Art enthusiasts came together with members of the AcA to celebrate the grand opening of the center’s theater and a café. Guests toured the space and mingled over plates piled high with hors d’oeuvres provided by The French Press and drinks from the AcA’s new bar. Among the guests was businessman and patron of the arts James Devin Moncus, who made a gift of $1.5 million to the AcA (the theater is named for him).

Feathers, frills and fine art abounded Oct. 21 for the UL Lafayette College of the Art’s first ever Beaux-Arts Ball. The black tie masquerade affair took place at the Petroleum Club where 200 guests helped themselves to fine food, wine and spirits. The Nouveau String Band plucked away new and old tunes to set a lively tone for the fundraising event, which also kicked off the residency of Beausoleil avec Michael Doucet with the College of the Arts. Several guests sported elaborate headdresses or costumes to reflect the theme “Re-new, Re-Vision, Re-cycle,” but most simply sported a mask with their finery.

Lafayette held its first ever Fashion Week Preview, showcasing New York Fashion Week Designer Luis Machicao, local businesses Stella & Dot, Pink Paparatzi Couture, Andreé Greig, Indrea Gordon, artist Hope Hebert and the UL Fashion Department. Held in conjunction with a scholarship fundraiser for a Lafayette senior to attend a local university in art, fashion or design, the event was hosted by Lafayette’s Ashley Jolet and Tyler Hebert. Among the surprising (and shocking) fashions were cocktail dresses made from garbage bags, metal rings and newspapers, and jackets constructed with bubble wrap.

Party On!

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Renee Roberts, Sharon Moss and Sarah Moss Ruth and James Moncus and Ed Abell
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Art theater ribbon cutting Ashley Bell (front), Philippe Callais, Sunnie Diaz,
Abigail Comeau, Gabe Andrews, Alison Zerangue,
Megan Merriman and Collette Prudhomme
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Burton Durand Rob Davis, Jan Davis, Rob Guidry, Belinda Guidry,
Rob Bush and Julie Bush
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Dane Castille, Samuel Richard, Mariah Comeaux
and Debbie Quebedeaux
Dustin Hebert, Emily Gautreaux and Cameron Blake
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Lance Gardner and Thomas Simmons Giorgio Russo, Beau Nunez and Matt Thibodeaux
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Marlow Veillon, Amy Rider, Chandra Trahan,
Dawn Landry and Melanie Carrier

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