ArtWalk on tap Saturday

by Anna Purdy

December's ArtWalk is one of the busiest and most joyful of the year, with lots of people visiting and lots of local art being snapped up as gifts in this holiday month.

Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2011
Written by Anna Purdy

December's ArtWalk is one of the busiest and most joyful of the year, with lots of people visiting and lots of local art being snapped up as gifts in this holiday month. Many galleries have the artists in-house to talk to you about their work and even sign it to add a special touch. This ArtWalk will have a bit of a somber pall cast over the cheer as the focus will be the late Wayne Ditch and the retrospective "A Celebration of Wayne Ditch" at the Acadiana Center for the Arts. It is a show put together heroically fast - less than two weeks - a testament to not only how the artistic community bands together to help one another but to how devoted fans, friends and family remain to Ditch, both to his work and the man himself. Be sure to stop by the AcA and see this celebration and grab a glass of cocoa or wine and raise it to Wayne Ditch. He loved ArtWalk and its spirit and would want you to do the same.

Acadiana Center for the Arts
101 W. Vermilion St. / 233-706

Main Gallery
Prospect Lafayette

Coca-Cola Gallery
A Celebration of Artist Wayne Ditch

Side Gallery
Scot Sinclair
The Scottish painter's works will be shown through Jan. 7.
James S. Mallia Galleria
Burnell Lemoine
Collection of Photography
Through Feb. 4, 2012
Adrian Fulton's Fine Art Gallery
302 Jefferson St. / 658-3274

Arts Co-op
535 1/2 Jefferson St. / 344-8657
The Arts Co-op welcomes two new artists to the December exhibit. Jared Guidry describes his art as an abstraction of words, painting on raw canvas. Dale Pierrottie displays his bousillage sculptured forms in a process which combines Louisiana clay and cured moss applied to a stick frame.

Cajun Spice
535 Jefferson St. / 232-3061
Featuring James Hebert this month with wood and metal compositions and Michael Van Brocklin prints. Santa Claus is dropping by at 6: 30 p.m. and door prizes will be given out.

Children's Museum of Acadiana
201 E. Congress / 232-8500
Santa, keeping a busy schedule, is also showing up at the museum. Kids can come get their picture with him, make holiday ornaments and learn how to say "Happy Holidays" and "Merry Christmas" in 16 different languages. $5 admission.

Cité des Arts
109 Vine St. / 291-1122
Thirteen artists are featured and selling their paintings, art and jewelry. Artists include Chad Lege, Ninjaz, Silvia Madajewski, Johnny Campos, Blake Brodhead, Carey L. McCue, Ellen Patton, Ashley Stone, Brandon Faulk, Danielle Odom, Camille Adrienne Banuchi, Chris Bourque and Matayo. Leroy Charles performs live.

Francis Pavy Studio
210 Gordon St. / 232-6682
Open studio; recent works.

Gallery 549
549 Jefferson St. / 593-0796
Galerie Lafayette at The Lafayette Public Library
538 Jefferson St. / 261-5775
Material Evidence: Photography Exhibit by Bob Owens.

Lafayette Science Museum
433 Jefferson St. / 291-5544
Dinosaurs: Ancient Fossils, New Discoveries.
Historical toys will be on display. A special holiday edition of storytime and local author Lesley Crawford Costner will be there with illustrator Camille Barnes to sign copies of children's book Good Night Acadiana. Admission to Dinosaurs is $5 for adults, $2 for kids. The rest of the events are free.

Lounge Art Gallery
402 S. Buchanan St. / 236-5570
Gallery R (at The Russo Group)
116 E. Congress St. / 769-1530
This art show features work by Kristie Cornell, Denny Culbert, Peter DeHart, Lacey Dupre, Beatrix Bell, Angie Riehl, Burton Durand, Virginia Fuselier Goetting, Kent Hutslar, Natalie Kinston, James Van Way III and Mr. Wallace, all for under $50. It runs through Dec. 31. Books by Greg Guirard, Kody Chamberlain and Pecky Cypress, DVDs of films by Zack Godshall, Allison Bohl and Conni Castille as well as vinyl will be for sale.

Sans Souci Gallery
219 E. Vermilion St. / 266-7999
Works by members of the Louisiana Crafts Guild.

St. Pierre's Center for the Arts
114 W. Vermilion St. / 236-9111
Artist of the Month: Doris R.
Works by Doris R. with musician Lyle Begnaud playing.

Whoojoo Stained Glass
532 Jefferson St. / 269-9310
Open Studio.

Zoom Photo Studio
205-A W. Vermillion St. / 781-2036
First ArtWalk at Zoom's new location. Owner/photographer Travis Gauthier's alternative process photography will be exhibited.