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Masur Exhibit Closes

“Richard Buswell: Close to Home” is a stunning black and white photography series by Richard Buswell, examining up-close the abandoned artifacts of Montana’s ghost towns and frontier homesteads. This exhibition was organized by the Montana Museum of Art & Culture at the University of Montana, Missoula, MT.

“En plein air: The Artist and The Natural World” will look at the ever-influential relationship between art and nature, illustrated with works from the Permanent Collection of the Masur Museum of Art.

Both exhibitions will be on display Nov. 1, 2018 – Feb 9, 2019 and admission is always free!

Bernece Berkman-Hunter, Birds of the Sheltered Bay, 1970, etching. Courtesy of the Masur Museum of Art.

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Deadline to Masur’s 56th Annual Juried Competition

The Masur Museum of Art’s long-running Annual Juried Competition showcases recent work of contemporary artists across the United States of America working in any medium. Last year a total of 259 artists from 40 different states submitted work in a huge variety of media, styles, and subjects.

This year’s competition will be judged by Catherine Futter, Director of Curatorial Affairs at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. Ms. Futter has made waves in the curatorial world over the course of her career, and we are absolutely thrilled to be working with her.

There is a $10.00 fee per entered artwork, and cash prizes totaling $3,200.00.

Visit www.masurjuried.org for more information and to apply online today! The deadline to submit is 11:59pm on Dec 27, 2018.

Masur Museum of Art 56th Annual Juried Competition

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Saturday, November 10, 2018 from 3 – 7 p.m. at the Masur Museum

Raku pottery meets BBQ at Raku-B-Q. Raku is a low-fire method in which the ceramic ware is heated quickly to 1800 degrees F, removed from the kiln when the glaze has melted and the pieces are still glowing hot, and placed in combustible material which burns around the ware staining it with smoke. Participants in the workshop will receive a pre-bisque fired decorative vessel, thrown by Alyssa Guidry of Wild Phlox Pottery, to paint with Raku glaze however they choose. Participants will glaze their vessels using crayon wax resist, masking tape resist and a variety of painting techniques. The ware will be glazed and fired in two batches at the Raku-B-Q from 3-7 pm on November 10. Each firing takes about an hour so enjoy a hamburger or veggie burger and kick back with a beer while the kiln is doing all the work!

Chief Taylor of the Monroe Fire department will be on site cooking up some delicious hamburgers on the grill at 4:00 p.m.! Beer is being generously provided for us by Marsala Beverage. Participation in the Raku Workshop is $40 and spaces are limited. Participants MUST be at the event by no later than 3:30 p.m. to guarantee enough time to glaze and fire the ware. Pre-registration is required, so sign up now! If rain is forecast to douse our fun, we will re-schedule Raku-B-Q!

Don’t want to get your hands dirty? Come out to the event anyway to watch the process and eat some BBQ! Tickets for those who are “just here for the food” are $15. Find a nice spot on one of our picnic blankets to sit and observe the festivities or have some fun with our yard games!

*Please note: You must be 21+ to drink alcoholic beverages. Please bring your I.D.

Event Schedule:

3-4 p.m.: Workshop participants glaze pieces
3:30 p.m.: First Firing Starts
4 p.m.: BBQ Time!
5 p.m.: Second Firing Starts


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NELA Children’s Museum 20th Birthday Celebration

Come celebrate the Northeast Louisiana Children’s Museum 20th birthday with fun family activities all day. Eat cake, lego mural building, make party hats!  Saturday night, there’s a concert featuring TROUT FISHING IN AMERICA

The Northeast Louisiana Arts Council is proud to sponsor the Children Museum’s 20th birthday party.

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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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Adults Beginning Ceramics Class

Adults Beginning Ceramics Workshop “From Dirt to the Dinner Table” with Alyssa Guidry

July 9, 10, and 13, 2018
6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
$130 – Museum members, $150- non-members

Students will learn the basics of hand-building with clay by creating their own functional ceramic serving sets including a bowl, platter/plate and/or a vase. Students will learn pinching, coiling, and slab methods for working with clay along with a basic understanding of wedging, slipping and scoring. Students will make their ceramic ware during first two days of the workshop. On the last day, students will learn to apply glaze to their creations.

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Don Cincone Exhibit Closes

Don Cincone









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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“Afghan War Rugs: the Modern Art of Central Asia” Closes

Afghan War Rugs

The Masur Museum presents “Afghan War Rugs: the Modern Art of Central Asia,” on view from March 14 – June 23. The exhibit is curated by Enrico Mascelloni and Annemarie Sawkins, Ph.D.

This international exhibition brings to the United States, for the first time, one of the most distinctive collections of Afghan rugs in the world. The mostly women artists who created the work in this exhibition abandoned their traditional non-figurative styles to produce rich pictorial rugs featuring world maps, portraits of kings, khans, and military leaders, along with cityscapes and, of course, armaments. Purchased throughout Central Asia and in Europe, the rugs in this exhibition were selected for their age, quality and relationship to the history of war rugs.

The Masur reception will be from 5:30-7:30 p.m. March 16.

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Threads of Glory exhibit closes

Threads of Glory

The Union Museum of History and Art invites you to view Threads of Glory, an exhibit featuring an array of fine fabric artworks. On display will be quilts, knitted items, crochet, macrame, embroidery, cross-stitchery, rugs, tatting, and weavings – all by regional artisans. The preview reception will be Tuesday, April 24 from 4:30-6 p.m. The exhibit will be on display until June 2.

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Spinning Wool Into Yarn Demonstration

In conjunction with its “Threads of Glory” exhibit, the Union Museum of History and Art is hosting a “Spinning Wool Into Yarn” demonstration by Norma Daniels. Participants will learn about the ancient skill of spinning by a master artisan, who turns raw fiber into yarn ready for weaving, knitting, or rug-making.  Norma’s Kromski Minstrel spinning wheel is displayed in the gallery.

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