The 2014 BIG EASEL will be Saturday, May 10th, in Town Square at River Ranch, Lafayette, LA

The 2014 BIG EASEL will be Saturday, May 10th, in Town Square at River Ranch. Click here to go to page.
To apply for a spot in the 2014 Big Easel, please:
Send ONE email that contains:
Bio of Artist
C.V. of Artist including all gallery shows for the last three years and all art education
Web worthy image of ten pieces that best represent the style of work that will be shown at The Big Easel if artist is accepted
For each piece submitted, include:
Submissions are due by October 18th via email:
Artists will be notified of their acceptance or not between November 15th and 20th.
Upon acceptance, registration forms will be generated and sent to artists in early December with registration fee of $ 75 due by January 1st.
And tent rental fees of either $ 100 for a 10′ x 10′ tent or $ 200 for a 20′ x 20′ tent due by February 1st. And, for those of you who have a tent, we are required to rent tents from Event Rental so you may not use your own tent.
When you submit your application, please state the size tent you would like and if you are planning to share a tent, who you will share with. Two artists are allowed to share a 10′ x 10′ tent and 4 artists are allowed to share a 20′ x 20′ tent although that many in a tent is not advised.
Any questions you have that I have not answered in this email, don’t hesitate to ask.
And, if you know other artists interested in applying for a spot in The Big Easel, please forward this email to them.
Thanks for your interest in The Big Easel,
Jeffery McCullough, chair
The Big Easel


Beer Brewing with Honey – Life Just Got A Lot Sweeter!

Mead Day! This Saturday 8.3.13 (2-4pm)
Mead Day will be held at Freetown Studios, 421 Convent St, Lafayette, LA 70501, from 2-4pm, Saturday, August 3rd. We will be joining beer brewers who will be supplying equipment to make a few batches of mead. About 5 beekeepers want to make mead and are bringing about 1 gallon of honey each. We will also be sampling different types of home brewed and commercially produced alcoholic honey based beverages. Anyone may attend free of charge, and may bring anything they would like to drink or eat, weather it’s honey based or not!!!!

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Get Your Frame Face On!!! 8.24.13

Bicycle Scavenger Hunt No. 8 2013. (Aug. 24, 2013

HI Boys & Girls(or Girls and Boys) You know what time it is! Lafayette Bicycle scavenger hunt is just around the corner and its time to start scheduling off of work and get ready for a BikeTaculer time!
This Year’s bicycle scavenger hunt is the 8th year and it’s clear that we aren’t going anywhere!
Grabs your well oiled machines, lights, friends, best piece of pictuyre takin’ equipment and come on down to (address) at (date) (time) .
This year we will announce winners in the week following the hunt.
This is a fundraiser for non profits.
Here’s a few rules and tips for this year’s 2013 bicycle scavenger hunt ! For those of you familiar with the event there are a few changes to ensure that everyone has a great time!
Rules/Tips(not just meant to be broken)
1.) Images will be submitted via facebook albums. More on this Below\/ \/
2.) Bike Lights are a must! Safe riding as well as following the most current cycling laws in our state and our parish are the bomb wham diggaty or whatever the cool kids say these days.
3.)To be considered for a winning prize photos must be submitted on facebook by 12pm sunday August 25th
4.) Riders set off at 8pm should be back at 11pm. That’s 3 hours, so your team has to be tight! But helping other teams can be beneficial sometimes!
5.) People without a team are awesome! Free agents can opt to make there own team or can be placed on a team that night!
6.) The party will be from 11pm to 1am….I know I know WTF Lets have a Friggin rayJer BRAH ….NAAAHHH we tryin to has this place cleared out and be at the bar or sumthin’! That sucks…shut up….whatever….it is what it is….If you don’t leave you may be subjected to your biggest fear! Thats right we know exactly what it is!!
7.) Best Dressed team and best dressed individual – announced that night
8.) Am I forgetting something? Be safe and have fun(have fun and be safe)
*No more than 8 people on a team.
*Bring your I.D. cause we be clubbin’ and clubbin’ be us
*Event entry is $5.
*team captains will be handling most of the stuff AT the place so pick someone responsible and who is a quick thinker. (like that guy from that show)
*delete bad pictures as you go
CHECK BACK HERE before setting off to scavenger hunt to make sure you know the stuff you need to know!!! For Real! WHAT IF SOMETHING CHANGES!?
Team Photo’s should be submitted as such:
Create an album on face book in this format
Team name SH 2013
Upload 1 image per mission
Share on Bicycle scavenger hunt Lafayette’s facebook wall by 12pm sunday. Late entry’s will have a lesser chance of winning.

