"America Visionaries: Folk Are from the Collins and Juneau Collections"

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (February 20, 2009)

“American Visionaries: Folk Art from the Collins and Juneau Collections,” the second show of the Hammond Regional Arts Center's spring 2009 season, opens with a reception--featuring a wine and martini bar--on Friday, February 27, 6:00-9:00 p.m, at the Arts Center, 217 E. Thomas St., in downtown Hammond. (The reception is free and open to the public.) The exhibition--which is sponsored by the Chaucer Holding Company, LLC--runs February 27-March 21.

"American Visionaries" features artists from Kentucky to Mississippi, New Mexico to Georgia, and many states in between. Of particular interest will be the paintings of Clementine Hunter and the carved wood sculpture of Ivy Billiot, both Louisiana artists. The Collins collection--an important collection of American folk art from the twentieth century--has previously been exhibited at the Acadiana Center for the Arts in Lafayette and the Kentucky Folk Art Center at Morehead State University.

In conjunction with the exhibition, Wyatt Collins will present a gallery talk on folk art from the collector’s point of view on Sunday, March 15, at 2:00 p.m.

For more information, call 985-542-7113.

The Hammond Regional Arts Center is supported in part by a grant from the Louisiana Division of the Arts, Office of Cultural Development, Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism in cooperation with the Louisiana State Arts Council as administered by the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge and in part by private and corporate membership.

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Tailgating with the Lady Lions!

Ladies Top 28/Lady Lions Tailgating Party

The Ladies Top 28 Tournament Steering Committee is co-hosting a Southeastern Louisiana University Lady Lions Basketball Tailgating Party on Wednesday, March 4 from 5:00 p.m. – 6:45 p.m. at Section 3 at the University Center. Other co-hosts include SLU Alumni Association, Sheriff Daniel Edwards, Hammond Chamber of Commerce, and North Oaks Health System.

The Lady Lions will play the McNeese State University Cowgirls at 7:00 p.m. that night.

The hundreds of volunteers who assisted during the eight years that the Sweet 16/Ladies Top 28 Tournament was held in Hammond are especially invited as another way for the Committee to say “THANKS” for their support. Free game tickets will be given to who volunteered for the tournament over the last 8 years.

A fun family atmosphere, the party will include inflatables for the kids, free food, entertainment, loads of fun, and a great Southland Conference basketball game between the Lady Lions and the Lady Cowgirls!

For more information, contact the Hammond Chamber of Commerce office at 985-345-4457 or www.hammondchamber.org.

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