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An Evening with Don Cincone

The Arts Council of Northeast Louisiana and the Biedenharn Museum and Gardens invite you to An Evening with Don Cincone. At this intimate oral history interview by Kay LaFrance-Knight, Cincone will share stories about his life, his work and his faith. He will talk about the inspiration behind the four pieces in the Biedenharn’s Images of Christ exhibit. Cincone will also accept questions from the audience.

An Evening with Don Cincone is free to the public, but RSVPs are required as space is limited. Call 318.387.5281 to RSVP.

This program is funded under a grant from the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. The opinions expressed in this program do not necessarily represent the views of either the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities or the National Endowment for the Humanities.

 

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Black Bayou Paint Out – Artist Reception

The Northeast Louisiana Arts Council invites all professional and amateur artists to paint outside at Black Bayou Lake National Wildlife Refuge from dawn to dusk on November 3, 2018.

Anyone who enjoys painting outdoors – no matter their age, background, or artist level – is encouraged to participate. There is no fee to participate.

The Refuge will also present an artists’ reception at its visitor center from 4:30-6:30 p.m. November 8 to display the artwork created on Black Bayou Paint Out day. Both Paint Out day and its reception the following week are free and open to the public.

To be included in the artist reception, participants may drop off canvases 36×36 or smaller at the Refuge visitor center on Paint Out day. Artists may take home their art after the reception. Artists are responsible for their own supplies. Black Bayou Paint Out is hosted by the Refuge and the Arts Council.

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Edgar Allan Poe-try Night

The Arts Council of Northeast Louisiana and the Ouachita Parish Public Library invite all literary arts fans to Edgar Allan Poe-try Night from 5:30-7 p.m. November 1 at Miss Kay’s Sweets & Eats.

During the festivities, guests will listen to dramatic readings of Poe’s best work, and will mix and mingle with local poets, authors, and literary artists. November 1 is National Authors’ Day, and local authors will have their own work on display in the coffee shop.

Edgar Allan Poe-try Night is free to attend, and Miss Kay’s will be selling coffee and baked goods. All local authors wishing to participate in the evening may contact Jade Wheeler at jwheeler@oplib.org.

 

edgar allan poe-try

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Meet the Artist: Linda Lavender Ford

No matter who they are, every person in Northeast Louisiana can immediately recognize the name Linda Lavender. When I heard that name, I thought of the all the flashy Twin City Ballet recitals I have attended, the iconic Ballet Under the Stars performances in Kiroli Park, and of course the famous Christmas Gala plays I went to every year of elementary school; to sum it all up, I thought of extravagance and the biggest arts powerhouse in our area. However, I realized when I was presented with that name, I thought of literally everything other than an actual individual, and that made me start to think. The name just felt like an unattainable and unidentifiable person; why did everyone know the name Linda Lavender but they did not know Linda Lavender?

As it is the last week of my summer internship for the Northeast Arts Council, my final assignment was to “write about whatever I wanted to and to have fun with it.” Not to mention, I was also finally given the approval to write in first person. I racked my brain for an underrated event I have always wanted to share about or an influential artist I’ve always wanted to know more about, and then it came to me: Linda Lavender.

I emailed a couple questions to Linda with the mindset she would never reply; where would an unbelievably successful local celebrity find the time to type out lengthy answers for a teenage intern? And then I got an email informing me Linda Lavender Ford wanted to have a phone interview with me. With my heart pounding out of my chest, I grabbed my phone and dialed her number. I expected to have a speedy five minute Q and A where I read off the questions and she rapidly gave her answers, but I ended up having a lengthy heartfelt conversation which I will remember for the rest of my life:

So now, what do I think of when I hear the name Linda Lavender Ford?

I think of a small girl who was born in Mississippi and grew up in West Monroe- a little girl who was from a very poor family with a mother who was a factory worker and a father who was a mechanic. That little girl’s parents made sure they could give their daughter the best training in the best dance studio available. When the little girl grew up to be a teenager, she was discovered and was invited to become a dancer and hostess for the KNOE television show, Happiness Exchange.

I picture a stubborn teenager telling her mother she didn’t want to teach dance when she graduated high school because she was going to school in New York City to be a performer, even though her family could not afford to send her to the dance academy. However, when that recent West Monroe High School graduate began to teach dance, she knew it was her calling.

