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Young Local Artist Annelise DeLancy

At the impressive age of 17, Annelise DeLancy is a young local artist who already has her own solo art exhibit at the Schepis Museum. A recent graduate and art student from Caldwell Parish High School, we thought Annelise would be the perfect individual to speak to about arts education.

When talking to Annelise, she explained that she had always been in love with visual art. When she was very young, Annelise created her first artwork with her aunt who introduced her to oil painting. It was then that her passion for art was sparked, and it stuck with her ever since.

“I’ve always been obsessed with art. My grandma says that I came into the world with a pencil and color in my hand.”

Although Annelise had the desire to learn more about the intricacies of art, her public middle school did not provide art education classes at the time. It was not until high school, she able to enroll in an art class. There, she was finally able to learn the artistic techniques and concepts.

“We learned primary colors, secondary colors, shades, lines, textures, patterns, everything– and how they fit in with each other. Art is kind of like a puzzle; you piece it all together in your own little way and make it unique.”

However, it wasn’t instantaneous for Annelise how she would make her “puzzle” individually unique. Annelise explained that it actually took her a year to discover her own painting style: rustic vibes, wildflowers, cotton fields, and country living. Once Annelise was able to find her true artistic identity, her art started flying off the walls. Annelise chuckled that one woman even offered her a thousand dollars for one of her paintings in her high school’s art show- which she humbly declined. Soon enough, word got around, her social media presence grew, and the Schepis Museum formally invited her to have her own solo exhibit!

“I had one lady offer me one thousand dollars for one, but I turned it down because I wasn’t really in love with that piece. I think I sold it for a hundred dollars.”

Just as it did for Annelise, arts education transforms a student’s life. Annelise shares that art is an outlet for her to express herself, and it allows her to convey who she is in a way nothing else can. She says the way she interprets life is different because of art. When life hits her in ways she doesn’t expect, she now has art to melt away her stress, anger, sadness, and transform those feelings to colors onto a canvas.

“I take my crazy emotions and make it into something beautiful.”

To see Annelise’s beautiful artworks like this one, be sure to visit the Schepis Museum in Caldwell Parish from 9am-5pm Monday through Friday. Her exhibit will be featured until August 31st, so be sure to visit soon.

Imagine if Annelise never was able to enroll in her first high school art class. Our full research shows that there are still 9,922 rural public school students without a single opportunity to attend an arts education class. Donate to the Arts Council today to help assist our arts education initiatives.

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Don Cincone exhibit closes soon

The Schepis Museum located in Columbia is showcasing a captivating selection of Don Cincone’s artwork. Be sure to visit the museum soon because the exhibit closes on July 5.

Don Cincone was born in Alto, Louisiana and is still currently a Louisiana resident. He is an internationally acclaimed African American artist whose pieces have been included in collections of noteworthy art collectors such as Walt Disney and Leonard Bernstein. He has studied art at the Louvre Museum in Paris and has hosted a one-man sellout show in Paris as well. His whimsical and fantasy-like paintings hang in galleries all across the world, and it is such a special delight to have the opportunity to view his works absolutely free of charge right here in our area!

The Schepis Museum of Caldwell Parish is open for viewing Monday-Friday from 10am to 5pm. Admission is free.

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Don Cincone Exhibit Opens

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The Schepis Museum will be displaying a Don Cincone collection from May 1 to July 5.

Don Cincone was born in Alto, Louisiana in 1936. Cincone is an internationally acclaimed African American artist who has traveled worldwide to study and exhibit his art in studios and museums. His versatility ranges from portraits to fantasy, often placing people in their environments. Cincone has given the world a taste of visual charisma and boldness and was awarded the Silver Medal of literary arts and Sciences in Rome in 1968. He was commissioned by Universal Studios to do eighty-five paintings for the movie “The Art of Love” which starred James Garner, Elke Sommers, Dick Vandyke and Angie Dickenson. His art has been included in the collections of such notable collectors as Walt Disney, Henri Mancini, Ross Hunter, Leonard Bernstein and Edward G. Robinson.

A northeastern Louisiana native, Cincone studied art at the Louvre Museum in Paris, in Florence, Italy, and in the Netherlands during a three-year stint in the U.S. Army. A minister, his work often features Christian imagery. Cincone’s work hangs in galleries across the country. He hosted a one-man sellout show in Paris and won the Silver Medal Award of Literary Arts and Sciences in Rome. Starting May 1st, 2018, The Schepis Museum of Caldwell Parish will be open MondayFriday for viewing, from 10am to 5pm. The exhibit will be held through to July 5th. Admission is free.

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