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49th Annual Juried Artists Exhibit: The Summer Show
Closing reception Saturday, August 9 at 6pm

Saturday, August 9, 2014 from 6 pm to 9 pm, STAA presents an Art Talk and closing reception for the 49th National Juried Artists Exhibition, the Summer Show. Exhibition juror Beth Batton will lead an informal talk with exhibiting artists in the show about their work. The talk will begin no later than 6:30pm.

The closing event, held in conjunction with Covington's monthly Second Saturday Art Walk, is free and open to the public and presented at the St. Tammany Art Association, 320 N. Columbia Street.

This year's Summer Show features 36 pieces by 32 artists from 13 states, selected from a field of 370 works by 136 artists. 

On opening night, $2,500 in cash prizes were awarded to selected artists. The Best of Show Award of $1,000 went to Raphael Warshaw of Fairfax, VA for  "Quarry 10," Two Awards of Merit were presented: Jim Graham of Covington, LA and to Casey Ausman of New Orleans, LA. An Honorable Mention award was presented to Melissa Smith, New Orleans, LA  and Special Recognition was given to Matthew Arnold of New York, NY, 

STAA thanks its 49th Juried Artists Exhibition sponsors: longtime patron Carlos Sanchez, Blue Williams, LLP, STAA board members emeritus Roberta D. Bruck, Ph.D. and Anne Wilson, Covington sculptor and STAA adviser and educator, Maggie McConnell. The Law Offices of Laurie Pennison sponsored live music by Timothy Achan Gates at the opening reception in July.

The juror for the 2014 Summer Show is Beth Batton, who serves as the Curator of the Collection at the Mississippi Museum of Art where she has served since 2005. Batton received a B.A. with honors in Fine Arts from The University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee. A photographer, her photographs have been exhibited in galleries in Atlanta, Austin, and Jackson.

Special thanks to Champagne Beverage for being an on-going Exhibition Sponsor. All STAA hosted art openings will now feature beverages provided by Champagne Beverage.

The Art of the Journey: Art Therapists' Exhibit
Opens Saturday, August 23 at 6pm

The St. Tammany Art Association and the Louisiana Art Therapist Association (LATA)  announce the opening of a special art exhibit titled The Art of the Journey: An Exhibition of the Personal Artwork of Professional Art Therapists. Guests and artists are invited to attend the Opening Reception to be held on the August 23rd from 6:00-9:00PM.  The exhibition will continue through September 6, 2014 and is free and open to the public.

In addition to the art exhibit, there will be a professional lecture and a workshop offered by LATA members, which are open to the public.

On August 30, 2014 at 3pm to 5pm, Rebecca Olivera ATR-BC, LPC-S will offer a Lecture titled How the Art of Art Therapists Informs Their Practice. Rebecca describes her presentation in this way: "The art therapists' intimate relationship with art and the creative process is a vital and dynamic presence in their professional work.  This presentation will address the 5 key ways in which the art of art therapists influences their practice."  The fee for the lecture will be $10. Becky's presentation will provide CEU's! If you are not a member of the LA Counseling Association please bring $5.00 to receive your CEU. If you are a member of LA Counseling Association CEU's are free.

Then on Saturday, September 6th at 3:00pm a workshop open to the public, but designed for ages 18 and over, will be lead by Christina D. Vasquez, MS, ATR-BC, CT.  The workshop titled Creating a Space of Resilience is will focus on creating a safe space for self-nurturance and resilience in the creation of a special box.  We will discuss the importance of containment as it relates to self-care, emotional regulation, grief and bereavement, as well as many other facets of creative expression. Participants will have an opportunity to select, decorate, and fill their very own box. Boxes of various shapes and sizes will be provided, as well as creative materials. Participants are also welcomed to bring anything they wish to personally use for this process. This workshop will also include discussion of therapeutic aspects of creative expression involved in the art making process that may be applied within the home, school, and or clinical settings."  The workshop will last for approximately one and a half hours. The fee for this workshop is $20 per person. To register for this class, contact the Arthouse at 985-892-8650.

All events, unless otherwise indicated, are free and open to the public and are presented at the St. Tammany Art Association, 320 N. Columbia St., Covington, LA 70433. For more information, call (985) 892-8650 or email

The St. Tammany Art Association is supported in part by a grant from the Louisiana Division of the Arts, Office of Cultural Development, Department of Culture, Recreation & Tourism, in cooperation with the Louisiana State Arts Council, and the National Endowment for the Arts, a Federal agency.

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