.

For the Adult Painting category, Honorable Mentions go to Metamorphosis by Rebecca Bennett, Old Pottery by SC Hartt; 3rd Place to Peaceful Place by Connie Bryan; 2nd Place to Pecan and Shell by Peter Jones; 1st Place to Moon and Rocks by Marlen Waters.

For the Adult Drawing category, 3rd Place goes to Vase of Flowers by Deondray Spivey; 2nd Place to Zentangle by Marlen Waters; 1st Place to Mike by SC Hartt.

And the Adult Best of Show goes to Dianne Douglas, for her watercolor Ponchatoulas.

Congratulations to all the wonderful artists on display. The show will be in the Ruston Civic Center until Saturday June 28. Artists should remember to pick up their artwork on Monday, June 30, between 10am-12pm when the show is over.