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.

 

 

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.

 

Deck the Rails – Covington

Holiday entertainment, Christmas craft activity, visit with Santa and movies at the Trailhead.
It’s a great time for the whole family!

Sips of the Season Tour – Mandeville

Start the weekend off with OMBA enjoying holiday spirits at your favorite Old Mandeville businesses. With 33 stops in all, including non-alcoholic holiday beverages at each stop, this event is not to be missed. There is no designated order to the visits, and participating strollers are invited to enjoy them at your own leisure. Strollers receive an official mug that is filled at each stop, along with a card listing businesses dispensing the holiday-themed beverages. The mug can be taken home as a souvenir. Participants include restaurants, bars and shops, all within walking distance of the Mandeville lakefront. Mugs are $20 and available now for pre-purchase at the following locations: Cameo Boutique, Das Schulerhaus Gift Gallery & Christmas Boutique, K. Gee’s Restaurant, Varsity Sports Mandeville, The Ugly Duckling Cafe. Mugs sell out quickly, so make plans now!

Over the Edge with Chris Rose feat. Dustan Louque – Covington

Raconteur, rebel and consummate storyteller Chris Rose is bringing his unique literary performances to Playmakers Theater in Covington with an all-new “Over the Edge” presentation on December 7. The Pulitzer Prize winning writer will be joined by Dustan Louque, who will complement the stories with his acoustic guitar. What results is a unique literary/music fusion that will take audiences through a myriad of emotions ranging from laughter to tears.

A former columnist for The Times Picayune, Rose became a household name virtually overnight when his introduction of Katrina survivors to the world, via an open letter titled “Dear America,” went viral. The prose became the anthem of hope amidst the post-apocalyptic despair of the Big Uneasy. Subsequent columns were compiled into a book, 1 Dead in Attic, which landed the writer on the New York Times bestseller list. Rose now serves as the tour guide of one of New Orleans’ most authentic and immersive experiences, the Magical Musical Mystery History Tour, which has become a popular excursion for both locals and visitors.

Louque is also a storyteller, turning the tales he collects during his music tours into picturesque lyrics. With a unique sound that has been described as a blend of modern and rock, the musician punctuates Rose’s readings with an electric energy that is both engaging and entertaining.

Collectively, the duo creates a unique experience in which the lines between literature and music are blurred, and audiences hang on to every word.

Presented by Playmakers Theater and St. Tammany Art Association, “Over the Edge” will take place Dec. 7 from 7 to 8:30 pm in the theater, located at 19106 Playmakers Road in Covington. Tickets are $25 and are available via the ticket link at PlaymakersInc.com.

The performance is part of the statewide Shop Local Artists Week initiative Dec. 3 to 9, celebrating all facets of the arts and Louisiana’s creative producers. For a complete listing of events, visit www.ShopLocalArtistsWeek.com.

Playmakers, Inc. was organized in 1955 as a non-profit, voluntary amateur theater and has functioned as an organization for the promotion of dramatic interests in the Covington area.

Founded in 1958, St. Tammany Art Association’s mission is to provide quality programming and cultural enrichment to the community, to support established artists, promote emerging artists, and produce educational arts related activities for adults and children and in doing so enhance life in St. Tammany Parish.

General admission tickets $25, available here:  Over the Edge tickets

 

An Evening with St. Tammany Greats – Covington

Join us for an evening celebrating internationally acclaimed musicians Ronnie Kole, John Perkins and Bobby Ohler. Each is a Parish President’s Music Award Recipient and all of them call St. Tammany “home.”

Kole, a New Orleans Jazz legend, continues to tour the United States, Europe and Asia, tickling the ivories for sold out audiences. He holds the distinct honor of having performed for six U.S. presidents and Pope (now Saint) John Paul II.

Perkins is the former lead crooner of the Crew Cuts, a band credited with being among the pioneers of rock ’n’ roll. He has been inducted into the Canada Music Hall of Fame, and is best known for the band’s chart topping hits, “Sh’Boom” and “Earth Angel.”

Ohler has enjoyed time in the spotlight with appearances on Hollywood’s All American College Show, the 1969 version of today’s nationally televised talent shows. Through the years, he has shared the stage with Tony Bennett, Doc Severson, The Temptations, K.C. and the Sunshine Band and many more. He currently fronts The Harbor Band, enjoying popularity on both the north and south shores.

The event will include a cameo performance by Tee Augustine, a favorite in the local theatre community. This is the Shop Local Artists Week event you won’t want to miss!

Presented in the Fuhrmann Auditorium by the City of Covington in partnership with St. Tammany Art Association.

Florida Street Studio and Gallery Artist Meet and Greet – Covington

Florida Street Studio and Gallery invites you to join us for an artist meet-and-greet with Cissy Carville.

Cissy was awarded the National two dimensional category in the 2016 Summer Show at the St. Tammany Art Association.  She was selected to participate in Don Marshall’s 2016 Le Femme Show at the New Orleans Art Center.  She shows her work at the French Mix and Villa Vici.

Florida Street Studio and Gallery is located at 529 North Florida Street in historic downtown Covington.

 

 

 

Holiday Reflections Children’s Tea – Covington

A high tea for the holidays, in Covington’s newest venue, Art Alley. Children will enjoy a farm-to-table style tea plus live entertainment, storytelling and visits with Santa.

Presented by The English Tea Room to benefit St. Tammany Art Association’s building restoration fund.

Reservations are required. Tickets $35 for children and adults, includes tax and gratuities.

Seating is limited; early reservations recommended. Call (985) 898-3988.

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.

St. Tammany’s Holiday Festival of Arts – Covington

Join us December 3, noon to 5 pm in downtown Covington for 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.

The event will include more than 50 booths featuring local artists and arts organizations with offerings in a variety of media including paintings, etchings, pottery, sculpture, photography, jewelry and hand-made accessories.

In the new Art Alley, located in the 300 block of N Columbia St., a Holiday Reflections Children’s Tea hosted by The English Tea Room will feature storytelling, musical performances, theatrical characters and visits with Santa from 1 to 3 pm. Tickets to the event are $35, and are available via The English Tea Room, (985) 898-3988.

Louisiana Seafood cooking demonstrations will be offered by Meribo Chef Gavin Jobe and Old School Eats Chef Christopher Case. The dishes that the chefs demonstrate also will be available for purchase.

Live entertainment will include music by Redline and Christian Serpas & Ghost Town Duo, and literary readings, tale telling and book signings by local authors will be offered from noon to 4 pm at St. John’s Coffee House.

An opportunity to show love for our local military troops serving overseas will be offered by Slidell Ladies for Liberty, who will host a holiday card-making station, and Bayou Wood Turners, creating hand-turned wooden Freedom Pens to be gifted to active duty military.

St. Tammany’s Holiday Festival of Art is presented by Northshore Cultural Economy Coalition, working in partnership with the Cities of Covington, Mandeville and Slidell, and St. Tammany Art Association. Event sponsors include Louisiana Seafood Promotion & Marketing Board, Edge of the Lake Magazine, Slidell Magazine, and The English Tea Room. The event is funded in part by a grant from the Louisiana Division of the Arts as administered by the St. Tammany Commission on Cultural Affairs.  Admission is free.

For more information and a complete listing of the week’s events, visit www.ShopLocalArtistsWeek.com.

Artist and Arts Organization Legends:

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Founded in 2009, the mission of Northshore Cultural Economy Coalition is to facilitate growth, development and increased awareness of the cultural economy and its impact by focusing on coalition building, public policy, business support, outreach, advocacy and arts education. Membership is free and open to all cultural economy workers, organizations and businesses.


This Shop Local Artists Week event 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.