Families make art at Newcomb Gallery

Photo submitted by Laura Ledet -- Estephan Barnes decorates his pinata with tissue paper with help from Michelle Mackinnon.
Photo submitted by Laura Ledet -- Estephan Barnes decorates his pinata with tissue paper with help from Michelle Mackinnon.

— The Newcomb Art Gallery welcomed families and children recently to an afternoon of making piñatas, in conjunction with three exhibits rooted in Latin America.

About 60 people turned out for Family Art Day at the gallery on the Tulane University campus, said Laura Ledet, education director.

Sandra Pani’s “De Ser Árbol,” supported by the Mexican consulate, was one inspiration for the art day. Another was “Las Delicias: The Drawings of William Spratling, Artist and Entrepreneur,” a selection of silver design sketches curated by Newcomb College alumna and jewelry designer Mignon Faget.

Finally, “Treasures of Darkness: Spanish Colonial Silver from the Middle American Research Institute, Tulane University” presents a selection of mixed-media objects.

The gallery opened at 10 a.m., an hour early for a Saturday, allowing visitors to walk through the exhibits before creating art of their own, Ledet said.

There was a presentation by Scarlett Alaniz on different kinds of piñatas, and then visitors were turned loose with paper, markers and glue, Ledet said.

The gallery has an art day to accompany most of its exhibitions, she said. For more information, call (504) 865-5328.