ARAMENATION: Sat. Aug 10. 2013 Booze+Music+Art+General Badassery!

With an idea of creating something out of nothing, loaded up on coffee, cheap beer and Ramen, we have Aramenation. Artist spanning across the country, from California, Missouri, Texas, and of course Louisiana are coming together to create art for the sake of “creating art.” This isn’t an art market, or a gallery exhibit. Come prepared to see large pieces, rocked on the spot by painters, graffiti writers, printers, illustrators, and biker art school teachers, outside, with a beer in your hand and some of the dopest producers on the 404. This is a free event, coming straight out of the pockets of artists, simply for the sake of taking it back to the roots. Grimy, sweaty, no supply art-making with the music on full blast. If buying decorative paintings at art markets is your thing, stay home. If you only check out art shows because you think chics will think your “intellectual,” pick up a book. Artist and viewers alike be ready to smell the fumes and get your Urban Outfitters dress dirty.

You can do your part by helping sponsor a starving artist with a $5 donation. We will provide you with a photo of your artist, along with the satisfaction that one less artist is off the streets, and able to express him/herself :)

August 10, 2013 at Freetown studios is located on 421 convent St. Lafayette, LA 70501

Admission is free but we will be accepting $5 donations.
Free Alcohol but feel free to bring whatever you’d like.

artists for this event include:
Fred Vorder-bruegge
Susan David
Johnathan J.J Wilson
Pat Phillips
Chris King
Daniel Landry
Dirk Guidry
Jonathan Palmisano
Terry Grow
Amanda Roe
Matthew England
Omari Hasim Cato

musicians include:
DJ Andino
AF the Naysayer

Announcing the 2013 EOF Grant Deadline

Announcing the 2013 EOF Deadline
Do you have a great business idea that will generate income, and you need just a little seed money to get it started? If so, you may be eligible for our Economic Opportunity Fund.
The goal of the EOF grant program is to provide small seed grants (max of $2,500) to small cultural nonprofits, cultural businesses and individual cultural workers to create a new stream of income that will be self-sustaining over the long term.
We do not fund:
  • regular business expenses
  • program expense for nonprofits.
We do fund:
  •  ideas for you to do something that is unique to you and that will earn you extra cash.
For questions or clarification, please call or email us. We will be happy to help you determine if you are eligible for our program and if your idea qualifies for our funding. Also, we will host online webinars that will walk you through through the actual application, so be on the lookout for those dates.
The deadline for the 2013 Economic Opportunity Fund grant round is Friday August 30, 2013 at 5 p.m. This is a hard deadline, the online system will not accept applications after this time. Applications will be made available online by July 1, 2013. All applications must be submitted online.
We will be publishing links to applications, updates and webinar dates on our website, our Facebook page and in coming newsletters, so keep an eye out!

