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Upcoming April 2021 Events

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“Happiness is Homemade”
The Covington Garden Club presents “Happiness is Homemade,” and NGC Standard Flower Show, on Thursday, April 8, 2021 from 1 – 3 p.m. at the Bogue Falaya Hall. This event is free and open to the public, handicap accessible. Bogue Falaya Hall is located at 317 Jefferson Ave.

“Spring for Art 2021”

Mark your calendar because there are few better ways to spring forward than with Spring for Art, a celebration of music, art and performing arts, and few better places to celebrate such than historic downtown Covington. Spring for Art is a free festival held in the streets of the city’s historic downtown district. Produced by St. Tammany Art Association, the annual event draws thousands of patrons who come out to enjoy the live music, art , performances and dining in numerous Spring for Art locations

“A Night at the Movies”
Covington Concert Band presents “A Night at the Movies”, an inaugural concert sponsored by the City of Covington. The concert takes place Thursday, April 15, 2021 at 7:30 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Covington. Free Admission, safe seating available. Dr. Marc Pittman will emcee the event featuring Erik Morales as musical director and Dr. Juliia Akers on violin.

“Covington Antiques and Uniques Festival 2021”
The City of Covington presents the Covington Antiques and Uniques Festival 2021, taking place April 17 & 18 (Saturday & Sunday) from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. Featuring antiques, vintage collectibles and crafts, architectural salvage, food, music and the STAA Covington Art Market. For more information, visit covingtonheritagefoundation.com or email antiques@covla.com.

The Covington Trailhead is located at 419 N. New Hampshire St. This free event is brought to you by the St. Tammany Art Association, The City of Covington and the Covington Heritage Foundation.

“KCB Paper Shredding Day”

Too many paper files? Wondering how to dispose of it? Don’t throw them away!

Keep Covington Beautiful, in partnership with Baldwin Subaru, is sponsoring the annual Paper Shredding Day on April 24th to celebrate Earth Day. The event will take place from 9:00 a.m. to noon in the Covington City Hall employee parking lot at the corner of N. Jefferson & W. 24th Avenue. Enter from N. Jefferson Street. Please be considerate of our volunteers and wear a mask or face covering as they will do.

Covington area residents can bring a MAXIMUM of 3 boxes (approx. 10”H x 12”W x 18”L) of paper documents to be securely shredded on-site by the local company, i shred. The shredded paper will be recycled. Keep Covington Beautiful is very grateful to Baldwin Subaru for their generous support so this service can be provided at no charge to the residents of Covington.

The following material will be accepted: all types of office paper, sticky notes, index cards, computer binders, entire files (with clasps), and carbon/NCR forms. There is no need to remove paper clips, staples, clasps in folders or rubber bands.

The following will not be accepted: phone books, hardback books, magazines, plastics, cassettes, video tapes
i shred is licensed, bonded and insured. For more information about the company, please visit their website, ishredonsite.com.
Keep Covington Beautiful is a 501 c 3 non-profit organization dedicated to the beautification of the City of Covington. KCB’s major projects include planting and maintaining street-side planters in the downtown area; development, maintenance and expansion of the Blue Swamp Creek Nature Trail at the Covington Recreation Complex; annual Bogue Falaya River Sweep litter clean-up; recycling activities and annual Arbor Day Event.

To become a member, make a donation or volunteer, contact KCB at 985-867-3652, email keepcovbeautiful@gmail.com or visit the KCB website, keepcovingtonbeautiful.org. Follow Keep Covington Beautiful on Facebook.

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

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From the St. Tammany Art Association:

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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St. Tammany Art Association New Exhibit “Anima Vestra” by Anne London-Zyejnieks on Display Now

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From the St. Tammany Art Association: Anima Vestra, A New Exhibition by Anne London-Zvejnieks

“Anima Vestra” is on view now through March 27 in the Miriam Barranger Gallery at the St. Tammany Art Association, features large-scale drawings by north shore artist and conservationist, Anne London Zvejnieks.

Anne came to know the term “Anima Vestra” after recently having time to read the stacked journals holding up one corner of her studio for several years. Translated from Latin – your soul, the vital force, the feminine principle. This concept inspired new figure drawings exploring female energy and the connections humans have with animals and forces in nature.

