UAC Art Show Inspires Watermelon Festival Attendees

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People’s Choice Award by Chaba Simpson

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Youth Inspired by Art Show


Over 600 visitors enjoyed visual and performing arts at the Second Annual Union Arts Council Art Show in the Courthouse during last weekend’s Louisiana Watermelon Festival. Visitors of the art exhibition voted for the “People’s Choice”, which was awarded this year to Chaba Simpson for her painting entitled, “Peaceful”. About forty five works of art were exhibited at the show and live musical performances entertained art goers. It was free to enter works of art and free for the public to visit the art show. This is was the second year that the Union Arts Council sponsored this event. “We want to spread the word about Union Arts Council, and get more local art lovers involved,” said Bob Ward, UAC exhibit chair. This event did just that. Union Parish Artists displayed their art work and local musicians performed for the art-inspired crowds.  Local entertainer, Amanda McDowell, organized the Performing Artists that entertained the crowds and Bob Ward headed up the visual art exhibition. “Without the individuals that volunteer for the Union Arts Council, this event would not be possible,” said Nancy Love, President of UAC.  “We want to thank all UAC volunteers for this event, including Joyce and Jimmy Grier, Dona and Jim Funderburk, Jean Jones, Betty and Gary Thomas, Chaba and Robert Simpson.” There were a number of young artists that displayed their talent and showed interest by signing up to be involved with future events of the Union Arts Council. “It was so good to see so many young artists express their interest in the performing and visual arts, said Joyce Grier, member of UAC Board of Directors. You can follow Union Arts Council events on their Website,, and on Facebook at Union Arts Council has a monthly members meeting on the first Monday of each month (no meeting in August) at 4:00 PM, at the Farmerville United Methodist Church. These meetings have guest speakers, visual art demonstrations, and performing arts shows.   All art lovers and supporters are invited.


Membership Meeting in March

UAC_Houser  Barbara Houser presented “Chalk Painting” at the Union Arts Council’s March Open Membership meeting.

UAC_OpenMtg_Houser Attendees enjoyed the “Chalk Painting” presentation by UAC’s board member, Barbara Houser.

The UAC’s Open Membership meeting is the third Monday of each month. The next meeting is April 13th, 4pm. Linda Ward will present “ACEO’s, tiny art”. The membership meetings are open to anyone interested in the arts. The meeting takes place at the United Methodist Church in Farmerville.

Membership Meeting & Presentation

UAC held its first Open Membership meeting, with a hands-on presentation by artists Adam Lewis and Wren Rogillio. They presented “Fun with Plaster,” to demonstrate the possibilities for a children’s workshop. The SAC members in attendance enjoyed painting small plaster shapes.

Our next Open Membership meeting is Monday, March 16th, 4pm, at the United Methodist Church, Farmerville. The meeting is very informal, and we will have an artist/presenter. We welcome anyone interested in furthering the arts in Union parish.


(left to right) Linda Ward, Adam Lewis, Wren Rogillio, Joyce Grier

UAC meeting, Feb 16, 2015, Betty Kennedy Betty Kennedy, new UAC member and artist, works on painting a small plaster animal shape.


The finished painted shapes!

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.