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STAA Art Market This Saturday on Lee Lane

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Stroll through the STAA Art Market this Saturday on Lee Lane from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. You’ll find a variety of hand-made arts including pottery, jewelry, metal sculpture, stained glass, mixed media, hand-made garments, wood carvings, photography, and more. The Art Markets provides entrepreneurial opportunities to local artists while fostering creative community relationships by allowing artists to sell directly to the public. Featuring music by Extraordinary Sessions.

The St. Tammany Art Association was founded in 1958 by a small group of civic-minded individuals dedicated to bringing art to St. Tammany Parish. Today the Art Association is an organization with over 700 members that have served as a catalyst for the arts. The organization has grown into a new building in downtown Covington to further serve the needs of emerging and established artists, and to provide arts education and exhibitions to the community.

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St. Tammany Art Association Announces Degas Pastel Society National Exhibition Opening Dec 5th

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December 5, 2020 – January 30, 2021:
Degas Pastel Society 18th Biennial National Exhibition

Covington, LA – St. Tammany Art Association (STAA) presents a new exhibition, “Degas Pastel Society 18th Biennial National Exhibition,” on display December 5 through January 30, 2021 in the Miriam Barranger Gallery of the Arthouse. The exhibit will kick off with an opening reception on Saturday, December 5, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, guests to the reception are required to register in advance for timed tickets to ensure limited attendance and adequate space for social distancing. These free tickets can be obtained by visiting

From its inception in 1984, the Degas Pastel Society has played an important role in the Renaissance of pastel painting worldwide. Their exhibitions showcase some of the best pastels that are being painted throughout the United States and abroad.

The Degas Pastel Society remains dedicated to the promotion of pastel painting by presenting exhibitions of outstanding work. The hope is that all who view this exhibition will gain a greater appreciation of the beauty and brilliance of pastel painting.

History of The Degas Pastel Society

During the summer of 1983, seven artists gathered to plan the first pastel-only exhibition to be held in New Orleans. The purpose of the exhibit was to present to the public, a show of artistic excellence utilizing the pastel medium which until recently has suffered from public misunderstanding and neglect.

Encouraged by the enthusiastic response to the Premier Pastel Show held at the International Trade Mart (now the World Trade Center) in November 1983, they decided to organize formally and did so on April 23, 1984.

The Society is aptly named in honor of Edgar Degas (1834-1917), the artist most widely recognized for transforming pastel from a sketching tool into a major artistic medium. Pastel painting blossomed with his touch and his works have inspired countless artists.

A juried exhibit
The exhibition was juried by Lyn Asselta, who has exhibited her landscape paintings throughout the U.S. and has been included in invitational exhibitions in France and China. She taught workshops in Canada, Curacao and across the U.S. Lyn recently achieved Eminent Pastelist status with the International Association of Pastel Societies (IAPS). She is a Signature member of the Pastel Society of America, a member of the Salmagundi Club, a Member of Excellence in the Southeastern Pastel Society, a member of the Eastern League of Professional Artists, and is the founder and past president of the First Coast Pastel Society based in northeast Florida. In 2009, Lyn was selected as an Artist in Residence at Acadia National Park in Maine. Her work has been featured in several magazines including Pastel Journal, Pratique des Arts, and Plein Air Magazine. In 2018, she published her first book, Seeing the Landscape, a compilation of her prose and paintings.

The exhibit will be judged by Don Marshall, a native of New Orleans who began his professional career in the arts as the first Director of the Contemporary Arts Center in 1977. Under his leadership the center grew into one of the largest multi-disciplinary Alternative Arts Centers in the country, curating over 30 exhibitions. As Director of Le Petite Theatre, Marshall founded the Tennessee Williams Festival in conjunction with a group that was organizing a New Orleans Literary Festival. As an educator, he has served as the Director of the Cultural Resource Management Program at Southeastern Louisiana University and Director of the Arts Administration Program at the University of New Orleans.

In 2004 Marshall became the Executive Director of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and Foundation. Since then, he has worked to expand programming that fulfills the mission of the organization to promote, perpetuate and support the music, arts and culture of Louisiana. 

Free demo
In conjunction with the exhibit, a pastel demo will be led by Degas Pastel Society Board member, Alan Flattmann, on Saturday, December 12 from 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm. The demo is free, but advance registration is required at More demos are from Degas Pastel Society members are scheduled for January. Visit our website for more information.

The St. Tammany Art Association is located at 320 N. Columbia Street in downtown Covington. Current gallery hours are Fridays and Saturdays, 11am – 4pm. All exhibitions are free and open to the public unless otherwise indicated.

