The Regional Arts Council of Zachary will present its inaugural Arts Scholarship Fundraiser Saturday, August 6, 2016 at The Pointe at Americana, 1250 Meeting Street, Zachary, Louisiana. Featured group, the Sun Room, is a jazz/funk/soul/R&B band comprised of Baton Rouge Magnet High students. Since the band’s launch more than a year ago, the Sun Room has played various venues including the Varsity, the Fire and Water Festival in Arnaudville, Louisiana, Ann Connelly Fine Arts, the Louisiana Arts and Science Museum, Lucy’s, Highland Coffees, and Atomic Pop Shop. Get tickets now on TicketLeap!
The Regional Arts Council of Zachary will present its inaugural Arts Scholarship Fundraiser Saturday, August 6, 2016 at The Pointe at Americana, 1250 Meeting Street, Zachary, Louisiana.
The event will start at 6 p.m. with a silent auction. The featured entertainment of the evening, the Sun Room jazz band will take center stage from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. All white attire is suggested, but not required. Former RACZ Presidents Joy Petty, Margaret Harmon, and Thais Perkins will be honored at the event.
Event sponsors are the Coca-Cola Company, the Pointe at Americana, and Walk-Ons Bitstreaux & Bar. Light refreshments will be served. Tickets are $30 for non-members and $20 for members and may be purchased online at TicketLeap.
The Regional Arts Council of Zachary is a community partner supporting visual and performing arts and art education in Zachary and its surrounding area. The Council often partners with the Pointe at Americana, the recently-opened venue of the Americana traditional neighborhood development, to bring concerts and events to Zachary and the surrounding communities.
A 501c (3) formed in 2011, RACZ strives to inspire and enliven the community through the arts, and to enhance and preserve the cultural and economic health of the region. The term “arts” is understood to include, but is not limited to, clay pottery, glass, literary, performing, sculpture, stained glass, textile, visual, wood, and other allied arts.
The Regional Arts Council of Zachary is proud to bring world-class pianist Angela Draghicescu to the Zachary community. She will perform Tuesday, April 19 at 7 p.m. at the Pointe at Americana.
A native of Romania, Dr. Draghicescu currently serves as Collaborative Pianist at The University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, WA. She joined the Department of Music in the fall of 2012. Dr. Draghicescu has toured the world as a duo and chamber music pianist in venues that include Carnegie Hall, Benaroya Hall, George Enescu Philharmonic (Romania), Rudolfinium Auditorium (Prague), Mahidon Auditorium (Thailand), Hindemith Institute (Switzerland), and other venues in Switzerland, Romania, Hungary, France, and Norway.
She has collaborated with artists such as the Concertmaster of the New York Philharmonic Frank Huang, violinists Brian Lewis and Virgil Boutelis-Taft, Naumburg Competition winner cellist David Requiro, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra trumpet player David Bond, former Canadian Brass French horn player Jeff Nelsen, and Canadian Brass trombonist Achilles Liarmakopoulos.
Dr. Draghicescu received her bachelor’s and master degrees in piano performance at Louisiana State University, where she was awarded the LSU Scholarship in Accompanying and the LSU Wind Ensemble Pianist Scholarship for the entire duration of her college career. She earned her doctorate in collaborative piano at The University of Texas at Austin under the mentoring of Anne Epperson as a full scholarship recipient. At UT she was also awarded the Butler School of Music Assistantship in the Chamber and Collaborative Piano departments.
An avid promoter of contemporary music she is a frequent guest on Seattle’s Classical King FM radio station and can also be heard on Naxos labels; she is currently working on releasing two CDs of works by Distinguished Teacher White House Award-winning composer Dinos Constantinides for Centaur records.
Tickets are $15, and are available through Ticketleap.com and at the door. Advanced purchase is highly recommended, as seating is limited. We hope to see you at this RACZ-sponsored event.
