Two local organizations prime residents for self-expression with art
The St. Charles Art Guild held their first blank canvas meeting of the year where members were able to discuss new opportunities for the coming months.
The first in a fresh series of ideas, colleagues shared with one another changes in the art world and ways they can interpret their artistic growth, using the ideals to better express their ideas in visual ways.
“Grants treasurer Mary Sue Carter has been very busy working on workshop grants and plans, two that have been set thus far,” said Laurie Abadie, guild president. “And Joan Longo has worked her magic with the club treasury to help accommodate the changing economy to better fit our needs.”
One grant that has been award to the organization is from the Louisiana Decentralized Arts Funding Program for this season’s scheduled workshops in January and March 2010.
The art guild will give members three opportunities to show their talent this season. The first will be at the Louisiana Artist Association’s collaboration at Bull’s Corner Restaurant in LaPlace. Ten works of art will be chosen to be placed in the business for two months.
“We will select the artwork by a group vote,” added Abadie. “And previous winners of earlier contests are still eligible.”
All members will also be able to be selected as an artist of the month, where their winning artwork is published in the newspaper. Thirdly, Abadie encourages member to enter the Council On Aging’s calendar contest.
At the guild’s latest meeting featured guest speaker Jayne DeMarcay, a fine jewelry designer from Abita Springs.
“Jayne guided us through techniques that bring her sketches to the finished designs of her hand-constructed creations in 14-carat gold, sterling silver and semi-precious stones,” said Abadie. “All of her collections were on display for us to see.”
Volunteers are also needed for the Fall Heritage Festival at Destrehan Plantation Oct. 21 and 22. Contact Abadie for more information. Also, all dues of $20 are due by Sept. 15.
Senior adults invited to enter
The Council On Aging is currently accepting entries for its annual calendar contest. Eligible participants must be 60 years or older. The deadline for submission is Sept. 14 at 4 p.m.
Winners will be announced at a reception on Wednesday, Sept. 30 at 1 p.m. in the COA conference room located at 626 Pine St. in Hahnville.
Interested artists should attach their entry form to the back of their artwork. Entry forms can also be picked up at the COA offices.