Dennis Paul Williams has been drawing since he could hold a crayon. Highly sensitive to beauty, fueled by his spirituality, and drawing from the Creole heritage of his St. Martinville family, Williams’ soulful works swirl with vibrant energy around a calm meditative center. Williams, who plays with his brother Nathan Williams’s band, Nathan and the Zydeco Cha-Chas, is a prolific artist, filling his studio with stacks of work on paper. Images of his grandmother, a healer, his daughters, his wife, father, uncle, brothers as well as the biblical prophets whirl through his work. Horses, birds, leaves — elements of nature in motion fly on the invisible wind.
In his most recent work, the rainbow pastels he is known for have given way to the limited pallet of a box of conté crayons: charcoal, graphite and burnt sienna. Inset into these subtle drawings are geometric figures and finely rendered images. The work is deeply moving both on an artistic as well as spiritual level. A survey of William’s work, Soul Texture, opens Saturday night, October 11, during ArtWalk at the Acadiana Center for the Arts. For more information, call the ACA at 233-7060.
Is it a crime for citizens to photograph, video, or take notes of a police officer in the line of duty, or a right protected by the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution? Locally, such activity, as witnessed recently, will at the very least result in a night spent behind bars.
David Calhoun and Elizabeth “EB” Brooks are the first two employees of Lafayette Central Park Inc., the nonprofit charged with turning Lafayette Consolidated Government’s 100-acre Johnston Street Horse Farm property into a passive public park. Calhoun was named executive director, and Brooks is director of planning and design.
Episcopal School of Acadiana’s Dr. Joshua Caffery, chair of the school’s English Department, is headed to Washington, D.C., and the Library of Congress as the latest winner of the Alan Lomax Fellowship in Folklife Studies.