January 19th-25th, 2023
This Week: Live Events
Gallery One Ellleven Exhibition featuring Beverly Tuggle Boren
Gallery One Ellleven
111 S 3rd St, Leesville, LA
Weekly through January: Thursday, Friday, & Saturdays
Time: 11:00 AM-4:00 PM
GALLERY ONE EIIEVEN in Leesville will open the exhibition season in January, 2023 with exceptional work by Beverly Tuggle Boren.
This exhibit is sponsored by a generous donation from LeRoy and Sherri Lambert. If you or your company wish to sponsor an exhibit, please contact the gallery for details.
7th Annual 5x5x5 National Small Works Exhibition
Visit the Virtual Show
Exhibition Dates: November 11, 2022 - February 5, 2023
• This year’s Guest Juror: Ashley Kenneth Chavis
• The 7th Annual 5x5x5 is sponsored by: GAEDA, LA. Office of Cultural Development, The National Endowment for the Arts, Louisiana Feed Your Soul Campaign, Red River Bank & Rapides Regional Medical Center along with Captivate Minds, LA. Charities Trust, The RoyOMartin Foundation, LA Project Grant/Arts Council of Central LA, and Beck Crowell Memorial
Our Lady of Prompt Succor School presents: Beauty and the Beast Jr.
Lagniappe Theatre Event Center
7521 Coliseum Blvd, Alexandria, LA
Friday, January 20-22, 2023
Time: See ticket Link
The classic story tells of Belle, a young woman in a provincial town, and the Beast, who is really a young prince trapped under the spell of an enchantress. If the Beast can learn to love and be loved, the curse will end and he will be transformed to his former self. But time is running out. If the Beast does not learn his lesson soon, he and his household will be doomed for all eternity.
Book Debut by DC Sills: "Forever So" Signing & Live Reading
Westside Library Branch
5416 Provine Pl., Alexandria, LA
Saturday, January 21, 2023
Time: 10:00 AM-12:00 PM
City Park Players presents: Over the River & Through the Woods
Hearn Stage at Kress Theatre
1102 3rd St., Alexandria, LA
Thursday, January 26-February 5, 2023
See ticket link for show times.
Nick Cristano may be living the life of a young professional in NYC, but his loving grandparents never let him forget where he belongs: in the bosom of his tenacious, tender-hearted, loud, loving, and well-fed Italian-American grandparents. When he is offered an important promotion in Seattle, his family cooks up a matchmaking scheme to keep him in New Jersey. Over the River and Through the Woods is a warm-hearted, boisterously funny, and touching story about intergenerational relationships, deep familial love, and the inevitable little heartbreaks that occur as time passes and children grow.
Directed by Allen Rowlen
Willie Stewart Family & Friends Concert
Alexandria Museum of Art
933 2nd St. Alexandria, LA
Thursday, January 26, 2023
Time: 6:00 PM-8:00 PM
AMoA welcomes the Willie Stewart Family & Friends group, performing music from Old-time to Outlaw Country in celebration of No Man's Land.
The Avoyelles Arts Council presents; Simon Hanna-Exhibit & Artist Reception
Gallery on the Square
122 East Mark St., Marksville, LA
Thursday, January 26, 2023
Time: 5:00 PM-7:00 PM
Join us for our FIRST ARTIST EXHIBIT & RECEPTION with abstract artist SIMONE HANNA!! Ms. Hanna specializes in a unique technique called “acrylic pouring” to create colorful and fantastical pieces that spark the imagination! Ms. Hanna has participated in Art in the Rafters for two years and we are excited for her first solo exhibit!!
Enjoy complementary wine & refreshments.
Thank you for supporting local art!!
Magical Market
Fighting Hand Brewing Company
1600 Military Hwy. Pineville, LA
Saturday, January 28, 2023
Time: 5:00 PM-9:00 PM
Shopping is always better when its with our local artists and crafters!
ASH Theatre presents: Bright Star
Coughlin-Saunders Performing Arts Center
1202 3rd St., Alexandria, LA
Friday, January 27th-29th, 2023
Time: See Tickets
Inspired by a true story and featuring the Tony®-nominated score by Steve Martin and Edie Brickell, Broadway’s BRIGHT STAR tells a sweeping tale of love and redemption set against the rich backdrop of the American South in the 1920s and ’40s. When literary editor Alice Murphy meets a young soldier just home from World War II, he awakens her longing for the child she once lost. Haunted by their unique connection, Alice sets out on a journey to understand her past—and what she finds has the power to transform both of their lives. With beautiful melodies and powerfully moving characters, the story unfolds as a rich tapestry of deep emotion. An uplifting theatrical journey that holds you tightly in its grasp, BRIGHT STAR is as refreshingly genuine as it is daringly hopeful.
