Join the St. Tammany Art Association in historic downtown Covington for new exhibitions at local galleries featuring artwork by local, regional, and national artists. The coordinated art openings will be held this Saturday, April 10 at 6:00PM – 9:00PM.
Mental Universes and the Obscurations of Light opens at the St Tammany Art Association, April 10, 2021 from 6-9 PM during Spring for Art. Paulo Dufour’s art reflects his perception of the world surrounding him.
His most recent work features the shadows of trees, plants, animals and objects merging into allegorical themes and explores the relationship of his shadow cast onto metaphysical landscapes. 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. “Mental Universes and the Obscurations of Light,” continues Dufour’s choice of materials which informs the work and includes blown and sculpted glass, torch worked patinated iron, and water media paintings.
COVID restrictions will limit many of the event’s historical activities but it will be a nice evening to visit our downtown galleries and support our local artists. Be sure to stop by one of Covington’s many fine dining and live music venues for great food and entertainment while you are out.
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
One of Downtown Covington’s busiest weeks is here, a jam packed kick off to Spring 2017: the St. Tammany Art Association’s “Spring For Art” on Saturday evening, the Covington Business Association’s “A Taste of Covington” throughout the week, Harvey Jesus & Fire at the first Rockin’ the Rails Trailhead Concert on Thursday, plus a Home Tour to benefit STAA on Sunday evening.
In conjunction with Spring for Art, the St Tammany Art Association presents a new exhibition, “I should have called her Virga”, opening Saturday, April 8, 2017 with a reception from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. The exhibition will run to Saturday May 20, 2017.
Artist and drawing instructor, Inga Clough Falterman, will present work that will include large scale representational and metaphorical landscape drawings, nearly five feet in dimension, as well as smaller pieces. The primary medium of the drawings is charcoal, with pieces in other mediums including sewn elements and sculptural pieces.
In the artist’s words, “The idea of keeping and hoping are tangled and so become the bedrock of my work. The propensity for keeping all things that change the same is not an uncommon conflict in human nature. The question of what it is we can keep at all is more personal, and the work suggested for the exhibition “I should have named her Virga,” provokes the viewer to consider priorities, gains, and losses, and examine the emotional and/or intellectual value of those aspects of life.
Gallery Talk and Connection Series Save the date for Gallery Talk with Inga on Saturday, April 23 at 2 p.m. Join this amazing artist as she shares about her creative process, her techniques, and more!
This exhibition’s Connection Series will feature a concert by The Ben Redwine Trio. The concert, which is inspired by Inga Clough Falterman’s exhibition, will be Thursday, April 20 at 6:30 p.m. sttammanyartassociation.org
“Virga is a meteorological event where rain falls from high altitude but never reaches the ground. Its evanescence is what gives it an ephemeral beauty that defines its existence. Although virga is obviously a part of that elementary water cycle so clearly depicted in our early earth science textbooks, it doesn’t quite fit the linear equation of water evaporating from lakes and oceans and then falling to earth again as rain to form streams and rivers to fill lakes and oceans to once again evaporate. Pilots are warned to steer clear of virga, and to keep a sharp lookout for its existence around them. Virga may preclude sudden microbursts, sudden and violent downdrafts of air that are potentially extremely damaging and can be storms within a storm, at times.
At least we can see virga. The observation is dear to me. I have seen this upper atmosphere mist often over the great plains at the foot of the Great Divide, and it is a quiet and small wonder in the vastness of our sky. The work for ‘I should have named her Virga’ therefore is not to propose a morose or pessimistic view of the inability to call anything our own, but more of a celebration in acknowledging the intangibility of dreams and wishes which we will continue to strive to make manifest.” Inga Clough Falterman
Visit Covington’s local galleries and merchants on the second Saturday of each month for coordinated art openings throughout historic downtown Covington. Here is a list of participants for this Saturday, March 11, 2017:
Saladino Gallery, features various works on display by local artists. The Lacombe Art Guild Spring Exhibit is at Heritage Bank of St. Tammany, with a members show, reception and awards. Demelo Fine Art is at Columbia Coworking LLC, showing works of various artists. The Rolland Golden Gallery, is showing the works of Rolland Golden. The St. Tammany Art Association, hosts an Opening Reception of the Members Gallery Exhibition. Tripolo Gallery, features various works on display by gallery artists. Rutland St. Gallery, will also have works on display by gallery artists.