St. Tammany Art Association is supported by the generosity of members, volunteers, sponsors and 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, and as administered by the St. Tammany Commission on Cultural Affairs, St. Tammany Parish Government. Funding has also been provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, Art Works.

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STAA Hosts Studio Sale this Saturday

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The St Tammany Art Association is hosting a Studio Sale this Saturday, July 18th, 2020. They are clearing out the back studio and have a collection of local art, paints, brushes, canvases, and other items used in producing some of the Art Associations most memorable events. Stop by the Art House from 10 am – 2 pm, 320 N Columbia St downtown Covington.

From STAA:

Something for everyone! Original artwork, interior design pieces, household items, picture frames, shelving, books, and featuring a collection of reproductions of cultural artifact from our old Discovery Center Program.

Teachers! We have lots of books and educational materials. Artists! Check out our selection of studio stools, tabletop easels, canvases, and frames.

Priced to sell!

Masks required, we will be limiting the number of guests to ensure safe social distancing.

A Little About STAA

The St. Tammany Art Association was founded in 1958 by a small group of civic-minded individuals dedicated to bringing art to western St. Tammany Parish. Today, STAA has grown into an organization with over 300 members. Serving as a catalyst for the arts, the organization’s Art House building in downtown Covington serves the needs of emerging and established artists, and to provides arts education and exhibitions to the community.

STAA notes that recent administrative transitions along with the impact of COVID-19 have created challenges for the organization, and that they are working to stabilize operations and will soon begin implementing more programing in the coming weeks.

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Tiffany Angel Nesbit Exhibition at Heritage Bank

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Tiffany Angel Nesbit will exhibit new studio paintings at Heritage Bank of St. Tammany May 6 – June 3, 2019. Titled “Remnants of Past Obsessions,” the exhibition is derived from taking past ideas and physical pieces from previous bodies of work to merge them with current ideas. A closing reception will be held May 31, 2019 from 6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m., free and open to the public.
Nesbit explains, “I am tearing apart old drawings and paintings, keeping the parts that still interest me. Taking ideas of past projects, I am using the skills I have recently developed with various mediums, to create additional drawings and paintings. I then synchronize the old and new by collaging them where they make sense to each other: creating a connection between past and present.”

Nesbit is an active participant in the STAA Covington Art Market, which takes place this Saturday at the Covington Trailhead. While booking for the art market, Nesbit also contacted Michelle Crumhorn at Heritage Bank of St. Tammany, a strong supporter of local arts and music.
Artist Statement: The components that create industrial objects and organic structures are not as far apart from each other as one might think. I am interested in searching for the values of which are similar, and creating a visual formula to make a compromise between the industrial and the natural. My body of work is the outcome of creating a fantasied idea of making peace with nature and the industrial world we live in: warping processed inorganic goods into forms that appear raw.

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Save the Date: Covington Art Market

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Please join STAA for the Covington Art Market in its new location, Art Alley, in the 300 block of N Columbia Street in downtown Covington. The event, which will include a showcase of local artists, live entertainment by the Andy Breaux Acoustic Duo, children’s art projects and more. The event will take place Saturday, March 3, 10 am to 2 pm. Admission is free. Offerings including pottery, hand-carved stone, hand-turned wooden bowls, acrylic and oil paintings, photography, jewelry, mixed media and handmade bags and accessories.

The Covington Art Market is presented by St. Tammany Art Association in partnership with the City of Covington – Office of Cultural Arts & Events. 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. Funding has also been provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, Art Works.
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String Theory: The Art of Manipulation at the St. Tammany Art Association

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On Saturday, December 12, 2015, the St. Tammany Art Association hosted the opening reception for Suzanne King’s new exhibition entitled, “String Theory: The Art of Manipulation” sponsored by The English Tea Room. Through the use of androgynous figures, the pieces reflect how we are affected by not only external forces, but also those within ourselves, and those pressures and energies that we cannot control yet choose to let manipulate us. The exhibit runs through February 6, 2016 and a gallery talk with Suzanne King will take place on Thursday January 14, 2016 at 6:30pm.  It’s really something to see in person!

