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STAA Schedules ‘Spring for Art’ For April 10, Opening to Feature New Works by Paulo Dufour

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The St. Tammany Art Association’s annual “Spring for Art” festival is set for Saturday, April 10 and will feature the new work of nationally-known local artist Paulo Dufour.

The event, scheduled from 6-9 p.m. will be somewhat restricted by Covid guidelines, but will mark a “reimagining” of the STAA “Art House” and its place in the cultural and economic life of Covington and St. Tammany.

Dufour’s creations, which span an array of blown and sculpted glass pieces, paintings and sculpture, represent the metaphysical and inform the emergence of STAA from the impact of the Covid pandemic.

“Spring for Art” will feature coordinated openings and events across downtown Covington, again with some restrictions, but it will signal the muted resumption of the city’s pre-Covid life, said Cathy Deano, newly elected president of STAA.

“We are reimagining the association in a way that will incorporate all of the arts, such as theater and poetry, for example, and be more of a community center for art that will engage more young people,” said Deano, also co-founder of Mandeville-based Painting With A Twist, which has 300 franchise units in 39 states. Deano was previously STAA president from 2006-2009.

STAA’s future also involves the association’s new executive director, Suzanne Freret, formerly Assistant Director of Advancement at Christ Episcopal School. Deano and Freret join STAA along with several new board members, Keith Villere, Cindy Petry and John Botsford. Elizabeth Stokes, Phoebe Whealdon and Lewis Dennis round out the list of directors.

Freret echoes the sentiment of Deano, “I envision a thriving organization, rich with community engagement, and offering conventional and unconventional events that will appeal to all ages,” said Freret. STAA artists and community membership will grow in the months and years ahead as STAA branches out in the community, said Freret, whose background includes significant experience in finance.

Dufour’s roots in the rich soil of south Louisiana run deep, from present-day Covington, to Baton Rouge, where he grew up as a son of Paul Dufour, an internationally known glass artist and professor at Louisiana State University.

The title of his show is “Mental Universes and the Obscurations of Light.” Dufour says the amorphous and sensuous work conjures up images ranging from the earthy colors of landscapes to primal skin vessels, suggesting the struggle of the human condition where real conflict and myth evolve.

The works give voice to the ongoing process of knowing oneself through exploring daily life, a process requiring each person to be open and aware of inner impressions that honor memories, dreams, and the synchronicity of life, said Dufour. Dufour has exhibited all over the United States from Seattle to Los Angeles and is in significant collections from Spain to Tennessee.

Dufour retired in 2016 from the St. Tammany Parish Talented Art Program where he taught in the public school system for 28 years.

STAA will schedule a question and answer session for patrons and Dufour and soon announce the date and time.

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 Development, Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism, in cooperation with the Louisiana Arts Council. Funding has also been provided by the National Endowment for the Arts.

St. Tammany Art Association is located at 320 N Columbia Street in historic downtown Covington. Gallery hours are Fridays and Saturdays, 10 am to 4 pm. Exhibitions are free and open to the public. www.sttammany.art

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‘Percent for Art’ Open House Showcases the Safe Haven Healing Arts Collection

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St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper welcomed members of the arts and health communities as they came together at the Safe Haven Health and Wellness Complex, Thursday, December 10, 2020. The event — the Percent for Art Open House — was an art opening for 31 Healing Arts collections procured through a Call to Artists earlier this year, as well as donations from local philanthropists.

“With the addition of this healing artwork, we move closer to the opening of the Safe Haven Health and Wellness Center. This collection is vital to the facility, as we want each and every person who joins us to begin their healing journey to do so with dignity and a sense of hope,” Cooper said. “In addition to adding a healing component to the Safe Haven Health and Wellness Center, this Call to Artists offered an opportunity to our arts community to find work during this uncertain time and to add to the success of Safe Haven.”

