Knives out! Paint brushes ready! Pumpkin decorating contest set for Oct. 16 The Union Arts Council is holding a pumpkin decorating contest on Saturday, October 16, at the Farmerville Farmers Market, 407 S. Main Street, Farmerville. The contest is open to both adults and youth, with no entry fees. Entries should be taken to the site between 8 a.m. at 1 p.m. Prizes will be awarded for Best Carved Pumpkin (adults, age 13 and up), Best Decorated Pumpkin (adults), and Best Youth-Decorated or Carved (youth age 12 and under). This event will be held in conjunction with the Barbecue Cook-Off fundraiser for heart patient Khloe Gorman, who is awaiting a heart transplant. For more information, call Beth Becton at 318.789.8545
UAC plans annual Makers Fair on November 6 Come join the fun when scores of creative, crafty people show their stuff at the Union Arts Council's Makers Fair on Nov. 6, in the Family Life Center of First Baptist Church, Farmerville. Everything you see will be handmade by those vendors. Bring friends...bring money...bring enthusiasm! Food will be for sale, too.
Jamie Anderson named UAC "Artist of the Month" TA-DA! Union Arts Council has selected Jamie Anderson as its "Artist of the Month" for September. Jamie's most notable work is the gorgeous public art sculpture "Fishing Fantasy," which sits on the south lawn of the Union Parish Courthouse, where thousands of drivers daily can admire the sparkling glass tile mosaic. Jamie's smaller glass mosaics have won top awards in several Union Arts Council art shows in recent years, the most recent being Best of Show in the 2021 art show held in April. Her "Fishing Fantasy" public art work was commissioned by the Union Museum of History and Art, and formally dedicated in December 2018. Jamie has been creating mosaic artworks most of her adult life, but says she became passionate about mosaic art after being diagnosed with cancer and going through treatments. In her words, "My art became my release, my therapy, and my celebration of life. Making mosaics was my creative outlet that I had always searched for. It became a reflection of my emotions, a bright rainbow of colors expressing my view of the world."
Art show winners announced An abstract glass mosaic created by Jamie Anderson was selected Best of Show in the Competitive Art Exhibition held Saturday, March 27, by the Union Arts Council, in The Dance Studio of Union Parish. The winning entries were chosen by juror Vitus Shell, visiting instructor of art at Louisiana Tech University. This is Anderson’s second time to win the coveted purple ribbon in the Union Arts Council’s annual competition. Diane Horton’s photograph on metal of a blue heron was voted People’s Choice by visitors to the show. Sixty artworks were submitted by 22 Union Parish adult and youth artists for this year’s competition. Winners received ribbons and cash prizes. First place honors in seven categories went to these artists: Ophelia Autrey, professional two-dimensional; Dave Beckler, professional three-dimensional; Dylan Jung, professional photography; Allyson Crow, amateur two-dimensional; Barbara Sisk, amateur three-dimensional; Tammy McKown, amateur photography; and Magnolia BeDoit, youth. Other winners: Professional two-dimensional: Andrea Beckler, second; Dave Beckler, third. Professional photography: Diane Horton, second. Amateur two-dimensional: Janice Gates, second; David Taylor, third. Amateur photography: Richard Lowery, second. Youth: Cade Smith, second; Arona Humphries, third. Charles Landaverde, Teniya Johnson, and Magnolia BeDoit earned honorable mention.
Sincere THANKS to our sponsors, who enable UAC to hold this annual show and reward winners: Sheriff Dusty Gates, Jay and Deanna McCallum, Union General Hospital, Dawn Frasier Attorney at Law, Bonnie Harrison, Jean Jones, Kilpatrick Funeral Homes, Tammy McKown, Elton and Susan Pardue, Terri Silmon, Joel Taylor, CPA, The Dean of Flowers.
Juror for the competition The Union Arts Council was honored to have Vitus Shell as juror for its ninth annual Competitive Art Exhibition on March 27. Shell is a mixed-media collage painter born in Monroe, Louisiana, where he lives and works as a visiting assistant professor of art at the University of Louisiana at Monroe. Shell earned a BFA from Memphis College of Art in 2000 and an MFA from the University of Mississippi in 2008. Currently, he is working on a group show at the Masur Museum in Monroe, titled “The South Got Something to Say.” Shell has participated in exhibits across the country, painted a mural for the National Civil Rights Museum's NBA Pioneers exhibit, and was commissioned for public art by the Memphis UrbanArt Commission.
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