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Area artists display work at University Residence

Contact: Rene Abadie


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(1)Guests Barbara Smith, Sharon Sledge, Pat Macaluso, and Elizabeth Smith admire artwork at Southeastern's Fine Arts Showcase. (2)Nancy Lowentritt and Kathy Heitman at Southeastern's Fine Art Showcase

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(1) Guests at Southeastern Louisiana University’s Fine Art Showcase held in the university’s President’s Residence view the painting “Arrangement with Greek Vase” by local artist and graphic designer Michael Ledet. Viewing the painting, from left, are Barbara Smith of Hammond, Sharon Sledge of Amite, Pat Macaluso of Hammond, and Elizabeth Smith of Hammond.


(2) Nancy Lowentritt, right, and Kathy Heitman, both of Ponchatoula, discuss the painting “Peaceful Place” by artist Linda White Bateman of Albany at Southeastern Louisiana University’s Fine Art Showcase.

     HAMMOND – The work of 27 area artists, most from the north shore region, are now being exhibited in the public areas of Southeastern Louisiana University’s president’s residence.

     The artists were hosted at a special reception held recently at Southeastern’s second annual Fine Art Showcase.

     The exhibit focuses on Louisiana artists living and working in the Hammond and north shore area and includes paintings, sculpture and photography. Former President Randy Moffett, now president of the University of Louisiana System, and Interim President John L. Crain recognized the artists for their valuable contributions to the culture of Louisiana.

     The exhibit was arranged by Dale Newkirk, associate professor of art and curator and director of the university’s art galleries. The art selection committee included Crain, Barbara Moffett, local arts patron Marjorie Morrison, Joey France, director of the Hammond Regional Arts Center; Donna Gay Anderson, director of the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts; and Wendy Johns, assistant vice president for university advancement.

     Artists recognized at the showcase were Martha Alexander, Linda White Bateman, Philip Colwart, Linda Dautreuil, Heidi Elbers, Gail Hood, C.B. Hume, Jerry Hymel, Libby Johnson, Lynda Katz, Michael Ledet, Maya Levy, Pat Macaluso, Anne McLeod, Ernest Milsted, Elemore Morgan, John Perilloux, Gaither Pope, Frank Relle, Gloria Ross, John Scott, Nancy Stutes, Charlene Swift, Barbara Tardo, John Valentino, Troy Wingard, and Kim Zabbia.

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