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LePeep Cafe is located at 3800 Ryan Street in a brand new building across the street from McNeese Plaza. (Michael Cooper / American Press)

LePeep Cafe is located at 3800 Ryan Street in a brand new building across the street from McNeese Plaza. (Michael Cooper / American Press)

LePeep packs a punch

Last Modified: Sunday, September 29, 2013 11:49 AM

By Alex Onken / American Press

enues in Lake Charles and Sulphur will open their doors to the public to feature local artists’ work in a variety of media for the 17th annual Gallery Promenade on Friday, Sept. 27.

“It runs the gamut: painting, photography, print making, sculpture, pottery and installation artwork,” said Amie Herbert, community development coordinator for the Arts and Humanities Council.

Different locations will feature open receptions with finger foods and drinks. Some will offer door prizes as well. Venues are in downtown Lake Charles, the Henning Cultural Center in Sulphur, and From the Attic on Country Club Road.

“There will be some presentations — gallery talks, presentations, dancing demonstrations, art demonstrations,” Herbert said. “There will be a theater demonstration that will be going on.”

Itinerant Theatre will perform live rehearsals as a part of Gallery Promenade.

One installation piece, the interactive“Before I Die” project, is at 314 Broad St., on the side of 505 Bazaar. It allows for people to write in chalk an aspiration before they die.

“It’s only been up for eight or nine days,” said Lauren Miller, a sales associate at 505 Bazaar. “All the writing that’s on it now is probably the fourth full wall. It was almost full within the first two days. We’ve had a really good response to it.”

Across the street at Dharma, the McNeese Student Art Association will exhibit works. “It fits our personalities,” Anna Sprigg said of Dharma. “We’re trying to get more people involved to show them (other students) how important it is to put your work out there. You have to get used to it.”

“We have 12 or 13 artists signed up, and that’s not counting people that we’re trying to get into it,” said Alex Hoffpauir, a member of the McNeese Student Art Association.

Another popular location, Candice Alexander Art Studio, will be open, but for Gallery Promenade she will host other artists’ work in the Charleston Hotel. Alexander will also do a show in Lafayette the same night.

“The big thing to me is seeing the collaborations between visual artists and other businesses in town,” Herbert said. “We’re seeing that really grow bigger and bigger, and Gallery Promenade will be a reflection of that in the area.”

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