Cooper opened the event by thanking members of the St. Tammany Commission on Cultural Affairs, local philanthropists, arts advocates Carlos Sanchez and David Fennelly, and Safe Haven Director Mary Burckell for their investment in Safe Haven and their work to bring this collection to the Safe Haven Health and Wellness Center.

Over 40 artists with over 280 proposals responded to the Call to Artists in the summer of 2020, issued by the St. Tammany Commission on Cultural Affairs and St. Tammany Parish Government. A five-member Art Advisory Panel selected the final collections for installation. Two additional pieces were donated by Carlos Sanchez and David Fennelly. Special thanks to the Advisory Panel members: Cindy Pulling, Administrative Director for NAMI St. Tammany; James Davis, St. Tammany Parish Councilman District 7; Laura Prisco, Chairwoman, St. Tammany Commission on Cultural Affairs; Jennifer Bushnell, Commissioner, St. Tammany Commission on Cultural Affairs; and Mary D. Burckell, Director of Safe Haven.

The artwork was funded through the Percent for Art Program at a cost of $24,400. This program stems from an ordinance passed in 2002 which authorizes the allocation of funds for art in the construction of public buildings. For this project selections were made specifically to enhance the healing environment of the facility. All artwork was installed in adherence to required guidelines for a Behavioral Health facility. You may view the Safe Haven Collection here.

Future projects slated for completion at the Safe Haven Health and Wellness Complex include: bedroom murals, an outdoor sculpture, exam room murals, and landscaping. See descriptions of each here. For information on involvement in pending projects at the Safe Haven Health and Wellness Complex, please contact Mary Burckell, Director of Safe Haven at : mburckell@stpgov.org.

The Safe Haven Health and Wellness Center houses St. Tammany’s first 24-bed Crisis Receiving Center, as well as a third Federally Qualified Health Center to serve the people of St. Tammany. It is expected to open in early 2021.

About Safe Haven

Safe Haven will provide a collaborative healing environment for the behavioral health continuum by creating a high-quality, coordinated, sustainable and humane network of care anchored in St. Tammany Parish. The facility will serve as a comprehensive multi- faceted program and a “single point of entry” into the Behavioral Health continuum of care for law enforcement, the judiciary and local area hospitals. To sign up for updates on the progress of Safe Haven visit www.safehavenstp.org.

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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 www.sttammany.art

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 www.sttammany.art. 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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Fall for Art & STAA Opening Reception This Saturday

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Three events, one night of art in downtown Covington from the St. Tammany Art Association

The St. Tammany Art Association and Covington businesses, galleries and restaurants present Fall for Art, an annual celebration of the visual, performing and culinary arts this Saturday October 10th from 6 – 9 pm.

The free event showcases new works and one-night-only shows at Covington’s art galleries and dozens of downtown shops, all by regional and nationally-renowned artists.

Enjoy an evening of art, shopping, and dining at any of dozens of couture fashion boutiques, antique and home furnishings shops, and more along Columbia Street.

A special thank you to the Covington Business Association and the City of Covington for their partnership and continuous support of the Arts.

STAA Opening Reception for A Partial View: Drawings by Mary Jane Parker

“A Partial View: Drawings by Mary Jane Parker”, made possible, in part, by a generous donation from Catherine Deano.

A new exhibit, “A Partial View: Drawings by Mary Jane Parker” will be on display October 10 – November 28. The exhibit is made possible, in part by the generous support of Catherine Deano. The exhibit features mostly graphite drawings that explore the artist’s interest in hysteria, a disease that many women were diagnosed with in the early 1900’s. The pieces incorporate delicate, intricate patterns with repetitive backgrounds against a figure or body part situated in a tense or distressed pose. The works reflects the artist’s exploration of the many theories about exactly what hysteria was and how it was used to restrict women who did not follow the rules and exceptions of society at the time.

