St. Tammany’s Holiday Festival of Arts

Join us Sunday, December 2, noon to 5 pm in downtown Covington for the second annual St. Tammany’s Holiday Festival of Arts. Five hours. Two blocks. And something for everyone on your list. It’s a great opportunity for holiday shopping, and it’s taking place in the 300 and 400 blocks of N. Columbia Street.

It’s the second annual St. Tammany’s Holiday Festival of Arts, a celebration of local up and coming and seasoned artists, authors, performing artists and more.

With a broad spectum of visual and literary artists, plus live entertainment by THE TOPCATS and Christian Serpas and Ghost Town duo, this promises to be the most fun you can have picking out special gifts for everyone on your list.

Admission is free.

We are honored that #ShopLocalArtistsWeek has been embraced by Americans for the Arts as a national event, broadening the conversations and support of local artists to a nationwide celebration.

This event is presented by Northshore Cultural Economy Coalition, St. Tammany’s Holiday Festival of Arts and Shop Local Artists Week – Louisiana are supported by a grant from the Louisiana Division of the Arts, Louisiana Office of Cultural Development in cooperation with the Louisiana State Arts Council, as administered by the St. Tammany Parish Commission on Cultural Affairs. Funding has also been provided by the National Endowment for the Arts/ArtWorks.

Special thanks to our event sponsors, EDGE of the Lake Magazine, Slidell Magazine and Bourgeois Bennett, CPAs & Consultants – Northshore. Thanks also to the City of Covington – Office of Cultural Arts & Events for their support of this event.



They Don’t Eat Corn Here, at Art Klub, performance and artist talk – New Orleans

Reese Johanson Collective with Art Klub presents:
They Don’t Eat Corn Here

Wed., Dec. 6, 6pm
with artist talk back following performance
Free, donations accepted!

Thurs and Fri, Dec. 7 and 8, 8pm
(After party on Dec. 8th with Pink Lion)
Art Klub
1941 Arts St.
$10 advance –
$15 at the door
(No one turned away policy, as always at Art Klub)

Through rich poetry, live music, dance, and video projections we travel with Beatrice, exploring her unnerving desire to fill an emptiness. How far must she go to find fulfillment and meaning of life? She combats the social impact of urban evolution, falls in love, has a child, tries to save a village from loosing it’s culture. Along the way there are many kernels of truth, leading to the meat of the matter. We are all just part of one big food chain.

This presentation will be excerpts from the full length piece.
This is a work in progress to be fully realized in 2018.

Writing and choreography, Reese Johanson;
Music by Laura Patterson;
Video by Daneeta Loretta Jackson;
Physical Dramaturgy and Rehearsal Coach, Jenny Sargent
Photo by Zack Smith

A Note From the Artist:
Reese Johanson on Cultural Anthropology.
“I think a lot about the shift in communities’ cultures due to the introduction of new inhabitants. From the simple addition to a daughter-in-law from a different country and how that affects the dynamic of the day to day life in a family, to the complexities of the influx of immigrants because of tourism, war, natural disaster, and how the overall lifestyle of a community is influenced due to this migration. Food, dress, courtship, rearing children, art, music, sports, work ethic…all of this and more will subtly and dramatically, and not usually smoothly, adapt. There is a struggle to fit in while defending one’s ways; maintaining the integrity of one’s beliefs while remaining open to new lifestyles. This dichotomy presents very fascinating subject matter for me. ”

Reese Johanson
is a producer, performing artist, writer, fundraiser for the arts and about town party girl. She has performed and produced across the US and internationally in France and Germany.

She creates theatrical works with strong physical and dance elements, while also merging other performance and art disciplines, ultimately creating a holistic theatre experience that is risky, poignant and painfully human. Noted works by RJC are the ambulatory production, UNROUTE, award nominated shows, Flashback and THEY DON’T EAT CORN HERE and M/Other with New Orleans Arts Council’s LUNA FETE.

She was a company member of Chard Gonzalez Dance Theatre for 5 years. She’s worked with theatre producers Bremner Duthie and Nari Tomassetti, choreographing and performing in their productions and played with Susan Millar Boldissar in the joint ad-venture, REBOMIJO, merging live music, poetry and dance, and with Daneeta Jackson in DJ / RJ Co-Lab, interacting live theatre and dance with film and other projections.

She is the Executive Director for the non-profit artist inc., (which she founded in 2007), managing and facilitating all of the organization’s programming. Most recently she built the Art Klub, an arts and culture community center in the St. Roch neighborhood of the 8th Ward in New Orleans.

Holiday Open House

Holiday Open House @ Levee Gallery
Tuesday, December 5, 4-7 pm
Monroe, LA

Please join us for this FREE event that is open to the public, as we celebrate our local artists. Support your local arts community while you find unique, handmade gifts for the holidays. Let us help you make you holiday shopping easier and more enjoyable. Levee Gallery specializes in contemporary paintings, prints, photographs, ceramics, fiber art, and hand-turned woodwork by local and regional artists.

Christmas Extravaganza Arts & Crafts Expo – Covington

This Christmas Village expo features more than 500 artists and craftsmen selling their unique works, plus 20 vendors offering a variety of tasty fare and a special area just for children. Come enjoy the spirit of Christmas!

$5 admission, children 12 and under free. For more information, call 985.966-9683.


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.