Angelle Victoria is a full-time artist, former Luling resident and current member of the Mandeville Art Guild and St. Tammany Art Association. This fall she is adding something new to her resume – artist of the Alligator Festival poster.
The process started two years ago, when a friend suggested that Victoria enter the contest.
“This contest was going on before COVID and I won, but then COVID happened,” she said. “The festival kept getting pushed back.”
The pandemic sidelined the fall festival, as did Hurricane Ida’s destruction last year.
“I’ve always loved art, but I didn’t start doing it full-time until COVID,” Victoria said. “The restaurant industry closed down with pandemic, and I found success during COVID. I ended up making just as much money doing art as I had at my previous job.”
The corporate restaurant trainer turned full-time artist said she is excited for people to see and be able to purchase the poster.
“I think it shows the fun family atmosphere of the festival with the bright colors, but shows it’s home because of the bridge,” she said.
The poster will be available for purchase the Alligator Festival, which will be held September 22 -25 at the Westbank Bridge Park. It features live alligators, 10 bands, carnival rides, Cajun cuisine, craft booths, and more.
“I’ll be out there signing posters,” Victoria said. “I’m really excited. I can’t wait. I have my markers ready.”
Kelsey Pollock, the Rotary Club of St. Charles Parish’s public relations chair and festival marketing director, said the club is working hard to bring back the Alligator Festival bigger and better than ever.
“After the effects of the pandemic and Hurricane Ida, we hope that the Alligator Festival will give our community an opportunity to reunite and celebrate,” Pollock said.
For more information on Angelle Victoria and her artwork, visit www.angellevictoriastudio.org.