SpeakArt 2017 begins Jan. 19 with "Growing an Artist"
PONCHATOULA---It’s SpeakArt time again when the Art Station in downtown Ponchatoula invites prestigious artisans to talk about their work, whether it’s musical, literary or visual. This free series of talks is sponsored by the Friends of the Art Station, the non Profit group whose goal is to enrich community culture with behind-the-scenes look at super talented people.
Four SpeakArts are scheduled, one each month, the first beginning in just three weeks with Musicians Dana & Dillon Morse on Thursday, January 19, from 7-8 pm. Entitled “Growing an Artist”, Dana and Dillon’s presentation will include songs and stories of their own experiences, highlighting the importance of cultivating an environment that will produce and nurture a lifelong love for the arts. Married twelve years with two little boys, Dana and Dillon have been involved in music and Christian ministry their entire lives. Dillon is a licensed arborist and guitarist. Dana has taught piano lessons at SLU, LSU and privately for 20 years.
On February 16, Photographer Phillip Colwart reveals his inspiration, influences and methods in creating simple, fun, story-telling images. Entitled “Found Items; Sights Sought”, Phillip will enchant the crowd with photos and anecdotes of his work from paid assignments to personal art. Phillip specializes in weddings, portraits, head shots and commercial work, and in between paid assignments he documents Mardi Gras Indians and Mardi Gras subcultures in New Orleans.
March 16 will bring in the extensive knowledge of Blacksmith John Perilloux. The master of forged iron furniture and sculpture, John will present a brief history of blacksmithing in the US and how it has evolved over time from a utilitarian necessity into a modern art form and popular hobby. He will also touch on what happens locally in the blacksmithing community. John has been working with iron full-time for over 23 years. Inspired by nature, John creates furniture in ways that interpret nature itself as the first architect, engineer, and artist.
The last SpeakArt for this spring will be Thursday night, April 20, as Potter Denise Austin presents “Coffee/Clay/Community”. As a former owner and operator of six coffee houses in New Orleans and a well-established presence at the weekly Hammond Arts Market, she will share insight into her process and how it all got started. Denise weaves the story of how coffee and clay can complement one another and serve as a gathering influence in a community.
Mark your calendars now for all four of these special nights of Art Enrichment: Thursdays, 7-8 PM, Free to the public and everyone is invited. The Friends of the Art Station will be providing light refreshments and wine. The Art Station is located at 146 West Oak Street in downtown Ponchatoula. For more information, call 985-386-8815 or visit www.theartstationllc.com.
(Photos by Phillip Colwart)