Another man who made his mark on Lafayette is artist Eugene Martin. This nationally known artist and extremely generous man died last year, but local galleries are still remembering him with exhibits. And his wife, Suzanne Frederiq, is working hard to make sure his work stays out there. Party Girl stopped in on his current exhibit at CafÃ© Des Amis for the opening party, which brought out a who's-who of Breaux Bridge and the art community. Artist Kelly Guidry only had to travel a street over for the opening, while furniture maker Don Brasseaux came from a couple blocks away. Jennifer Grand, Stephanie Patton, Brian Guidry, Kendall and Vergie Banks and Liz Dejean also came out for the show, and cafÃ© owner Dickie Breaux entertained guests at a corner table. Party Girl also got to visit with Maria Ponce de Leon, freshly rested from a trip to Puerto Rico. It was such a lively group that Party Girl didn't want to leave. Not to fret though, Eugene's work will also be on display at CitÃ© Des Arts this Saturday. I'll be there!
Another lively group is the Leadership Lafayette alumni, who gather at LaFonda once a year to catch up. The new class for the following year is usually announced, but since the program is taking a break this year, alums just had more time to visit and sip on some margaritas. Although I'm not a graduate, Party Girl appreciated the invitation and had the chance to visit with Henry Florsheim, Mike Olivier, Katharine Schendel, Greg Daigle, Michelle Izzo and Tom Will. But the highlight of the night was seeing Carleen Castille, fashionably dressed, of course, in a Bohemian outfit that was perfect for summer! Always a pleasure, Carleen.
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