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Plank & Feather: John Atkins & Zach Slough
April 11 - May 23, 2015

The St. Tammany Art Association proudly presents Plank & Feather, featuring new works by John Atkins and Zach Slough. The two-man exhibition will consist of recent stationary and kinetic sculptures, prints, and video work. Both artists currently reside and create their work in Hammond, Louisiana, recently contributing extensive work to SELU’s production of Sweeney Todd at Columbia Theater, Hammond, LA.

John Atkins is from Belle Chasse, Louisiana and earned his BA in Visual Arts with concentrations in Sculpture and New Media/Animation from SELU.  He works in sculpture, video, and drawing and prefers materials such as natural woods, plywood, found objects and paint which emphasize the visual language of nature and it’s relationship with the inorganic quality of the industrial. Atkins explores how man-made and organic forms can both reflect and oppose each other in melancholy and whimsical themes. His driving force forcreating is to “bring about new and exciting artistic objects that put my ideas and craft straight in front of the viewer for them to identify with, in hopes that they have as much excitement and wonderment about the objects as he does in conceptualizing and creating them.” John Atkins’ found object kinetic sculpture series was purchased by and used on the set of FX’s American Horror Story: Freakshow.

Zach Slough is from Wabash, Indiana and earned his BA in Visual Arts with a concentration in Sculpture from SELU.  He works in sculpture, printmaking, and drawing and prefers materials consisting of aluminum, steel, copper, natural hardwoods, and leather. Zach’s winged series of sculptures utilizes symbolism designed to allow a wide array of viewers to identify with and imagine themselves as part of the sculptures. The overall uplifting effect of the series “puts the viewer in mind of beauty and possibility, as well as the beauty of impossibility.” Zach finds the viewer’s reaction to a piece, which they can touch, manipulate, or imagine themselves as being a part of; to be a visceral experience which engages them to be an integral part of the artwork’s intent.

The exhibition will be on display at the St. Tammany Art Association located at 320 N. Columbia St. in downtown Covington April 11-May 23, 2015. The opening reception will take place on April 11, 2015 at 6-9pm during Spring for Art.

Special thanks to our generous sponsors: Covington Brewhouse, Zea's Rotisserie & Grill, Mellow Mushroom and Coffee Rani.

Spring for Art 2015 - Title Sponsor: Painting with a Twist
Saturday, April 11 at 6-9pm

Downtown Covington comes to life! Presented by the St. Tammany Art Association (STAA), along with the sponsorship and support of local businesses, galleries and restaurants: The Spring for Art and Fall for Art annual events draw some 4,000 visitors to the historic St. John district each season. New work by dozens of artists from around the Southeast Region are showcased. The free event includes live music at various outdoor and indoor locations, gallery openings, art demonstrations, outdoor movie screening, first-rate boutique shopping, and fine dining throughout Downtown Covington.

For more information, to become a sponsor, or to volunteer during this fun event, contact the St. Tammany Art Association at 892-8650 or


Seersucker & Sazeracs: St. Tammany Art Association Fundraiser benifitting Arts Education Programs
Saturday, May 16 at 7-10pm

On Saturday, May 16th, the St. Tammany Art Association will combine two classic icons of southern living—Seersucker and Sazeracs—in an evening of celebration of its members, old and new.
Sponsored by Sazerac CompanyDrink & Learn, Carpool Caterer, The Chimes CovingtonMcGinity Law Firm LLC and others, “Seersucker & Sazeracs” will be held from 7pm to 10pm at the Staa Art House, 320 North Columbia Street in the heart of Covington’s historic St. John District. Tickets are $40 in advance and $45 at the door, which includes all food and drinks. As the event is the nonprofit’s membership drive, those who purchase an STAA membership at the event can join at a discounted price.
Guests are invited to don their finest seersucker and spring attire to mix and mingle at the historic Art House for lively music by the Nola Jitterbugs and to enjoy hors d’oeuvre from fine Northshore restaurants, and the highlight of the event, New Orleans’ signature drink and America’s first cocktail, the Sazerac. Noted culinary & cocktail historian and author (The French Quarter Drinking Companion) Elizabeth Pearce will share the rich and decadent history of the drink with her popular “Drink & Learn” presentations throughout the evening.
In the spirit of celebrating its members, the STAA will recognize and honor the continuous, focused support of longtime member and past president Catherine Deano. A dedicated advocate for the arts and community, Cathy has generously supported many cultural and arts-related efforts for years, amplified since 2009 with the founding of her successful Painting with a Twist franchises. With 204 locations across the country, Painting with a Twist® is the largest employer of aspiring artists in the country and fosters community involvement on the local level through its nationwide Painting with a Purpose program.
Any evening at the Art Association wouldn’t be complete without a bounty of art. Guests can enjoy the current exhibition Plank and Feather, with recent stationary and kinetic sculptures, prints and video work by John Dalton Atkins and Zach Slough, plus, a special silent auction of work by some of St. Tammany’s premier resident artists, including Linda Trappey Dautreuil, Alan Flattmann, Rolland Golden, Mary Monk, and Robert Warrens.
The community- and member-supported arts organization presents its membership drive in the height of spring, just before its annual summer art and theater camps for children, held each year in June and early July, immediately followed by STAA’s landmark 50th national juried competition of contemporary art, to be held July 11-August 8 with special opening and closing events. With education at its heart, STAA presents such fine programming all throughout the year.
Since 1958, the St. Tammany Art Association has been at the center of cultural activities in Covington, contributing to the rich cultural environment of the parish as a whole by presenting high-quality art exhibitions by local, regional and national artists and including studio art education for adults and children ages 6 and up. The Art Association also presents the Covington Art Market six times per year, the annual Spring for Art and Fall for Art community festivals, numerous community outreach activities, and—a key benefit for both emerging and established member artists—a venue to sell work, in the Severson and Williamson members’ galleries.
With such a variety of programming, in addition to being a host space for the St. Tammany Photographic Society, literary groups, and others, being a member of the St. Tammany Art Association means supporting the arts in St. Tammany Parish. And, as a 501(C)3 organization, donations are tax deductible. To join the St. Tammany Art Association,, and for more information about this event, please call (985) 892-8650 or email event chairperson Sylvia Schmidt at

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