Louisiana Tiny House Festival

The first annual Louisiana Tiny House Festival will bring tiny houses from all over the US for touring at Slidell’s Heritage Park.  A benefit for the Louisiana Cultural Economy Foundation, the event will showcase a  Holiday Art Market, a Children’s Village sponsored by Slidell Memorial Hospital and Ochsner Health Systems, food trucks, speakers and demonstrations,  live music from the Bucktown All-Stars and more.

HRAC presents Carols & Cocktails

Festive holiday cocktails will be served as holiday music echoes throughout the Hammond Regional Arts Center. Come join us for complimentary champagne peppermint cocktails and sing along to your favorite holiday carols.

This event is free and open to the public.

Dustan Louque at Marigny Opera House

This will be a holiday/winter solstice show in New Orleans by Louisiana songwriter Dustan Louque.  He was once signed by Atlantic records and has had many songs in film/tv.  On this night, he will be joined by Margaret Hebert on grand piano and other instruments.  They will play the St. James Parish Christmas songs they have written for the Bonfire tradition.  They will be joined by Andrea Villien of Lafayette on violin and mandolin.  Don’t miss this night.

Meet & Greet for Randy Cohen, Americans for the Arts VP

Randy Cohen

Please join us for a Meet & Greet welcoming Americans for the Arts’ Vice President of Research & Policy Randy Cohen in celebration of our local Shop Local Artists Week initiative receiving national support via Americans for the Arts.

Enjoy light appetizers and a cash bar from 5 to 6 pm as we welcome Randy to the cultural scene of St. Tammany. Optional dinner following at 6 pm.

This is a great opportunity for those who didn’t have an opportunity to meet Randy at the State of the Arts luncheon and for those who wish to continue the conversation about the impact of arts and culture in communities.

RSVPs requested via Info@NorthshoreCEC.org. Please indicate preference of happy hour, dinner or both.

Special thanks to Palmetto’s for their support of this event.

A Shop Local Artists Week event

State of the Arts Luncheon

Northshore Cultural Economy Coalition and St. Tammany Tourist and Convention Commission are honored to welcome Americans for the Arts’ Vice President of Research and Policy Randy Cohen and Louisiana Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser to a State of the Arts luncheon in honor of National Shop Local Artists Week.

The State of the Arts luncheon will feature delectable Louisiana fare, a showcase of arts organizations and festivals with significant contributions to the cultural economy and live entertainment by saxophonist Greg Worthington.

It’s a celebration of all genres of art and the many creatives who make up the rich cultural fabric of Louisiana.

Tickets are $35 or reserved tables for eight $300, available here.  Limited seating available, so early reservations are recommended. Reservation deadline: Wednesday, November 28.


Special thanks to Slidell Memorial Hospital/Ochsner Regional Medical Center. Edge of the Lake magazine and Slidell Magazine for sponsorship of this event.


In December of 2016, Northshore Cultural Economy Coalition launched the initiative in Slidell as Shop Local Artists Weekend, hosted in the Art Marketplace in the East St. Tammany Chamber of Commerce. In 2017, with the support of Louisiana Senator Sharon Hewitt and State Representative Greg Cromer, the program grew to a statewide, weeklong event with the adoption of Senate Concurrent Resolution 20.  In 2018, Americans for the Arts embraced Shop Local Artists Week as a nationwide celebration of the arts and artists.


HRAC presents Fine & Functional Exhibition

Curated by professional artists, Nancy Perilloux and Katherine Scherer, Fine & Functional returns to the Hammond Regional Arts Center for the holiday season. Join us for our holiday tradition and discover one-of-a-kind gifts for the one-of-a-kind people on your list. Shop for fine crafts and hand-made holiday items in an expanded variety of artistic mediums.

Featured artists: Jamie Alonzo-Watts, Greg Arceneaux Cabinetmakers, Sandy Baham, Mary McDonald Boston, Rocky Broome, Tootie Calmes, Julie Cornelius, Rosemary Goodell, Trent Hebert, Jerry Hymel, Sue Karmeisool, Lynda Katz, Connie Kittok, Michael Koeniggeder, Sherryl Lutz, Jodie Masterman, Jaime A. Miller, Sandy Dokka Parfait, Cindy Rodger Fine Artist, Katherine Scherer, Dennis Sipiorski, Lauren Tobey, Emily Wortman and David Wortman.

On view through January 15.

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!

Holiday Arts & Crafts Bazaar at Women’s Center – Abita Springs

Please come and join us for an afternoon of Holiday Cheer – meet the artists and enjoy some refreshments! Featuring arts and crafts from local female artists. Several artists will be on hand, selling their unique handcrafted items. A percentage of sales proceeds are donated by the artists to benefit the Women’s Center. Great gift ideas, just in time for the holidays!

71667 Leveson St

Abita Springs, LA 70420

985 892-8111


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!