Mayor Freddy Drennan and the City of Slidell invite the public to attend the opening of the twenty-second annual Salad Days Juried Exhibition of Student Art, on Friday, January 18, starting at 6 p.m. in the Slidell Cultural Center at City Hall.
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’s juror, Carol Hallock, is an acclaimed artist whose inspiration comes from Bayou Lacombe, where she often paints the surrounding bayou and marsh from her kayak. Known for her loose, painterly strokes in oils, Hallock’s work can be found in collections across the country and internationally. She has produced books of her work and has developed a series of “how to paint” videos that have been featured on over 100 channels across the country and in Cape Town, South Africa.
Hallock has served as a judge for George Rodrigue’s Foundation of the Arts, a yearly competition for high school seniors, and the Wild Things children’s art show in Lacombe. Her mural, Geraldine in Slidell, a part of the City of Slidell’s mural project, is displayed on the exterior of the building located on the corner of Front Street and Fremaux Avenue. Visit Hallock’s website at www.carolhallock.com.
The exhibit opens on Friday, January 18, with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Slidell Cultural Center, 2055 Second Street, on the first floor of City Hall. The award ceremony will begin at 6:30 p.m. Participants will each receive a medal and certificate recognizing their acceptance into the exhibit. Winners in each age category will be recognized with ribbons acknowledging first, second and third place and honorable mentions.
The show will remain on display through Saturday, February 16. Gallery hours are Wednesday through Friday, 12 noon to 4 p.m. with special weekend hours on Saturday, Feb. 16, from 9 a.m. to 12 noon. School field trips and group tours are available by appointment.
The City of Slidell will also present the Blake Kenworthey Memorial Award to one of the student artists, in recognition of the 20 year old artist who lost his life in a car accident in November 2010. Kenworthey had been a long-term participant in the Salad Days exhibit, and had consistently been among those taking home top honors at the event. This award recipient will be selected by the staff of the Department of Cultural & Public Affairs.
This event 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, theatre, visual arts and participation in any visual or performing arts experience – will be inducted each year in the Cultural Explorers Club and receive a patch and certificate from Mayor Drennan. This year, the presentation will take place during the city’s “Some Enchanted Evening with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra” concert in Heritage Park on April 21. This program is designed to encourage parents to help their children explore all forms of the arts. Participation is free. For more information, please visit www.slidell.la.us/blog/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/Cultural-Explorers-Club-flyer.pdf.
Salad Days is organized by the City of Slidell’s Department of Cultural & Public Affairs, its Commission on the Arts and the city’s 2012 – 2013 Cultural Season Sponsors, including East St. Tammany Chamber of Commerce; Friends of the Arts; Slidell Memorial Hospital; Sophisticated Woman Magazine; WWNO Radio, Slidell Magazine; Ronnie Kole Foundation; Van Geffen Wealth Strategies; Chateau Bleu; Lowry-Dunham, Case & Vivien Insurance Agency; Northshore Harbor Center; The Slidell Independent; A Touch of Italy Café; Bargains Plus!/Postal Plus; Baskin Robbins/Coy & Donna Faucheux; Copeland’s of New Orleans; Councilman Bill & Laura Borchert; La. Rep. Greg Cromer; Chris and Babs Des Marteau; Northlake Oral & Facial Surgery; Pontchartrain Investment Management; Rotary Club of Slidell Northshore; Silver Slipper Casino; Signs Now; Sunrise on Second Street; Textron Marine & Land Systems and Tanya Witchen, RE/Max Real Estate Partners.
This Main Street U.S.A. and Louisiana 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, Louisiana – Municipal News” page on Facebook.