UPDATED 4/13/18- Postponed due to weather - Spring for Art It is with much regret that we advise we must postpone Spring for Art events. While the decision to do so was not an easy one to make, due to weather forecasts indicating that severe thunderstorms are likely, and after consulting with the agencies with whom we produce events, it is evident that the postponement is necessary. While we recognize that this is a disappointment to the many businesses, artists and performing artists who are part of this event, please note that we are working with the City of Covington - Office of Cultural Arts & Events to establish a new date in the near future, and will keep you advised. We are hopeful that the new date accommodates as many schedules as possible, but in the event such is not the case, we will work with you on an individual basis to review alternate options. A Taste of Covington's Festa del Vino Premium Wine Tasting, hosted by Mayor Mike Cooper in our Art House, will proceed as scheduled, 3 to 5 pm. This is a ticketed event, with tickets available here: http://www.atasteofcovington.com/tickets.html The Il•lus•trate art exhibition opening reception also will proceed as planned, 6 to 9 pm in the STAA Art House (320 N Columbia St.) This event is free and open to the public. There are few better ways to spring forward than with a celebration of music, art and performing arts, and few better places to celebrate such than historic downtown Covington. April 14 marks the return of Spring for Art, a free festival held in the streets of the city’s historic downtown district. Produced by St. Tammany Art Association, the annual event draws thousands of patrons who come out to enjoy the live music, art demonstrations, performances and dining in thirty -two downtown Covington locations. Live music will include saxophonist Greg Worthington, The Crispin Schroeder Band, David Broadbridge: A Coastal Gentleman, Bobby Ohler and the Harbor Band, Amedee Frederick and jazz guitarist Max Sanders. Entertainment will include dancing by Ballet Apetrei, aerial yoga with Liz Bragdon, Pandorium Belly Dance Company, pottery demonstrations with Vanessa Hock, wood carved alligators with Grayhawk Perkins, and glass blowing with Zachary LeBlanc of New Orleans Glassworks and Printmaking Studio. Children will enjoy hands on art making with Ruth Ostarly. The popular Mix Masters’ Competition also returns, with local bartenders dazzling crowds with their innovative cocktails. Audiences will vote on their favorites, and a new Mix Masters’ Champion will be crowned, with the top mixers taking home cash prizes. Spring for Art takes on an international flair with visiting artists from Haiti in a featured exhibition presented by Helping Hands Gallery in Art Alley on North Columbia, beside the St. Tammany Art Association building. April 14 also will mark the opening of il•lus•trate, an invitational exhibition featuring the works of Hannah Gumbo, Chris Hsu, Shiho Pate, Britt Spencer and Lindsay Ryden. The opening reception will be held from 6 to 9 pm, following A Taste of Covington’s Festa del Vino, a ticketed event hosted by Mayor Mike Cooper in the STAA Art House. The exhibition will remain on view through May 26. This event is 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, as administered by the St. Tammany Parish Commission on Cultural Affairs. Funding has also been provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, Art Works. Children’s art education programming is supported in part by a Community Partnership Grant from the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation. Additional support provided by the City of Covington, Edge of the Lake magazine, Avanti Senior Living, A Taste of Covington, Mo’s Art Supply & Framing, Heritage Bank, Champagne Beverage Company, Inc., Gulf Coast Bank& Trust, Acquistipace’s Covington Supermarket, Gulf Coast Lanterns, LLC and Liberty Self Storage. St. Tammany Art Association is located at 320 North Columbia Street in historic downtown Covington. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday, 10 am to 4 pm and Saturdays, 11 am to 4 pm. Exhibitions are free and open to the public. The organization is celebrating its 60th Anniversary in 2018. The Spring for Art brochure is available at www.StTammanyArtAssociation.org.