UAC Art Show Inspires Watermelon Festival Attendees

Peoples Choice_Watermelon Art Show 2015

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.


UAC’s 3rd Annual Competitive Art Exhibition

The winners of Union Arts Council’s 3rd Annual Competitive Art Exhibition:

Best of Show                     Adina Miller, “Austin”, portrait on porcelain

People’s Choice                Chabaket Simpson, painting of lakeside cabin

Folk Art

1st place               Adina Miller, “Rose of Sharon”, painting on porcelain

2-D Fine Arts – Amateur

1st                           Richard Lowery, “Herons in Fog” photo

2nd                          Marie Fitzgerald, “Magnolia” painting

3rd                           Barbara Houser, “Water Lotus Flower,” watercolor

Honorable Mentions      Gene Barron, Richard Lowery

2-D Fine Arts – Professional

1st                           Melanie Douthit, “Poppy Mist”

2nd                          Charlene Vail, “Granny’s Trunk”

3rd                           Joyce Beauvais, “Louisiana Saturday Night”

Honorable Mentions      Ophelia Autrey, Chabaket Simpson, Charlene Vail, Melanie Douthit

3-D Fine Art – Amateur

1st                           Jonathan Beckler, “Exposed Root”, wood sculpture

2nd                          Jonathan Beckler, “Viking Bowl”,, wood sculpture

3rd                           Jonathan Beckler, “Desert Formation”, wood sculpture

3-D Fine Art – Professional

1st                           Audie Maxey, “Walnut Hollow Form,” wood sculpture

2nd                          Audie Maxey, “Hickory Bowl,”  wood sculpture

3rd                           Audie Maxey, “Sycamore Vase,” wood sculpture


1st                           Skylar Read

2nd                          Raven Hendrix

3rd                           Sarah Patterson