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''Louisiana Blues'' by artist Erin Barker will be on display, along with work by other artists. (Special to the American Press)<br>

''Louisiana Blues'' by artist Erin Barker will be on display, along with work by other artists. (Special to the American Press)

Musician Paul Gonsoulin, who is also special projects director for the arts council, will perform at Art-ini After Hours. (Special to the American Press)<br>

Musician Paul Gonsoulin, who is also special projects director for the arts council, will perform at Art-ini After Hours. (Special to the American Press)

New event unites art and business communities

Last Modified: Thursday, June 20, 2013 10:42 AM

By Cliff Seiber / American Press

Art-ini After Hours, a new event to bring business people together with artists and cultural workers, will be 5:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, June 27, in the bar and lounge at SpringHill Suites by Marriott, 1551 W. Prien Lake Road.

The event will feature music by Paul Gonsoulin and work by local artists. There is no admission charge, and the bar will have drink specials. Part of the proceeds will be donated to the Arts and Humanities Council of Southwest Louisiana.

Art by Erin Barker, recently named Louisiana’s Artist of the Year, as well as Jacqueline Segura, Lyd Farquhar and Daniel Castro, will be on display.

Gonsoulin, special projects director for the arts council, said he has been involved in music as a “man with a harmonica and a guitar,” as well as with a number of combos since his college days.

He began playing guitar at about age 10 and got involved professionally while at Louisiana State University. He and several other students formed the Flamethrowers, a cover band that is still performing, though Gonsoulin is no longer a member.

In 2003 he started playing some harmonica-and-guitar gigs as a soloist. He generally plays four times a month at the Isle of Capri and Luna’s, and also at Cecil’s in DeRidder and some clubs in Leesville.

“I do primarily folk music, although there is a new wave of folk, and I like them,” Gonsoulin said. “Still, I don’t get too far away from traditional folk.”

About his job with the arts council, he said it is wonderful to work full time with people in the arts. He has worked in banking and at the parish clerk’s office and met some wonderful people there, but said he now is “working with people who speak the same language I do.”

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