Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Birdhouse artist concludes First Fridays series

    Mixed media artist Tommy Myers concludes the First Fridays with a Little Lagniappe series from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, Aug. 3 at the St. Landry Parish Visitor Information Center, I-49 exit 23, just north of Opelousas. With the theme “Constructing Art: Salvage – Reuse – Create,” the First Fridays series emphasizes recycling and features artists who create new art out of materials left over from construction of the Visitor Center.
Tommy Myers
    Nine artists have created pieces for this series, which will be part of an exhibit that travels throughout the parish. The Visitor Center, which marked its first anniversary on May 23, highlights green construction and sustainable practices, both old and new.
    On Friday, Myers will demonstrate art birdhouses made of wood, tile, metal and other leftover construction material from the Visitor Center.
    “I want to continue challenging my imagination to see how many ways a collector’s birdhouse can be made from ordinary and unusual recycled items,” said Myers. “The work is gratifying, the creating is stimulating and the hunt for more accessories is fun.”
    Myers is a member of the Louisiana Crafts Guild and has exhibited at numerous festivals, including Festivals Acadiens et Creoles and Festival International de Louisiane.
  Admission is free to First Fridays. The series 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 Acadiana Center for the Arts.
    For more information, call the St. Landry Parish Tourist Commission at (337) 948-8004. Follow the center on Twitter @StLandryParish or on Facebook at St. Landry Parish – It’s Gumbo for Your Soul.

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