ST. TAMMANY ARTS COMMISSION:
ARTS & CULTURAL EVENTS -
APRIL 28 – MAY 4, 2006. UPDATE 

ST. TAMMANY ARTS COMMISSION ARTS NETWORK NEWSLETTER E-MAIL DELIVERY AVAILABLE. The monthly Arts Network e-newsletter briefs citizens on arts events, special events, fairs, and calls to artists, as well as sources for funding for arts-related projects and post-Katrina arts relief. The next newsletter will be distributed via email May 1st to those who subscribe to our list. To subscribe, visit http://www.stpgov.org/ , click “Subscribe to Arts Network Newsletter,” and follow the subscription instructions. The May 1st edition contains information about arts and cultural programming in St. Tammany Parish, grant opportunities for local arts organizations, and information from State and National sources. If you have an arts event or call to artist that you would like to submit for the newsletter or our weekly advertising, there is a simple online form at http://www.stpgov.org/arts/ and click on the “Advertising Submission Form” link. If you need assistance contact the St. Tammany Arts Commission at 898-5243 or email lafonta@stpgov.org.

 VISUAL ARTS…

CITY OF SLIDELL PRESENTS 15TH ANNUAL SALAD DAYS. Slidell Art League, 1827 Front Street. This is an amazing juried exhibition of student art by the children of St. Tammany. Exhibit opens Friday April 28 at 6pm and runs through June 10. Gallery Hours: M-F 9am-4pm, Sat 10am-2pm. Free. Call 985-646-4375. www.slidell.la.us 

 ST TAMMANY ART ASSOCIATION PRESENTS COVINGTON HIGH SCHOOL TALENTED ART SENIOR SHOW. 323 N. Columbia St., Downtown Covington.  Covington High School talented art program students display work.  Opens Friday, April 28, 6pm. Show runs through May 7. Call 985-892-8650 or visit www.sttammanyart.org        

 MD IMAGING HOSTING SLIDELL ART LEAGUE SHOW. 1495 Gause Blvd., Slidell. The public is welcome to view the work by Slidell Art League artists during work hours; weekdays from 8:30am to 5:30pm, Exhibit through May 12. Free. Call 985-641-0961.

CITY OF MANDEVILLE:  MAY ARTIST OF THE MONTH. Photographer Tina Erickson Dalton. 3101 E. Causeway Approach, Mandeville. Under the guidance of teacher T. A. Callahan, the Talented Art Students at Mandeville Jr. High will be exhibiting their new work. This exhibit, sponsored by Mayor Price and the City Council is free and open to the public from 9am-4:30pm. For more information contact Nancy Clark 985-626-3144.

 MUSIC…

CITY OF COVINGTON SUNSET AT THE LANDING CONCERT. Columbia St. Landing, Downtown Covington. Friday, April 28, 6-8pm.  Featuring the music of Suroit -   four musicians from the Magdalene Islands who play over 30 instruments. Free. Call 985-892-1873.

NORTHLAKE PERFORMING ARTS SOCIETY (NPAS) PRESENTS MIKADO. Northcross United Methodist Church, 311 Hwy. 21, Madisonville. Friday, April 28, 7:30pm & Sunday, April 30, 3pm. Journey to the far off land of Japan and experience the mayhem and misadventures that await you. Staged for all ages. Call 985-792-1392 or visit www.npas.info                    

CITY OF SLIDELL BROWN BAG CONCERT SERIES. Griffith Park, Olde Towne Slidell. Friday, April 28, 11am -1pm. Outdoor concert by Jerome, Ron & John. Picnic style seating. Bring your chairs and blankets. Free. Call 985-646-4322.