ACCL Performing Arts Series presents:
The Arts Council of Central Louisiana presents: Leyla McCalla
Coughlin-Saunders Performing Arts Center
1202 3rd St., Alexandria, LA
Friday, February 10, 2023
Time: 7:00 PM
The Arts Council of Central Louisiana is proud to present singer-songwriter Leyla McCalla!
Leyla is a New York-born Haitian-American living in New Orleans, who sings in French, Haitian Creole, and English, and plays cello, tenor banjo, and guitar. Deeply influenced by traditional Creole, Cajun, and Haitian music, as well as by American jazz and folk, her music is at once earthy, elegant, soulful, and witty — it vibrates with three centuries of history, yet also feels strikingly fresh, distinctive, and contemporary.
An alumna of Grammy award-winning African-American string band the Carolina Chocolate Drops and a member of Our Native Daughters, McCalla has also received praise as a solo artist.
Tickets: $25 for adults
$17 for seniors (65+)
$10 for students/children (3 to 18)
$60 for a family (2 adults and 2 children).
Tickets will be available online at Louisiana-arts.org, by calling 318-484-4475, or at the door.
Martin Foundation Grant for the Arts
Administered by the Arts Council of Central Louisiana
Open Jan. 1st - 31st, 2023
Attention all artists, cultural organizations, and community groups!
The Arts Council is excited to announce that our annual Martin Foundation grant is now open for applications. This year, we are offering support to projects that promote the arts, culture, and community cultural development in CenLa (Parishes: Grant, Rapides, and Vernon)
If you have a project that fits this mission and are looking for funding to bring it to life, we encourage you to apply for a Martin Foundation grant facilitated by the Arts Council of Central Louisiana. Past recipients have used our support to fund a wide range of projects, including exhibitions, performances, and educational programs.
The deadline to apply for a Martin Foundation grant is January 31st 2023. Don't miss out on this opportunity to bring your vision to life with the support of the Arts Council and the Martin Foundation.
Adult Mardi Gras Door Hanger Paint  Party
Willow Nest
317 N. Main St. Marksville, LA
Thursday, January 19, 2023
Time: 6:00 PM-8:30 PM
Who’s ready to Paint a Mardi Gras Door Hanger?!?! Gather your friends and favorite drinks and make plans to join us This Thursday Evening, 1/19 at 6pm!! You have the option to paint a door hanger ($45/person). Pre-Registration is required to reserve your seat. Click on “ticket” link to register.
Let’s make it a FUN Pre-Mardi Gras Party!!

AUDITIONS! LSUA Empty Space Players presents: Boeing, Boeing
Richard Gwartney Theatre in Mulder Hall
8100 U. S. Hwy 71, Alexandria, LA
Friday, January 20, 2023
Time: 12:00 PM &
Saturday, January 21, 2023
Time: 10:00 AM
Auditions for LSUA Empty Space Players production of BOEING BOEING directed by Robert Harper. See image for character breakdowns.
I hope to see you there!
Attention Avoyelles Students! My Arts & Music Festival Poster Contest!
Gallery on the Square,
122 E Mark St, Marksville, LA
Entries due Monday, January 30th, 2023 by 4:00 PM
Subject of poster shall be: “My Arts & Music Festival”
Name, Location and Date of event must be on poster.
*Any public, private, or parochial school student may participate.
*Posters will be judged in the following four categories: Grades 1-3
Grades 4-6 Grades 7-9 Grades 10-12
*Posters must be displayed on 14”x22” white poster paper. (1/2 sheet of standard poster paper.)
*All work must be vertical. Nothing horizontal will be judged.
*All lettering must be free hand. Do not use stencils.
*Medium used shall be: crayon, water color, acrylics, felt-tip pen, or oil. No cut-outs or collages.
For more information call 3182649392 or 3182641826
A Mardi Gras Kind of Morning~ Painting & Baking
Willow Nest
317 N. Main St. Marksville, LA
Saturday, January 21, 2023
Time: 10:30 AM
Parents & Kids~ let’s kick off Mardi Gras with some FauN Projects!! Join us in the kitchen to learn how to make King Cake Bites and while those are baking we will paint a fun Louisiana Canvas and learn About a little about Mardi Gras!!!