STAA’s Spring For Art Takes Place April 8, 2017 Spring For Art, one of the biggest fundraisers for the St. Tammany Art Association, is less than a month away, taking place on Saturday, April 8, 2017, from 6 p.m. To 9 p.m. This year, the Mix Masters competition takes place on New Hampshire Street near Gulf Coast Bank and Del Porto, and Amedee Frederick cranks out the blues with his authentic New Orleans sound. Stop in at the Green Room to see Jay Webert on stage, with local art to browse. Down towards the landing, the Foreman Brothers bring you classic covers and more on Columbia Street near Heritage Bank of St. Tammany, the Dojo and Paradise on Columbia.
There is a special treat for parents at this year’s Spring For Art. South Lee Lane will feature activities scheduled throughout the night just for kids, so walk on over and check it out! While you’re there, enjoy the mellow folk sounds and soothing vocals of acoustic performer Valley Rich at South Lee Lane. N. Lee Lane features Stone Indian, rocking out near Meribo. Acoustic duo Hill Country performs on the 400 block of Columbia Street, and Cassie Krebs performs at the Art Association. Look for the STAA Brochures for the official line-up! sttammanyartassociation.org
Wednesday was a beautiful morning for Coffee With Mayor Cooper at the Covington Trailhead Museum. The room was packed, and Mayor Cooper discussed some of the upcoming events in 2017.
The Lions Club Parade, Covington’s family oriented day parade, is getting an upgrade. Patrick McKnight, the Covington Lions Club Chairman, invites participants to the 58th Annual Mardi Gras Day Parade! This year’s theme is “Playtime.” The 2017 Covington Lions Club Honorary Grand Marshall is Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser, and you could be right there along with him.
After the parade, be sure to catch the merriment at the Covington Trailhead with an awards ceremony for the floats and antique cars. Music, food and fun await at Carnival in Covington 2017, a family Fat Tuesday tradition. To pick up an application, or for more information, contact Kirstie at the Department of Cultural Arts, phone number 985-892-1873. The Krewe of Olympia parade rolls on Saturday, February 18, 2017.
The Mayor mentioned a couple of March events, a St. Patrick’s Day Parade on March 11, presented by the Covington Celtic Club and ending near Jewel’s Cigar & Briar. Also happening in March is the Youth Service Bureau annual fundraiser, Chef Soiree. This event will again take place at the Covington Trailhead with some of the best restaurants on the Northshore participating.
April brings some of Downtown’s most popular events, with the return of Rockin’ the Rails (Line up will be posted as soon as it’s finalized by the City!), St. Tammany Art Association’s Spring For Art, and of course, A Taste of Covington, both taking place the second week/weekend of April! The Covington Heritage Foundation Antiques Festival returns the third weekend of April also, and the OnStage at the Fuhrmann series continues through 2017.
Mayor Cooper turned the floor over to Covington Police Chief Tim Lentz with regard to the Police’s Department’s award from the Metropolitan Crime Commission. The MCC awarded the Department the Excellence in Law Enforcement Award in recognition of Operation Angel, a drug abatement and crime prevention initiative. The award was received January 24, 2017. Chief Lentz noted that over 100 people have been helped by the program, and crime is down %14 overall for 2016.
Mayor Cooper Discusses Road Projects
Mayor Cooper’s informal meeting also included some important information about the much anticipated road work projects around Covington. He related that the contractor working on the 15th Avenue Bridge at Mile Branch gave assurances that it would be completed at the end of this week(!), when the official notification is given from the City, Covington Weekly will update.
