Michelangelo’s Sisters

Did you know there was a time when women were not allowed to attend the same art schools that men attended? A time when a woman studying how to paint the human figure by painting a nude model was simply unthinkable? In fact, I do not know if Michelangelo had sisters, but I use that for my presentation title because many, many very accomplished women artists of the past were able to become artists only because they were the sisters and daughters of men artists. And some of them did learn to paint nudes! Did you know that one of…

Fashion Karaoke?!

Ok, I admit it. I have never associated karaoke with high fashion. But leave it to the Ruston arts and entertainment culture to innovate! This Thursday, Oct. 15, is the Third Annual Fashion Karaoke Competition. It will be an upscale event with great fashion, serious karaoke competition and prizes, and–here’s where I come in–arts and fashion vendors. The location this year is the Ropp Center on the Louisiana Tech Campus. The event begins at 6 p.m. with a one-hour social gathering. Karaoke competition begins at 7 p.m. and ends at approximately 9 p.m. with one intermission. Beverages and appetizers will…

Off the Wall!

My local friends will recognize this title. “Off the Wall” is the annual fundraiser for one of Monroe, Louisiana’s treasures: The Masur Museum. Not many cities this size can boast of their own fine art museum. “Off the Wall” is this weekend and I have donated three pieces to the virtual art auction. Bidding opened at 9 a.m. today and closes at 5 p.m. Sunday, August 1. Go here to see the artworks and place your bid. I chose to offer three pieces with a local flavor. Louisville Avenue Bridge was shot from my kayak while I was participating in…

Camera Camp

The kids took some good photos. We all had fun. I’m going to do it again! My first ever “Camera Camp” offering ended last week. This Camera Camp was kind of a private affair, offered only to 6th through 9th graders of Grace Episcopal Church and School. The next one will be run through Ruston Artisans Gallery and Co-op at 203 W. Alabama Ave. in Ruston. It begins July 20 and runs through August 5. We will meet Tuesdays and Thursdays 10 – 11:30 at the gallery. Each of the kids who came to Camera Camp showed commitment and skill,…

Local!

Are you tired of hearing that everything is different this year? Yeah, me too. And of having to say it. But it is, and Ruston is doing a Peach Fest that reflects that. Go here to learn more about this year’s scaled-back festival. I’m going to focus on the art exhibit, organized by North Central Louisiana Arts Council, a dynamic group that schedules great activities in Ruston year-round. As a member, I got invited to the show. To avoid people crowding into a single space to see what is typically a large show, the artworks are scattered out around town…