Ms. Parker has exhibited work nationally and internationally and is represented in New Orleans by Arthur Roger Gallery.  Currently Mary Jane serves on the board of the Contemporary Arts Center in New Orleans as the Visual Arts Coordinator. Ms. Parker is the chairperson of the visual arts department at the New Orleans Center for Creative Art. She is also a member of the teaching faculty.

An opening reception for “A Partial View: Drawings by Mary Jane Parker” will be held Saturday October 10th from 6-9 pm during Fall for Art. Due to COVID gathering restrictions, guests to the reception are required to register in advance for timed tickets to ensure limited attendance and adequate space for social distancing. Click here to reserve your space.

October Members’ Gallery Opening Reception

The St Tammany Art Association would like to invite our Northshore community to the opening reception for the first member’s gallery of the year.  Come out to support and enjoy refreshments and the beautiful creations of our artist members. The Members’ Gallery opening reception will be Saturday, October 10th from 6 – 9 pm, in conjunction with Fall for Art.

Due to COVID gathering restrictions, guests to the reception are required to register in advance for timed tickets to ensure limited attendance and adequate space for social distancing. Click here to reserve your space.

Learn more about the St. Tammany Art Association at www.sttammany.art

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Gallery at City Hall to Feature Sue Zaunbrecher

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The City of Covington’s Gallery at City Hall will open the solo exhibition of Sue Zaunbrecher with a reception. Mayor Mike Cooper invites the public to attend on Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018, 5 – 7 p.m.

Sue Zaunbrecher, Artist : “I have shown my art at the St. Tammany Healing Arts Initiative in 2016 and frequently have work for sale at the St. Tammany Art Association member gallery and at Gretchen Armbruster Artworks. I have volunteered in many ways in our community by serving on the boards of the St. Tammany Art Association and the St. Tammany Library Foundation, several school boards, teaching bible studies and donating art to various charitable causes.” Visit suezaunbrecher.com.
The exhibition opening reception will be held at the Gallery at City Hall located at Covington City Hall, 317 N. Jefferson Avenue, Covington. For more information, please contact Covington City Hall at 985-898-4715 or visit online: covla.com. Find City of Covington on FB.

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STAA’s Summer Show Opens In July

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The St. Tammany Art Association presents the 53rd Annual Summer Show Opening Reception on Saturday, July 14, 2018, from 6 p.m. To 9 p.m.
The STAA Art House is located at 320 N. Columbia Street. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 985-892-8650 or visit sttammanyartassociation.org.

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Playmakers Theater Opens “Loot” This Weekend!

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Loot Playmakers TheaterPlaymakers is proud to present “Loot,” directed by Anysia Manthos Genre. The play opens this Friday with a champagne reception and runs March 6 – 22. Friday and Saturday curtain call at 8 pm, Sunday matinees are at 2 pm. Reserve your tickets online at: www.playmakersinc.com

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The Antiquarian Image – An Exhibition of 19th Century Photographic Processes Opening at STAA

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An international exhibition of works by ten photographers on display at the STAA Art House from February 21 through April 4, 2015.

Antiquarian Image 11 STAA

Although digital imagery is now the standard in the 21st century, the photographic image has its roots deep in the early 19th century and reaches as far back as the Renaissance era with the camera obscura. Throughout the 19th century more advanced printing techniques and processes were developed-ambrotype, tintype, photo-gravure and albumen. A few artists have remained dedicated to creating images using such techniques from the dawn of the photographic process, and this exhibition will showcase ten from around the world and right here in our backyard: Alex Sapienza of Dublin, Ireland; Dennis Ziliotto, Monselice, Italy; and Borut Peterlin, Dolenjske Toplice, Slovenia; Michelle Smith-Lewis, Seattle, WA; Euphus Ruth, Greenville, MS; Scott Anton, Solon, ME; Jeanne Wells, Turner, ME; David Armentor, New Orleans, LA; Robert Dutruch, Bush, LA; and Bruce Schultz, Lafayette, LA.

