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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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Brew on the Bridge

North Delta Food & Wine Festival

As part of the North Delta Food & Wine Festival, the Arts Council of Northeast Louisiana and Scott Equipment present Brew on the Bridge.

Come out to Brew on the Bridge, a celebration of local craft beers on the Endom Bridge spanning the Ouachita River. Saturday’s component of the North Delta Food & Wine Festival features dozens of craft beers for you to sample for just $10. Grab lunch from the delta’s best local food trucks, and mix and mingle with local artists and artisans. Kids and leashed pets are welcome.

The best part? It all benefits a good cause: the Arts Council of Northeast Louisiana.

For details, visit https://northdeltafoodandwinefestival.com/brew-on-the-bridge/.

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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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Downtown Gallery Crawl this August 2nd

Get excited! The Downtown Gallery Crawl is once again sweeping through the 318 bringing captivating art, marvelous live music, and the most scrumptious of foods. Absolutely free to the public, this dynamic event is located in Downtown Monroe and West Monroe and consists of 9 galleries featuring our most talented local artists and photographers.

Also, be sure to check out our special pop-up exhibit at the Baker Building during the Downtown Gallery Crawl. We as the Arts Council will debut Leigh Buffington’s poster for the 2018 North Delta Food & Wine Festival where signed posters will be for sale.

Come celebrate the arts and our creative community on Thursday, August 2nd from 5-9 p.m. This is an event you will not want to miss! If you can’t attend the Crawl this time, don’t worry. This event occurs on the first Thursday of every other month. For more information about the Downtown Art Gallery click here.

-Joanna Calhoun

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