Awesome Arts on the Bayou Festival draws record attendance

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen

Original paintings on slate tiles salvaged from Hurricane Katrina, specialty birdhouses for the garden, and handcrafted beaded jewelry were just a few of the items on display during the Awesome Arts on the Bayou Festival.

Eighty vendors from across south Louisiana participated in the two day festival Oct. 13-14 selling everything from clothing to paintings and even baked goods.

"This is our 10th year for the festival, our 2nd at Jambalaya Park in Gonzales, and we couldn't have been more pleased with a record turnout of more than 4,000 people," said Ron Stasko, president of River Region Art Association which hosts the event each year.

The festival also included a Children's Art Village, entertainment on the Jambalaya Stage, a judged Art Exhibit for students and adults, and a photo exhibit of the Scarecrows Swamp Gonzales entries.

"The amount of talent we have in our area is amazing and it was the perfect opportunity to share that talent with the entire community," said Gonzales Mayor Barney Arceneaux.

Winners of the Awesome Art Exhibit are:

DaVinci Award - Donna Smith

Adult Drawing

1st - Gene Spann

2nd - Annette Lorio

3rd - Rebecca Graugnard

Honorable Mention - Becky Petite

Adult Painting

1st - Diane Tygier

2nd - Denise Ducote

3rd - Diane Tygier

Honorable Mention - Kathy Saxon

Adult Three-Dimension

1st - Mary Demarest

2nd - Frances Prestridge

3rd - Sally McConnell

Honorable Mention - Maria Truett

Adult Photography

1st - Terri Millien

2nd - Josie Young

3rd - Amy Gautreau

Youth 12 and Older Painting

1st - Madelaine Kobe

2nd - Lorilei Gaffney

Youth 12 and Older Drawing

1st - Mallori Mathern

2nd -Derek LeBoeuf

3rd - Jeanne LaCarbo

Honorable Mention - Kaylynn Bromfield

Youth 11 and Under Painting

1st - Drake Boudwin

2nd - Juliet Delatte

3rd - Abby Hymel

Honorable Mention - Caroline Keller

Youth 11 and Under Drawing

1st - Madison Deslatte

2nd - Samon Costly

3rd - Adelaide Gaffney

Honorable Mention - Drake Boudwin

Honorable Mention - Kayle Bourgeois

Youth Overall Photography

1st - Tabor Millien

2nd - Grace Graugnard

Honorable Mention - Savanna Moran

Youth Overall Three Dimension

1st - Brince Washington

Winners of the Scarecrows Swamp Gonzales Contest are:

• 1st – Debbie's Bridal, created by Kim Stockslager, Ashlynn McCormick, Margaret Turner, Peggy Esposito, Melanie Blanchard, & Debbie Traylor

• 2nd – Bertrand's Pharmacy, created by Sarah Myers, Ashlee Fink, Rose Stevens, Brittni Guthrie

• 3rd – This, That & More, created by Susan Buckley

Honorable Mentions

• Sign Masters, created by Martin Harrison & Chris Rogers

• EATEL, created by Jenny Heroman & Beryl Smith

• Louisiana Dental Center, created by Ronda Guitreau, Stephanie Williams, Lauren Falcon, Aslyn Andrews, & staff

• Gonzales Furniture & Appliances, created by Rhea Sawyer

• Cal's Bakery, created by Ava Carbo

• Bayou Babies, created by Brenda Moriarty

• Alison's World of Music, created by Brian Dubuc & Alison Dubuc

The festival was made possible in part by generous support from the BASF Corporation, LeBlanc's Food Stores, EATEL, the City of Gonzales, the Parish of Ascension, and the Gonzales Committee on Cultural Affairs. It was supported by a grant from the Louisiana Division of the Arts, Office of Cultural Development, Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism in cooperation with the Louisiana State Arts Council as administered by the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge.