Remember when you were little and would get into your mom's kitchen cabinets and use her canned goods as building blocks? Now, imagine kicking that up a notch or two.
That's the challenge issued by the American Institute of Architects Baton Rouge CANstruction Design & Build Competition to benefit the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank. This year, five teams took their inspiration from the theme "Rock-CAN-Roll." Awards, with the exception of the People's Choice, were handed out at a reception at The Louisiana Art & Science Museum Aug. 31. Taking part in the ceremony were AIA chapter Executive Director Kathleen Gordon and Food Bank CEO Mike Manning.
"KISS Hunger Goodbye," created by a team of architects from Coleman Partners, won Most Cans Used and Best Original. It took team captain Sarah Neathery and teammates Brent Guilbeau, Will Thibaut, Danielle Matherne, Chris Haslitt, Sheila David, Alissa Clous, Marie Duplechien and John Heltz almost 4,000 cans to construct KISS frontman Gene Simmons' iconic look.
"i Can" was the Southern Earth Sciences team's play on the ubiquitous iPod. Team captain Jason Engen and teammates Mike Juneau, Patty Williams, Ashley Rarick, Andrew Dyess and Martin Planché used 1,074 cans in the structure, winning the prize for Best Use of Labels.
Forte & Tablada was awarded "Structural Integrity" for its "Amped Up to End Hunger" structure, created with 1,405 cans of peas, corn, tomatoes and potatoes. Jason Fennall was team captain; teammates included Tyler Branch, Ashly Ruh, Jeremy Vezine and Levy Yantis.
The team from LaBarre Associates, whose structure was on display at the Shaw Center for the Arts, took home the award for Best Meal by using 1,300-plus cans of beans, chili and white hominy to create "Rock'can Out!" Led by designer Travis Dickerson, the team included Rachel Brown, Angela Cannon, Phillip Kern, Logan LaBarre, Barry Lynch and Taylor Robert.
Pringles cans provided the perfect purple needed for the homage to Prince created by the joint team from Post Architects and Lionel F. Bailey Architects. The silhouette and vintage cassette tape, created by co-captains Rachel Riley and Lisa Nice along with teammates Raysan Ziaei, Megan Williams, Lionel Bailey, James Coate and Melissa Oivanki, utilized 1,132 cans.
Arts in Medicine
Before heading to LASM, I popped in at Beauregard Gallery where the Baton Rouge General's Arts in Medicine program was celebrating its patients, volunteers and staff for their many contributions. Created five years ago, the program brings creative activities to patients through media such as painting, drawing, arts and crafts, music and storytelling in a format that inspires hope and promotes healing. And, like "real" artists, many of the patients' works are displayed throughout the hospital as wall hangings and ceiling tiles. Additionally, a special exhibit of patient artwork goes on display every three months at the Manship Theatre. So, you can see, there was lots to celebrate!
Joining in the fun were program supervisor Kim Henderson, artists-in-residence Patti Bailey and Patrice Brewer, artist Joelle Castille and Baton Rouge General Foundation Executive Director Beth Veazey.
Rites of Passage
The Nu Gamma Omega chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority's Rites of Passage ceremony is one of the most inspiring debutante presentations around. The chapter members, the debs, their mothers and sometimes their fathers all dress in African attire, complete with headdresses. The beautiful fabrics are very colorful and it all makes for a dynamic presentation.
On Aug. 27, 17 high school seniors were introduced at this year's Rites of Passage at the Mount Pilgrim Family Life Center. The theme — “Unleashing the Power and Purpose of Womanhood." Welcoming guests was chapter President Jacqueline Nash Grant; Chandra Stacie served as mistress of ceremonies. Words of inspiration and empowerment were delivered by Dr. Gia Landry Tyson and the Rev. Demetria Jones Smith, of Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church.
The debs included Summer Furshai Blue, daughter of Saleria and Lionel McManus, of Baker; Jordan Alise Blunt, daughter of Valerie and Dennis Blunt; Ezaria Leshay Coates, daughter of Jessica White and Scott Williams, of St. Francisville; Kendria Nashira Davis, daughter of Shawanda Bell, of Denham Springs, and Kendrick Davis; Christalyn Catrice Hill, daughter of Catrice Tolbert Hill and Christopher Hill, of Shreveport; Raven Zhanee Hogan, daughter of Shineka and Kenny Hogan Sr.; Meaghan Ariana Hudson, daughter of Nicole and Arthur Hudson; and Kayln Jolyn Hughes, daughter of Latoya and Roddrick Hughes.
Also, Eleah Rena Jno-Baptiste, daughter of Veronica and Elijah Jno-Baptiste, of Geismar; Bréon Cierra Jones, daughter of Shervonda Smith and Brandon Jones, of Brusly; Raven Denise Kelley, daughter of Danielle and Dr. Steven Kelley; Alexis Travonne Marrioneaux; daughter of Alisha Carter and Cedric Marrioneaux, of Pensacola, Florida; Taryn Sinclair Marshall, daughter of Shantelle Marshall; Semaya Bershéy Roberts, daughter of Casey and Kibwa Walker and the late Sashi Roberts; DáVionne Charel Robertson, daughter of Emily Robertson and David Robertson; Dailynn Denai Thomas, daughter of Dacia and Jesse Thomas Jr.; and Tia Kay White, daughter of Tammie and Vincent White, of Zachary.
The celebration was co-chaired by Errin Gaines, Brandy Johnson, Kimberly McCants and Danielle Staten.
This upcoming Carnival season is going to be fun! Several friends are reigning as kings and queens of the various balls that will dominate our Saturdays in January and most of February. Two of them — Don Bergeron and Stephanie Possa — were crowned King and Queen Artemis XVII at the Krewe of Artemis coronation Aug. 12 at the Baton Rouge Gallery. They will be presented along with the rest of the 2018 royal court at the Krewe's Mardi Gras Soirée Jan. 13.
Bergeron and Possa were crowned by last year's royalty, King Jimmy LaLonde and Queen Melanie Uzee, who made a final promenade with their court — maids Hannah Renée Papizan and Molly Katherine Shepard, and dukes Ryan Gregory Bodin and Ethan Patrick Charleson.
That brought on the introduction of this year's court. Serving as maids are Ella Renée Clark, daughter of Lisa and Will Clark, and Whitney Katherine Hamilton, daughter of Tracey and Chad Hamilton. Princesses are Ryann Katherine Johnson, daughter of Lucy and Shane Johnson, and Margaret Emily Viator, daughter of Kelly and Kyle Viator.
Attending the queen as pages are her daughter, Lucy Delgado, and also the daughter of King Artemis XIII John Delgado; Abigail Leigh Viator, daughter of Kelly and Kyle Viator; and Mary Addison Walsh, daughter of Sarah and Matt Walsh.
Serving as dukes are Benton James McClendon Davis, son of Leigh and James Davis, and Brooks Dalton Major, son of Beverly and Corkey Thompson, and Chad and Patricia Major.
Junior dukes are Reece Kale and Cade Michael Johnson, sons of Lucy and Shane Johnson. Madden Maxwell Sellers, son of Alletia and Max Sellers, is the king's page.
Aside from the soirée, the court will also ride in the Artemis Mardi Gras Parade, which rolls through downtown at 6 p.m. Feb. 2, 2018.