 THEATRE…

SLIDELL LITTLE THEATRE PRESENTS CAMELOT. Slidell Little Theatre, 2024 Nellie Dr., Slidell. Experience the magic of the land of King Arthur, Queen Guenevere, Lancelot & the Knights of the Round Table in this beautifully staged production of this classic musical. Performances April 28, 29, May 5, 6, 7, 12, 13, 14, 19, 20, 21. Friday & Saturday 8pm, Sunday 2pm. $17 adults/$10 youth. Call 985-641-0324 or visit www.slidell-slt.org 

 MINACAPELLI’S DINNER PLAYHOUSE PRESENTS NEIL SIMON’S “THE STAR SPANGLED GIRL”.  1540 Lindberg Dr., Slidell. Friday, April 28 &  Saturday, April 29 at 6:30pm. Sunday, April 30 at 1:30pm. Also showing Friday, May 5 at 6:30pm. $35 includes play and dinner. Call 985-781-6565 or visit www.minacapellis.com 

CREATIVE ARTS AT SKYFIRE THEATER (CAST) PRESENTS SPRING SHOWCASE. Skyfire Theatre, 332 N. New Hampshire St., Covington. Three one act plays and vocal performances by CAST students. Saturday, April 29 & Sunday, April 30, 1pm. $5 ages 12 and over / under 12, $3. Call 985-875-7577.

SKYFIRE THEATRE PRESENTS I'M STILL HERE BY RICKY GRAHAM. Skyfire Theatre, 332 N. New Hampshire St., Covington. Friday, April 28 & Saturday, April 29, 8:30pm. Graham accompanied by Jefferson Tuner, plays numerous characters during the days immediately following Katrina. Tickets/$25. Call 985-875-7577.

 LIBRARY PROJECTS & EVENTS…

STORYTIME SCHEDULE AT THE ST. TAMMANY PARISH LIBRARY. Storytime at the St. Tammany Parish libraries introduces your child to the best in children’s literature. Storytime include nursery rhymes, poetry, finger plays and songs. For more information, contact your branch library or the Children’s Services office at 985-893-6280 ext. 112.

ASTONISHING AFTERNOONS AT THE ST. TAMMANY PARISH LIBRARY. A series of literature-based programs incorporating storytelling, interesting and fun factual information, and a literature-themed craft. There is no registration required. Free admission. Call 985-893-6280 ext 112 or visit www.sttammany.lib.ls.us/kidsafterschoolprograms.html 

 COMMUNITY EVENTS & MARKETS…

CITY OF SLIDELL PRESENTS THE HERITAGE PARK AMPHITHEATRE GRAND OPENING. 1701 Bayou Lane, Slidell. Friday, April 28, 5-9pm. The program begins with a welcome from Mayor Ben Morris and the national anthem sung by Laura Ballard, followed by a performance by Witness. Internationally acclaimed pianist and entertainer Ronnie Kole takes the stage from 7-9pm. Call 985-646-4375 or visit www.slidell.la.us/

 TOWN OF ABITA SPRINGS PRESENTS CRAWFISH / WATER FESTIVAL. The Abita Park.  Saturday, April 29, 10am-10pm.  Sponsored by Fire District 8.   Call 985-892-0711 or visit www.townofabitasprings.com

MANDEVILLE TRAILHEAD COMMUNITY MARKET.  Mandeville Trailhead, 675 Lafitte St., Saturdays, 9am-1pm. Community market featuring everything hand made or home grown. Call 985-624-3147.

COVINGTON FARMERS MARKET. Side lawn, Covington City Hall, 609 N. Columbia St., Rain or shine. Saturdays, 9am-1pm. Special Market on Saturday, April 29.  Focus on Children's Health and Nutrition, co-sponsored by the Junior League of Greater Covington. The Junior League will present speakers and printed material on diverse subjects such as Diet and Nutrition, Healthy Activities, Childhood Diabetes, Yoga, all oriented toward young people and orchestrate games on site for children. Recipes will also be provided. Cooking Demo: Various samples from vendors emphasizing Children's nutrition will be provided throughout the day. Music by the Petty Bones beginning at 9:30am. Call 985-892-1873.

 LOOKING FOR ARTISTS…

10th ANNUAL COVINGTON THREE RIVERS ART FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES CALL FOR ENTRIES. A juried show of original works. Application deadline is May 1. For more information visit www.threeriversartfestival.com or email info@threeriversartfestival.com 

THE 2nd ANNUAL LACOMBE CRAB COOK-OFF FESTIVAL CALL TO ARTISTS AND CRAFTSMEN. Looking for artists and craftsmen to participate in the Cultural Village Tent and Artist Walk at John Davis Park on June 24th and 25th, 2006.  There will be a 20' x 60' Cultural Village tent with ten display spaces and  individual 10' x 10' and 10' x 20' tents provided under the oak trees for your display. Cost for space, tent, table, and chair is $25.00 and 10% of sales. There will be no cost to nonprofits wishing to display information about their organizations. For more information visit www.lacombecrabcookofffestival.com  and click on How To Participate.

