Slice of St. Tammany: Art is in the air at festivals, exhibits

There is plenty of art in the air this summer.

In Slidell, the Olde Towne Arts Center will present an arts camp in photography and the visual arts for ages 9 to 18 this Monday through Friday at Slidell Little Theatre, 2024 Nellie Drive. The photography workshop is from 9 a.m. to noon; the mixed media workshop from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Each workshop is $20, and there will be a limit of 12 students.

Leading the Photography Workshop will be Kathleen DesHotel, recent winner of of Slidell’s Bravo Award for her contributions to the arts. The Mixed Media Workshop will be led by Nelle Landry, an award-winning local artist and retired National Board Certified art teacher with St. Tammany Parish Schools.

DesHotel’s workshop will include still lifes, scenery, landscape and portrait photography. Student photographs will be part of a final photo exhibition.

Studies will include both digital and film media.

At the Mixed Media Workshop, Landry will emphasize the characteristics of good design and composition as youths explore their immediate surroundings through a viewfinder in and around Slidell Little Theatre. From observations and sketches, they will create original mixed media art works using a wide range of artistic styles and experimentations with different media.

Olde Towne Arts Center Director Charlotte Collins will curate the finished mixed media art works and photographs. An exhibit will be on view for youths, their families and the public from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. July 26 in the theater lobby.

The workshops are dedicated to the memory of Briana Dekemel, a former member of Slidell Little Theatre who aspired to be a photographer, according to the news release from the theater and arts center.

For information and a registration form, email or call (985) 326-6822.

St. Tammany Art Exhibit

The St. Tammany Art Association’s 48th annual National Artists Exhibition opened July 13 at the Art House, 320 N. Columbia St. in Covington. The exhibition continues through Aug. 10, when a closing reception will be held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., with selected artists’ commentaries about their work at 6:30 p.m.

The exhibition includes work from 42 artists, including 17 from St. Tammany Parish. Other artists accepted into the show come from across Louisiana and the southeast, plus Illinois, California, Georgia, New Jersey and New Mexico. Artists accepted into the summer show are: Lisa C. Allen-Brook, Mary Ann Bonura, Carolyn Buslener, Chryl Casso Corizzo, Anne Cicero, William B. Crowell, Georgie Dussouy, Robert Dutruch, Michael Eddy, Michael Elliott-Smith, Carolyn Finnell, Claire Geary, Lou Haney, Peggy Hesse, David Horton, Gina Laguna, Ines Larajeira, Anthony Lazorko, Jr., Sadako Lewis, Pat Macaluso, Damon McArthur, Katie McGraw, Isoko Onodera, Jessica Pidcock, Shirley Rabé Masinter, Daniel Reinhold, Sylvia Schmidt, Erica Nellie Smith, Peg Usner, Mark Webster, Billie Whittington and Peggy Wyman.

All events are free and open to the public and are presented at the St. Tammany Art Association, 320 N. Columbia St., Covington, LA 70433. For more information, call (985) 892-8650 or email

Sunset at the Landing

The monthly Sunset at the Landing concert will take place at the Columbia Street Landing, on the banks of the Bogue Falaya River, on July 19 from 6 to 9 p.m. Visit for more information.

Sign up for safety

St. Tammany Parish government invites residents to sign up for alerts in case of emergencies. Go to and register for Alert St. Tammany.

Father and son day

A new organization, North Shore Men with a Vision have announced plans for a Father and Son Day in the Park to be held Jbeginning at 9 a.m. July 20 at the Slidell Youth Football Association Fields on Terrace Avenue off Old Spanish Trail in south Slidell.

Slidell Mayor Freddy Drennan, Slidell City Council President Lionel Hicks and Jay Moore of the North Shore Men with a Vision organization recently announced the event that will feature 7-on-7 flag football, 3-on-3 basketball, a rock-climbing wall, “space walks,” a chili cook-off, hamburgers, hot dogs and chicken. Mayor Drennan will be helping with the cooking. There also will be gospel music, motivational speakers and participation by area pastors.

Free T-shirts will be given to the first 500 attendees and free school backpacks and school supplies for the first 100.

Hicks and Moore, both members of the new Men with a Vision group comprised of area churchmen and ministers, hope to make the Father and Son Day an annual event. The North Shore Men with a Vision’s mission is to promote community involvement, fellowship, strengthened bonds between fathers and sons, a safe and healthy environment for all north shore children, and the development of life skills for youth through faith, family and community, Moore said.

Spouses and daughters are also welcome to attend. However, the flag football will be limited to men and boys, he said.

The theme of the event will be “It Takes a Village to Raise a Child.” The title is based on an African proverb popularized more broadly by two similarly-named mid-1990s books, one of which was authored by former first lady and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.

For information, call Moore at (985) 710-3289 or email

Senior resource festival

The 14th annual COAST Senior Resource Festival will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. July 25 at the Castine Center in Mandeville. Admission is free.

There will be more than 80 vendors booths, free health screenings, speaker and other resources for St. Tammany Parish senior citizens.

For information, contact COAST at (985) 892-0377.

Karen Baker writes about St. Tammany Parish. She can be reached at