ArtWalk, Rio roll Saturday

Before and after the Krewe of Rio rolls down Vermilion Street and crosses Jefferson Saturday evening, the Second Saturday ArtWalk will thrive as the downtown cultural district's galleries, cafés and restaurants open their doors to some of the finest visual art in South Louisiana.

**Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2012

Written by The Independent Staff

Works by mixed-media artist Hyedee Foreman will be on display
Saturday, Feb. 4 during ArtWalk at The Alamo, 318 W. Simcoe St.
Also at The Alamo during ArtWalk: handmade jewelry by Jeanee
Smith Stone, instrumental music by Sam Rey and catering by Amy

Before and after the Krewe of Rio rolls down Vermilion Street and crosses Jefferson Saturday evening, the Second Saturday ArtWalk will thrive as the downtown cultural district's galleries, cafés and restaurants open their doors to some of the finest visual art in South Louisiana - all of it exempt from the 4 percent state sales tax. Several of the galleries and exhibit spaces will be showing work with Mardi Gras themes, including an intriguing display of costumes at the Alexandre Mouton House on nearby Lafayette Street.

Acadiana Center for the Arts
101 W. Vermilion St. / 233-7060
Main Gallery
Lost and Found: Louisiana's Landscapes Revisited
This show includes works by Philip Gould, Fonville Winons, Robert Polidori, Aubrey Edwards, Lee Deigaard, David Weber, Courtney Egan, David Sullivan, Jessica Bizer, Ralph Bourque, Stephen Frederick, Alexander J. Drysdale, Reggie Rodrigue, Hannah Chalew, Thomas Deaton, Jonathan Ryan, Meghan Fleming, Brandon Ballengée, Rachel Jones, Kathy Reed and Steve Breaux and Luis Cruz Azaceta.

AcA Side Gallery
Paintings by Gloria Fiero
Fiero taught history, art history and humanities at the University of Louisiana for 27 years, encouraging students to pursue careers in the visual arts and in art history. Since retirement, Fiero divides the year between West New York and New Orleans, with painting studios in both cities.
Her paintings are a response to the visual complexity of the Mardi Gras as it is celebrated in south Louisiana. "I see the event from the perspective of one who did not grow up in the culture of the Mardi Gras - as a phenomenon that combines the lavish, colorful aspects of street entertainment and the darker, Dionysian aspects of religious ritual. Arms raised in the traditional orans (prayer or worship) position frequently seen in ancient and medieval art become, in today's Mardi Gras celebrations (and in my paintings), a gesture of supplication for beads and trinkets: the commercialized trivia of contemporary culture. There is between float-riders and street-folks a call-and-response dynamic that is basic to the spirit of these images."

AcA James S. Mallia Galleria
Works by Johnathan Wilson

AcA Coca-Cola Studio
Works by Patrick Segura

AcA Vault
"Reflections" (works in glass) by Wes Koon

Adrian Fulton's Fine Art Gallery
302 Jefferson St. / 658-3274
Guest artists Gigie Arcilla Fulton and Kittie Bennekers join Adrian Fulton's Fine Art Gallery for this ArtWalk.

Arts Co-op
535 1/2 Jefferson St. / 344-8657
Interactive body painting with Cully Firmin and company will be featured at both the ArtWalk and on Mardi Gras Day. Other exhibits include Giorgio Russo's mixed media iconographic works, along with his film, Iconographic Process, on the back patio after dark. New featured artists include the paintings and prints of Colleen McDaniel, Victoria Morgan and Tony Bernard, digital and infrared photography by Francis Todd and mixed media glass, copper, wax and acrylic on wood by Bonnie Camos. John Avant will sketch portraits and exhibit his paintings on the sidewalk.

Cajun Spice
535 Jefferson St. / 232-3061
Pam Shensky is featured this month. Shensky describes her art as mirroring life and will showcase her journey through themes she says were academic in college, impressionistic in youth, simplistic in middle age and now presenting what she says is just feel good, positive energy.

Cité des Arts
109 Vine St. / 291-1122
Clarity Ann Martin is the featured artist in February with a Mardi Gras exhibit featuring large mask wall hangings, collage, fleur de lis and more.
Francis Pavy Studio
210 Gordon St. / 232-6682
Open studio; recent works.

Gallery 549
549 Jefferson St. / 593-0796
Gallery 549 is proud to present the artwork by students in St. Thomas More High School Advanced Placement during the Art IV Showcase and Sale held during ArtWalk.

Lafayette Science Museum
433 Jefferson St. / 291-5544
"Dinosaurs: Ancient Fossils, New Discoveries."
Museum admission for this exhibit is $5 for adults and $2 for children.
Weather permitting, the planetarium will have a telescope near the fountain in Parc Sans Souci in downtown Lafayette for observing Jupiter and other celestial objects from 6-8 p.m. Free.

Lounge Art Gallery
402 S. Buchanan St. / 236-5570
A showcase of young (under 30) artists: Kyte Aymond, Dominique Begnaud, Jacob Broussard, Ryan Cormier, Erin Jagneaux, Connor McManus, Forrest Montgomery, Mallory Page, Mark Rabalais and Cayla Zeek.
Sans Souci Gallery
219 E. Vermilion St. / 266-7999
Potter Alex Williams of New Orleans started Potsalot in 1993. He and his wife Cindy feel that entertaining is a hallmark of New Orleans, and much of the work at Potsalot is to facilitate and beautify hosting by having a gorgeous piece of pottery from which to serve.

St. Pierre's Center for the Arts
114 W. Vermilion St. / 236-9111
Artist of the Month: David G.

Zoom Photo Studio
205-A W. Vermilion St. / 781-2036
Zoom Photo Studio will feature alternative process photography by Travis Gauthier and live music by Cap the Climax in the garage.

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