Utilizing renaissance techniques, Anne applies four decades of studying anatomy, attending animal surgeries, and observing natural behaviors in the wild to create art that captures the true spirit, majesty, and emotional depth of our planet’s endangered species. She has used her evocative and empathetic artwork to help raise over a million dollars for conservation organizations, field research, and anti-poaching units across Africa.

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The St. Tammany Art Association is located at 320 N. Columbia Street in downtown Covington. Current gallery hours are Fridays 10:00 am – 4:00 pm, Saturdays, 11:00 am – 4:00 pm and by appointment Tuesday through Thursday. All exhibitions are free and open to the public unless otherwise indicated.

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STAA Presents New Exhibit “Anima Vestra” by Anne London-Zyejnieks Feb 13

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St. Tammany Art Association presents a new exhibition on display February 13 – March 27, 2021: Anima Vestra by Anne London-Zyejnieks

St. Tammany Art Association (STAA) presents a new exhibition, “Anima Vestra,” by Mandeville artist Anne London-Zyejnieks, on display February 13 through March 27, 2021 in the Miriam Barranger Gallery of the Arthouse.

Anne London-Zyejnieks was just nine years old when she saw the movie “Born Free,” and nineteen when two lionesses playfully pinned her to a wall at actress Tippi Hedren’s Shambala Wildlife Preserve. These two events left a powerful and lasting impression. After graduating from art school, Anne never doubted her calling as a self-described, “frustrated zoologist who paints and draws.”

Utilizing renaissance techniques, Anne applies four decades of studying anatomy, attending animal surgeries, and observing natural behaviors in the wild, to create art that captures the true spirit, majesty, and emotional depth of our planet’s endangered species. Today, her work is used in several Art College curriculums and exhibited in galleries in Seattle, Aspen, Jackson Hole, Beaver Creek, Finland, and South Africa.

“Mosibanda” Charcoal on Fabriano paper, 2021

As a signature member of The Society of Animal Artists, she has used her evocative and empathetic artwork to win numerous international awards and helped raise over a million dollars for conservation organizations, field research, and anti-poaching units across Africa. Her work has been showcased in international print and television media and used to bring attention to the plight of threatened species on our planet.

For Anne, the culmination of 40 years of tireless conservation efforts was founding her thriving non-profit, ARTS FOR ANIMALS, which reaches thousands of children around the world, “connecting creativity with conservation.” Anne’s work can be found internationally in prestigious private and corporate collections ranging from the office of the President of Botswana to the inside of a memorable San Bushman’s grass hut. In 2020, Anne was awarded the International Artists for Conservation’s highest honor, the Simon Combs Conservation Artist Award, for lifetime achievement.

Anne holds a B.A. from California State University Northridge and attended Otis Parsons College of Art and Design, a private art and design school in Los Angeles, and California Institute of the Arts School of Design in Pasadena. She resides in Mandeville, Louisiana, with her noted marine conservationist husband, Jim Hart. More information about Anne’s passions can be found at www.aelondonstudio.com.

The St. Tammany Art Association is located at 320 N. Columbia Street in downtown Covington. Current gallery hours are Fridays 10:00 am – 4:00 pm, Saturdays, 11:00 am – 4:00 pm and by appointment Tuesday through Thursday. 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.

www.sttammany.art

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Underpainting & Layers: Free Pastel Demo at St. Tammany Art Association

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The St. Tammany Art Association hosts a free demo this Saturday, January 23, with local artist Dawn Koetting. “Underpainting and Layers”, a demonstration exploring pastel techniques, is in conjunction with their current exhibit the Degas Pastel Society 18th Biennial National Exhibition. This exhibit is on display at the STAA Arthouse, 320 N. Columbia Street, through January 30th, 2021.

Due to attendance restrictions, space is limited for this free demo. Please click the link below to register for this event.

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Underpainting and Layers In Pastel with Dawn Koetting

Saturday, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm, January 23, 2021

The demonstration will center around the different types of underpaintings used in pastel and how they visually affect the finished piece. Watercolor, pastel with mineral spirits, and pan pastel on a warm, neutral toned paper will be featured.

