The Baton Rouge River Center Exhibition Hall was transformed into a fantasy world on Jan. 12 as the Krewe of Artemis hosted its 12th annual soiree. The tableau, themed “Artemis Loves Louisiana,” highlighted the state in all its glory. Queen Artemis XII, Taylor Victoria Kleinpeter, along with her king, David Todd Guitreau, reigned.
Her majesty, daughter of Jeff and Debbie Kleinpeter, was introduced with the traditional Queen Artemis tune of “Memories” from the musical “Cats.”
Her pages, Jillian Clare Clements, daughter of Robert Clements and Dr. Kelly Sweeney Clements, and Emma Scott Poole, daughter of Scott and Heather Poole, were introduced representing Louisiana’s state song, “You Are My Sunshine.”
Serving as maids to the queen were Kaleigh Elizabeth Dimaio, daughter of Darron and Janese Dimaio, and Elizabeth Grace Hymel, daughter of Guy Jerome Hymel III and Amanda Ruiz Hymel. Dimaio, representing the state’s French heritage, appeared to the sounds of “Boogie Shoes” by Lee Benoit; Hymel, as Louisiana’s Bayous and Waterways, was presented to “Rollin’ on the River” by Tina Turner.
His majesty Guitreau, the husband of Pam Guitreau, was introduced to the traditional King of Aretemis tune of “Impossible Dream” from the musical “Man of La Mancha.”
He was accompanied by royal pages Cole Jude Dupre, son of Chris and Jennifer Dupre, and Ashton Shane Hamilton, son of Shane and Diana Hamilton. His dukes were Garrett Davis Banta, son of Bruce and Celeste Banta, and Preston Grant Denn, son of Jennifer Dupre and Greg Denn.
Representing Plantation Country were junior maids Elizabeth Claire Barton, daughter of Shan and Jennifer Barton; Cassidy Eve Dickinson, daughter of Travis and Julie Dickinson; and Molly Katherine Shepherd, daughter of Kent and Katy Shepherd. They paraded to the tune of “Calling Baton Rouge” by Garth Brooks.
The junior dukes were Brandon Scott Andrews Jr., son of Scott and Charlotte Andrews; Kevin Peyton McDonald, son of Justin and Nancy McDonald; and James Russell Saloom, son of Dr. Russell and Laura Saloom.
Ladies in waiting Isabel Ruth Clements, daughter of Robert Scott Clements and Dr. Kelly Sweeney Clements, and Grace Elizabeth Hamilton, daughter of Chad and Tracy Hamilton, both represented the state flower, the magnolia. They were introduced to “Almost There” from “Princess and the Frog.”
Dukes in waiting were Hunter Allyn Barton, son of Shan and Jennifer Barton, and Cameron Page Devall, son of Heather Poole and Page Devall.
Krewe officers, introduced with the song, “Celebration,” were President Toni Chenevert, Marie Banta, Michelle Ingram and Janie Rees.
Captain Joanne Harvey entered the hall to the song, “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” by Cindi Lauper.
The Krewe of Artemis will parade through the streets of downtown Baton Rouge at 7 p.m. Feb. 1, with 18 New Orleans’-style floats and more than 20 bands and marching groups. For more information, visit http://www.kreweofartemis.net.