Regular hours are Tuesday – Friday, 10 am – 4 pm, Saturday 11 am – 4 pm. Visit

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History Antiques & Interiors Hosts Open House Thursday & Friday

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history antiques holiday specialsHistory Antiques & Interiors hosts a Holiday Open House on Thursday, December 10, 2015 and Friday December 11, 2015 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Enjoy the festive décor with a historic twist: every piece tells a story! From linens to glass ware and candles to wreaths, not to mention hand selected furniture, desks, cupboards, local and regional art, wedding gifts, accessories and much more. Take advantage of 10% off store-wide, plus specials and holiday surprises. Light refreshments will be served.    985-892-0010

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STAA Covington Art Market at the Covington Trailhead This Saturday

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staa art market 11-7-152015 Fall Season: October 3, November 7, December 5
2016 Spring Season: March 5, April 2, May 7

The St. Tammany Art Association, in partnership with the City of Covington, presents the Covington Art Market, a juried market of visual arts and crafts held six times per year on first Saturdays—March, April, May, October, November and December.

The event is held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Covington Trailhead, 419 N. New Hampshire Street, in downtown Covington and features a variety of work from local and regional artists, including jewelry, photography, paintings, woodworking, fiber art and more.

The purpose of the market is to give exposure and provide a venue for artists to sell their work. Art market patrons are also encouraged to visit the Saturday Farmers Market, which takes place from 8 a.m. to noon on the grounds of nearby Covington Police Department, 600 N. Columbia Street—walking distance of the Covington Trailhead.

Location: Covington Trailhead
Transportation/Parking: Free, Off-street and in oxlots
Hours: 9am-1pm
Admission: Free

Artists interested in participating

This juried market is a great opportunity for fine artists seeking a venue to sell their artwork. Painters, photographers, mixed media artists, illustrators, potters, wood turners, sculptors and more are encouraged to participate. Held in partnership with the City of Covington, the Covington Art Market is held on the first Saturday of the month during our Spring and Fall seasons at the Covington Trailhead located at 419 N. New Hampshire St.

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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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Second Saturday Art Stroll – Small Works: Group Exhibition at Three Rivers Gallery

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Three Rivers Gallery Small WorksThree Rivers Gallery will host an opening reception Saturday, December 13th from 6 – 9 pm for their new exhibit entitled Small Works: Group Exhibition. The exhibit will feature paintings, drawings, photography, sculptures, and jewelry that are ten inches or less. These artworks are perfect for any art collectors space and would make wonderful gifts. All artwork pieces in the exhibition were created by Three Rivers’ talented gallery artists: Alan Flattman, Carol Hallock, Charles MacGowan, David Doherty, Donald Maginnis, Elayne Spinks Kuehler, Harriet Blum, John Goodwyne, John Preble, Larry Allen, Leandro Area, Mary Monk, Max Ryan, Mercedes de Valcourt Wells, Mickey Asche, Muriel Dauterive, Patrick Lera, Peggy Hesse, Peg Usner, Phillip Sage, Ralph Townsend, Rebecca Burt, Rhea Gary, Robert Baumgartner, Robert Dutruch, Robert Maxwell, Roy Pfister, Roy Robinson, Roy Rouyer. Join Three Rivers Gallery on 333 E. Boston Street on Saturday to meet the artists and enjoy a glass of wine!


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Xyldia Grace Originals Offers Local Art & Collectables at Cottage Antiques

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Xyldia Grace Thomas Photographic Fine ArtXyldia Grace Thomas, a local photographer and collector, has recently opened her shop Xyldia Grace Originals inside of Cottage Antiques on Lee Lane. The room features local art and unique collectable items, including sterling jewelry, religious art & medals, rosaries, and various Christmas items.
Xyldia Grace has developed a love and style for photography since a young child. Some select prints are ‘brought to life’ with the addition of oil painting to her work. Xyldia Grace meticulously adds detail colors to her black & white prints, either subtle pastels or bold metalic colors, all painstakingly hand painted. This style adds a realistic feel to her art, giving one the sense of ‘being there’ in the shot. Prints are available as well as custom framing.

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Shop Local – Gifts for the Holidays at The French Mix

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The French Mix Christmas 2014Visit the French Mix on Lee Lane in historic downtown Covington for contemporary home furnishing, local art, hand made pottery, gift items and accoutrements. Offering beautiful professional gift wrapping all holiday season! 228 Lee Lane in historic downtown Covington, Monday through 10 am – 5 pm, Saturdays 10 am – 5:30 pm and Sundays 11 am – 3 pm.