Dawn Koetting began painting in pastel 14 years ago. A recently retired veterinarian, she has enjoyed this time to continue pursuing her passion in pastel, taking a wide variety of workshops from nationally acclaimed artists. Her works have been exhibited at the National Arts Club in NYC and in the IAPS ( International Association of Pastel Societies ) biennial convention show, as well as at the Butler Museum of American Art in Youngstown, OH and the Lulu and Paul Hilliard Museum of Art in Lafayette, LA. She holds signature membership in the Degas Pastel Society and the Pastel Society of America.

“My art centers around bringing into view the simple beauty that surrounds us. Hectic, hurried lifestyles have people rushing past scenes and objects that have a certain beauty if one just takes the time to look. I enjoy painting the landscape en plein air ( on location) and am especially drawn to the patterns and colors of the agrarian landscape, the majestic live oaks, and the waterways meandering across our area. The repeating oval patterns of rusty tire rims and water lily leaves also seem to hold a special attraction and are seen in multiple works. Pastel is my main medium due to its direct application of almost pure pigment. My technique combines drawing and painting, layer upon layer, allowing the texture of the surface and that of the strokes of pigment to show through. I utilize different techniques of underpainting depending on subject and circumstance.”

Spaces are limited! Register for this demo here: www.sttammany.art/dawn-koetting

About STAA

The mission of the St. Tammany Art Association is to provide quality programming and cultural enrichment to the community, to support established artists, promote emerging artists, and produce educational arts related activities for adults and children and in doing so enhance life in St. Tammany Parish.

Learn how you can get involved today! www.sttammany.art

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Two Free Pastel Demonstrations at St. Tammany Art Association this Saturday

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The St. Tammany Art Association hosts two free demos this Saturday in conjunction with their current exhibit, the Degas Pastel Society 18th Biennial National Exhibition. This exhibit is on display at the STAA Arthouse, 320 N. Columbia Street, through January 30th, 2021.

Due to attendance restrictions, space is limited for these free demos. Click the links to register for the events.

From St. Tammany Art Association:

FREE Still Life Demonstration with Darlene Johnson

Spaces are limited, register and save your place today!

Saturday, 10 am – Noon, January 9, 2021

“I am a pastelist and consider myself as a colorist. Color really excites me. It is what drives my selection of subjects. It pulls me into a landscape en plein aire or into a set up in my studio.

“Still life is my passion. Finding beauty in everyday mundane objects, seeing the different shapes, textures, capturing the lights and shadows; all of these are what excites me to paint.

“I feel that I am recording the beauty I see and by the same token I hope the observer sees the same beauty.”

Darlene Johnson

Darlene is a signature member of the Pastel Society of America and Degas Pastel Society, and serves as Vice President. She has been the recipient of a five week residency in Dinan, France and Basin, Montana, and included in 3 Person Exhibit at the Ziegler Museum in Jennings, Louisiana. She has studied with National and International Pastel Masters. Her work is in private collections in the USA and Europe.

Spaces are limited! Register for this demo here: www.sttammany.art/darlene-johnson-demo

FREE DEMO: Painting Louisiana Marshscapes with Glinda Schafer

Spaces are limited, register and save your place today!

Saturday, 2-4 pm, January 9, 2021

Glinda’s demo will showcase the use of Pan Pastels, a different type of soft pastels in a cake-like form. They are applied with rubber applicators and are applied as if using a brush.

“I use them mostly as an underpainting in my marshscapes and sunsets, although they can easily be used as a finished painting.

“I have enjoyed painting and drawing since I was a child. After seizing the opportunity to attend art classes as an adult, I have been exploring and learning ever since. My first choice of subjects is usually landscapes. The Louisiana marshlands have been a major source of inspiration. I never tire of attempting to capture the nuances of light and shadow with a glimpse of wildlife lurking.”

Glinda Schafer

Glinda Schafer is a representation artist working primarily with soft pastels. The majority of her work is landscapes in which she seeks to combine harmony with an underlying edge of the excitement that is always present in nature. She believes there is beauty in the most ordinary of landscapes and tries to capture the light and mood while delivering to the viewer a kind of peacefulness.

She is a charter member and board member of the Degas Pastel Society, a signature member of DPS, New Orleans Art Association, and a Juried Associate member of the Pastel Society of America. She has won many local and national awards and is in the permanent collections of corporate and private collectors globally.

Spaces are limited, register and save your place today here: www.sttammany.art/glinda-schafer-demo

The mission of the St. Tammany Art Association is to provide quality programming and cultural enrichment to the community, to support established artists, promote emerging artists, and produce educational arts related activities for adults and children and in doing so enhance life in St. Tammany Parish. Learn more about STAA here: www.sttammany.art

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

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St. Tammany Art Association presents a new exhibition on display
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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STAA Art Market on Lee Lane this Saturday

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The Covington Art Market returns to Lee Lane this Saturday November 7th from 10 am – 2 pm. Stroll through and find a variety of hand-made arts including pottery, jewelry, metal sculpture, stained glass, mixed media, hand-made garments, wood carvings, photography, and more.

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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 many fine shopping establishments around downtown Covington. The Farmers’ 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 our many restaurants. It’s a great way to spend your Saturday!

The Art Market provides entrepreneurial opportunities to local artists while fostering creative community relationships by allowing artists to sell directly to the public. Presented by the St. Tammany Art Association in partnership with the City of Covington. Learn more at www.sttammany.art/arts-market

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“A Partial View: Drawings by Mary Jane Parker” Exhibit at St. Tammany Art Association

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“There is something about drawing with a soft pencil on a velvet-like surface that cannot be matched. No matter what is going on in my head or what stress I have in my life, touching pencil to paper soothes me. It is direct, low-tech and flows from within. Drawing is the foundation that all of my work is built on.

My recent drawings are created mostly with graphite and the marks are delicate and quiet. In these pieces I use intricately drawn patterns to suggest wallpaper, embroidery or domestic crafts that might have occupied a woman’s time in the day. Against these lovely, repetitive backgrounds, I situate a figure or part of the body in a tense or distressed pose with hair in disarray or toes flexed, interrupting the order of the drawn pattern.”

This body of work, “A Partial View”, is based on artist Mary Jane Parker’s interest in hysteria, a disease that many women were diagnosed with in the early 1900’s. There are many theories about exactly what hysteria was and why it predominantly afflicted women. The aspect of the disease that has most fascinated Parker, however, is how the medical professionals used it to restrict women who did not follow the rules and expectations of society. In researching this period in medical history, Parker stumbled upon a group of drawings by the doctor who was a mentor to Freud, Jean-Martin Charcot. His fascinating sketches depicted states of restlessness, anxiety, theatricality and stress–– emotions akin to those our current society fosters.

A native New Orleanian, Ms. Parker’s work is mixed media combining printmaking and painting techniques with glass and bronze sculpture.  She received her BFA from Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, in studio art and her MFA from Illinois State University, Normal, Illinois, in studio art with an emphasis in printmaking. Ms. Parker was the recipient of a Louisiana Division of the Arts Individual Artist Fellowship in 1990 and 2001 and a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant in 2006. She was also awarded a National Endowment for the Arts/Southern Arts Federation Award for Excellence in Works on Paper in 1990.  Ms. Parker used an NEA Independent Study Fellowship to travel along the pilgrimage route in France and Spain. In addition, she studied color woodcut in Florence, Italy using a Surdna Foundation Fellowship.

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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.

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

The exhibit is on display at the St. Tammany Art Association, 320 N. Columbia Street, from October 10th – November 28th, 2020. The Arthouse hours are Tuesday – Friday, 10am-4pm; Saturday 11am-4pm.

Learn more at www.sttammany.art

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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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STAA Covington Art Market & Fall for Art 2020 Announced

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The Covington Art Market returns to Lee Lane this Saturday October 3rd from 10 am – 2 pm. Stroll through and 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 Market provides entrepreneurial opportunities to local artists while fostering creative community relationships by allowing artists to sell directly to the public. Learn more at www.sttammany.art/arts-market

Save the Date: Fall for Art October 10th, 2020

Join the St. Tammany Art Association for coordinated art openings, boutique shopping and fine dining on October 10th from 6 – 9 pm. This free event showcases over a dozen galleries, shops and restaurants featuring new artwork, special sales and delicious meals all for all to enjoy. Come out, spread out and stroll downtown Covington for Fall for Art 2020!

Fall for Art is presented in partnership with the City of Covington supported this year by a generous donation from the Covington Business Association. CDC guidelines will apply. For more information, visit www.sttammany.art

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Save the Date: Covington Antiques and Uniques Festival – September 5 and 6, 2020

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Save the Date! The Covington Heritage Foundation will host the 6th Annual Covington Antiques and Uniques Festival next weekend, September 5 and 6, at the Covington Trailhead at 419 N. New Hampshire Street in Covington.

The two-day juried free event will showcase more than 50 vendors displaying an eclectic mix of antique furnishings, period collectibles, architectural salvage, and vintage-inspired fine arts and crafts as well as food and live music throughout the weekend.

An added feature to the festival will be the St. Tammany Art Association’s Art Market. Fine art, jewelry, photography, paintings, woodworking, fiber art, pottery and more will be displayed.

The Covington Heritage Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to preserve the city’s culture, character and community. The festival is coordinated with the support of the City’s Department of Cultural Arts and Events. Department Director Aimee Faucheux said as the festival grows and evolves each year, the goal remains the same – to offer a first-class juried event that reflects the unique charm and history of Covington.

“We are thrilled we are able to have the festival this year,” said Faucheux. “We invite everyone to come out and enjoy a good time.”

The festival will be following the 6 ft physical distancing and face mask mandate as required by our Governor at the time of the event.

Festival hours are 10 am to 5 pm Saturday and Sunday. For more information, call (985) 892-1873 or log onto www.covingtonheritagefoundation.com

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STAA Announces New Exhibit Opening August 22nd

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Covington, LA – St. Tammany Art Association (STAA) presents a new exhibition, “The Space Between: Sculpture by Rick Brunner and Jonathan Pellitteri”. The exhibit will be on display August 22 through September 26, 2020 in the Miriam Barranger Gallery of the Arthouse with an opening reception on Saturday, August 22 at 5pm – 8pm. Due to COVID-19 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. These free timed tickets can be obtained by visiting the STAA website at www.sttammany.art

“The Space Between” will feature sculptural works by nationally and internationally recognized artists, Rick Brunner and Jonathan Pellitteri. The show’s title sets out to create a question for the viewer, “What happens in the space between the artwork and the viewer in a gallery setting? Both Brunner and Pellitteri address this question in their work using objects from nature manipulated with man-made materials. Both artists bring a mixture of form and concept, antiquity and modern, energy and stillness to their work. The way each artist deals with the issue of space in finished works both differs and overlaps. For Brunner, Nature itself is the designer, and he seeks to pull forms from the environment and enhance its inherent beauty with his own intuitive skills as a woodworker and sculptor, thus engaging the audience to look at nature through a new set of lenses created by the artist. Pellitteri draws the audience into intricate spaces, combining miniature and life size objects that are themselves narratives on environment and nature. The artist states “With the objects I create I impart to the viewer a setting for their imagination to expand upon, informed by their own experiences, and guided by curiosity.”

New Orleans native, Rick Brunner was introduced to woodworking by his father who was an engineer and to art by his mother through her regular investigations of a variety of media which allowed him to explore and discover his own talents. His passion for creating three-dimensional objects as a boy coupled with the culturally rich influences of growing up in South Louisiana led him to explore the world of fine art. Growing up around the swampy woods and investigating the natural world around him was a valuable resource for stimulation and allowed the luxury of fantasy which has continued to inspire much of his work. After receiving his master’s degree in sculpture at the University of Notre Dame, he returned to the South and opened a studio in Baton Rouge. With a trained eye for sculpture and a deep appreciation for wood, Rick also learned the craft of furniture making and incorporated it into his professional work. His sculpture and furniture have been exhibited across the country in both regional and national level art galleries and museums, as well as included in major art collections both nationally and internationally.

