Silk and orchids appear the most fragile of substances. But silk's toughness is matched in the botanical kingdom by the hearty orchid. Lafayette silk painter Rosanna Pousardien Czarnecki combines the two in her silk crepe painting "Unfolding," which has been accepted in Orchid Express, a juried exhibit of silk paintings of orchids at the Smithsonian Institute National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C., through May 1.
Czarnecki's orchid is a yellow Lady's Slipper, indigenous to North America. A visit to an orchid grower in California inspired her to do a series of silk paintings of the rare flowers ' one of which won first place at the Capitol Orchid Society Show hosted by the local Washington, D.C., Orchid Society.
While acrylics and oils can be used for silk painting, the rich color and flow of dyes make it the most compelling medium, Czarnecki says. "The dyes are so luscious, they're addictive." After the dye is steam set, it permanently bonds with the silk. Thus what looks like the most delicate of fabrics, painted with jewel-like colors, can be worn as a scarf or jacket and washed or dry-cleaned.
The Orchid Express exhibit explores the occasionally perilous history of the earth's most sought-after flower. Some varieties of the plant were nearly pushed into extinction by the hunt of 19th century collectors seeking the orchid. (Despite its exotic appearance, the orchid is fairly easy to grow.)
Czarnecki likes the play between the illusion of fragility and reality of strength both in her subject matter and her medium. Painting is where strength and beauty intersect, a place of deep meaning for her, she says. That's what her signature in Chinese characters on the bottom of her work implies; translated, it reads "eagle's wings."
Rosanna Czarnecki can be reached at R C Studio, 988-2427.
newsy bits for the fam
Festival International de Louisiane is right around the corner — April 23-27 — and IND Monthly’s second annual Fest fIND contest is along for the ride.
Acadian rep notifies would-be supporters that an April 25 fundraiser for the embattled U.S. rep won’t go on as planned.
Georgia-based fried chicken chain would go up against Raising Cane’s, Chick-fil-A and others (like the Popeyes near its proposed location).
While it isn’t all too unusual for public bodies to have hired security present during meetings, the LPSB’s push to do so is arguably a response to the antics of one board member.
“I’m running. Why would I be raising all this money? Just to have to return it to people?”
With incumbent U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu watching from afar, and with a united Democratic Party in her corner, the fight to get the GOP officially behind Congressman Bill Cassidy is gaining just as much momentum as it is hushed controversy.
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15th Judicial District Judge Durwood Conque has announced that he will not seek re-election after 27 years on the bench.
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The controversial standardized tests are set to be used in third-grade through eighth-grade public school classrooms next year.
The Louisiana Senate has agreed to prohibit unmanned aircraft from flying over chemical plants, water treatment systems, telecommunications networks and other items considered "critical infrastructure" in Louisiana.
A Scott businessman has pleaded guilty to failing to report a conspiracy to award Opelousas Housing Authority construction bids to his company.
It didn’t take long for KATC TV 3 to jump all over the news of a dead body found in Girard Park, but in its rush to produce headlines, the local TV station got sloppy.
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Tuesday's Blogs from the Bog!
Here's your daily look at late-breaking national and international news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Tuesday, April 15, 2014:
An unholy trinity of civil-society upheavalers whose first names are not Conner, Tanner or Logan are facing charges in Eunice.
Now that lawmakers have shot down efforts to cap annual interest rates for payday loans, supporters for stricter regulations of the storefront lenders are rallying behind another strategy.
The Appropriations Committee held public testimony day, letting people talk about what they like or don't like about Gov. Bobby Jindal's budget recommendations for the 2014-15 fiscal year that begins July 1.
Court-appointed examiner says Lafayette businessman was “effectively on both sides” of transactions, opens door for legal action against him.
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Lafayette-based insurance broker/risk management group bought by Florida firm for undisclosed sum; principals Landry and Harris continue to run local operations.
Lafayette police are investigating the death of a 21-year-old woman whose body was found early Sunday in a drainage ditch in Girard Park.
Former Grant parish District Attorney Ed Tarpley says he's running for the U.S. House seat currently held by Republican Vance McAllister of Swartz.
Louisiana-Lafayette got strong starting pitching and timely hitting to hold off Arkansas-Little Rock 6-3 in Sun Belt Conference baseball in Lafayette, La.
The life and legacy of Dave Perkins will be commemorated with a special INDesign Lifetime Achievement Award as part of the 2014 event on April 24.
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The Cane Fire Film Series presents “The Great Flood” on Monday, April 14, at the AcA.