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McNeese to host Evening of the Arts

McNeese to host Evening of the Arts

Musicians for Faculty Potpourri
Performing for the McNeese Faculty Potpourri Oct. 11 are, from left:
William Rose, trombone; Christy Vogt-Corley, piano; Patrick Sheng, saxophone;
Dave Scott, trumpet; and Judy Hand, flute. McNeese Photo

An evening dedicated to art and music takes center stage Oct. 11 at McNeese State University as the Departments of Performing Arts and Visual Arts collaborate on the opening of two art exhibitions and the Faculty Potpourri - a faculty program of musical performances - all free to the public.

Two exhibitions, "Louviere + Vanessa" and "Black Velvet," will have opening receptions from 6-8 p.m. in both the Grand Gallery and Abercrombie Gallery respectively.

The "Louviere + Vanessa" exhibit will be on display through Dec. 15 in the Grand Gallery in the Shearman Fine Arts Annex. The exhibition features mixed media works that combine film, photography, painting and printmaking.

The artist, Jeff Louviere, received his bachelor's degree from McNeese and his Master of Fine Arts degree from the Savannah College of Art and Design. Vanessa Brown graduated from Rochester Institute of Technology with a degree in photography.

Since they began professionally showing in 2004, the pair has been in 50 exhibitions and film festivals in America and abroad. Their artwork is included in international private collections, the Museum of Fine Art in Houston, Texas, the New Orleans Museum of Art, as well as the film archive for Globians International Film in Potsdam Germany and Microcinema in San Francisco, Calif.

"Black Velvet" is an exhibition that engages the kitsch medium of mass-produced paintings. In addition to factory made paintings, the exhibition will feature paintings created by McNeese faculty and students. The show will be on view in the Abercrombie Gallery, Room 125, of the Shearman Fine Arts Building, through Nov. 18.

The Grand and Abercrombie Galleries are open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, call the visual arts department at 337-475-5060.

The faculty potpourri performance will be held at 7:30 p.m. in the Shearman Fine Arts Theatre.

The program will feature: "Fanfare for St. Edmunsbury" by Benjamin Britten; "Goin' Home" from the Largo of the symphony "From the New World, op. 95" by Anton Dvorak; "Nocture" by Jean Sibelius; "Voyage" by David Vining; "Three American Miniatures" by John Rutter; "Villanelle" by Paul Dukas; "O Boundless, Boundless Evening" and "A Green Lowland of Pianos," both by Samuel Barber; "Six Duets, op. 11" by Sergei Rachmaninoff; and "Stella by Starlight" by Victor Young.

Scheduled to perform are: Dave Scott, Ricky Peters and Charlie Mitchell, trumpet;
Bret Smithey, bass-baritone; Lina Morita, piano; Judy Hand, flute; Jan Scott, clarinet; William Rose, trombone; Rod Lauderdale, horn; Carol Lines, soprano; Christy Vogt-Corley, piano; and Patrick Sheng, saxophone.

For more information, call the performing arts department at 475-5028. Persons needing accommodations as provided by the Americans with Disabilities Act should contact the ADA Coordinator at 337-475-5428, voice; 337-475-5960, fax; 337-562-4227, TDD/TTY, hearing impaired; or by email at