Currently, he works out of his north shore studio, a timber frame style studio made from local trees, which he built himself and considers his “finest sculpture”.

Jonathan Pellitteri is an artist based in Charlotte, North Carolina. His studio practice focuses on sculptural objects that combine an appreciation for craft with a curiosity for materials, and a desire to tell stories.

Pellitteri was raised outside of Boston where he was introduced to the construction trades that have weighed heavily on his approach to art-making. Since leaving his native New England, Pellitteri has lived and worked in North Carolina, Louisiana, North Dakota, Italy, and Switzerland. Each place has had an enormous impact on the materials, techniques, and imagery found in his work. Pellitteri’s artwork has been shown in numerous museums and galleries throughout the United States and parts of Europe, it is included in many public, private, and corporate collections.

Online video interviews with the artists in their studios discussing their work will be featured throughout the exhibition period. For more details check STAA’s Facebook page and website, www.sttammany.art for links.

The St. Tammany Art Association is located at 320 N. Columbia Street, Covington, LA 70433. Our 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 our 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.

Love STAA? Looking to volunteer or donate? Learn more at https://www.sttammany.art/

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STAA Covington Arts Market This Saturday on Lee Lane

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

This STAA Arts 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. Event will be limited to 20 vendors. To register to participate click here https://www.sttammany.art/arts-market

work by Windmill Woodturning
STAA 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!

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.

Love STAA? Looking to volunteer or donate? Learn more at https://www.sttammany.art/

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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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STAA Opens “Contemporary Clay: Image & Form

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COVINGTON, LA – Jeremy Jernigan brings together 15 nationally recognized ceramic artists to take place in “Contemporary Clay: Image and Form”. All sharing a particular interest in decorative imagery and its relationship to an object’s form, these artists truly push ceramics past the preconceived notions that ceramics must serve a purely utilitarian purpose. This group of artists truly expands upon the full scope of the ceramic medium.
 

Stuart Asprey, Jessica Brandl, Rachael DePauw, William DePauw, Brett Freund, Erin Furimski, Jeremy Jernegan, Darien Johnson, Kathy King, Sarah Petty, Catherine Schmidt-Maybach, Dennis Sipiorski, Jenna Turner, Shalene Valenzuela, Stephanie Wilhelm.
 
St. Tammany Art Association (STAA) will host an opening reception on Saturday, February 8, 2020, from 6:00 – 9:00 pm. The exhibit will be on display through March 28, 2020, in our main Miriam Barranger Gallery. A ceramic demonstration will take place on Saturday, March 7, 2020, from 1:00 – 3:00 pm at the STAA Art House.
 
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, and the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation.
 

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Linen Night This Saturday

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This Saturday brings Covington’s version of Linen Night to raise money for public art. Where what you like, but be ready for gallery openings, food, libations and live music everywhere you look. Below is a quick run-down of some of the happenings on Columbia Street:

Wharton’s Green Room presents Dem Guyz and Light Alibi, featuring craft cocktails and drink specials. Columbia Street Rock N Blues Cafe gets groovy with Groovy 7! Along with their other menu favorites, Rock N Blues now has pizza and pool tables in the back.
The St. Tammany Art Association joins the celebration of arts with the newest exhibition of members’ works in the Severson and Williamson galleries, and it will be the final opportunity to view the 53rd Annual Summer Show.

At 5 p.m., prior to the art event Saturday, STAA hosts a special Artist Talk with the event juror, Katie Pfohl, who will share insights as to her selection process. Some of the exhibition’s artists will also join the discussion to share their thoughts about their creative process. This is a free event. Visit sttammanyartassociation.org
Pepe’s Mexican Kitchen serves authentic and fresh Mexican food with a full Tequila Bar in a casual, family- friendly environment. This Saturday, August 18th, Pepe’s presents live music along with your food and drinks for the Covington Linen Night.

Inside, hear the Elusive TAG perform a range of classic rock, folk rock and originals from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Later on the back patio, it’s the Cheeseburger Ranchers with their unique brand of folk-country-americana-rock. Find Pepe’s on Facebook!

