Stitched collages, painted quilts, you name it, she was mixing media. This year, she was contemplating a long slow summer vacation from her art teaching job at the Episcopal School of Acadiana and after a few days of indolence, she got antsy. So she taught herself jewelry making and began casting around for something different.
“Somebody’s got to be making crawfish jewelry,” she said to herself, but evidently, no one was. One crawfish boil later, she was meticulously cleaning and beautifying mudbug claws.
Gilded, lacquered and studded with a pearl, Sonnier’s Creole crawfish claw earrings are uniquely Louisiana. The claws adorn a sodalite (a blue lapis-like stone) and coral cypress necklace as well. Other items from her Dirty Rice collection bear local names like Teche, Atchafalaya, Venice and Carondolet. Prices range from $26-$110 on craft website Etsy.
There will soon be a whole lot of shakin’ going on at Benny’s Sportshack Supplement Depot, a new concept by Opelousas native Benny Nele. Located at 2002 Johnston St., the supplement shop, smoothie bar and café, featuring hot off the press paninis and wraps, plans to open in late May.
Philip deMahy Sr., a once respected New Iberia ad exec, was sentenced May 2 to spend the next two years (he faced up to 100 years) in a state penitentiary after state and federal investigators found dozens of images depicting children engaged in lewd sexual acts on his personal computer.