On the eve of the 2nd Saturday Artwalk, you should probably know that local photographer Debbie Fleming Caffery is a part of the Facing Change: Documenting America (FCDA) project. The FCDA "is a non-profit collective of dedicated photojournalists and writers coming together to explore America and to build a forum to chart its future."
Caffery's stunning work in the project is appropriately titled "Life and Death Along the Mississippi." Check it out here.But back to art you can see up close and personally, Artwalk is set for Saturday, 6-9 p.m. all over downtown Lafayette with more than a dozen galleries, museums restaurants and shops offering live music, food, drink and art for purchase. Remember: all art original works are exempt from state sales tax that are sold in the Downtown Lafayette Cultural District.
Of all the cool things about Artwalk, one of the coolest is that chances are you know the artist whose work is on exhibit, and if you don't, chances are you'll have the opportunity to meet them.
"Personally, I think it is a great experience to see Lafayette's own hometown artists and artists that have come from every around the country and decided to make Lafayette their home and show their art around Lafayette," says Mallory Broussard, events and parks coordinator.
Broussard says art instructors at the UL Lafayette will show their work.
"We have several university professors from the art department who are showing their work," she says. "And actually, we have two or three seniors who have graduated from UL who are having their own expos as well."
This ArtWalk you'll find student work from New Iberia Catholic High, Cecilia High and St. Martinville High and poetry readings by students from St. Martinville High's Dead Poet's Society will be featured at the Arts Co-op.
The Lafayette Science Museum hosts a special exhibit, "Be A Bird Lover's Artwalk" as professor Garrie Landry, UL-Lafayette Biology instructor and curator, will share his collection of Passenger Pigeon artwork and artifacts.
"To the Water" at Lounge Gallery and Tsunami consists of paintings and photography by fourteen artists in the Summer Show at Lounge Gallery will take you on a beautiful journey "to the water...." from the sea shore to the basin to the bayou to the lake.
There's a history lesson at Gallery R featuring work from Virginia Fuselier Goetting titled, "The Police Gazette Monologues." The work consists of mixed media work that has been derived from a woodblock print originally featured in the National New York Police Gazette from the year 1893.
In addition to the expo and galleries, businesses in the district showing works for ArtWalk include Artmosphere, The Greenroom, The Ballet Academie, Bizarre Ink, Frederick's Hair Studio, Marc Isaac, Parish Ink, Recycled Cycles of Acadiana and Americas Coffee House.Acadiana Center for the Arts
101 W. Vermilion St. / 233-7060
Southern Open 2012
The Southern Open is a competitive juried exhibition featuring artists from the 5 southern states of Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida. Taking place in the Main Gallery at the AcA, Southern Open 2012 includes all types of original media: painting, drawing, sculpture, installation, photography and video/DVD provided by visual artists over the age of 18.
Artists in Southern Open 2012: Chad Aldridge, Richard Armendariz, David Armentor, M R Barry, Kathy Baus, Heather Bause, Joe Bennett, David Bogus, Sesthasak Boonchai, Matthew Broussard, Shanna Dantonio, Lee Deigaard, Keith Dorwick, Troy Dugas, Kurt Dyrhaug, Terry Grow, Sandria Hu, Weston Lambert, Colin Miller, Emee Morgan, Stephanie Patton, Pat Phillips, Alex Podesta, Akasha Rabut, Alice Raymond, Gregory Reuter, Cynthia Scott, Trish Simonite, Brian St Cyr, David Sullivan and Jonathan Vaughan.
Luba Zygarewicz, Thread, el hilo de mis dia
Luba Zygarewicz was born in Chile, in 1965, grew up in Bolivia, and moved to San Francisco at the age of 15. Zygarewicz says, "My work is in response to life situations and my daily struggle as a woman to be a wife, a mom, a teacher, and an artist." Thus, she gravitates to creating pieces that in time accumulate to a large whole, while daily working a bit a time with mundane materials readily accessible. Her new exhibition entitled Thread expresses a journey and an investigation of how to make visible that which invisibly passes by: time. Luba received her BA in Visual Arts from Loyola University, New Orleans in 1989 and her MFA from San Francisco Art Institute in 1994.
Lynda Katz, Works in Porcelain
The exhibition will include functional and decorative porcelain vessels inspired by local flora and fauna.
Adrian Fulton's Fine Art Gallery
302 Jefferson St. / 658-3274
Original art by Adrian Fulton in the form of paintings, portraits or caricatures.
535 1/2 Jefferson St. / 344-8657
Student artwork from New Iberia Catholic High, Cecilia High and St. Martinville High. Poetry Readings by students from St. Martinville High's Dead Poet's Society will also be presenting in the backyard of the gallery.
535 Jefferson St / 232-3061
Artist Phyllis Smith is just returning home after traveling all over the country. Much of her art knowledge was gained from a Chinese artist who became her friend and mentor.
Cité des Arts
109 Vine St. / 291-1122
"The Artist's Connection" Expo debuts and consists of a variety of paintings and drawings including watercolor, oils and acrylic paintings and other mediums such as drawings from graphite, charcoal, conti, colored pencils, pastels, oil pastels pen/ink and collage. Artists include Elaine Bourque, Susan Matte, Sharon Bouillion, Phylis Welch, Sylvia Broussard, Anne Breaux, Liz Andrepont, and Dr. Lyn Fontenot.
Francis Pavy Studio
210 Gordon St. / 232-6682
Open studio; recent works.
549 Jefferson St. / 593-0796
A group exhibition consisting of works by 20 artists from the Lafayette area in a wide range of mediums including ceramics, drawings, glass, paintings, photographs, and sculpture.
Lafayette Science Museum
433 Jefferson St. / 291-5544
"Be A Bird Lover's Artwalk" by professor Garrie Landry, UL-Lafayette Biology instructor and curator. A collectionn of Passenger Pigeon artwork and artifacts. Landry will talk about his involvement with the 2014 commemoration of the Passenger Pigeon's extinction.
Lounge Art Gallery
402 S. Buchanan St. / 236-5570
"To the Water" at Lounge Gallery and Tsunami consists of paintings and photography by 14 artists including Pegi Derby, Kathy Dumesnil, Michael Eble, Joy Gardner,Candace Greer, Kerry Griechen, Kelli Kaufman, Carla Vincent Levers, Anne McLeod, Linda Moncla, Ceci Neustrom, Lue Svendson, Gwen Voorhies, and Jerome Weber. Jeffery McCullough, curator.
Gallery R (at The Russo Group)
116 E. Congress St. / 769-1530
Anew body of work by Virginia Fuselier Goetting titled, "The Police Gazette Monologues." The work consists of mixed media work that has been derived from a woodblock print originally featured in the National New York Police Gazette from the year 1893.
Sans Souci Gallery
219 E. Vermilion St. / 266-7999
Clay artist Annie Hendrix, a native New Orleanian, is a self-taught clay artist who early in her career chose music asher medium. Her exhibit, "Laid Back Musician," will also feature something new called "Sissy Fish."
Whoojoo Stained Glass
532 Jefferson St. / 269-9310
Zoom Photo Studio
205-A W. Vermilion St. / 781-2036
Photography by Travis Gauthier and paintings by Suzanne Broussard.