Art show, sale scheduled later this month

Published 7:00 am Saturday, March 5, 2016

By Bob Ann Breland

For The Daily News



At least 25 local artists will have their work on display when the Washington Parish Art Association’s Annual Show and Sale is held from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Palm Sunday, March 20. That’s right — the show is being moved to Sunday afternoon this year, instead of Saturday as in the past.

The event will be at the same location as the past three years — the large beautiful home of artist Sara Bateman Nelson, located at the intersection of Louisiana Highways 25 and 38 at Clifton, which is about 5-1/2 miles north of Franklinton. The address and entrance is at 28035 Winfred Bateman Road.

A lot of the art work will be for sale as artists have been working for the past year to produce new works, but it will also be a social event for everyone, to view the art, visit with other art lovers and artists, share refreshments and just enjoy the afternoon. There is plenty of parking on the property.

There is no charge for this event and on display will be oils, watercolors, art prints, wood art, jewelry, photography and various other original media as local artists put their best work of the year forward. Artists range from professional to hobbyists to those just beginning their adventure with painting. Artwork will be available in all price ranges.

“The show has been a big hit every year,” said Ann Warner, co-chair of the show with Sara Nelson and Anne Crawford.  “This is our big event and we are looking forward to another large attendance. We have some very talented local artists and this is their opportunity to show their work.

“You can have beautiful art for your homes at very reasonable prices, but sales aren’t our only purpose. We want to showcase art in our parish at this event for young people and adults.”

The location draws art lovers from both Louisiana and Mississippi and everyone is encouraged to mark the date on their calendars and plan to come for an interesting afternoon.

“This time of March is a good opportunity for people of the area to take a ride and see lovely evidences of spring in the countryside as well as the beautiful art work,” Warner said. “Everyone is invited!”

The art association has been in existence since the spring of 1976, and its interests include advancing creative arts in the local community.

Although it showcases only the work of art association members, other artists who have work they would like to display may do so by joining the art association and paying the annual dues of $25. To join, contact the treasurer, Janice Branch at 985-839-2229 or 985-839-5674 or, or attend the next meeting to be held on Tuesday, March 8 at 6 p.m. in the fellowship hall of First Baptist Church in Bogalusa.

Artist members of the association who will have art on display and for sale include Warner, Nelson, Sylvia Garrett, Kaye Williams, Terry Seal, Bob Ann Breland, Christine Beatty, Janis Fisher, Frances Miller, Reba Sanspree, Lenora Frazier, Ellen Barrett, Theresa Lomzenski, Violeta Thomas, Nena Passman, Johnny Green, Charles Jenkins, Cathy Robbins, Debbie Lusco, Lorraine Roshto, Kharon DeLaney, Janice Branch, Mary Evelyn Smith, Dr. Jerry Thomas, Beth Ann Burris and others who have yet to sign on or to join the art association.