In just five years, the “Treasures of Pointe Coupee,” a community art show, has grown from a one-day exhibit to an event that spans two weekends filled with workshops, artists talks, an art walk, a silent auction and even a vocal performance.
“And this year, we’ve added a second artist’s talk,” says Gayle Roy, the arts council’s director. “So, we’re growing.”
But even among the swarm of activities, the “Treasures of Pointe Coupee” exhibit remains the main the event. The show opens with a reception and silent auction from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, May 30, in the Julien Poydras Center in New Roads.
“There were 90 artists who submitted work,” Roy says. “So, we have 150 pieces by 90 artists, and among those pieces, 50 will be for sale.”
The show is not juried, but it does have a curator and judge.
“All of our curators and judges have professional experience in art,” Roy says. “And in the past, they’ve all commented on the high quality of the artwork in our show.”
This year’s curator is Dana Statton, a professional photographer who earned her master’s degree in fine art from LSU. The judge is Natalie Mault, former curator for the LSU Museum of Art.
The exhibit also will be open Saturday and Sunday, May 31-June 1, and Friday through Sunday, June 6-8. Coinciding with the show will be the Petite Gallerie, featuring postcard-sized artwork.
“This year’s theme for the Petite Gallerie is ‘Times and Seasons,’” Roy says. “We have three categories in this exhibition: photography, youth and adults.”
Those attending will be asked to submit their choices for what they think are the best pieces in this show. Submissions for both shows weren’t limited to Pointe Coupee artists.
“With the completion of the bridge, we wanted to let St. Francisville know they’re part of this,” Roy says. “We’ve been very excited with the participation from that community. But the show also includes the surrounding area. We’ve had submissions from Lafayette in the past, and this year we have one from Mandeville. We also have them from Clinton, Zachary and Baton Rouge, and we have artwork in a variety of media. ”
Events for Saturday, May 31, begin at 10 a.m. with a treasure hunt. Children’s and adult art workshops will coincide with the exhibit. The day also includes two artist conversation sessions and an art walk. The exhibit reopens at 10 a.m. Sunday, June 1, and includes another treasure hunt and children’s workshop.
“The exhibit and treasure hunt are free, but there are fees for the workshops,” Roy says. “Registration is required.”
The exhibit continues on Friday, June 6, with doors opening at 10 a.m. Doors close at 5 p.m. then reopen for a vocal performance by former Miss Louisiana Debbie Ward Cannon. Tickets are $28 to her concert. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 7, with activities including an adult workshop and an arts market.
The show reopens at 10 a.m. Sunday, June 8, and closes with a small reception at 2 p.m.
“We want to give the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge credit,” Roy says. “We’re able to do this show in part through a Decentralized Arts Funding Grant from them.”
Roy emphasizes that “Treasures of Pointe Coupee” is an art show for everyone.
“Our board and our community want to celebrate art at different levels,” she says.
“We have some great artwork, and we have a lot going on.”