Mouton House vignettes

You couldn’t stir them with a stick — everybody who is anybody was at this one and a bunch more besides. Twenty-two designers displayed their table talents at Vignettes — The Art of the Tabletop 2015 on behalf of the Alexandre Mouton House. The Lafayette Museum Association provided the picnic, while Petroleum Club catered, and among the many enjoying their own tables set under the trees were patrons and sponsors JoLynn Cole and Melanie McKenzie, Darrellyn Burts, Jennifer LeBlanc, Maria Breaux, Pauline Gerami and Gail Savoie. It was tough to beat cheerleading Mella Viera at the UL-Lafayette table, but in a dead heat was Talk Derby to Me by L’Eglise with its equines and red roses. The LMA is a nonprofit dedicated to preserving and promoting Lafayette’s original dwelling, its history and artifacts.

Festival of the Arts

The University of Louisiana at Lafayette College of the Arts hosted a mixed media installation and performance, L’Eau de la Danse, and a crawfish boil on the Great Lawn of the Paul and Lulu Hilliard University Art Museum. The bamboo fountain installation was designed and constructed by students and faculty in consultation with designer- alumni Jim Garland in honor of SPARK award recipient Eddie Cazayoux. Unveiled at sunset, UL-Lafayette School of Dance students and musicians from the UL-Lafayette School of Music provided soundtrack. “A fantastic evening,” said UAM Executive Director LouAnne Greenwald.

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