With regard to the Washout Project on 15th, Mayor Cooper stated that Open Bidding begins February 8, and Bids are selected by DOTD. Cooper also noted that the culverts would be replaced to increase capacity, with the project focusing on DOTD upgrades as opposed to FEMA requirements. The Mayor also informed the audience that Councilman Wright is hosting a meeting for River Forest Residents at Kehoe France on Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017, with regard to that project and other street paving projects.
Mayor Cooper reported that the Highway 21 Bridge Project is on schedule, with State projections for a finish date at late Spring/ early Summer; Cooper added that his projections were late summer, to the agreement and amusement of those in the audience skeptical of road work finish dates.
Public Feedback at Coffee With Cooper
Two separate issues discussed as questions from the audience included incidents of speeding in and near the Savannahs Subdivision, and sewerage infrastructure.
The speeding problem stems from the fact that the neighborhood is used as a cut-through when it should be local access only. Mayor Cooper noted that the speed limit was dropped to 20 mph, stop signs were added, and patrols increased, but there are still speeders.
In other areas of the country, police departments have installed a speed check with a camera that will take a picture of the license plate and automatically send a ticket to the speeding vehicle. While this method has been contested depending on the application, it seems both a reasonable and feasible solution to a continuing problem that has not been solved by traditional and previously mentioned measures.
The sewerage infrastructure issue is a common one in the city ever since the flooding of March 2016. Other factors affecting sewerage and plumbing infrastructure include root intrusion, common in areas with many trees.
City of Covington Special Municipal Election
The City of Covington holds a special Municipal Election to fill the Council Seat formerly held by Lee Alexius, who passed away last year. Mr. Alexius is remembered as a family man, dedicated council member and founding member of the Covington Heritage Foundation, among many other contributions to the community. The qualifying candidates in the March 25th election are Trey Blackall, Jerry Coner and Patrick McMath.
The St. Tammany Art Association announces the opening of “Expressions Of Place: The Southeastern Louisiana Landscape”. Many artists included are acclaimed professionals whose paintings can be found in major private and public collections regionally and nationally, while others have found their followings closer to home. All, however, are driven to express their impressions of the land. Their styles range from traditional representational imagery to the symbolic and almost totally abstract. Yet, each has an individual interpretation of the Southeast Louisiana landscape.
Artists featured include Ron Bechet, Jacqueline Bishop, Tanya Dischler, Adrian Deckbar, Alan Flattmann, Rhea Gary, Rolland Golden, Gail Johnson Hood, Shirley Rabé Masinter, Mary Monk, David Noll, Auseklis Ozols, Gaither Pope, Phil Sandusky, Robert Seago, Charles G. Smith, Melissa Smith, Billy Solitario, Allison Stewart, and Robert Warrens.
The St. Tammany Art Association is located at 320 N. Columbia Street, Covington, LA 70433. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday, 10am – 4pm and Saturdays, 11am – 4pm. All exhibitions are free and open to the public unless otherwise indicated. sttammanyartassociation.org
History Antiques & Interiors features work by local artist Cynthia Webb. Plus, a new Spring collection at History Antiques & Interiors, where every piece has a story. historyantiquesandinteriors.com
“Endless” Cynthia Webb
Pick up your guide to Spring For Art at participating locations for the events taking place throughout the dowtown Covington area. See live music by Rick Samson Project, Hill Country, Valley Rich, Timothy Gates, Hubert Cyprian and the Creole Man featuring A5. Art demos include Free Verse poetry, Aerial Yoga, Wood Carving, Mural Masterpieces, Alligator Clay Mobile, Glass Blowing and a Kids Art Tent with Face Painting.
