PC Arts Council’s annual showcase ‘Simply Creative’

Planning is underway for the 2020 Treasures of Pointe Coupee Exhibit by the Arts Council of Pointe Coupee.  

The dates for the multi-activity event are Friday, May 29, through Sunday, May 31, and Friday, June 5, through Sunday, June 7, at the Poydras Center in New Roads.  

“We are so proud to be able to provide a platform for local and regional artists to showcase their artwork,” said Gale Roy, executive director for the Arts Council of Pointe Coupee.

“We celebrate the fact that the work of all artists has been displayed in such a manner to applaud the artist’s creativity irrespective of the level of the artist’s expertise.”

The event will open with a reception for participating artists and the community from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. May 29. A silent auction will be featured that night.  

The Arts Council again will host its fourth Art for the Palate on Tuesday, June 2.  This year’s special guest presenters will include Maggie and Cyrus Lester, of Maggie’s Mushrooms in St. Francisville, and local chef Donna Ewing, of MaMama’s Kitchen.

Maggie’s mushrooms are sold at the Baton Rouge Food Market on Saturdays and can be found on the menu of many Louisiana restaurants, including MaMama’s, 30 Baton Rouge restaurants and Commander’s Palace and Emeril’s in New Orleans.  

The Petite Gallerie returns to feature postcard submissions focused on this year’s theme, “Simply Creative.”  

“Treasures of Pointe Coupee is so much more than just an exhibit,” Roy said.

“While the Treasures exhibit and the Petite Gallerie are the focus of our artist initiative, Treasures of Pointe Coupee has much to offer the artist and the community.”

Plans also are being made to include during the exhibit workshops by area artists an arts market, scavenger hunt and “conversations with artists,” Roy said.  

Last year’s 10th anniversary exhibit attracted 20 new artists. In the past 10 years, 883 artists have exhibited 1,365 pieces.  

Seventy-two pieces have been sold, bringing $12,245 to area artists.

Submission forms have been sent to past participants and will be available to newcomers, at the Poydras Center, Pointe Coupee Tourism Center and New Roads Information Center.

For more information, or to volunteer, contact Mindy LaCour at (713) 376-0025, Theresa Hay at (225) 978-9615 or Gale Roy at (225) 718-1574 for details.

Part of the Arts Council’s artists’ initiative is Calling All Artists (CAA). CAA activities are open to artists and art appreciators, members and non-members of the council.

Local artist Angela Campbell will lead a collage demonstration focused on the color wheel at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 12, in the council’s annex room at the Poydras Center.  

Treasures of Pointe Coupee is supported in part by a grant from the Louisiana Division of the Arts in the Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism, in cooperation with the Louisiana Arts Council, as administered by the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge.

Funding also has been provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, Art Works.