Check out their newly updated website!
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Shop Local – Holiday Cheer at History Antiques & Interiors

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History Antiques Christmas 2014Wreaths and arrangements from the Magnolia Company now featured at History Antiques & Interiors. History Antiques carries a beautiful collection of antique furniture, collectables, local art and unique décor. Stop by Monday through Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm at 317 N. Columbia Street in downtown Covington. Facebook: History Antiques & Interiors

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Hostess & Wedding Gifts at History Antiques & Interiors

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History Antiques & InteriorsFind the perfect hostess accessories and wedding gifts at History Antiques & Interiors! Pictured here are their French inspired tea towels and stemless wine glasses with hand-cast pewter initials on an antique serving tray with brass handles. History Antiques carries a beautiful collection of antique furniture, collectables, local art and unique décor. Stop by Tuesday through Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm at 317 N. Columbia Street in downtown Covington. Facebook: History Antiques & Interiors

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History Antiques & Interiors – Stemless Wine Glasses With Customizable Initials

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History Antiques custom stemless wine glassHistory Antiques & Interiors has in stock stemless wine glasses with hand-cast pewter initials, a perfect wedding or hostess gift! American and European antique furniture, collectibles and décor along with contemporary local art, crafts and handmade items. 985-892-0010

History Antiques & Interiors is open from 10 am – 5 pm Tuesday – Saturday, and more most special art events. Located across the street from the Art Association at 317 N. Columbia Street in downtown Covington. Learn more by visiting and “liking” their Facebook page “History Antiques & Interiors“.

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White Linen Night in Downtown Covington This Saturday

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White Linen Night 2014Wino’s & Tacos brings White Linen Night to Downtown Covington this Saturday, August 16 from 5:30 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. Streets will close at 5:30 p.m. for the duration of the event. Participating businesses include History Antiques, Tripolo Gallery, Columbia Street Rock N Blues, The Tap Room, Motif and Savoye Originals Gallery. The Tap Room is hosting August Rush for a Northshore Anniversary Party, and Columbia Street Rock N Blues welcomes Soljet to the stage! Wino’s & Tacos will have the sounds of Davis Rogan Band and Waterseed. Enjoy a Northshore twist to a traditional New Orleans concept with plenty to see and hear in Downtown Covington! This is a free event presented by City of Covington and Abita Brewery.


Soljet at Columbia Street Rock N Blues

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Water Seed at Winos and Tacos

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August Rust at Columbia Street Tap Room

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Decorate Your Soul At Shop Soul Boutique

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Shop Soul 3shop soul boutiqueTucked into the side of St. John’s Coffeehouse on Boston Street is a bright Covington gem, a place full of fun and pizzazz. At Shop Soul Boutique you can find the best of local – hand crafted naturalistic jewelry, eclectic local art, unique vintage clothing, accessories, and so much more! Reina hand picks all of the items in her shop to bring you the most soulful outfits around, sure to start a conversation or two. Stop by today at 529 E. Boston Street, and follow “Shop Soul Boutique” on Facebook and Instagram to see more of their retail!

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A Taste Of Covington Four Day Food & Wine Event Celebrates Local This Weekend

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Save The Date A Taste Of Covington, 2014A Taste Of Covington is finally here! ATOC 2014 continues the tradition of the CBA’s four day food and wine event celebrating Covington.

Thursday, April 10th, 7 pm: Vintners Dinners  Be seduced with a 4-course dinner with wines paired specifically for each course. Participating restaurants are: Annadele’s Plantation, Dakota, The English Tea Room, Del Porto, Lola, Mac’s on Boston, and Pardos American Bistro. Gallagher’s Grill and Seiler Bar are sold out for this event.

Friday April 11th: A Grand Tasting at Aquistapace’s Covington Supermarket  sponsored by The French Mix.  This event is sold out!

Saturday April 12th, 2 – 4 pm: Festa del Vino  at the Historic Mackie House, presented by the Southern Hotel. !

Saturday April 12th, 6 – 9 pm: STAA’s Spring for Art  This year, the CBA has teamed up with the STAA for their annual Spring for Art! Stroll the streets of Historic Downtown Covington and enjoy the art, local businesses, music and wine. This is a free and open to the public event.

Sunday April 13th: Champagne Jazz Brunch  Hosted by Seiler Bar, there will be two seating for the brunch, featuring jazz, champagne, food and fun! Music by Steppin’ Up.

For more information about A Taste Of Covington, or to make reservations to any of these great events, check

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Three River’s Art Festival November 9th & 10th 2013

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Three Rivers Art Festival Poster 2013The 2013 Three Rivers Art Festival takes place on November 9 & 10 (Saturday and Sunday) from 10 am to 5 pm daily in Historic Downtown Covington.  Featuring regional arts and crafts including painting, photography, woodwork, jewelry and much more!  New for 2013, this year’s festival features a food court and a music stage with some of the best entertainment in the area.  For a full list of booths, food and music, see the map on their website: