Here’s what’s going on in the area arts and cultural scene:

The deadline is Monday, June 1, for submissions to the 12th annual ArtMelt, which opens Saturday, July 25, at the Capitol Park Museum, 660 N. Fourth St., Baton Rouge. For more information, email

FW Gallery, 8501 Highland Road, will open an exhibit featuring the abstract works of Steve Schmidt and Julie Crews with a reception from 6-9 p.m. Friday, May 1. The show runs through Saturday, June 6. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. For more information, call (225) 769-0582 or visit

Chorale Acadienne’s final 2014-15 performance is set for 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 1, at First Baptist Church Lafayette, 1100 Lee Ave., Lafayette. The Chorale will be joined by Louisiana College Chorus and the First Baptist Church orchestra. Tickets are $25. Call (337) 349-5342 or visit

Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond is offering a new program in theater design for the fall 2015 semester through its Department of Fine and Performing Arts’ bachelor’s degree program in art. Call (985) 549-2193.

The City of Covington is accepting submissions from young artists for an art exhibit at the annual Symphony Swing in the Pines concert on Saturday, May 9, at Bogue Falaya Park in Covington. The deadline is Tuesday, May 5. The free outdoor concert features the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra. For information, call (985) 867-1202 or email

LSU studio art senior Joe Turpin’s senior show is set for 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 30, at the Lobby Cafe, 340 Florida Blvd., Baton Rouge. There will be live painting throughout the day with an unveiling at 6 p.m. Door prizes will be awarded and refreshments served. Free. For information, email

The Arts Council of Pointe Coupee is accepting entries for its 2015 Petite Gallerie, a miniature exhibition which will be shown during the sixth annual Treasures of Pointe Coupee Exhibit on Saturdays, May 30 and June 6, at the Poydras Center, 500 Main St., New Roads. Call (225) 718-3283 or (225) 638-6049 or email

Southeastern Louisiana University’s Wind Symphony Orchestra will join with the university’s Symphonic Band to present its spring concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 30, in the university’s Pottle Auditorium in Hammond. Call (985) 549-2184.

Artists and photographers are invited to submit works for the next River Community Church art and photography exhibit, “Favorite Faces.” This free exhibit is open to adults and children. Submissions will be taken April 26-29. The show will be at River Community Church, 36367 Old Perkins Road, Prairieville, from May 3-24. Call (225) 744-4367 or email

The LSU Symphony Orchestra and A Cappella Choir will perform their Masterworks Concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 1, in the LSU Union Theatre, Raphael Semmes Road. Tickets are $10-$20. Call (225) 578-5128 or visit

The LSU Musical Theatre Class’ annual “Singo de Mayo” is set for 7:30 p.m. Sunday, May 3, in the LSU Union Theatre, Raphael Semmes Drive. Free. Visit

— Robin Miller