Last chance to see exhibit in the Slidell Cultural Center, on display through June 15
Time is running out to see the works of talented St. Tammany Parish student artists in the City of Slidell’s 21st annual Salad Days juried exhibition of student art, currently on display in the Slidell Cultural Center at City Hall until Jun 15. Admission is free.
“We have some incredibly talented students here in St. Tammany Parish,” said Mayor Drennan. “I encourage everyone to visit the gallery in City Hall to support these young artists.”
This popular exhibit – the only one of its kind in the area – offers St. Tammany Parish students, ages 5 through 19, an opportunity to have their art featured in a formal gallery setting. This year, 70 entries from 33 different artists were submitted for consideration. Of those entries, 45 pieces from 25 different artists were selected by this year’s juror, Adam Sambola.
Sambola is a critically acclaimed artist and the owner of Sambola Gallery in Slidell. He is inspired by Louisiana surroundings, Cajun influences, Jazz and Blues and his love of southern seafood. Sambola is the creator of “RedBean the Crawfish” and his award-winning “Cajun Series” has attracted collectors from throughout the United States and around the world.
“It was great to see so many great ideas and artistic visions,” Sambola wrote in his Juror’s Statement to the artists. “I know a lot of time, effort and ‘heart’ was put into each piece. I judged each entry based on creativity, use of color and the ‘feeling’ I took away from the work. Ultimately, the pieces chosen were so creative that they kept calling me back to view them again. I was also impressed by the use of color, blending and shadows.”
The exhibit opened on Friday, April 13, with a reception and award reception. The student artists filled the gallery and proudly showed their family and friends their work on display. Each student received a Certificate of Merit and a Salad Days medal from Mayor Drennan.
Winners were recognized in four different age categories. First, second, third place and honorable mentions ribbons were awarded by the juror in each category. First place winners each received $50.
Category A, ages 5 – 8 1st place – Madison Dunn, Ocean View 2nd place – Heath McArdle, Self Portrait 3rd place – Madison Dunn, Panda Honorable Mentions: Mallory Gahagan, Far Far Away Trace Panganiban, Leaves Avery Silva, Mr. Killer Teagan Symons, Catch of the Day Jason Willis, Colors of the Rain
Category B, ages 9 – 11 1st place – Breanna LaBorde, A Single Rose 2nd place – Addison Bauer, Where I’d Like to Be 3rd place – Megan Sather, Nerdy Cat Honorable Mentions: Addison Bauer, A Beautiful Day Addison Bauer, Fancy Lady Hayden Silva, Drago the Dragonfly
Category C, ages 12 – 14 1st place – Shelbe Castro, Serenity 2nd place – Gabby Armstrong, Footprints 3rd place – Emilie Rogers, Time Past Honorable Mentions: Shelbe Castro, Autumn Quest Shelbe Castro, Rushing Water Megan Fowler, Summer Nights
Category D, ages 15 – 19 1st place – Robin Yang, Spring Drizzle 2nd place – Kendall Moffett, Footsie 3rd place – Ashton Vidrine, Macaw Honorable Mentions: Kendall Moffett, The Looking Glass
The exhibit also includes work by Jenna Badeaux, Andrew Bates, Evan Bauer, Danny Gentile, Julia Spiess and Vivienne Spiess. Gallery hours are Wednesday through Friday, noon to 4 p.m. and Saturday, 9 a.m. to noon and by appointment for school and group tours. The exhibit is open through June 15, 2012.
Blake Kenworthey Memorial Award
Julia Spiess was this year’s recipient of the Blake Kenworthey Memorial Award, which is given in recognition of the talented 20 year old artist who lost his life in a car accident in 2010. Kenworthey, a long-term Salad Days participant, consistently took home top honors. Each year, the juror has a difficult time narrowing down the art work to accommodate the gallery space and the staff of Cultural & Public Affairs chooses one piece not selected by the juror that they feel deserves special recognition. Spiess’ “Sunset on the Lake” was selected for inclusion in the exhibit and she received the special award and a $50 prize.
Slidell Cultural Explorers Club
The Salad Days exhibit fulfills the art exhibit requirement for the City of Slidell’s Cultural Explorers Club, a program created for children ages 4 to 18 that encourages exploration of the many facets of visual and performing arts. Children who attend five different types of art events – symphony music, dance, theater, visual arts and participation in any visual or performing arts experience – will be inducted each year into the Cultural Explorers Club and receive a patch and certificate from Mayor Drennan. This program is designed to encourage parents to help their children explore all forms of the arts. Participation is free. For more information, please click on the Cultural Explorers Club link on the city’s website at www.slidell.la.us.
Salad Days is made possible by the City of Slidell’s Department of Cultural & Public Affairs, its Commission on the Arts and the city’s 2011 – 2012 Cultural Season Sponsors, including Brian Harris Autoplex; East St. Tammany Chamber of Commerce; Friends of the Arts; Sophisticated Woman; Slidell Memorial Hospital; WWNO 89.9 FM; CLECO Power, LLC; Slidell Magazine; Creative Picture Framing & Art Gallery; Ronnie Kole Foundation; Chateau Bleu; Lowry-Dunham, Case & Vivien Insurance Agency; Purple Armadillo Again, LLC; The Slidell Independent; VanGeffen Wealth Strategies, Inc.; A Touch of Italy Café; Bargains Plus!/Postal Plus; Baskin Robbins/Coy & Donna Faucheux; Councilman Bill & Laura Borchert; State Rep. Greg Cromer; Senator A. G. Crowe; In Memory of John M. Dilkey; DuBuisson Gallery; Capt. Mark & Sandy Fulenwider; Grand IMAX Slidell, Inc.; Hampton Inn, Slidell; Homewood Suites, Slidell; Krewe of Bilge; Chris & Dr. Ed Massett; Northshore Harbor Center; State Rep. Kevin Pearson; Rotary Club of Slidell Northshore; St. Tammany Tourist & Convention Commission; Sunrise on Second Street; Textron Marine & Land Systems; Times Grill; Dr. Russ & Nancy Westfall; Tanya Witchen of RE/Max Real Estate Partners.
This Louisiana Main Street and Cultural District event is supported by a grant from the Louisiana Division of the Arts, Office of Cultural Development, Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism in cooperation with the Louisiana State Arts Council as administered by the St. Tammany Commission on Cultural Affairs.
For more information, please call the Department of Cultural & Public Affairs at (985) 646-4375 or visit the city’s website at www.slidell.la.us. For the latest city news updates and information about upcoming events, follow the official “City of Slidell” government page on Facebook and Twitter.
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