Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Nominations Sought for Mayor's Arts Awards 2012

Sue Zimmermann,
Artist of the Year 2011

The Arts and Humanities Council of Southwest Louisiana and the City of Lake Charles are currently accepting nominations from the public for persons to be honored at the 2012 Mayor’s Arts Awards ceremony which is scheduled for Friday, October 12th at 6 p.m. in the Benjamin W. Mount Auditorium at Central School.

Categories include Artist of the Year, Citizen of the Arts, Citizen of the Humanities, Arts Educator of the Year, Cultural Organization of the Year, and Business/Corporate Patron of the Year. The Keystone Award is also given to an individual who works diligently behind the scenes, without whom programs and performances would not be possible. Abbie Fletcher was selected as the 2011 Keystone Award recipient for her work with the Louisiana Choral Foundation.

Mayor Roach, who is an avid arts supporter, gives out the awards each year. Last year’s winners included Sue Zimmermann for Artist of the Year, Knight Media Printing for Corporate Patron of the Year, and McNeese Banners Cultural Series and Lake Charles Civic Ballet who shared the Arts Organization of the Year.

The Mayor’s Arts Awards offers the public the opportunity to recognize the individuals, groups, and organizations of Southwest Louisiana that have invested countless hours and continuous efforts to make our region a gravitational center for tourism, new businesses, and artists through the development of local arts and culture.

Mary Richardson of Banners,
Arts Organization of the Year
Co-recipient 2011
Those who wish to nominate an organization, individual, or group should send a letter providing the nominator’s name and full contact information along with the name of the nominee, a statement of why that person/group/organization is being nominated, and the contact information for the nominee.

You may mail your nomination to the Arts and Humanities Council at P.O. Box 1437, Lake Charles, LA, 70602. You may also e-mail your nomination to director@artsandhumanitiesswla.org or fax to 439-8009.  All nominations must be received in the Arts Council office no later than Friday, September 14, 2012.  For more information about this year’s Mayor’s Arts Awards, call the Arts Council at 439-2787.

Monday, August 27, 2012

Onxley Returns from Julliard Workshop

Kerry A. Onxley was accepted as a recipient of The Juilliard School’s Directing Workshop for Theatre Educator’s in New York City.  Only 15 participants across the United States were selected for this prestigious honor.  Onxley attended the school in July.  The program entailed an intense theatre study using workshops and rehearsal sessions led under the guidance of professional mentors and the artistic director of The Juilliard School.  The sessions were based on Shakespeare’s language structure and spontaneity.  Using Shakespeare materials, the study concentrated on preparing to rehearse, research and text analysis.  Unique directing styles were also reviewed.

Onxley applied for the theatre schooling in February, 2012 and was notified in May, 2012 that he had been accepted.

Participants were also given the opportunity to direct Juilliard students in a variety of scenes. For 2 days, members directed Juilliard students in the balcony scene, the fight scene and the lark scene of Romeo and Juliet.  Participants were divided into small groups with a mentor for each group to evaluate every directing decision made by the participant.

The Juilliard School is located in the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York City and is a performing arts conservatory which was established during 1905. The school currently trains about 800 undergraduate and graduate students in dance, drama, and music.  Notable stars as Kelsey Grammer, Robin Williams, Christopher Reeve and Kevin Spacey have graduate from this famous institution. Accepting only 18 students per year with tuition at $55,000.00 per semester, it is the premier school in theatre training in the world. 

According to Onxley, “The Juilliard School was the most intensive study of any subject matter I have ever encountered.  The training was invaluable and will be everlasting.  I will bring home from The Juilliard School so many innovated ideas and new methodology I can use every day with my theatre students.” 
Onxley is the Director of Theatre at the Westlake High School Theatre Department and has worked as a theatre specialist for the Calcasieu Parish School System for 26 years. His acting student Joshua Ledet recently was a finalist for American Idol.  He co-wrote the theatre arts curriculum for the Louisiana State Department of Education and serves as an evaluator for the Talented Arts Program for the state.  He has been involved in the leadership tier with the Educational Theatre Association, an organization dedicated to the high school thespians, for over 20 years.   Additionally, Onxley is artistic director for The Children’s Theatre Company.

Friday, August 24, 2012

Gold Key Quest Winners Announced!

The Arts and Humanities Council of Southwest Louisiana would like to congratulate the ten winners of its annual Gold Key Quest raffle drawing which was held on Saturday, August 18th during the council’s third annual Arts & Crabs Fest at the Lake Charles Civic Center. Each event has proven to be a wild success; Arts & Crabs Fest was a sold out event and featured local artists and area restaurants through an interactive art walk and an extensive crab dish and Abita beer tasting.