More Live Music: Retro Music Co. hosts J. Rees on Saturday evening, set beginning at 6 p.m. Retro Music Company is located at 424 N. Columbia Street.

The Columbia Street Tap Room presents none other than Four Unplugged Saturday for White Linen Night. The party starts at 8 p.m.!
If you are feeling adventurous enough to cross Boston Street, you’ll find more art events along New Hampshire and Rutland Streets, along with Lee Lane. As always, enjoy yourself responsibly and pick a designated driver.

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Spring for Art 2018 Postponed

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Postponed due to weather – Spring for Art

It is with much regret that we advise we must postpone

Spring for Art events.

While the decision to do so was not an easy one to make,

due to weather forecasts indicating that severe

thunderstorms are likely, and after consulting with the

agencies with whom we produce events, it is evident that

the postponement is necessary.

While we recognize that this is a disappointment to the

many businesses, artists and performing artists who are

part of this event, please note that we are working with

the City of Covington – Office of Cultural Arts & Events to

establish a new date in the near future, and will keep you

advised. We are hopeful that the new date accommodates as

many schedules as possible, but in the event such is not

the case, we will work with you on an individual basis to

review alternate options.

A Taste of Covington’s Festa del Vino Premium Wine Tasting,

hosted by Mayor Mike Cooper in our Art House, will proceed

as scheduled, 3 to 5 pm.

This is a ticketed event, with tickets available here:

http://www.atasteofcovington.com/tickets.html

The Il•lus•trate art exhibition opening reception also will

proceed as planned, 6 to 9 pm in the STAA Art House (320 N

Columbia St.) This event is free and open to the public.

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Save the Date for STAA’s 51st Annual Summer Show July 9, 2016, 6 – 9 PM

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staa summer show 2016The St. Tammany Art Association presents the 51st National Juried Artists Exhibition, The Summer Show.

Opening Reception: July 9 | 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Artists’ awards will be presented at 7:00 p.m.

Exhibition is open from July 9- August 20.

Artists selected for this year’s exhibition come from across the United States. Artists accepted into The Summer Show and in competition for cash prizes are: Cariappa Annaiah, Grace Benedict, Carolyn Biggio, Emily Binder, Stephanie Blumenthal, Carolyn Busenlener, Frances Carville, Jennifer Carwile, Shanna D’Antonio, Michael Eble, Leslie Elliott-Smith, Michael Elliott-Smith, Belinda Flores-Shinshillas, Loveday Funck, John Green, Denise Greenwood Loveless, Charles Gudaitis, Len Heatherly, Brian Huber, Gina Laguna, Tony Lazorko, Jacqueline LeBlanc, Bernard Mattox, Emily Morse, Clark Nunn, Otto Ochs, James Overby, James Chris Phillips, Mike Ramsey, Shaun Roberts, David Shear, Nate Theisen, Robert Warrens, and Francesca Windsor.

Open to artists from all over the United States, the St. Tammany Art Association’s annual juried exhibition features only visual art completed within the past two years. This year, $3,250 in cash awards including the coveted $1,000 Best of Show prize will be presented at the opening.

Sponsors for this show include Cathy Deano as Exhibition Sponsor and award sponsors Henry and Gail Hood, Maggie McConnell, Carlos Sanchez, Roberta D. Bruck, Ph.D, and the “Miriam Barranger Best of Show Award” sponsored by Heather Barranger Case.

This year, in lieu of a Gallery Talk, artists’ profiles will be featured on social media throughout the duration of the show, which continues through August 20 with a closing event during Covington White Linen Night, 6 to 9 p.m. All events are free and open to the public and are presented at the STAA Art House, 320 N. Columbia Street in historic downtown Covington.  Visit STAA Online for more info!

Images left to right: Fountain Figure by Grace Benedict, Stalk the Gardens Round by Shanna D’Antonio, Yellowstone Pool Striation by Michael Eble, and Please, Come In by Clark Nunn.   sttammanyartassociation.org

Images left to right: Fountain Figure by Grace Benedict, Stalk the Gardens Round by Shanna D’Antonio, Yellowstone Pool Striation by Michael Eble, and Please, Come In by Clark Nunn.         sttammanyartassociation.org