Antiquarian Image 2 STAADuring the opening reception, 6-9 pm on Saturday, February 21, visitors will be able to watch demonstrations of the tintype process and purchase a portrait of their own as David Armentor will be on site offering portraits throughout the evening. A portion of the sales will support educational programming at the St. Tammany Art Association. Advance reservations for portraits are recommended, call 985-892-8650 for details.

In coordination with the exhibition STAA has scheduled hands-on workshops illustrating the tintype and lumen printing processes. Space is limited. See articles below for more details.

The exhibition, sponsored in part by Lost Hills Studio, will be on display at the St. Tammany Art Association located at 320 N. Columbia St. in downtown Covington, LA.

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STAA The Art of the Journey: An Exhibition of the Personal Artwork of Professional Art Therapists Opening Saturday

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The Art of the Journey: An Exhibition of the Personal Artwork of Professional Art TherapistsThe Art of the Journey - An Exhibition of the Personal Artwork of Professional Art TherapistsThe St. Tammany Art Association in partnership with the Louisiana Art Therapy Association (LATA) announce the opening of a special art exhibit titled The Art of the Journey: An Exhibition of the Personal Artwork of Professional Art Therapists. The exhibit chronicles the individual path of art therapists in the mental health profession: some are students, while others have been practicing for decades; some work in hospitals, vocational programs, schools, or private practices; a few work with children, others with couples, some with individuals with disabilities and geriatric populations.

Guests and artists are invited to attend the Opening Reception to be held on Saturday, August 23rd at 6:00-9:00PM. The exhibit will continue through September 6, 2014 and is free and open to the public.

In addition to the exhibit, a professional lecture and a workshop offered by LATA members will be held at the Arthouse the following weekends.                   www.sttammanyartassociation.org

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St. Tammany Art Association Presents “Icons: Personal Visions” Group Exhibition

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Icons: Personal Visions STAAThe St. Tammany Art Association presents ‘Icons:  Personal Visions’, an exciting new show on view December 14, 2013 through February 1, 2014.

Presented by STAA past president and longtime sponsor, Catherine Deano, the exhibit features artwork by regional artists: Jacqueline Bishop, Douglas Bourgeois, Alan Gerson, Jessica Goldfinch, Christopher Guarisco, John Hodge, Thomas Mann, Francie Rich, Leslie Staub and Monica Zeringue. An opening reception for the artists will be held on Saturday, December 14, 2013 from 6-9 p.m.

The extended exhibition is designed to open a dialogue on the concept of icons and iconography with its migration from the religious to the secular in contemporary art. Contemporary icon painting takes a broader, secular approach through influences of traditional icon imagery and processes, and is literally expressed by some but ambiguously approached by others. A series of interpretive elements, including the ubiquitous placement of a sculpture by Thomas Mann in locations around Covington, are designed to encourage discussion and awareness of art, history, imagery, and society in constantly evolving relationships.  All events are free and open the public. Please join us and bring your friends!

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“Goodness Had Nothing To Do With It” Group Exhibit At Three Rivers Gallery

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Rebecca Burt, Leandro Area and Mary Helen Seago, Three Rivers Gallery, 333 E. Boston Street, Historic Downtown Covington

Rebecca Burt, Leandro Area and Mary Helen Seago, Three Rivers Gallery, 333 E. Boston Street, Historic Downtown Covington

“We say things like these without thinking of the deeper meaning: “Johnny was a good boy today.” “Man, that cake was good!” “Yes, we all had a really good time at the party. “But what is goodness? Is it innocence or is it knowledge?  Or is it what you make it at the moment? Is it a qualifiable or quantifiable? The use of king cake babies expresses innocence and beauty, both imprisoned and free, while the wings signify the ability to escape and change. But is change goodness?  This group exhibit features artists Rebecca Burt, Leandro Area and Mary Helen Seago. Opening Saturday December 14th, 6 – 9 pm, and running through January 4th.

www.threeriversgallery.com