The 4th annual Fall Art Crawl, set for Friday, October 23, 2015 in Zachary, will be a celebration of the arts featuring the works of local and regional artists, jewelry artisans, high school students, live music, wine-tasting, food and fun for all ages. Zachary’s Business and Historic Districts provide the backdrop for the evening with more than 20 businesses and historic locations opening their doors and extending their hours for the event.
The Fall Art Crawl is organized and hosted by the Regional Arts Council of Zachary. Art Crawl event co-chairman Marjorie Moore said that attendees will find an exciting variety of old and new attractions. “All our previous ingredients are still here with a few new and exciting flavors,” Moore said. “Come on out and enjoy a night on the town!”
The “crawl” begins at 6 p.m. and patrons can navigate the stops at their leisure until 9 p.m. The works of more than 30 artists and groups of student artists will be on display and for sale. A wide range of art mediums will be featured including oil, acrylic, watercolors, and wood-working.
Participating artists are Madison Petty, Della Storms, Russell Dietrich, Marc Girouard, Rebecca Bennett, Pam Kaster, Grace Thompson, Jill Mulkey, Patrick Tiek, Courtney Yoes, Emily Hurst, Arlyn Munson, Jenny Mills Musacchia, Jeana Esser, Timothy Kleinpeter, Susan Dubinsky, Stacie James, the late Cherry Boudreaux, Connie Ashford, Milton Vines, Charles Coward, Brooke Desrocher, Calyn Knight, Merriann Hornsby, Sharon Furrate, Joy Petty and Dixie Rose Taylor.
Parking is available along the route and at City Hall Annex. Patrons can visit the Zachary Train Depot, where RACZ members will distribute maps and event information and a silent auction sponsored by the Zachary Artists Guild will be held from 6 to 8:30 p.m.
Participants can choose to “crawl by cab” with the assistance of a fleet of pedicabs that will provide free rides across the business and historic district. Child care, ages 4 and older, during the three-hour event will be provided at Zachary Karate for $15 per child with special family rates available.
LeBlanc’s Food Store will sponsor free wine-tasting at the Pavilion located in Zachary’s Historic Village on Virginia Street. This location will also provide the home for one of the Art Crawl’s new features, the Jewelry Rowe. The pavilion will be surrounded by seven artisans specializing in handcrafted jewelry and accessories.
Participating jewelry artisans are Brittaney Allen, Ana Maria Andricain, Emily Bowers, Katie Jenkins, Rose Landry, Tom Lorio, Babeth Schlegel and Alena Vinet.
Another 2015 first will be a judged art show featuring the Talented Art program students of Zachary High School and Woodlawn High in Baton Rouge. The high school art show will be held at the Music Tree Prep School, 4833 Church Street. Lee Randall, Gifted and Talented Art teacher from Runnels Academy will judge the art show.
Adding to the showcasing of student work, the Zachary High and Zachary Career and Technical Center Carpentry Class will display at the wooden eagle statue next to the gazebo where Church and High streets come to a merging point.
Live music from solo acts and groups will be spread throughout the event route. The nine musical acts are Brandon Routh, Michele Willis, Denton Hatcher, Mik Salem, John Kirby, Jazz Soul, Tanner Stockton, Tiny Horse Productions and the Children’s Choir.
One of the first promotional guides to the 2015 Fall Art Crawl can be found in Country Roads Magazine, a cultural reporting publication focusing on the communities of the Great River Road region between Natchez, Mississippi, and New Orleans, Louisiana. Published continuously since 1983, Country Roads magazine helps its readers to make the most of life in their region by offering:
- An extensive calendar of forthcoming events
- Articles showcasing day trips and weekend getaways
- Restaurant news, reviews and recipes
- Reporting on developments in historic preservation, conservation and natural history
- Profiles of regional artists, crafters and other folks of note
- Explorations of popular Southern folklore and humor.
Visit the publication for articles and distribution sites at www.countryroadsmagazine.com.