Local artists displaying works in the parish

Above, Madeleine Neske with her art on display. Below, a few of Donna Nassar’s oil paintings.

The tantalizing colors and textures of the works of two St. Charles Art Guild members will be on display through Nov. 5.

Donna Nassar’s oil paintings are on display at the St. Charles Parish Hospital in Luling. Some 16 pieces are available for viewing and sale.

Madeleine Neske’s works are on display at Plantation View Medical Offices, also in Luling.

Neske is an expressionistic landscape painter who works in acrylics. Her pieces include lush landscapes like “Bayou Amulets” and “Swamp Sunflowers.”

The St. Charles Art Guild is amongst the oldest and still functioning art guilds in the metropolitan New Orleans area. It was established in 1968 by Mariann Burns, Laura Wilk and Claire Van Wirt. Charter members were Travis Pitchford and nationally known Mississippi mud clay artist Lorraine Gendron.

The guild’s first show and sale was conducted in 1968. Soon, Fall and Spring shows became season attractions assisted by business support.

Guild members were responsible for and supported volunteer art programs and lessons in the local school system long before art was officially programmed into the St. Charles Parish School System. The St. Charles Women’s Club invited the Art Guild’s members to create murals for the walls of the Special Education School that was in existence at the time.

Today, the St. Charles Art Guild provides members with timely opportunities to display and market art for fun and profit through adult workshops, kids’ camps, showcases, instructional demonstrations at their meetings, field trips, and paint-outs.


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