The Green Room is participating in Spring For Art by hosting an open art exhibition. Artists are asked to arrive early, bring their own method of hanging/displaying their work, limited to 3 – 5 pieces. Ziggy McNugent (Shelby Lee) will provide music during the art show (6 – 9 p.m.), then stick around for Mighty Brother at 9:30, and Buffalo Skinner at 11! 985-892-2225
Save the Date | Saturday, April 9 | 6-9pm, Sponsored by Painting with a Twist
Presented by the St. Tammany Art Association (STAA), Painting with A Twist, Champagne Beverage and Fat Tire along with the sponsorship and support of local businesses, galleries and restaurants, the Spring for Art and Fall for Art annual events draw some 4,000 visitors to the historic St. John district each season. New work by dozens of artists from around the Southeast Region are showcased. The free event includes live music at various outdoor and indoor locations, gallery openings, art demonstrations, first-rate boutique shopping, and fine dining throughout Downtown Covington.
Visitors enjoy live performances by local and nationally-renowned musicians, all over the downtown area. Covington’s many restaurants are also open for business. Be sure to keep a printed brochure on hand, available at any participating venue, or download the FREE app for Apple & Android devices available in the App Store and Google Play! Programs with locations and contact information for each participating shop are available at STAA, on the app and at your favorite locations around Covington.
A Taste Of Covington is Covington’s annual four day food and wine experience presented by the Covington Business Association and sponsored by the Southern Hotel. Tickets for the premiere Vintner’s Dinner on Thursday, April 9 are selling out fast! Participating restaurants that still have reservations available include Annadele’s Plantation, Dakota Restaurant, The English Tea Room, Lola, Ox Lot 9 and Pardo’s.
Other events include a Grand Tasting at Acquistapace’s, Festa del Vino at the Southern Hotel, STAA’s Spring for Art, and the Champagne Jazz Brunch at OxLot 9. Visit www.atasteofcovington.com for more info.
4 Day Event Showcases Covington April 9th – 12th 2015
The Covington Business Association’s 4th Annual A Taste of Covington features a 4 day wine and food event exploring Covington, Louisiana! Thursday April 9th begins the festivities with the Vintners’ Dinners, a four course meal at ten top local restaurants with expert wine pairings. Friday is the very popular Grand Tasting in the wine warehouse at Acquistapace’s Covington Supermarket (now with two tents!) Saturday afternoon is the prestigious Festa del Vino wine tasting at the Southern Hotel, ATOC’s 2015 Top Presenting Sponsor. This year’s Festa del Vino is presented by Mayor Mike Cooper. Saturday evening the St. Tammany Art Association will host their annual Spring for Art from 6 – 9 pm. On Sunday, round it all out with a Champagne Jazz Brunch at Ox Lot 9 with music by Steppin’ Up. All events with the exception of Spring for Art must be reserved in advance – tickets are on sale at www.atasteofcovington.com.
The Covington Business Association’s premiere culinary event features a Vintner’s Dinner on Thursday, April 10, featuring ten Covington restaurants. Friday, April 11 is the Grand Tasting at Aquistapace’s Covington Supermarket. “Festa del Vino” is Saturday, April 12 at the Historic Mackie House. Spring For Art also takes place on Saturday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday ends the event with a Jazz Brunch at the Seiler Bar. For more information on this fabulous event, please visit www.atasteofcovington.com.
Debauche formed around 2008 at the Kahve Coffeeshop on Royal Street in New Orleans. Yegor Romanstov sang at this coffeeshop every Friday from 10 pm until 12 am, drinking home made honey pepper vodka and performing his “Russian hooligan songs”. Debauche performs at the Green Room on Saturday night after Spring for Art.
Using nature as inspiration, Louisiana Artist Anne Cicero offers a glimpse of the serene and beautiful in her contemporary landscape paintings. The rich cultural heritage of her New Orleans roots and the guidance of an artistic family encouraged Anne to pursue her interests at a very young age. Anne has worked as a Graphic Artist, Illustrator, Costume Designer and Stylist in print advertising and film production. She brings a passion for color, composition, design and texture to her work with a sense of energy, style and light that is unique to her paintings.
