The Natchitoches Art Guild and Gallery will hold its juried competition and exhibition Aug. 8 from 5-8 p.m. Artists will be notified of their acceptance July 15. Art can be brought to the gallery from July 31-Aug. 2 and picked up from Aug. 28-30. There is a limit of 5 entries per artist. For information on entry by mail, liability, sales, delivery and return of work, call Char White at 729-5624. Artist and educator, Clyde Downs, has been selected to serve as juror for the Natchitoches Art Guild Juried Competition. Downs, who holds a BA in Advertising Design and an MFA in painting and printmaking, has served on the faculty in the Fine Arts department at Northwestern State University since 1991. In addition to teaching painting and drawing in all media, he has taught classes in printmaking, intaglio, lithography, and relief. He regularly conducts workshops and has led a number of art expeditions that include on-site painting to Ghost Ranch, New Mexico, tours of galleries in Santa Fe, Texas and other cities. His personal art interests are in art forms and styles and painting in oils and acrylics. His creative process has resulted in numerous awards and recognitions including invitations to serve as juror for art competitions.
Play will include 27 Patsy Cline songs:
Northwestern State University Summer Dinner Theatre will present “Always….Patsy Cline” is set for July 29 – Aug. 1 and Aug. 5 – 8 in the A.A. Fredericks Auditorium. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. with dinner starting at 6 p.m. and the show getting underway at 7 p.m. Tickets are $25 for dinner and the show. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 357-4218 or 357-4483. “Always….Patsy Cline” is more than a tribute to the legendary country singer who died tragically at age 30 in a plane crash in 1963. The show is based on a true story about Cline's friendship with a fan from Houston named Louise Seger, who befriended the star in a Texas honky-tonk in 1961, and continued a correspondence with Cline until her death. The musical play, complete with humor, true emotion and even some audience participation, includes many of Cline’s unforgettable hits such as “Crazy,” “I Fall to Pieces,” “Sweet Dreams” and “Walking After Midnight.” The play includes 27 Cline songs. The show's title was inspired by Cline's letters to Seger, which were consistently signed “Love ALWAYS… Patsy Cline.” “Audiences will really like the show,” said director Scott Burrell. “They will hear some great country-western music done by one of its iconic voices as part of an outstanding story being told through the show.” Burrell said “Always….Patsy Cline” will feature audience interaction including sing alongs. Alisha Munds of Shreveport will play Cline and Alexia Mullally of Pearland, Texas, plays Louise who is the narrator. A four-piece band and backup singers will support Munds and Mullally. “Alisha has the perfect voice to play Patsy Cline and Alexia is very funny. You couldn’t ask for two better women to play the roles,” said Burrell.
The backup singers are Hally Lambert of St. Amant, Hannah Williams of Baton Rouge, Kathleen Kerner of Covington, Will Applewhite of Little Elm, Texas, and Sean Grady of Leesville. Savannah Callais of Raceland is the stage manager and Erica Stanford of Opelousas is assistant stage manager.