I see a young woman who built Linda Lavender School of Dance from the ground up and founded the Twin City Ballet Company. That company is now an honor member of Regional Dance America and has four directors and three season performances. In addition, it gives dancers the opportunities for scholarships and the ability to further their dance careers.

I hear a woman, who has taught dance for 57 years, asking me about myself and telling me how she is proud of me for aspiring to be an arts educator one day. I hear her giving me the advice to make every effort to bring the best I can to my students and to continually keep my mind open to learning.

Most importantly, I know a strong and driven woman who recognizes the talent every individual possesses and who utilizes art to allow them to see the worth in themselves. She is a kindhearted and humble woman who pays respect not to herself, but to the power of the arts and to divine intervention.

“I still say that this area is especially gifted with talent. I always say I can’t imagine a child not getting to dance. I just feel like it’s a terrible mistake when they do not get to because I know what it has meant to me and what it means to so many people.” -Linda Lavender Ford

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Arts Council awarded grant to record oral history of Don Cincone

Don Cincone

The Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities awarded a $5,000 Rebirth grant to the Arts Council of Northeast Louisiana to record an oral history of local artist Don Cincone.

The project’s goal is to locate and document all known Cincone works in an online database, and to document Cincone speaking about his works and the inspiration behind them. The project will also support public programming where Louisiana residents can view Cincone’s artwork and interact with the artist.

The first public programming event is An Evening with Don Cincone from 6-8 p.m. November 13 at the Biedenharn Museum and Gardens. Former journalist and current art curator Kay LaFrance-Knight will interview Cincone about four paintings featured in the Biedenharn’s Images of Christ exhibit. Admission is free, but an RSVP is required as space is limited. Guests may call the Biedenharn to reserve their seats.

“I’m lucky I get to view Don’s artwork every day at our office,” said Barry C. Stevens, Arts Council president. “Don is not only a talented painter, but he is one of northeast Louisiana’s treasures. I’m so glad the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities is recognizing his contributions to our state’s arts and culture.”

Cincone was born Don Wills in a sharecropper’s home in Alto, La. in 1936. Denied access to study at Northeast Louisiana University due to segregation, he attended Southern University, joined the Navy, toured Europe and studied the Masters in the great museums and cathedrals while on break. After his service, he moved to California and worked with an art dealer who “renamed” him Don Cincone for marketing purposes. His work was used in the Dick Van Dyke film The Art of Love (in which he was not credited), and his work is featured in personal collections and museums around the nation. He has influenced dozens of young artists in the region, and is revered as a painter, minister, and veteran.

Other public programming activities include a grand re-opening reception of the Arts Council’s collection, a biographic exhibit opening at the Northeast Louisiana Delta African-American Heritage Museum, a screening of The Art of Love during the 2019 Northeast Louisiana Summer Film Series, and an interview focusing on his military service at the Chennault Aviation & Military Museum.

These programs are funded under a grant from the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. The opinions expressed in the programs do not necessarily represent the views of either the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities or the National Endowment for the Humanities.

About the Northeast Louisiana Arts Council

The Arts Council of Northeast Louisiana seeks to nurture a vibrant regional arts culture through support, promotion and education. The Arts Council of Northeast Louisiana strives to be a transformative force for the community by encouraging a passion for the arts, promoting partnerships and collaboration, and ensuring access to the arts for all. Activities of the Arts Council are supported by a grant from the Louisiana Division of the Arts, Office of Cultural Development, Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism, in cooperation with the Louisiana State Arts Council. Funding has also been provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, Art Works.

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Ouachita River inspires artists at Brew on the Bridge

Beginning in the mountains in Arkansas, the Ouachita River meanders through Louisiana’s delta into the Mighty Mississippi. In the parish that shares its name, the Ouachita River cuts between the cities of Monroe and West Monroe. Many residents view the river as a divider between the two communities, but the Arts Council of Northeast Louisiana and local artists are working to change that mindset. The Ouachita River is not a divider, but a unifying factor connecting people together.