LCEF Cultural License Plate Contest! Deadline 8/9/13

LCEF Cultural License Plate Contest! Deadline 8/9/13
LCEF Cultural License Plate Contest Guidelines
LCEF is calling all Louisiana artists to submit designs for our Cultural License Plate Contest!
A bill was signed into law by Governor Jindal in June 2013 to create a special license plate for Louisiana Cultural Economy Foundation.  Representative Stephen Ortego co-authored the bill along with Senator Karen Carter Peterson and was instrumental in helping to get it passed.
“The cultural economy is the largest employing industry in Louisiana.  It was an honor to carry legislation to help Louisiana Cultural Economy Foundation in its mission to help cultural entrepreneurs in Louisiana,” said Representative Ortego. Senator Peterson stated, “Protecting and promoting our cultural economy in Louisiana is key to our collective economic health. I’m proud to support the mission of Louisiana Cultural Economy Foundation as they strive to preserve our unique heritage and the people that continue to carry the flame.” Sales of the new license plate will provide operating support for Louisiana Cultural Economy Foundation.
LCEF is calling all Louisiana artists to submit an original design that best expresses Louisiana’s unique culture to feature on the new license plate.  Whether the focus is art, music, food, architecture, or some combination, the design should speak to our state’s vibrant heritage and culture.
The Winner Will Receive:
  • $250 Cash Prize
  • Two complimentary Patron Tickets to LA Fête Louisiane November 2, 2013. ($300 value)
  • Public relations opportunities
  • Your artwork featured on a Louisiana license plate!
The deadline for submissions is Friday, August 9, 2013.
Please download and read the Cultural License Plate Rules and Guidelines first.
   Download: “LCEF-LOGO-BLACK.jpg” (183.5 KiB)
   Download: “LCEF-LOGO-GREEN.jpg” (400.9 KiB)
   Download: “Cultural License Plate Rules and Guidelines” (432.4 KiB)
   Download: “License Plate Template” (97.2 KiB)
Ready to submit your design?
Submit Art Entry Here

Freetown Studios Live Art Happening: AUG 10.2013



Working on a new project at Freetown Studios with Pat Phillips and Johnathan Wilson. If you happen to work on live painting projects and mural work send me a link to your work.
 Looking for serious/working artist, interesting in working on live painting projects of their choice. This isn’t an “art fair”, but artist coming together, creating large pieces and showing off their techniques and processes. There’s no restraint on subject matter, but we’re definitely looking for interesting, conceptual, and cool pieces to keep the party going. I will fill anyone in on more details if they are interested via message. Also, please link me your site, or w/e it is you use as your portfolio @ freetown studios on Facebook.  Happening takes place 8.10.13.


Come stop in for the class or a free demo!
Starts at 6pm; 421 E. Convent Street @ Freetown Studios!

This process is super quick and fun for novices and professionals alike!

A lil history i copied and pasted from wikipedia:
Monotyping is a type of printmaking made by drawing or painting on a smooth, non-absorbent surface. The surface, or matrix, was historically a copper etching plate, but in contemporary work it can vary from zinc or glass to acrylic glass. The image is then transferred onto a sheet of paper by pressing the two together, usually using a printing-press. Monotypes can also be created by inking an entire surface and then, using brushes or rags, removing ink to create a subtractive image, e.g. creating lights from a field of opaque colour. The inks used may be oil based or water based. With oil based inks, the paper may be dry, in which case the image has more contrast, or the paper may be damp, in which case the image has a 10 percent greater range of tones.
Monotyping produces a unique print, or monotype; most of the ink is removed during the initial pressing. Although subsequent reprintings are sometimes possible, they differ greatly from the first print and are generally considered inferior. These prints from the original plate are called “ghost prints.” A print made by pressing a new print onto another surface, effectively making the print into a plate, is called a “cognate”. Stencilswatercolorsolventsbrushes, and other tools are often used to embellish a monotype print. Monotypes can be spontaneously executed and with no previous sketch.


3/4-3/6 (Mon-Wed) 6-9pm
Intro to Relief & Monotype

3/11-3/13 (Mon-Wed) 6-9pm
Intro to Relief & Monotype

3/17/-19 (Mon-Wed) 6-9pm
Intro to Monotype

3/25-3/27 (Mon-Wed) 6-9pm
Intro to Silkscreening



All classes $75 includes materials.

For more info call 337-501-0368

Freetown Studios

421 E. Convent St. (Behind Bruce’s Scooters)

Or you can sign up for a special projects class with me and we will work around your schedule:)