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.


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!

Wild About Horses! Children’s Art Workshop

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A drawing art workshop for children ages 7 – 12, hosted by the Union Arts Council, will be presented Saturday, June 22nd, at the Union Parish Library, 9:00am – noon. The cost is $25 and includes supplies and a snack. The children’s workshop, Wild About Horses, is presented by Linda Ward. You can find out more about Linda and see her artwork at For more information about the workshop and to sign up, contact Linda: