Join us at the WATERMELON FEST!

Grab your friends and come see what’s going on at the Union Arts Council’s Watermelon Festival booth!

Enjoy music and art by some of your favorite local musicians and artists! Amanda McDowell will share her musical talents, along with music by many area musicians.

We’ll have an art exhibit featuring work by many well-known regional and area artists, including Sue Abbott, Phoebe Allen, Ricky Cox, Melanie Douthit, Barbara Houser, Richard Lowery, Eric McAdams, Santanna Mitchell, Mary Moore, Peggy Touchstone, Linda Snider-Ward, and Robert Ward. Barbara Houser will also be demonstrating her art process.

Our booth is located inside the courthouse, and we’ll be there Friday, July 25th, 6:00 – 9:00pm and Saturday, July 26th, 8:00am til 3:00pm. Come join the fun!

ATTENTION VISUAL ARTISTS: Competitive Art Exhibition set for Dec. 6

Union Arts Council will hold its third annual Competitive Art Exhibition on Saturday, December 6, at Claiborne Electric Cooperative in Farmerville.  The event is open to adult amateur, adult professional, and youth artists (grades 9-12) residing in Union Parish, and to adult artists who are former residents of the parish.   Entries will be accepted in two-dimensional fine art (paintings, photography), three-dimensional art (sculpture, ceramics, etc.), and folk art.

Peter Jones, Professor Emeritus in the Louisiana Tech School of Art, will be judge for the competition.  Adult artists will receive ribbons and cash awards; youth artists will receive ribbons and gift certificates.  A “People’s Choice” award also will be presented.

For details, contact Bob Ward, exhibition coordinator, at 318-791-8038.


WANTED: Imagineers!

Imagine more arts experiencesCan you imagine more arts experiences in Union Parish?  Would you like to help make that happen?  If so, the Union Arts Council invites you to come to its next meeting on Thursday, June 19, at 3:45 p.m. at First National Bank in Farmerville (next to Big Star on E. Water St.)  We will kick off the new fiscal year by setting plans to support the visual and performing arts in Union Parish.   No artistic talent is required!  Just a passion for bringing exciting, entertaining, and educational arts events for adults and youth.

Our goal is to raise the level of arts experiences here where we live.  Will you come and join our merry band of imagineers?

For further information, call 817-907-1571 or 237-2134.



The Alley Cats, America’s premier doo-wop singers, are coming to Farmerville for two events on May 3, 2014: At 1 p.m. they will lead a FREE workshop for area singing groups; at 7 p.m. they will perform during the “Doo-Wopalooza” event. Both of these appearances will be in the Union Christian Academy gym, 700 S. Main St., Farmerville. Tickets for the “Doo-Wopalooza” are now available at the school’s office, Marion State Bank, and Community Trust Bank in Farmerville. DINNER by UCA will be from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. (cost is $12). PERFORMANCE is at 7 p.m. (cost is $12 adults; $5 youth ages 17 and under).
OTHER FEATURES: Cars from the ’50s and ’60s will be on display. American Bandstand dance demo from 6:30 to 7 p.m. Prizes for best ’50s costume. Door prizes.
These events are presented by Union Arts Council, Bernice Historical Society, Union Christian Academy, Northeast Louisiana Arts Council, and the Louisiana State Arts Council.
The Alley Cats have toured and performed for two decades, and have opened for Jay Leno’s act in Las Vegas since 2007. They have wowed audiences with their talent, unique stage presence, and comedy across the U.S.


Union Arts Council is happy to announce that The Peach radio, 99.3FM – Ruston, is now the Media Sponsor of the Doo-Wopalooza on May 3, 5:30-9 p.m., at Union Christian Academy, Farmerville.  Be listening to the Peach for promotional announcements telling listeners about the great fun they will have at this 1950s celebration:   dinner catered by Mamoo’s, car display, American Bandstand dance demo, costume contest, door prizes, and, of course, the STARS of the show…… America’s premier doo-wop singers, THE ALLEY CATS!  

Tickets are available for sale now at Union Christian Academy, Marion State Bank, and Community Trust Bank main branch in Farmerville, or by calling 318-348-2005.  The Doo-Wopalooza is presented by Union Arts Council, Bernice Historical Society, and Union Christian Academy.


Jay Leno says . . .

Cats with Jay Leno“These guys are a tough act to follow: They’re talented, funny, and a must-see.” Jay Leno

The Alley Cats, America’s premier doo-wop singers, will perform in Farmerville, LA, on Saturday, May 3, at 7 p.m. in the gym of Union Christian Academy, 700 S. Main St., Farmerville, LA.    They have opened for Jay Leno in Las Vegas since 2007, and have wowed audiences across the U.S.     For tickets, use the contact form, orcall 318-348-2005, or go to UCA office, Marion State Bank, or Community Trust Bank’s main branch in Farmerville.  ’50-style dinner is 5:30-6:30 (buy separate dinner ticket); American Bandstand dance demo at 6:30; then THE ALLEY CATS at 7.

The Alley Cats will lead a free workshop for all area singing groups at 1 p.m. in the UCA gym.  Come learn their expert advice on harmony, audience interaction, stage presence and other topics important to church, school, and community-based vocal ensembles.  Pre-register at 318-368-7570.

These May 3 events are being presented by Union Arts Council, Union Christian Academy, and Bernice Historical Society, with grant assistance through Northeast Louisiana Arts Council, and Louisiana State Arts Council.

The Alley Cats — Doo-Wopalooza performance, and workshop, May 3

The famed Alley CatsImage doo-wop quartet will come to Farmerville, LA, on Saturday, May 3 for two events:  

At 1 p.m., a free workshop for community, church, and school-based singing groups and leaders.  Register at 318-368-7570 or  Workshop will focus on stage presence, harmony, and audience interaction.  At Union Christian Academy gym, 700 S. Main St., Farmerville, LA.   Workshop will last one hour.

At 5:30 p.m. –  the DOO-WOPALOOZA! This will be a fun evening celebrating the swingin’ good times of the 1950s.  We’ll enjoy the food, dance, cars, and most of all, the MUSIC of those days when Elvis, Lucy, Chubby Checker, and others reigned supreme.  The awesome Alley Cats are known across the U.S. for their entertaining doo-wop performances, outstanding singing skills, and stage antics.  Since 2007, they have been the opening act for Jay Leno at the Mirage in Las Vegas; Leno says of the Cats, “These guys are a tough act to follow.  They’re talented, funny and a must see.”  At Union Christian Academy, 700 S. Main St., Farmerville, LA.    The Alley Cats will give prizes to those wearing the best costume, so come as your favorite icon of the ’50s.  This event is presented by Union Arts Council and Union Christian Academy.

TICKETS for Doo-Wopalooza are available at the school’s lobby, 110 Hill St., Farmerville (behind Popeye’s), and at Marion State Bank, Farmerville.   $12 dinner ticket.  $12 performance ticket (adult); $5 performance ticket (youth).