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Angels Have Landed at The French Mix for Christmas!

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French Mix AngelsfrenchmixangelstatuesThe French Mix features classic and contemporary home accoutrements, furnishings and exclusive design services by Jennifer DiCerbo. Angels have descended upon the French Mix this Holiday season! Find locally produced art, beeswax candles, gift books and much more. Remember, all original art is tax free in the downtown Cultural Arts District! The French Mix is located on historic Lee Lane in downtown Covington. Like their Facebook page for more information and to view new retail items: The French Mix

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Save the Date: STAA’s Fall for Art 2014

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Fall for Art 2014Fall is in the air, and that can only mean one thing – Fall for Art is just around the corner! Each fall and spring, St. Tammany Art Association transforms downtown Covington into an interactive, multidisciplinary art experience featuring local artists, musicians, art demonstrations, dance and theater performances, and more! Fall for Art & Spring for Art are designed to promote our lively arts community and strengthen our downtown Covington businesses, while celebrating our Cultural Arts District and tax-free shopping on original art.

The date for 2014′s Fall for Art is Saturday October 18th from 6 – 9 pm, and the St. Tammany Art Association is pleased to announce Gulf Coast Bank & Trust as the title sponsor. As always, Covington businesses are invited to participate in this exciting annual event.

The STAA’s Fall for Art & Spring for Art events are a highlight of the year for downtown Covington’s galleries and merchants. Save the Date!

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New Original Art At The French Mix

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New Original Art At The French Mix AngelsNew Original Art At The French Mix AngelsNew original art at The French Mix! These angels are hand painted with a thick texture, lending to rich contrast in gentle pastel colors. Beautiful works perfect for most any space, they are available in varying colors and styles. As always, original art is tax free in the Cultural Arts District. Stop by today at 228 Lee Lane in Historic Downtown Covington, visit www.shopthefrenchmix.com or call (985) 809-3152

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Fall for Art Happenings Around Town

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Carol Hallock

Carol Hallock

Three Rivers Shows Carol Hallock & Gallery Artists

Three Rivers Gallery (333 East Boston Street) will feature the works of Carol Hallock and gallery artists, including David Barfield, Suzanne King, Harriet Blum, John Preble, Louis Morales, Mary Helen Seago, Mary Monk, Max Ryan, Mickey Asche, Roy Pfister and Valerie Stangl Melancon.

Henry Hood GalleryHenry Hood Gallery Shows Featured Artists

Henry Hood Gallery (325 E. Lockwood Street) features Andrew Boyd, Lynda Katz, Maggie McConnell, Laura Mitchell, Robin Hamaker, Dale Newkirk, Jeff Mickey, Jean Flint, Gail Hood, Dennis Sipiorski, Ruth Siporski, Barbara Tardo and Wes Koon.

"Stryder" by Scott Ewen

“Stryder” by Scott Ewen

Tripolo Gallery Shows Featured Artists

Tripolo Gallery (323 N. Columbia Street) features Donna Duffy, Craig McMillin, Scott Ewen, Rebecca Rebouche’, Gale Ruggiero, Ken Tate, Al Ormsby, Juli Juneau, Kevin LeBlanc, Joel Blazek, Laura McCombs, and Danny Saladino.

Other Art Happenings

Local and regional artists will have their work on display at over 40 participating businesses. Peggy Hesse will have a number of new pieces at History Antiques & Interiors on 317 N. Columbia Street. Uncommon Market, a recently opened shop on 316 Lee Lane, will be open late with new work from featured artists Michael Vezse, Dee Bumgarner and Wess Foreman.

Heather Vallaire

Heather Vallaire

Shop Soul Boutique at 529 Boston Street will feature many local artists, including Heather Vallaire, Gabriel Shaffer, Amber Damare and Corey Ryan. Rosemary’s Closet on the Trace off of Gibson Street will be open late as well, showing off vintage clothing and accessories, LP’s and framed sheet music from the early 1900’s.

There will be a judging for the Annual Fall for Art Youth Art Contest at Covington Massage & Wellness Centre. The contest is for artworks created by residents in grades 7th-12th.

Full List of Live Entertainment & Artist Showings at www.facebook.com/StTammanyArt

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Covington, A Cultural Arts District: Downtown’s Emphasis on the Arts

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cadcollageCovington’s Bicentennial Celebration year is upon us, and the Covington Historic District is coming back to life in a big way.  The city was given the designation of Cultural Arts District in 2008 as a result of the Louisiana Cultural Districts Program created by Act 298 of the 2007 Regular Session of the legislature.  The initiative is intended to spark community revitalization based on cultural events and activity through tax incentives, and 2013 is proving to be progressive for the downtown area.

The Second Saturday Art Stroll is a continuous event featuring shows at the Art Association and participating galleries.  Tripolo Gallery on Columbia Street, Henry Hood Gallery on Lockwood and Three Rivers Gallery on Boston St. are both regular participants in the monthly event.

Columbia Street is also alive with the sound of music, and two notable new venues are the Columbia Street Rock N Blues Cafe and Winos & Tacos.  The Rock N Blues Cafe features a newly renovated interior and staging area, outside patio and traditional southern pub fare from the kitchen.   Winos & Tacos is a Tequila, Taqueria and Wine Bar with hot New Orleans music acts like Glen David Andrews and Jazz Fest veterans Soul Project.  Chris LeBlanc will be playing there this Thursday with an acoustic Valentine’s Day show.

The Columbia Street Tap Room and Seiler Bar are still staples of the downtown music and food scene, featuring entertainers like Bag O Donuts and The Chee Weez, and broadcasting local sporting events.  The Green Room also has some new touches with a brand new staging area and the best original local music.  You’ll find favorites Davey Crockett & the Wild Frontier, The Rotten Cores and southern rockers The Shiz, as well as some of the local talent at their Open Mic Wednesdays.