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STAA Presents Tiffany Nesbit “Serious Traits III”

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on display July 10 – September 25, 2021
Serious Traits III

Covington, LA – St. Tammany Art Association (STAA) presents a new exhibition “Serious Traits III” by artist Tiffany Nesbit on display July 10 through September 25, 2021 in the Miriam Barranger Gallery of the Arthouse. Please join us for the Kokomo stroll and opening reception from 5 pm – 8pm July 10, 2021.
Tiffany A. Nesbit was born in New Orleans and grew up in surrounding parts of
Louisiana. Nesbit graduated from Disney University in Orlando, Florida, with a
certificate of Creativity and Innovation in 2015. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts
from Southeastern University of Louisiana in sculpture in 2018. Nesbit curated two
community murals in Lacombe, Louisiana on the Lacombe Family Pharmacy from 2014-15.

She has also curated and co-curated many local art events and exhibitions throughout
Louisiana. Nesbits’ work is also a part of several community projects, such as; Pelicans
on Parade and Artists in Cellophane. Her solo exhibitions include: Serious Traits ll, Elgin
Street Studios, Gallery ll, Houston, Texas, 2021. Serious Traits l, Third Space Gallery,
Houston, Texas, 2020. Daydreams of a Metropolitan, the Hammond Regional Arts
Center, Hammond, Louisiana, 2019. Remnants of Past Obsessions, the Heritage Bank of
Saint Tammany, Covington, Louisiana 2019, the Paintings of Tiffany Nesbit, the Gallery
of Covington City Hall, Covington, Louisiana 2018. Today, Nesbit is continuing her
education with an MFA in Sculpture at the University of Houston, Texas, while instructing
Fundamentals of Sculpture. She is a Board Member of the Hammond Regional Arts Center, Hammond, LA. In the Artist’s own words, “the components that create industrial objects and organic structures are
associated with each other in unpredictable ways. I am interested in searching for their
similar attributes, and using these characters to create a visual formula that construct a
compromise between the industrial and the natural. My work is the outcome of a
fantasized environment, which makes peace with nature and the industrial world we live
in: warping processed inorganic goods into forms that appear raw.
My practice reflects elements of my personal past, present and future living in
both rural and urban areas of the southern United States. While I am becoming more
grateful to live in this moment in history, I still realize there is space to improve day-to-
day human interactions with the environment and humanity as a whole and on an
individual bases. My work uses small individual characters that are physically tied
together, or collaged to create large bundles and layers. The bundles can be seen as either
the fullness or chaos that is possible when individual persons settle into larger groups.
The structures are created from a mixture of found materials; obtained from the side of
roads, waste from construction sites, farming equipment, rusted vessels, etc. These
objects are combined with handmade elements with materials like ceramics, plants,
paper, fabric, house paints and ropes. A sense of play and humor is created when the
spectator interacts with the bundles; by acting as the viewer, or physically touching and
re-arranging the pieces. When exhibited, the sculptures are never shown the same twice.
They are forever changing and morphing into a new pile. The drawings compliment
my sculptures. Using a multitude of separate drawings, they are collaged creating layers and textures; therefore, building surfaces that are influenced by my sculptures and my environments.”

The St. Tammany Art Association is located at 320 N. Columbia Street in downtown Covington. Current gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday 10 am – 4 pm, Saturdays 11 am – 4 pm. 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 Covington Art Market This Saturday at Lee Lane

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St. Tammany Art Association, in partnership with the City of Covington, presents the Covington Art Market, a seasonal juried market of visual arts and crafts held on first Saturday of the month.

The Saturday markets are held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The market is now hosted on Lee Lane in downtown Covington. The event features a variety of work from local and regional artists, including jewelry, photography, paintings, woodworking, fiber art, pottery and more.

The purpose of the market is to provide exposure and a venue for our members to showcase and sell their work. While you’re here, we encourage you to visit other downtown locations, including exhibitions at the Art House, the nostalgic array of goods and the historic museum at H.J. Smith & Sons General Store and the Saturday Farmers Market, which takes place from 8 a.m. to noon at 609 N. Columbia Street, just a few blocks away.

Then enjoy a bite at one of downtown Covington’s many restaurants. It’s a great way to spend your Saturday!

Artists May Reserve A Booth Online

Covington Art Market is a juried market of STAA Artist Members. STAA Artist Membership is required to participate. Become an Artist Member here.

CAM is a great opportunity for fine artists seeking a venue to sell their artwork. Painters, photographers, mixed media artists, illustrators, potters, sculptors are all 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 including a special holiday market held the first Sunday of December, noon to 5 pm, as part of Shop Local Artists Week. New opportunities this year include evening markets during special events, including Spring for Art, Fall for Art and during the Covington Business Association’s White Linen for Public Art festival.

Artists now have the option of submitting payment online. Registration forms should still be submitted and emailed to Info@StTammany.Art.

New artists, please do not remit payment until your application has been approved.

To remit payment, please select appropriate menu (individual artist or two artists sharing space) and select the month from the drop down menu at the registration screen.

A separate registration is required for each date. For two artists sharing a space, membership is required for each artist.

Please note that the Art Markets are open only to artists who have been approved through a juried process.

For more information contact St. Tammany Art Association at (985) 892-8650 or info@sttammany.art

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St. Tammany Art Association Presents Spring for Art 2021

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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.

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STAA Announces Return of Covington Art Market

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The St. Tammany Art Association, in partnership with the City of Covington, announces the continuation of its Covington Art Market, a long-standing juried arts and crafts market.

This STAA Art Market is held at the new location on Lee Lane Saturday July 11, 2020. Stop by from 10 am – 2 pm for this free open air market! Featuring local hand-made art including pottery, jewelry, metal sculpture, stained glass, mixed media, hand-made garments, wood carvings, photography, and more.

