Centennial Celebration: 100 Covers of Slidell Magazine

Please join the City of Slidell for “Centennial Celebration: 100 Covers of Slidell Magazine” on display in the Slidell Cultural Center during Shop Local Artists Week.

The Slidell Cultural Center is located at 2055 Second Street, on the first floor of City Hall in Olde Towne Slidell. Gallery hours are Wednesday and Friday from 12-4 p.m and Thursday 12-6 p.m. Admission is free.

After the Wetlands: John Valentino Art Exhibition – Covington

In nature, there is art. And in this art, there is nature. In After the Wetlands: John Valentino, the artist, author, curator and educator has created works of that bring together his passions and expertise in a multidimensional exhibition that will provide an immersive and thought provoking experience for audiences. After the Wetlands opens Saturday, Dec. 9, with a reception from 6 to 9 pm at St. Tammany Art Association’s Art House.

Recreating nature has been a recurring theme in the artist’s work for nearly a decade. A subject of particular interest has been the ongoing efforts to restore Louisiana’s disappearing wetlands, which the artist believes are more focused on maintenance than preservation, ultimately transforming the natural ecosystem into something that is anything but natural.

The focal point of After the Wetlands is a school of eight motorized fish, each floating within its own boxed frame. The colorful sculptures capture the grace and fluidity of the creatures, while also serving as a reminder of the fragility of the environment in which they live. The installation also includes a work created specifically for this exhibition. “See Level” is a twelve-foot long animated work emulating ocean waves via six mechanical layers propelled by motors, belts and servos. Completing the exhibition are additional small works, also reflective of the water-based theme.

Valentino is the Professor of New Media and Animation at Southeastern Louisiana University, for which studies explore the incorporation of traditional materials and techniques with electronics and computer generated imagery.

“The fish created for this exhibition were originally designed and created in a 3D modeling program then output in ABS plastic on a 3D printer,” says Valentino. “I then used the 3D fish to create a plaster mold, then slip cast them to create ceramic fish. The fish and wave are animated using tiny microcontrollers. That’s New Media and Animation.”

Following the opening reception, After the Wetlands will remain on view in the STAA Art House through Saturday, January 27. St. Tammany Art Association is located at 320 N Columbia St. in downtown Covington. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday, 10am – 4pm and Saturdays, 11am – 4pm. The exhibition is free and open to the public, and is supported by a grant from the Louisiana Division of the Arts, Office of Cultural Development, Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism in cooperation with the Louisiana State Arts Council as administered by the St. Tammany Commission on Cultural Affairs.


Downtown Gallery Crawl – Monroe

Downtown Monroe & West Monroe’s 9 art galleries open their doors for the third installment in our ten year celebration – December 7th’s Downtown Gallery Crawl! Fine art, live music and good food make this FREE event a wonderful opportunity to view North Louisiana’s finest artists, makers and artisans.

Self/Reflection: Photographs from the New Orleans Museum of Art – Covington

Self/Reflection: Photographs from the New Orleans Museum of Art is an exquisite collection of works currently on display at St. Tammany Art Association’s Art House, organized by NOMA.

The gallery will be open from noon to 5 pm on December 3 during St. Tammany’s Holiday Festival of Arts, a Shop Local Artists Week event. This marks the final date of the exhibition. Admission is free.

This exhibition is supported by a grant from the Louisiana Division of the Arts, Office of Cultural Development, Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism, in cooperation with the Louisiana State Arts Council, and as administered by the St. Tammany Commission on Cultural Affairs, St. Tammany Parish Government. Funding has also been provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, Art Works.

Holidaze Shopping @ artspace

Deck the Halls, Fa La La, Goody Gumdrops and Holly Jolly! Tis the Season for a holiday shopping spree and artspace is the place to rock around the Christmas tree. It’s SHOP LOCAL ART – and SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY, but HOLIDAZE is so big it’s going to take a full month (through December 30) and three entire floors to unwrap all there is to see and do.

“artspace PRESENTS” features one-of-a-kind gifts created by 26 Northwest Louisiana Artists selected to show and sell works on two floors in artspace. GIFTSPACE introduces new jewelry designs with special holiday “trunk” shows. The Holidaze BAZAAR is located downstairs in FUNSPACE will be filled with art, holiday gifts and specialty items from local Artists. And the family can enjoy “make and take” holiday crafts while snacking on sweet treats during this special Saturday HOLIDAZE opening event. Live Entertainment will kick off the “Songs and Sounds of the Season.” The Opening Event is free and open to all who dare to “SHOP LOCAL ART!”

You’ll find UNexpected and UNcommon gifts of fine art by juried local Artists in the “artspace PRESENTS” galleries. This is seasonal shopping to give you peace on earth rather than the hustle and bustle of wandering the mall. Megan Taylor Davis’ art features rural-life and oh-so-happy cows, owls, chickens, horses and gators painted on small canvasses and on cross shoulder purses. “My art is handmade with the intention of brightening someone’s day each time they look at it,” says Davis. “People of all ages enjoy my artwork, which is done in a style that is both realistic and impressionistic to capture the personality of a pet or the slyness of a chicken.”

Over a dozen local artists with very unique styles and genres will also be a part of HOLIDAZE including: Bruce Allen · Thomas Baird · Lisandra Di Liberto Brown · Marilyn Couch · Megan Davis Taylor · Linda Dickson · Connie Stephens-Eaton · Nancy Ferrari · Aly Fletcher · Cayla Flynn · Donna Chance Hall · Julie Glass · Dorothy Kristin Hanna · Talbot Hopkins · Hooshang Khorasani Karen La Beau · Thomas Little · Tracy McComic · Art Nerio · Larry Sanchez · Donna Strebeck · Leland Strebeck · Sherry Tamburo · Whitney Tates · Jennifer Vasquez · Lauri Wallace

NUNU Collective Winter Exhibitions – Arnaudville

Join us at the NUNU Collective for complimentary coffee, conversation and Holiday cheer, easy shopping and a host of exhibitions including:

  • “NUNU Collective Winter Group Show” in Le Coin Gallery featuring Janelle Hebert, Carole Lancon, Cynthia Allemond, Michelle Fontenot, Arthur & Terry McViccar, Suzi Savoy Santillo, Shirley Gauthier, Dan Brockner, Shane Seneca, Annella Joubert, Nealy Atkins, Larry Bourque, Steven Melancon, Jody Flowers, Karin Chapman, Ethan Champagne, Allie Warren, Elaine Carroll and Karen Willingham
  • “Under $60 Landscape Show” in Deux Bayous Gallery
  • “George Marks Open Studio” in La Patate 3

Make a day out of it and visit Bayou Teche Brewing and see work by Byron Knott and have brunch at the Little Big Cup featuring a display of artwork focusing on edible plants.