''Untitled'' by Valerie Noland Smith at Stellar Beans. (Special to the American Press)
Last Modified: Friday, September 28, 2012 8:46 PM
Southwest Louisiana has a thriving art community, with artists who work in every medium and subject from paintings of coastal scenes and mossy oak trees, to photographs taken of fellow community members. These local artists will have their works on display at The Arts and Humanities Council of Southwest Louisiana’s annual Gallery Promenade, which will be held at more than 18 galleries across Lake Charles and its surrounding communities 5-9 p.m. on Friday.
The Arts and Humanities Council of SWLA believes featuring local artists in shows such as Gallery Promenade is important to the community because it helps to boost the public’s awareness of the businesses that work daily to promote the local art scene.
“These art spaces work day in and day out to foster the progression of artistic expression in Southwest Louisiana, and to promote the beauty and originality of our local artists, thereby stimulating growth in our community’s cultural economy and the sustainability of this fruitful sector of commerce,” the Council explains in a press release.
Danita Noland of local coffee house Stellar Beans says that her establishment makes featuring local artists a priority on an everyday basis.
“We appreciate art, it’s very important for our society to have art and beauty, so we try our best to bring art into the shop every day and support local artists,” she said.
Stellar Beans will participate in Gallery Promenade and will be featuring works by Johnny Segura, Jacqueline K Segura, Valerie Noland Smith and Stacey Bearden.
Artist Susan Hebert will be featured at The Harrington Gallery in Sulphur. Dawn Harrington, the proprietor of the gallery, says Hebert displays the beauty of Southwest Louisiana in her work.
“She does beautiful, local watercolors of everything from shrimp boats to paintings of local sports teams, such as the McNeese football team,” she said.
People are encouraged to drive or walk from one gallery to the next to see the full display of artists being featured. Many of the galleries will be located in downtown Lake Charles, mere feet from one another, while others will be spaced around town, and can be visited at one’s leisure throughout the event’s planed four hour schedule.
Galleries opening their doors to those curious of the talents of local artists will include: The Children’s Museum, Art Associates Gallery, The Harrington Gallery, 1911 Historic City Hall, The Black Heritage Gallery, Atomic Heart Tattoo, Frame House Gallery, Imperial Calcasieu Museum, Abercrombie Gallery, Studio 347, Alexander Art Studio, Art Du-Lac, Stellar Beans, Yayi Gallery, 505 Bazaar, Artisans Gallery, Henning Cultural Center, The Art Shop and the Historic Calcasieu Marine Bank.