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).


Union Arts Council’s 2nd Annual Art Show

The Union Arts Council thanks Duck Commander for its corporate sponsorship!

UACandMAD-061A Joyce Beauvais won Best of Show in the professional category for her watercolor painting, Fai-do-do at the Union Arts Council’s 2nd Annual Art Show. Beauvais also won 2nd place in painting, and Sue Abbot won 1st Place in painting.

UACandMAD-040A Richard Lowery won the Peoples’ Choice award for his photography. He also won 2nd place in Folk Art and 1st Place in amateur 2-dimensional art. Jim Funderburk won 1st Place in Folk Art and Richard Jenkins won 3rd place. Mary Moore won 2nd Place in 2-dimensional amateur art, Rickie Cox won 3rd Place, and Manuel Watkins won an Honorable Mention.

UACandMAD-030A Donna McGee (on left), juror for the Union Arts Council’s 2nd Annual Art Show, discusses the show with board members Jean Jones (middle) and Nancy Love (right).

Also included in the Union Arts Council’s 2nd Annual Art Show were works by students from Downsville Charter School and Union Christian Academy.

Thank you to our wonderful sponsors!
Community Trust Bank
DeLoutre View Farms, Inc.
Janet Fortenberry, State Farm Insurance
Dawn Frasier, Attorney at Law
Pam and Benoit Holloway
Kilpatrick Funeral Homes
Sharon Roberson, Woodmen of the World Insurance
Taylor & Wilkes, CPA
H. Kirt Touchstone III, DDS
Marion State Bank
Robert Earle, Attorney at Law
First National Bank
Deanna McCallum, Attorney at Law
Bob and Linda Ward
ART DISPLAY PANELS are courtesy of a generous donation from Claiborne Electric Cooperative Operation Round Up.


Art show coming Dec. 7

Union Parish artists are invited to participate in the Union Arts Council’s second annual Competitive Art Exhibition on Saturday, Dec. 7, at the Claiborne Electric building in Farmerville, LA.  Entrants can be adult professionals, adult amateurs, or youth (grades 9-12).  Winners will receive ribbons and cash prizes.  

Donna McGee, a practicing and exhibiting studio artist , will be the judge.  McGee is an associate professor in painting and former department head at Grambling State University.  The artist holds a B.S. in art education, and an M.Ed. in counseling from Mississippi State University, plus an M.F.A. in painting and drawing from Louisiana Tech University.  Her work can be viewed at

Fees:  $15 for professional artists; $10 for amateur artists; free for youth.  Each artist may exhibit three (3) works.  Additional adult works may be displayed for an additional fee of $5 per work, with a maximum of six (6) total works.  Checks should be made payable to the Union Arts Council.  Artworks and checks are to be delivered to the exhibit site at Claiborne Electric Cooperative between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 6.

                *Artworks may be marked “For Sale” or “NFS” (not for sale)

                *Union Arts Council will retain 30% from all sales

 Size/Hanging: With the exception of youth category, all adult works MUST be ready to hang with secure wire attached to the back.  No saw tooth hangers will be accepted.  All framed artwork MUST be under plexiglass, with the exception of oils and acrylics.  Maximum size is 36” wide.  Youth art works may be unframed and will be displayed on tables.

 Awards: Adult artists will receive ribbons and cash awards.  Youth artists will receive ribbons and gift certificates.  A People’s Choice Award will also be presented.

 Categories: 2-dimensional art (painting, drawing, printmaking, photography), 3-dimensional art (sculpture, ceramics), and folk art.

 Liability: Reasonable care will be taken during the Exhibition to ensure that all works are handled safely and kept safe during the show.  Neither the Union Arts Council, (its members or agents), show sponsors, nor Claiborne Electric are responsible for damage or loss of any works or damages caused by or to displayed works.

 For further information contact Bob Ward, exhibition coordinator, at 318-791-8038



Enjoy a picnic with Riverboat John!

“Riverboat John” will perform at the Union Parish library picnic October 16th.
Musician-storyteller “Riverboat John” Ferguson will perform at the Union Parish Library, Farmerville, Louisiana, on Wednesday, October 16, from noon to 1 p.m.  The public is invited to bring their lunch and enjoy a picnic on the grounds while Ferguson weaves his songs and tales about rivers of the South.  Ferguson, of Blountsville, Alabama, travels across the U.S., sharing his love of the river, the music, the history, and lore with children and adults.  His vast repertoire includes favorites such as “Shenandoah,” “Old Man River,” “River Stay Away from my Door,” plus original tunes such as “Natchez,” and “Tom and Huck.”  First National Bank will provide a large tent for the picnic.
This free performance is presented by the Bernice Historical Society and the Union Arts Council, in cooperation with Union Parish Library.  The program is supported by a grant from the Louisiana State Arts Council through the Louisiana Division of the Arts, administered by the Northeast Louisiana Arts Council.  For more information, visit or call 318-368-368-9226.
Riverboat John Ferguson will also perform for students at Farmerville Elementary School the morning of October 16.

Thank you new & renewing members!

The Union Arts Council held a “Meet and Greet” member recruitment luncheon on Thursday, August 8, at Sevin’sRestaurant in Farmerville. A great big THANK YOU to the following new & renewing members:

Sherry Alexander, Peggy Anderson, Pamela Fritz, Angela K. Hendrix, Jean Jones, Mary Jane Jones, Nancy Love, Amanda McDowell, Cynthia Perdue, Joan Taylor, Verdell Ventrey, Bob Ward, Linda Ward, and Kathy Watkins.

UAC’s mission is to support and promote visual and performing arts locally, and to build a culture of arts appreciation. For more information, call 318-348-2005 or 318-237-2134.

Annual member dues are $10 for individuals and $25 for businesses. We can only accomplish our goals with the help of volunteers who enjoy the arts and would like to share that joy with others through art shows, musical performances, youth programs, drawing classes, music and art workshops, and more. We work in conjunction with other many other organizations, including Union Parish Library, local schools, Bernice Historical Society, Union Museum of History and Art (opening soon), NCLAC, and NLAC .