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
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.


What’s happening here…

NCLAC has several opportunities going on right now that you should know about!

Call for Entries, Vendor Opportunity, Summer Arts Camp registration, and Volunteer events


First, we are holding our annual Call for Entries for visual artists. The application is located in “the box” at the bottom of the blog page; this can be emailed to us with the requested items (such as images, bio, etc.) Deadline is May 1, with notification sent by June 1.

Our exhibition spaces include:

Dixie Center Lobby, where we display work by artists from our outside-of-Lincoln service areas (Bienville, Claiborne, Jackson and Union Parishes). Currently on exhibit in the Dixie Center Lobby is work by members of the Union Parish Arts Council.

Crescent City Coffee, in Ruston, where  we hold quarterly receptions/exhibitions for area artists. Crescent City is a hopping place, with a steady stream of customers, so work displayed receives a lot of visibility. Currently on display is Exploring Abandonment, paintings by Becky Bennett.

New exhibition partnerships include:

Bridge Project, in collaboration with Bossier Arts Council, where NCLAC artists are given the opportunity to exhibit at Bossier Arts Council spaces without going through the Call for Entries process with BAC. Artists who apply to exhibit with NCLAC are placed in a “roster” that BAC will select from for selected exhibitions in their area, and BAC artists will be exhibited in NCLAC spaces, providing greater exposure for north Louisiana artists.

A Center Collaboration space, in partnership with Louisiana Tech University, will be a large exhibition area for themed group shows. This space will bring together community and student groups for art exhibitions and receptions. The space is currently being renovated with art-hanging in mind, so it’s an exciting opportunity. Artists who have applied to exhibit with NCLAC will be the first to receive Calls for Entries for these group shows.5697_217734485033816_1238251144_n

Brand new next month is the Bazaar Experiment Festival and Market, whose vision is to a celebrate the products, arts, food and traditions that unite communities and support small-scale vendors, artist, crafters and producers.

This event will be held at Railroad Park in downtown Ruston on April 20. It’s a vast collaboration between many groups, including various organizations/departments from Louisiana Tech such as the International Student Organization, Departments of Theatre and Architecture, and the Enterprise Center as well as NCLAC and other community groups.

The Bazaar Experiment’s mission is to create environments that bring people of different regions and demography together – celebrating & supporting small-scale producers, crafters, artist, caterers and performers, encouraging organic, eco-friendly practices, contributing to local communities, leading & fostering educational opportunities.

What this means for you, is that there are vendor spaces open for the day! What a wonderful way to spend a spring Saturday, selling your unique, handmade items at an exciting new event in town. The vendor fee is only $30 if you apply by April 6; after that date, if there is still space available,  the fee is $35. Follow this link for an application.

Items that are handmade, interesting, easily carried and relatively inexpensive will show best at this bazaar-style booth event. There’s room for creativity to make this brand new event an exciting happening in Ruston!supply Capture

March means it’s time to begin registration for Summer Arts Camps 2013!

NCLAC’s traditional 5day Summer Arts Camps schedule is as follows:

Ruston 1, June 3-7, 9am-noon

Ruston 2, July 8-12, 9am-noon

Jonesboro July 15-19, 9am-noon

These camps will have classes in 2D, 3D and Drama. The camp fee, which includes supplies and a snack, is $60 if you register and pay by May 1. After May 1 the registration fee is $65. You may call our office to register at 255-1450.

Brand new for this summer are the following Summer Arts Super Saturdays:

Farmerville, June 15, 9am-noon

Arcadia, June 29, 9am-noon

Homer, July 27, 9am-noon

These one-day camps will teach Visual Arts and Drama. The camp fee, which includes supplies and a snack, is $20 if you register and pay by the Wednesday a week before camp….in case that’s confusing, here are the dates:  For the discounted fee in Farmerville, register and pay by June 5; for Arcadia, register and pay by June 19; for Homer, register and pay by July 17.  After that Wednesday, the camp fee is $25. You may call our office to register at 255-1450.

volunteer group

Spring and summer activities mean lots of opportunities for volunteerism!

Volunteering with a nonprofit is great for: meeting people with similar interests, feeling connected with your community, building your resume and networking. NCLAC will need volunteers for Summer Arts Camps, for our booth at the Ruston Farmer’s Market, and for the Bazaar Experiment. Volunteering with our children’s activities involves assisting teachers and students with the execution of projects. With the Bazaar Experiment, we’ll need help checking in and assisting vendors, as well as with our children’s booth. With these activities you should always dress comfortably and wear a smile. Contact our office for dates and details at 255-1450.

NCLAC Member Frank Hamrick releases handmade book “Letter Never Sent”

 “Letter Never Sent” is Frank Hamrick’s latest handmade book. 

Front Cover

Front Cover

Text from the book:

Some of the photographs in this book were made in Georgia and Louisiana, but most were made in Florida while helping Charlotte Lee develop film her father, Bud, exposed but never processed. Thanks for posing, Charlotte. Macon York helped identify the wooden letterpress type Jay Gould brought down from Minnesota. Jim Sherraden at Hatch Show Print has provided much guidance in person and over the phone. Thanks, Betsy Williamson, for encouraging me to make this book.

On the back cover of the book is this line from the letter, “Do you remember the trees we cut Charlottes Chairdown for fires we never burned?”
This first hardcover edition of Letter Never Sent is limited to 25 copies. A soft cover edition of 12 copies and 1 artist’s proof preceded this hardcover edition. The images and text are inkjet and Laserjet printed on 50lb., double-sided, matte, Red River paper. Ruben is the title’s typeface. The covers are cotton rag paper handmade at the University of Georgia’s Green Street Press. The cover text was printed on an etching press at Louisiana Tech University using a polymer plate produced by Boxcar Press.

Purchasing Details

“Letter Never Sent”, can be bought online at:
Or checks can be sent to:
Frank Hamrick
PO Box 3175
Ruston, LA 71272

“Letter Never Sent” hardback, first edition is $60.00 plus $5.00 for shipping in the U.S. 

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