Brew on the Bridge literally bridged the gap between the two towns on Endom Bridge spanning the Ouachita River on October 13. As part of the North Delta Food & Wine Festival, Brew on the Bridge is a family-friendly party with craft beer, makers, artisans, and live music.

This year, the Arts Council added the element of live paintings, with local artists participating in “Paint the Ouachita.” The finished works from Paint the Ouachita will travel around the region as part of an exhibit as part of Year of the River 2019, a bicentennial celebration of the first steamboat trip up the Ouachita River, changing the economy and livelihood of residents.

Liz Zanca at Brew on the Bridge

 

Monroe mayor representative Rod Washington and West Monroe Mayor Staci Albritton Mitchell participated in a cook-off at Brew on the Bridge. Blind panelists tasted both dishes, and declared Mayor Mitchell the winner. As a trophy, the Arts Council asked local artist Kyle Snellenberger to create a piece representative of the river. He donated his finished mixed media piece to the Arts Council to loan each year to the winning mayor.

Snellenberger, who owns Ouachita Antique Woods, fused together two pieces of Sinker Cypress wood found from the Ouachita River to represent the cities of Monroe and West Monroe. He then added art resin to emulate the river. Mayor Mitchell will hang the artwork in West Monroe City Hall until the next cook-off.

Kyle Snellenberger

 

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North Delta Food and Wine Festival: Grand Tasting

North Delta Food & Wine Festival

Indulge your taste buds for a night they won’t forget. The region’s best chefs will be serving up savory, sweet, and surprising bites of delight for one night only: October 12. Paired with the perfect wine, you’re in for a treat. This year, the North Delta Food & Wine Festival will overlook Bayou Desiard at Bayou Pointe Event Center. Watch the sunset over the water as your mouth waters for more.

Advanced online tickets are $55 and can be purchased here, along with specially reserved tables: https://bontempstix.com/events/north-delta-food-wine-festival. Tickets at the door will be $65.

All proceeds benefit the Arts Council of Northeast Louisiana.

For a list of participating chefs and other details visit https://northdeltafoodandwinefestival.com/grand-tasting/.

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North Delta Restaurant Week

North Delta Food & Wine Festival

As part of the North Delta Food & Wine Festival, the Arts Council of Northeast Louisiana and the Monroe-West Monroe Convention and Vistiors Bureau present the first ever North Delta Restaurant Week. Eat local and support our region’s small businesses as you indulge in wonderful food only found in the north delta.

A portion of proceeds will benefit the Arts Council of Northeast Louisiana.

For a list of participating restaurants and menus, visit https://northdeltafoodandwinefestival.com/restaurant-week/.

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Northeast Louisiana Summer Film Series

The Arts Council will be re-screening Heart of a Tiger on September 19 at 7:30 p.m. at the Flying Tiger Brewery as part of the Northeast Louisiana Summer Film Series. World War II Flying Tiger pilot Glen Beneda is shot down behind enemy lines, and found by foreign farmers. Only strength and the help of strangers will get him out of this secret mission alive. The Arts Council partners with the Chennault Aviation and Military Museum to screen this documentary directed by Academy Award winner Malcolm Clarke.

Heart of a Tiger is 35 minutes in length. All films will be shown at 7:30 p.m. at the Flying Tiger Brewery in downtown Monroe every third Wednesday this summer. Doors open at 4 p.m. This special re-screening will be free to the public.

Get there early to grab a pint and buy a burger from The Cookout food truck.

The Northeast Louisiana Summer Film Series is sponsored by the Monroe-West Monroe Convention & Visitors Bureau.

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19 arts organizations benefit from Arts Council’s first Lunch & Learn

Lunch & Learn

The Arts Council of Northeast Louisiana’s first ever Lunch & Learn benefited 19 arts organizations and 26 individuals on September 6. The Lunch & Learn series is part of the Arts Council’s arts entrepreneurial training program, which equips artists and arts organizations with business skills to assist with professional development.

Danielle Kelley Tolbird, Arts Council community development coordinator, led a presentation called PR 101. Attendees learned how to write a press release, how to segment audiences, and how to approach journalists.

Future Lunch & Learn topics include approaching museums and galleries, and income and sales taxes. To be the first to RSVP to Lunch & Learn, be sure to sign up for the Arts Council e-newsletter here.

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