The weather's warming up mes amies, and that means Downtown Alive! starts again and strolling during ArtWalk becomes a bit more pleasant. Party Girl had the chance to hang out with all the photographers, painters and sculptors at the February ArtWalk. Jefferson Street's newest gallery, Grand Contemporary, has a wonderful showcase of 15 artists in its, well, grand space. "The show was very well attended," says owner Jennifer Grand. "We were definitely pleased with the turnout. It was fun!" Works at Grand Contemporary included Denis Ansel's oil paintings, Robert Moreland's innovative sculptures created from old appliances and car parts and Bradley Sabin's eccentric ceramics. Many of the artists are from Louisiana and incorporate southern themes in their exhibits, but the sleek space above Rain is worth viewing by itself. Great job with the space Jennifer!
The Acadiana Center for the Arts was also partying during its Early Bird Preview Party. Party Girl was lucky enough to be invited to preview the center's new exhibits and visit with some special guests. Clint Jeske from the USGS National Wetlands Research Center brought along some of his feathered friends, including a goose, parrot and a dove, who fit right in with the center's bird-themed exhibits. Party Girl gained a bit of ornithological knowledge while snacking on gourmet cuisine by Kit Benkert. For his first catering job, Kit served up crostini with beef tenderloin, chicken salad and some tasty pineapple salsa. And for dessert, Fifi Billeaud filled a table with her sweet creations. The pecan-crusted graham crackers were absolutely sinful! Party Girl capped off the evening with a glass of wine in the center's ultra-chic vault.
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.