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AMoA Opening Reception & Member Preview

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Start Date:
July 06, 2018
End Date:
July 06, 2018
Alexandria Museum of Art
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Join AMoA for an Exhibition Opening & Member Preview featuring two new exhibitions.

The 31st September Competition is an annual juried exhibition highlighting the work of contemporary artists in all media and styles created within the past two years. 

From 500 entries, 50 works were selected to be included 
in the exhibition, and featured in a full-color print catalog.

Reflecting trends in contemporary art across the country and beyond,artists selected for the 31st September Competition represent 3 countries, 18 states, and 35 cities.

International: Quebec, Canada (1), Ontario, Canada (1), Greece (1)

United States: Alabama, California (2), Florida (4), Georgia (2), Idaho, Illinois, Louisiana (10), Maryland, Mississippi, Montana, New Hampshire, New York (6), North Carolina (3), Rhode Island (2), Tennessee, Texas (5), Wisconsin.

Also opening is Une Place à la Table: Louisiana Artists Pay Tribute to CODOFIL.

The Council for the Development of French in Louisiana (CODOFIL) was founded in 1968. To celebrate CODOFIL’s fiftieth birthday, more than fifty Louisiana artists and craftsmen have produced works for exhibits in three locations throughout the state during 2018. The CODOFIL tribute begins on July 6 at the Alexandria Museum of Art, in tandem with the opening of their summer art exhibits. 

Among the 26 featured artists are muralist Robert Dafford, painters Vergie Banks and Melissa Bonin, wood carvers Kelly Guidry and Chestee Harrington. Works in the exhibit range from paintings and etchings to carvings, ceramics and textile arts.
Sponsored by the Louisiana Crafts Guild, the three CODOFIL exhibits honor the organization for preserving Louisiana’s French language and the enduring heritage conferred by early French-speakers. Thanks to the work of CODOFIL over the years, the deep, French-based culture is understood, appreciated, and given Une Place à la Table, a place at the table.

According to Burnell Lemoine, project coordinator, viewers will be greeted by une tasse de café at the entrance to the gallery exhibit, symbolic of the hospitality shown in the homes of French descendants. “Viewers can then explore the art works as individual reminders of the language, traditions, and culture that CODOFIL has encouraged us to preserve. We dance to Cajun and Zydeco music, take part in the Courir de Mardi Gras, enjoy communal boucheries, and gather around the tables in our homes and cafes to drink coffee and speak our local French language,” explained Lemoine. 

The exhibit at the Alexandria Museum of Art runs through July and August. Future exhibits will be hosted by Vermilionville in Lafayette from August through September, and at the Rural Life Museum in Baton Rouge from September through August. Showcasing life in Louisiana, the artworks collectively recognize CODOFIL’s fiftieth birthday, wishing the organization, “Bon anniversaire!”

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