River Region Art Association’s Summer Art Camp 2013 held

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen
River Region Summer Art Camp students observe as Kathy Bourgeois pulls a mono print from a gelatin mold.

“Everything was just right!” commented one parent at the show and tell conclusion program of the River Region Summer Art Camp 2013. Conducted by River Region Art Association, the camp was held in four weekly sessions for a record attendance of 183 youth, ages 6-18.

The St. Amant Recreation Center at St. Amant Park was a buzz of creative activity where the camp was held. Each day students explored creative learning in drawing, painting, mixed media, printmaking, sculpture, and decorative art. Students learned, among many other things, about composition, value, and color theory - all in an atmosphere of fun.

“Excellent was the rating most parents gave the quality of the camp,” says River Region Art Association president JoAnn Eiswirth. “Our teachers, the facilities, and most of all, the students made this camp a very successful program and we’ll definitely offer it again next year.”

Camp art instructors were Kathy Bourgeois, Carolin Milner, Marcia Eisworth, Roxanne Machen, Alexandra Sparrow, and Alan Morton. Helping with the camp were volunteers Amelia Babin, Jeanne Billodeaux, Carolyn Bowman, and Harry Riel.

The River Region Art Association, founded in 1993, is the area’s leading regional art organization. Its mission is to bring artists and arts advocates together to improve public awareness of all art forms. The association supports local artists, promotes the arts in the community, and provides educational opportunities for emerging and established artists, students, and the general public.

River Region Art Association is funded in part through the generosity of individuals and area businesses, and the Recreation Department of the Parish of Ascension and through in-kind support from the City of Gonzales and Houmas House Plantation. It is also 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.