Thursday, December 20, 2012

Kelley and Arsement Awarded Artist Grants

Heather Ryan Kelley

Recently two Lake Area artists, visual artist Heather Ryan Kelley and Cajun musician Ganey Arsement, were awarded funds from the Artist Career Advancement grant with the Office of Cultural Development in Baton Rouge. The grant, which funds up to $3,000 per application, is designed to assist practicing Louisiana artists in a variety of disciplines by funding projects and opportunities that propel creative and professional growth.

Out of over 200 applications received by the state, only 26 were awarded funding with the total amount allocated at $68,452, and Kelley and Arsement represent the two funded applications from Southwest Louisiana. 

Kelley, an art professor at McNeese, received a grant for a project that will focus on James Joyce’s Finnegans Wake. Kelley will create a collage for each page of the comic novel which will collectively act as a meditation on the novel’s motifs and symbols. Kelley was born in Connecticut and holds a BFA in printmaking from Southern Methodist University and an MA in painting from Northwestern State University.

Ganey Arsement
Arsement, an accordionist and vocalist for the local Cajun band the LakeSide Gamblers, received a grant to record a sophomore CD in order to increase his exposure outside of Louisiana. Arsement has been working in the Cajun music industry for nearly 20 years, and his music stays true to the traditional styles of Cajun music. He has toured the world with the Grammy-nominated Basin Brothers, and the world renowned Balfa Toujours. He teaches at Barbe High School and holds a Master of Education from McNeese State University.

Additional grants are offered annually for arts initiatives and projects in Southwest Louisiana through the Arts Council, and guidelines and deadlines can be found at For details on other grants offered through the Office of Cultural Development, visit For more information, contact the Arts Council office at (337) 439-2787.

Monday, December 17, 2012

Celtic Winter Concert with Four Shillings Short

The celtic, folk, and world music duo Four Shillings Short will be in Lake Charles this week to perform their show entitled "Celtic Winter Concert."  Toting over 30 instruments from around the world, this duo delivers a set of music that spans the globe, and offers a rare view of music from cultures few are likely to visit. 

Four Shillings Short will do two shows on Wednesday December 19, the first at the Iowa branch of the Calcasieu Parish Public Library at 10 a.m., with an afternoon performance at the Sulphur branch from 6 p.m. - 7 p.m.  The following day, Thursday December 20, they will perform from 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. at Stellar Beans in Lake Charles.  

For more information visit

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Rock School SWLA In Session

Marcus Sawyer of Lake Charles, has recently opened a one stop shop for musicians young and old looking to learn the ropes of rock-n-roll.  Music Lessons, Voice Lessons, Music Business Classes, Booking Agency, Recording Classes, and Live Sound classes are all offered under Sawyer's newly opened "Rock School."  
With years of hands on experience in the real world of rock-n-roll, Marcus has a wealth of knowledge to offer on the do's and dont's of the modern rock-n-roll industry.  Employing a team of well known local musicians such as Kris Harper and Matt Moss, to name a few, Sawyer has created the perfect place for musicians to get together and learn everything from the most basic, to the most technical.  

Rock School is located at 2915 Common Street in Lake Charles.  Call (337) 439-0211 For more information, or visit

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Live Soul Thursdays with Lindsey Papion

HeatWave internet radio presents a new event,  Live Soul Thursdays with Lindsey Papion at the Foundation House, 720 Enterprise Boulevard.  Every Thursday at 7 p.m. head over to the Foundation House for great food, drinks, live music, open mic session, and visual artist displaying their work.  

The venue is a soul food restaurant/lounge, that will roll food, visual art, and music into one funky place for artist to share their work.  Artists and musicians interested in participating can contact Lindsey at  

Lindsey is a highly accomplished artist who has performed for President Obama, appeared on NBC's "Clash of the Choirs," and has just released her new album "Lost Sheep."  For more information on Lindsey Papion visit

Monday, December 10, 2012

Jazz in the Arts!

Jazz in the Arts returns to Central School on December 16th at 5 p.m. in the Benjamin W. Mount auditorium.  The Concert will feature Saxophonist Mike Kittling and Vocalist Verlin Chretien.  There will also be an appearance by Dasia May and Reginald Larkins of Dancing Classrooms DC dance company.  Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door, and can be purchased at the Arts and Humanities Council of SWLA, or by calling Pat Daigle at 337-794-5744.  

Jazz in the Arts in a non-profit organization under the umbrella of the Arts & Humanities Council of SWLA.  For more information call The Arts & Humanities Council SWLA at (337)-439-2787, or Pat Daigle at (337)-794-5744