Anne says about her work, “My paintings represent the feeling of timeless beauty, peace and quiet drama inherent in the Louisiana landscape. I enjoy the unique creative process involved in producing each painting as it unfolds before me on the canvas. Each piece is painted with layered acrylic glazes over various textures, as if the light is washing over the rich and lush botanical growth on the waterways. I try to emulate the reflections, shadows and light… real and imagined… while attempting to capture the essence and beauty of that unique time and space. The atmosphere portrayed in my pieces resonates with energy, reconciles the imaginary with the real, and represents my fascination with the sacred grace of nature.”
Anne has great plans for Studio Cicero. As well as having a space to show her own work, she offers art classes for adults and children, and will display the works of her students. Anne is a member of the St. Tammany Art Association and is participating in this month’s Art Market (Saturday April 6th) and in the upcoming Spring for Art (April 20th), when she will host a Grand Opening at the Studio.
Art classes are four sessions, three hours a piece, and all supplies are included. Adult classes will be held Mondays 10 am – 1 pm April 1st, 8th, 15th and 22nd, Wednesdays 6 pm – 9 pm April 3rd, 10th, 17th and 24th, Saturdays 10 am – 2 pm April 13th, 20th, and 27th. Young Artist classes (ages 8 and up) will be Tuesdays and Thursdays 3:30 – 6:30 pm April 2nd, 4th, 8th, 11th, 16th, 18th, 23rd and 25th. Visit www.studiocicero.com for more information.
Rockin’ the Rails Free Concert Series
Enjoy live music every Thursday in April from 5pm to 7:30pm at the Covington Trailhead. All concerts are free and open to the public. Concert-goers are invited to explore Downtown Covington after the show! For more information, visit www.covla.com.
Covington Art Market
This is a juried market featuring a variety of work from local and regional artists, including jewelry, crafts, photography, paintings and more. The next market is April 6th, and will be 9 am – 4 pm. For more information, visit www.sttammanyartassociation.org.
5th Annual Lion’s Club Car Show
The Covington Lion’s Club will be presenting their 5th Annual Car Show Saturday, April 6th at the Covington Trailhead. Awards for the top ten pre-1975 vehicles will be given, as well as a “Best of Show” and “Mayor’s Award”. Other entertainment includes a 50/50 raffle, door prizes, dash plaques, great oldies music and a ring toss with various mechanical equipment.
STAA Spring for Art
Saturday April 20th from 6 – 9 pm the annual Spring for Art will be hitting the streets! In this event Covington galleries, merchants and professionals open their doors to display artworks by regional artists. Live music, wines, cheeses and more! Check for updates at www.sttammanyartassociation.org.
Whisperings From the Past
Sunday April 7th, Cemetery Tours at the Covington Cemetery! Not suitable for small children, tours run from 5:30 pm – 8 pm. Email email@example.com to reserve your time slot.
Bicentennial Golf Classic
The Covington Bicentennial Golf Tournament is scheduled for April 8th, 10 am at Money Hill! Visit www.covla.com for more details or to download a copy of the registration form.
Memories to Memoirs
Three local writers discuss how they mined the memories of their pasts to create original work. This wine and cheese event is free and open to the public, hosted by the Center of Performing Arts on April 13, at 7 pm. Authors are Chris Garcia, Patricia Clanton, and David Arbo.
Covington Historic Treasures House Tour
Architectural Historian Sally Reeves has a presentation at Christ Episcopal Church beginning at 10:30 am at Christ Episcopal Church on April 27th, followed by a light lunch break and home tours. Tickets are available at the day of the event and include a keepsake booklet and a wine and cheese reception. For more information about this event please contact Sue Osbon at 985-892-3700 or firstname.lastname@example.org.