Mayor Kathy Richard originally opposed the core of artists who wanted to transform the downtown into an artist's community, refusing to sell the defunct town water plant to a sculptor. A year and a half later, with Arnaudville catching the eye of Lt. Gov. Mitch Landrieu's cultural economy initiative and Southern Breeze magazine, Richard offered the key to the city to Marks. He declined, cracking up the town meeting by stating, "Everyone who knows me knows I've lost every key I've ever owned."
The little engines of art and commerce have taken on a life of their own. Saturday mornings, residents meet for coffee and to speak French, an important element in preserving the small town's history and culture. What began as an occasional fais do-do at the Town Market has turned into weekly Saturday night dances, with musicians calling Marks to request bookings. Sundays is for what Marks dubs an "organic jam" at Cajun Fiddles, which often spills over into a second night of dancing.
The project closest to Marks' heart has always been to create an environment where artists can live and work. The art school is an important element of this mission, providing income for residents and an ever-expanding educated public to help nurture the rustic character of the rural community.
The first workshop of Frederick l'Ecole Des Arts will be "Paint Reflected Light," an advanced oil painting class taught by Jill Hackney. The following week, arts educator Anne Mcleod will offer a mixed-media workshop for kids. Marks and director Betty Roy anticipate classes focusing on everything from writing workshops to broom making ' a historic trade in Arnaudville. "It's important to stay true to our roots," Marks says. "I don't see a cute village. I don't see touristy shops." A shade tree mechanic located next door to an art gallery is right up Marks' alley. "You see how real it is?"
Workshops for adults and "funshops" for kids will be held at Town Market starting the week of July 9, and cost $100-$125. For more info or to register, check out www.frederickarts.homestead.com or call art school director Betty Roy at 523-5832.
Two bedroom New Iberia ranch style house or two bedroom Lafayette condo
The deadline to purchase tickets for the 2014 ABiz Top 50 Business Luncheon featuring top-selling author, political activist and Harvard law professor Lawrence Lessig is only two weeks away.
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The investigation and potential prosecution of the man charged in the recent hit-and-run death of a Youngsville cyclist won’t happen overnight, according to local law enforcement officials.
Louisiana's state school board is holding a special meeting to consider whether to sue Gov. Bobby Jindal in an ongoing dispute over the Common Core education standards.
A bipartisan congressional deal to help improve veterans' health care access includes approval for new veterans clinics in Lafayette and Lake Charles.
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It wouldn’t be a first, however, as the Chamber has thrown money behind Landrieu before.
The Democratic incumbent, seeking her fourth term in office, is a strong supporter of the Export-Import Bank, which helps finance exports of U.S. companies.
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The world is a politically tense place these days with hot spots ranging from the Middle East to Ukraine. In Louisiana and Mississippi, where the political chessboard tends to be a lot less threatening and at times entertaining, this election season is living up to expectations.
As this year’s budget process slogs forward and the Lafayette Parish School Board maintains its hard-headed stance against using any of its more than $60 million reserve fund, another slate of critical programs have rolled through the chopping block, despite the ramifications for the school system.
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Louisiana has joined nine other states in support of Indiana’s appeal of a federal judge’s ruling that the Hoosier State’s ban on sam-sex marriage violates the Constitution.
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The parent of Investar Bank says its second-quarter earnings fell to $1.1 million or 26 cents a share from $1.7 million of 44 cents a share in the same period a year ago.
1,554 rigs were exploring for oil and 315 for gas. Two were listed as miscellaneous. A year ago there were 1,770 active rigs.
The Saints are being cautious in an effort to minimize risk of re-injury.
Most personal auto insurance policies exclude coverage when people charge money to drive others in their personal vehicles.
In this letter to the editor, Lafayette Parish School Board member Shelton Cobb (the board's former president) weighs in on the difficulty behind this year's budget process, calling out a number of his fellow board members over their inability to drop their power struggle with the superintendent and make the interests of the students a top priority.
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LSU Health Sciences Center says people with a common, hard-to-treat kind of lung cancer can join a new national trial to test drugs faster.
As New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton and general manager Mickey Loomis spoke about the opening of training camp, steep, tree-covered mountains were in full view behind them.
The family of fallen cyclist Lon Lomas is speaking out after the release this week of the man charged with his death.
"The solutions are obvious: undo consolidation, or amend the charter to make this hybrid attempt at a new form of government work better."