With appreciation and in support of the local arts community STAA is offering half-off registration fees for this July market. To register to participate click here https://www.sttammany.art/arts-market

Art by Kenny Passauer, Covington Art Market March 2014

The purpose of the market is to provide exposure and a venue for STAA members to showcase and sell their work. While you’re out, you are encouraged to visit other downtown locations, including exhibitions at the Art House, the nostalgic array of goods and the historic museum at H.J. Smith & Sons General Store and the Saturday Farmer’s Market. The Farmer’s Market takes place from 8 a.m. To noon at 609 N. Columbia Street, just a few blocks from Lee Lane. Then enjoy a bite at one of downtown Covington’s many restaurants. It’s a great way to spend your Saturday!

Learn more at https://www.sttammany.art/

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Art Market This Saturday At Lee Lane

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The Art Markets are back beginning this Saturday, March 7, 2020. Stop by the new location on Lee Lane from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. For some awesome art created by local artists.
Painters, photographers, mixed media artists, illustrators, potters and sculptors are all encouraged to participate, vendor spaces are still available.

More information can be found on the Art House website at sttammany.art.
The purpose of the market is to provide exposure and a venue for STAA members to showcase and sell their work. While you’re out, you are encouraged to visit other downtown locations, including exhibitions at the Art House, the nostalgic array of goods and the historic museum at H.J. Smith & Sons General Store and the Saturday Farmer’s Market. The Farmer’s Market takes place from 8 a.m. To noon at 609 N. Columbia Street, just a few blocks from Lee Lane.
The Art House is open 5 days a week, Tuesday – Friday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. And Saturday, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. For more information, call 985-892-8650 or send an email to info@sttammany.art.

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STAA presents “Hand of the master”

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St. Tammany Art Association presents “Hand of the Master” a new exhibition featuring the artwork of Benedictine Monk, Dom Gregory de Wit.

COVINGTON, LA – The paintings of Benedictine Monk and artist Dom Gregory de Wit bring Biblical and historical narratives to life through emotive and vibrant color palettes, bold use of iconography, and compositions often full of bizarre details that could only be rendered at the “Hand of the Master”.  

The son of a fabric maker, Dom Gregory de Wit paid great attention to the cloths and fabrics that adorned the iconic, ecclesiastic figures in his paintings. Inspired by Italian Byzantine mosaics, de Wit painted his figures in great detail and specificity. He used vibrant palettes and bold outlines that strike awe in viewers. De Wit’s eclectic character and sense of humor are also seen throughout his work. While the subjects of de Wit’s paintings are Biblical, he treated each one as a piece of artwork able to be admired and discussed from both secular and non-secular perspectives.  

While most of de Wit’s paintings live on abbey walls and church ceilings, STAA is excited and grateful to have 29 paintings included in the exhibition, “Hand of the Master”. Fifteen pieces of work are on loan from the Collection of St. Joseph Abbey. The rest of the paintings being exhibited are on loan from private collections. De Wit’s humor and use of narrative are seen in “Madonna of the Ironing Board”. From the Collection of Mary Lee Eggart, the painting shows a domestic and comical scene that depicts the Holy Family at home while the Virgin Mary stands ironing. Showing the Holy Family taking part in such a mundane domestic activity immediately creates a sense of ironic and amusing normalcy.  Nine paintings, including painted “sketches” or studies for larger compositions to be painted in St. Joseph Abbey, are from the Collection of the Stone Family. Other paintings included are from the Private Collections of Rick and Cathy Schroeder; David and Jaclyn Warren; Edward Begnaud; and Andy and Katie Friedrich who were gifted their painting, “Blessed Mother” by de Wit on the occasion of their marriage. 

St. Tammany Art Association (STAA) will open the exhibition to the public on Saturday, December 7, 2019, and will host an opening reception on Saturday, December 14, 2019, from 6:00 – 9:00 pm. The reception will include a special performance of Christmas Carols sung by the St. Joseph Abbey Seminary Choir. The exhibit will be on display through Saturday, January 25, 2020, in our main Miriam Barranger Gallery. A de Wit Expert and Archivist Panel Discussion will take place on Saturday, January 18, 2020, from 1:00 – 3:00 PM. The panel will feature Edward Begnaud, a historian and author who explores de Wit’s work at St. Joseph Abbey in “Living in Salvation”; author and art historian, Fr. Aelred Kavanaugh; and Mary Lee Eggart, artist, historian, and archivist at Sacred Heart of Jesus Church in Baton Rouge – home to many de Wit murals including the massively scaled “Victorious Christ” that dominates the dome of the apse. 

De Wit was born in the Netherlands in 1892 and entered the Benedictine monastery in Belgium where he was ordained. While in Belgium he studied art at the Brussels Academy of Art, the Munich Academy in Germany, and continued his studies throughout Italy. De Wit exhibited at The Hague in Holland where he gained great recognition as an artist. Soon after, he met an American Abbot visiting Europe who invited him to design and execute paintings for the abbey’s church and chapter room in Indiana. After completing the commission in Indiana, de Wit was commissioned to come south to paint murals at Sacred Heart of Jesus Church in Baton Rouge. Unable to return home to Europe due to World War II, de Wit then came to Covington where he was commissioned by Abbot Columban at Saint Joseph Abbey. After painting murals in the refectory, he continued to paint the inside of the church in entirety for ten years creating a cohesive liturgical narrative on the walls and ceiling, which are still on there today. 

The St. Tammany Art Association is located at 320 N. Columbia Street, Covington, LA 70433. Our gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday, 10 am – 4 pm and Saturday 11 am – 4 pm. All exhibitions are free and open to the public unless otherwise indicated.

St. Tammany Art Association is supported by the generosity of our 2018 Season of the Arts 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, 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.