• Child (age 6 years and up)~ $35
• Adult w/child (18 years and older
w/child)~ $60
***Pre-Registration is required due to limited seating!!!! Once tickets are purchased, your seats are reserved.
AMoA Spring Ceramics Series: Adult Workshops
Alexandria Museum of Art with LSUA
Mulder Hall Ceramics Lab
8100 U. S. Hwy 71, Alexandria, LA
The Spring Ceramics Series includes three parts that allows you to customize your interests.
All classes will be held in the ceramics lab, on the first floor in Mulder Hall at LSUA. Watch your email for additional information and directions prior to class day. 
All supplies and firing are included. 
Participants must be 21 to attend this class.
Please bring a lunch or you can pick up something during the break. Click below for class info.
The Rapides Parish Library: January Art Activities & Classes for Everyone!
The Rapides Parish Library
Various Branch Locations
Click below for all the dates!
2023 Creativity Launch Pad Classes
Alexandria Museum of Art
Launch Pad classes are for ANY and ALL skill levels seeking a fun, relaxed and creative environment in which to learn something new or work on your own. They offer an opportunity to experience different mediums as an introduction, that could provide a gateway to independent making.
All materials are provided. Mindfulness classes are perfect for clearing your creative roadblocks and finding your artistic voice.
For Beginners - a great way to test the medium and see what you like.
For Intermediates - great for constructive critique.
For Advanced students - work at your own pace.
Classes meet on the first Tuesday of every month, 5:30-7:00 in the AMoA classroom.
February 7th - Mindfulness
March 7th - Acrylics
April 4th - Watercolor
May 2nd - Figure Drawing
June 6th - Mindfulness
July 11th - Acrylics
August 1st - Watercolors
September 5th - Drawing
October 3rd - Mindfulness
November 7th - Acrylics
December 5th - Watercolor
$10 for AMoA Members ~ $20 per class for non-members
You must be 21 to attend this class.
Location: Alexandria Museum of Art - 933 Second Street, Alexandria, LA
Mixed Media Workshop with Warren Irwin
1330 2nd St. Alexandria, LA
Thursday, February 9th & 10th, 2023
Time: 10:00 AM-3:30 PM
Discover your own Street Seasoning's with Warren Irwin.
2 day Workshop: $90 per person
In this mixed media class, we will explore a way to make use of all those drawings that never quite make it out into the open. Your drawings are your raw material, but you won't do as much drawing as you will designing. Get an insight into Irwin's drive to deconstruct, disassemble and reimagine into something new entirely and learn how to take your own creative elements and fashion them into an entirely new perspective as gritty and magical as the Big Easy itself.
Avoyelles Parish Library's 1st Annual Art From Literature Contest
Entries due March 15, 2023
It’s time to start the First Annual Art From Literature contest here at Avoyelles Parish Library! We are looking forward to seeing all the art our community makes in celebration of literature.
The theme for this year is "Your Favorite Scene in a Book".
Some rules to remember:
  • We will only be accepting art that is appropriate for public viewing.
  • Your artwork must be on a canvas.
  • Your artwork must measure between 8"x10" and 18"x24" inches.
  • Sign up for your age group (Children 0-12, Teens 13-19, Adults 20 and above). If you are a parent signing up for a child, sign up for their age group.
  • We will not accept ANY plagiarism.
  • You will need to bring your artwork to the library before March 15, 2023 so it can be judged in person.
  • Only one piece of artwork per individual.
Voting will start on March 16, 2023 and end on March 24, 2023. After voting we will only hold on to your piece until March 31 2023, you will need to come and get it. If you win, you will receive your art back after the next contest in 2024. 
If you have any problems signing up or if you need help, please call us at 318-253-7559 or stop by.
Join Culturalyst!
Have you had the chance to check out our new online artist directory?? We would love to have you be a part of this new piece in our ever growing artist community! This digital tool will help support and elevate local artists, musicians, performers, writers, arts organizations and the people who create and sustain our Region's incomparable culture. Sign up is easy and ONLY takes a few minutes.
Hit the button below to take you to our page!
Performing Arts Series Feedback
The Arts Council of Central Louisiana Wants to Hear from You!
As we prepare our upcoming series, we want to hear from you!
Of the past performances, what did you enjoy? More importantly, what do you want to see in the future?
Please click on the survey below and answer a few questions that will help us do our best to bring the Art Culture to Cenla that Cenla wants to see!
We encourage all parishes in our region to participate!
The Louisiana Division of the Arts is asking for your help!
If you are an Artist/Creator or a member of or a leader of an arts organization, we would be honored to have your input!
Please click on the survey below!
Virtual Programming
Alexandria Museum of Art (AMoA)
 AMoA is excited to continue offering online programming for all of you to enjoy! Keep up with monthly content on the following platforms: Monthly Programming on  Facebook and AMoA's YouTube Channel! Find AMoA on Tik Tok!
