Historic City Hall exhibits open for Thanksgiving weekend

Published 12:13 pm Friday, November 26, 2021

Southwest Louisiana families are invited to view traveling cultural exhibits free of charge at Historic City Hall Arts and Cultural Center this Thanksgiving weekend. The center will be open today, Nov. 26, and Saturday, Nov. 27, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Three floors’ worth of traveling exhibits, including one by the region’s most recognized living artist James Michalopoulos, are currently on view. “High Flying and Living Large: The Paintings of James Michalopoulos” includes 50 colorful and energetic compositions that span the artist’s career. The exhibit includes landscapes, architecturals, animals, sunflowers, and cityscapes. The show’s final day in Lake Charles is on Saturday.

“The Pace Collection” is also on view in the Center’s newly renovated second-floor marble gallery. Featuring more than 30 woodblock prints by Paul Jacoulet (1896-1960) and Ogata Gekko (1859-1920), this exhibition highlights more than a century of Japanese printing traditions. The collection is owned by Lake Charles resident Maureen Miller and was gifted to her by the late JoAnna Pace Lawes Johannsen.

While visiting the Center, be sure to see “Something Old, Something New” by the Artisan’s Gallery on the first floor.

Historic City Hall is located at 1001 Ryan St. and has resumed normal business hours, Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is free. The Charlestown Farmers’ Market is open on Bilbo Street behind the center every Saturday 8 a.m.-noon. For more information, please call 491-9147 or visit www.cityoflakecharles.com.