Megan Barra is a local artist/designer who received a Grammy nomination for her package design of Sonny Landreth’s album Levee Town. She has done design work for business and non-profits all over Acadiana and her work has been show in Canada, Europe and stateside. Barra's silk work also graced the cover of The Ind's "Cool Town" issue last spring.
Being “in the vault” at ACA is quite literal: Part of the building comprises the former LBA Savings Bank, and its vault, which does look exactly like the bank vaults you’ve seen in screwball ’40s comedies save for the very modern furnishings the ACA has installed, is often home to art installations.
Barra’s Silk Compositions is up until Sept. 24 and it is well worth the viewing. Scrolls of silk are unfurled and hung to show Louisiana scenes, particularly musicians. Clifton Chenier is in one piece as are a lot of New Orleans musicians. At Barra’s website she describes herself as a music lover and her work does nothing to deny that fact. Swatches of silk are sewn together to form scenes and often the fabric is dyed or images imposed upon it. Think of it as a quilt that is as tough to work with as it is exquisite to see.
Silk Compositions opens in time for August’s ArtWalk on Aug. 13 when for one Saturday night downtown Lafayette comes alive with art and its lovers, or at least those pretending to look cultured. Mosey through downtowns galleries, bars and restaurants that are open to ArtWalk starting at around 5 p.m.
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NOV 26 Zach Kopplin, who we came to know and love when he was a Louisiana high school student lobbying for the continued inclusion of science stuff in science class, pens this post in The Atlantic about a "textbook" available for social studies instruction in Texas that discusses how Moses contributed to the Constitution. (Oy! Texas rednecks love Jews. Who knew?)
NOV 26 Finally, mad people on the interwebz is a good thing! World wide webby outrage has caused the village of Moreauville to reverse its plan to confiscate pit bulls and Rottweillers and euthanize them simply because of their breed, WAFB reports here. The plan? They're going to enforce the leash law. Well, that would have been a good place to start.
NOV 26 Jim Brown, like many of us Louisiana voters, seems fed up with out of town know-it-alls trying to tell us what to do. Bill Cassidy can't make it through the day without flying someone in to "tell us political retards" how to vote, he says.
NOV 26 Blogger Tom Aswell is writing about the behavior of the two finalists in the 6th Congressional District race: Edwin Edwards and Garret Graves. Edwards has come out swinging, but Graves' campaign seems bent on snatching defeat from the jaws of victory, Tom says.
NOV 26 Unless you're in Virigina, you shouldn't count on seeing our Governor on Election Day. Mark Ballard writes in the Advocate's political blog that Bobby will be appearing at a GOP love fest of some kind there, instead of spending the day here.
NOV 26 This post on The Lens takes a look at the ongoing dispute in New Orleans over the banners about the upcoming tax election for the school system. The banners are hanging on schools, and some feel they are promotional, which is not allowed, instead of educational - which is allowed.
NOV 26 Not all college students are focused on football games and parties at this time of year. This post on DIG Baton Rouge recounts an LSU student group that tries to make sure that those who are hungry and homeless are not forgotten by those of us who aren't.
NOV 25 Edwin Edwards took off the gloves on Monday, this post on WAFB tells us. At a Press Club appearance, he wondered how his 6th Congressional District opponent, Garret Graves, could be an expert in all the areas in which he claims to be - when he has no college degree in anything. (Five years - FIVE YEARS - in college, but no degree. Huh?)
NOV 25 Blogger Mike Deshotels offers this primer on predatory charter schools and how they operate, specifically in Louisiana. They're not just profiting from our tax dollars, they're using children and shortchanging them to do so, Deshotels says.
NOV 25 Here's a link to the petition that has been created to save Zeus, a family dog who is targeted for death by the learned fathers of the Avoyelles Parish village of Moreauville. They passed an ordinance based on nothing that outlaws pit bulls and Rotweillers. As of Tuesday morning, the petition had more than 230,000 signatures - a number that's a wee bit higher than the village population of 929.
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