Gold Key Quest winners and prizes include: Knight Media Printing - $10,000 Cash Grand Prize, provided in part by Bolton Ford; Carla Broussard - Golf Getaway for two, provided by L’Auberge Lake Charles Casino Resort. Mary Richardson - $1,000 Visa gift card provided by First Federal Bank of Louisiana. May Gray - original Marilyn Cox Oil Painting provided by Marilyn Cox.  Sally and Fred Cappel - Crawfish Farm Excursion and Boil for Six provided by Burt Tietje of Tallgrass Farms;  Deborah Lebeau - Rejuvenating Getaway for Two provided by L’Auberge Lake Charles Casino Resort.  M.G. Stream - Customized Bracelet by Bijoux Fine Jewelers.  Senator Dan Morrish - A “Gator on the Geaux” provided by Margaret Benoit.  Randy Robb - Toshiba Satellite Dual-Core Laptop provided by Walmart on the Bayou.  Billy Blake - Guided Fishing Tour and Overnight Stay with Dinner for Two at Grosse Savanne Lodge provided by the Sweet Lake Land & Oil Company.  

The Arts Council of Southwest Louisiana would like to thank everyone who participated in this years Gold Key Quest drawing.  For more information about Gold Key Quest or Arts & Crabs Fest, contact the Council office at (337) 439-ARTS or visit us at www.artsandhumanitiesswla.org 

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

September Calls For Artists! 

Chaos Theory 2012, The Art of Video Games - Deadline September 1st 2012
The Henning Cultural Center in Sulphur is seeking talented artits to feature in its 2012 Chaos Theory Exhibit.  Each year tattoo artists, illustrators, photographers, graphic designers and comic book illustrators gather under one roof to create an art show unlike any in the area.  Dealine for submissions: September 1st 2012.  For more information contact Manuel@BrimstoneMuseum.org or call 

Gift of Sight - Deadline September 22, 2012
The Southern Eye Bank (SEB) is now accepting submissions for its 65th anniversary celebration.  Submissions will express your creative individuality as you share what the Gift of Sight, as given through transplantation, means to you.
First prize will be awarded to the piece that best conveys the meaning of the Gift of Sight as judged by Southern Eye Bank personnel and board members.  All art should be two dimensional wall art, any medium or mixed media.  The three winning entries will become the property of Southern Eye Bank and SEB will retain copyright for public relation purposes.  First place will be a $500 cash prize, Second and Third place will be a $250 cash prize.
For additional information please contact Joy Fragola at 337-781-8302 or jfragola@southerneye.net 
Adress: Southern Eye Bank, 850 Kaiste Saloom Road, Suite 109 Lafayette, LA 70508.

Monday, August 6, 2012

Arts & Crabs Fest Menu and Pairings Announced!

It's here! The official menu and beer pairings for Arts & Crabs Fest have been finalized! Arts & Crabs Fest will make landfall on Saturday, August 18th, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Civic Center Exhibition Hall. As one of SWLA's biggest culinary events, Arts & Crabs Fest celebrates the ties between seafood and Louisiana culture while promoting all things local -- local music, local food, and local art. 

Expect to experience the best of SWLA with an exclusive crab tasting featuring ten of your favorite Lake Area restaurants with each of the crab dishes paired with an Abita beer to complement its local flavors. To top things off, zydeco legend Terrance Simien & the Zydeco Experience will perform at 6 p.m. with Skipper Drost & the Six Dollars a Day Band opening up the fest at 4 p.m. We will have over a dozen local artists displaying their work as well as many artisanal vendors selling handmade jewelry, Scentsy candles, and other crafts. 

A $25 wristband allows you access to the festival and its crab/beer tasting, and only a limited number will be sold, so buy yours before we sell out! Wristbands can be purchased in person at the Arts Council office at Central School, over the phone at 439-ARTS, or online at www.artsandhumanitiesswla.org

Arts & Crabs Fest Menu and Abita Beer Pairings

121 Artisan Bistro
Mona Lisa Pasta
paired with Abita Light

Cajun Café
Crab-Stuffed Mushrooms

Coyote Blues
Crab, Corn & Poblano Soup
paired with Abita Jockamo IPA®

Dairy Barn
Crab & Shrimp Étouffée
paired with Abita Turbodog®

David Janca, Personal Chef
Lac des Allemands Crab Stew
paired with Abita Amber

The Harlequin Steaks & Seafood
Crab Ceviche
paired with Abita Purple Haze®

The Pioneer Club
Mini Crab Cakes with Smoked Paprika Aioli

The Porch Coffee House & Café
Crab Casserole
paired with Abita Abbey Ale

Pronia's Deli
Assorted Cakes
paired with Abita Andygator®

Street Breads
Crab Bisque
paired with Abita Golden