Second Saturday - Free Admission
Alexandria Museum of Art
Saturday, February 11th
Free Admission to the Alexandria Museum of Art to the public every second Saturday of the month.
Location: Alexandria Museum of Art
933 Second Street, Alexandria, LA
Parker James Trio
Location: Pedro's Tacos & Tequila
3024 N. MacArthur Dr., Alexandria, LA
Date: Thursday, January 19, 2023
Time: 6:00 PM
Justin Mathews
Location: Topshelf Cocktails
4411 Coliseum Blvd., Alexandria, LA
Date: Thursday, January 19, 2023
Time: 8:00 PM
Hot Sause Band
Location: Pedro's Tacos & Tequila
3024 N. MacArthur Dr., Alexandria, LA
Date: Friday, January 20, 2023
Time: 6:00 PM
James & Taylor McCann
3800 Monroe Hwy., Pineville, LA
Date: Friday & Saturday, January 20th & 21st
Time: 6:00 PM
Derek Ashcraft
Location: Huckleberry Brewing Company
4724 Sterkx Rd., Alexandria, LA
Date: Friday, January 20, 2023
Time: 7:00 PM
Sundown Band
Location: The Mirror Room
200 Desoto St., Alexandria, LA
Date: Friday, January 20, 2023
Time: 8:00 PM
CJ Ward
Location: Huckleberry Brewing Company
4724 Sterkx Rd., Alexandria, LA
Date: Saturday, January 21, 2023
Time: 7:00 PM
Paul Boudini
3800 Monroe Hwy., Pineville, LA
Date: Sunday January 22, 2023
Time: 11:30 AM
Members of the Arts Council
Thank you for proudly supporting the Arts in Central Louisiana!
William & Michele Fontenot
Betty Fay & Joseph Lipsey
Darryl & Natalie Monroe
Arsham & Jilberte Naalbandian
Mark A. Pritchard - Edward Jones
Melissa Whittington
Robin & Nydia Freedman
Just Dance
Bobby Levy & Theresa Louviere
Amy & Sudah Pillarisetti
Glenda & Henry Smith
Grant & Rebecca Bartlett
Robert & Sharon Burns
Noelle & Michael Crowell
Dave & Judy Curry
John & Diane Davidson
Val & Wayne Denley
Michael Dole, MD
Jenifer & Randy Gilchrist
Steve & Kay Harris
Trey and Camille Jackson

Michelle & Chris Karam
Betty Lou & Lansing Kolb
Philip & Nelda Laborde
Julie and Oday Lavergne
Dr. & Mrs. Richard Norem, II
The Rapides Symphony Orchestra
John & Louise Simon
Virginia & David Smith
Dr. Gill Taylor-Tyree, Sr.
Jim & Caroline Theus
Renick & Pam Webb
Bassam & Eliane Abi-Rached
Willie & Eunice Banks
Don & Louise Barker
Aubrey Bolen
Miriam J. Brown
David & Norrine Caplan
Edwin Caplan
LaTonya Charles
Fred & Frances Collins 
Mary Covington
Becky Crooks
Dave & Judy Curry
Dr. & Mrs. Dhulipala
Gray & Beverly Easterling
Richard & Terri Febuary
Rev. James A. Ferguson
Chuck & Fritzie Fine
Amelie Freedman
Judy & Bob Ginsburgh
Lyn Goodin
Tom & Betsy Hardin
Stuart C. Head
Gloria Hearn
Dr. John Hill
Hon. Henley & Kathey Hunter
Colt & Angie James
June Johnson-Davis
Dr. & Mrs. R. Bruce Jordan
Romi & Darpan Khuntia
Ann & Martin Masden
Joan K. McLure
John & Judy McLure
Sarena O'Donnell-Dekeyzer
Greg O'Quinn
Mr. & Mrs. William B. Owens
Catherine McCrory Pears
Amy & Sudha Pillarisetti
Charlot Pitts Morrison

Paige L. Quillin
Prissy Reap
Nancy Richards
River Oaks Square Art Center
E. Nell Robison
Robert and Jenny Royer
Robert & Melissa Savage
Alice V. Scarborough
Bertie Deming Smith
Buffy & Matt Stroderd
Melvin & Sandya Thomas
S. W. Trammell MD
Dr. & Mrs. Raj Verma
Walker Automotive
Ruth & Jim Weinzettle
Dr. James White III
Lee & Jennifer Willis
Peggy & Mark Wilson 
Dr. & Mrs. Maan Younes
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