Annual art show set for March 26

Published 5:32 am Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Many 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 Sunday, March 26.

The event will be at the same location as the past several 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 six miles north of Franklinton. The address and entrance is at 28035 Winfred Bateman Road.

A lot of the artwork 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 and just enjoy the afternoon. There is plenty of parking on the property and there will be a sign on the highway.

There is no charge for this event and on display will be oils, watercolors, art prints, wood art, jewelry and various other 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. All are members of the art association, which has been in existence since the spring of 1976.

“The show has been a big hit every year and so many people have asked for the dates for this year,” said Ann Warner, co-chair of the show with Sara Nelson and Anne Crawford. “This is our big event of the year 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,” she added. “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 talking and visiting with local artists while enjoying the lovely and delicious refreshments. Artwork will be available in all price ranges.

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

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, Kharon Delaney at, or attend the next meeting to be held on Tuesday, March 14, at First Baptist Church in Bogalusa at 6 p.m. Mike Price will give a presentation on photography. Art association meetings are open to all who enjoy art.

Artist members of the association who are expected to have art work on display and for sale include: Ann Warner, Sylvia G. Dugas, Kaye Williams, Terry Seal, Bob Ann Breland, Christine Beatty, Janis Fisher, Frances Miller, Reba Sanspree, Sara Nelson, Lenora Frazier, Ellen Barrett, Theresa Lomzenski, Violeta Thomas, Johnny Green, Margaret Shipley, Cathy Robbins, Debbie Lusco Fuller, Lorraine Roshto, Kharon DeLaney, Dr  Jerry Thomas,  Patsy Jenkins, Sandra Stewart, Peggy Boyles, Esma Irvine, Nancy Richardson, Curtis Creel and Gayle McCants.