41ST ANNUAL JURIED ARTIST EXHIBITION. The St. Tammany Art Association has extended the deadline for entries to Monday, May 8, 2006 by 4:00 pm. The winner of Best in Show for this competition will receive a $1,000 cash prize, and other cash and merit awards will be given. Artists may download a prospectus for the show at the St. Tammany Art Association website, www.sttammanyart.org. For more information call 985-892-8650 or email stassn@bellsouth.net 

CALL FOR STAA MEMBERS’ ART. The St. Tammany Art Association is now accepting artwork for the new Members’ Gallery. STAA’s goal is to promote it’s artists, boost interest and participation, and increase revenue for the Art Association. Any STAA member may submit artwork at any time, as the Members’ Gallery will display member artwork on an ongoing basis. Call 985-892-8650 or visit www.sttammanyart.org 

3rd ANNUAL MULTI-MEDIA JURIED ART COMPETITION. Forum 35, will host the The Art Melt: A Fusion of Art, Jazz & Forum 35, a juried art show. They are currently seeking original artwork submissions from artists, 18+, residing in Louisiana or are displaced by hurricanes Katrina or Rita but plan to return to Louisiana. All selected artwork will be on display and available for purchase. The Art Melt Event will take place on Friday July 14th with a preview gala organized by the Community Fund for the Arts taking place on Thursday July 13th. The show will remain up for 1 week in the Brunner Gallery. Prizes will be awarded for 1st place ($2000); 2nd place ($1000); and 3rd place ($500). There will also be an editor’s choice award, chosen by the editors of Country Roads Magazine, for inclusion in a cover story. Deadline for art submission is Wednesday, May 31st. Call Ashley Stokes at 225-281-2032, e-mail astokes@lsu.edu  or log onto: www.forum35.org  or www.artmelt.org 

 CLASSES, TRAINING, WEBLINKS, ETC…

 PLAYMAKERS SUMMER THEATER CAMPS. Levy/Playmakers to stage Alice in Wonderland, Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves, and The Sword in the Stone for kids ages 5-16. Each fully-supervised camp day includes sessions in stage movement, line delivery, improvisation, fundamentals of theater, dance, and the staging of a production. Part of each day will also be dedicated to actual preparation for the end-of-camp show. Camps available: Alice In Wonderland at Playmakers June 5-25. Ali Baba and The Forty Thieves at Greater Covington Center July 17-22. 3 DAY Advanced Actors Workshop at Playmakers July 26-28. The Sword in The Stone at Playmakers July 31-August 13. For information on Frank Levy Playmakers Summer Theater Camps, an application form, or reservations call Frank Levy at 893-2090, visit www.storiesinmotion.com  or email frank@storiesinmotion.com .

SLIDELL CULTURAL CENTER OFFERING “ART IS LIFE” PINS: For a $10 donation (or more) you can have a Support the Arts collectible pin. Proceeds are dedicated to restoring and rebuilding the Slidell Cultural Center and the return of art exhibits and cultural events throughout the year. The pins can be picked up at the Slidell Art League Gallery, on the second floor of the historic Slidell Train Depot, 1827 Front St. Call 985-646-4375 for ore information.

STONE AND PAPER ART CENTER STUDIO CLASSES:  500 Girod St., Mandeville. Classes are currently being offered in acrylic and oil painting, potter’s wheel, drawing, papermaking and more for teens, children and adults. Catalog available. Call 985-674-9232 or visit www.stoneandpaper.com

THE LOUISIANA CULTURAL ECONOMY FOUNDATION supports Louisiana’s cultural industries. The Foundation now has relief grants available to fund losses sustained as a result of Hurricanes Katrina & Rita. Guildelines and applications are available at www.crt.state.la.us/culturalassets/grants. The Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism’s newly expanded Cultural Assets Rescue website can be seen at www.crt.state.la.us/culturalassets 

BRAVO! SLIDELL’S CULTURAL CALENDAR OF EVENTS, AVAILABLE ONLINE. Find the current edition by visiting the city’s website at www.slidell.la.us and clicking the “Bravo” button toward the bottom of the left hand column.