Sweet southern belle Dale Kennington of Alabama welcomed patrons at the opening reception of her impressive exhibit, “Mythologies,” at the Paul and Lulu Hilliard Art Museum. Guests sipped wine and nibbled on appetizers from Abacus while studying her sculptural paintings displayed on Japanese shoji screens. Her depictions of human figures are so lifelike they look as if they could step out of the paintings and into the world. Enjoying the exhibit were artist Camilla Drobish in a festive jacket from Birdie’s Boutique with her daughter, fellow artist Kai Drobish, and museum patrons Jolie and Robert Shelton.
Pretty Christa Billeaud and rugged John T. Landry warmly greeted guests at the Winter 2011 exhibit of Darnall, Sikes, Gardes & Frederick’s Art for All Seasons. While a steady stream of patrons perused the artworks throughout DSG&F’s spacious office, Billeaud and Landry mingled and shared tidbits about their paintings. Billeaud, a forensic nurse by day, took painting lessons from self-taught artist Pat Venable for 15 years. She has only recently started marketing her works, ranging from religious to still-life to landscapes. One of her most talked-about paintings at the show was “Cowboy by the Campfire,” inspired by famed Marlboro man Tom Selleck. On the opposite end of the art spectrum was Landry, a former car dealer and retired UL director of development, who was inspired to paint while sitting on the porch of his duck camp sipping a glass of wine and enjoying the sunset. That very sunset was brilliantly reproduced on note cards and displayed with Landry’s paintings of colorful indigenous fish and stunning swamp scenes.
Artists Camilla Drobish and Kai Drobish
Chere and Bruce Coen, artist Shawne Major and Dina Rhymes
Artist Dale Kennington
Mark Tullos, Kris Wartelle and Robert and Jolie Shelton
Artist John T. Landry, and Diane and Jay Frederick
Becky Gardes Sonnier, Steve Sonnier and Jeanne deValcourt
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.