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Northshore Invitational

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Don Marshall, Executive Director of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation, brings together some of Louisiana’s most notable artists in his return to the St. Tammany Art Association (STAA) as he curates the “Northshore Invitational”, a special Fall for Art exhibition.

Bill Binnings, Douglas Brewster, Jerry Cannon, Emery Clark, Jose Maria Cundin, George Dunbar, Alan Flattman, Rolland Golden, Mark Grote, John Hodge, Shirley Rabé Masinter, Bunny Matthews, Bernard Mattox, Francie Rich, Philip Sage, Jean Seidenberg, Leslie Staub, Kathleen Trapolin, Hasmig Vartanian, Robert Warrens and Ed Whiteman.

While all of these artists had their start in New Orleans, the group spans a wide range of media, age, and backgrounds. Don Marshall covers the full scope of Louisiana artists and art history with this diverse group of nationally recognized artists.  

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to Aug 17

The Summer Show: A Nationally Juried Exhibition

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The Summer Show: A Nationally Juried Exhibition

The St. Tammany Art Association presents the 54th Nationally Juried Artists Exhibition. Join us July 13th, 6-9 pm for the Summer Show Exhibition Opening Reception to meet our Juror and featured Artists. For this popular juried exhibition, STAA will award some $3,000 in prizes, including the coveted $1,000 Best of Show award.

July 27th, 1-3pm, our juror this year, LouAnne Greenwald, the Executive Director of the Paul and Lulu Hilliard University Art Museum at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, will shed light on how she composed the 2019 show. Since taking on the tenure position in July of 2014, Greenwald has enriched and engaged the arts community throughout the Acadiana region. Using her position at the museum, to bridge the local culture of the University and community to a broader, national and international discourse.

Greenwald’s experience in museums and galleries is prolific. She has assumed roles as a curator and educator for the National History Museum of Los Angeles County, MOCA Los Angeles, and the MAK Center for Art and Architecture, Los Angeles. Prior to her position at the Hilliard University Art Museum, Greenwald worked as a consultant in Washington, D.C. and Los Angeles raising funds for educational institutions. She currently serves on the Advisory Board for the LSU Museum of Art, in Baton Rouge, LA and is the Louisiana representative for the Association of Academic Museums and Galleries. Greenwald received her MFA from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, and received her CFRE certification in 2013.

One of the most diverse exhibitions of contemporary art in the Southeast, the juried competition of contemporary art invites artists ages 18 and up across the United States to submit up to three pieces for consideration. Accepted artwork is original visual art completed within the past two years and not previously exhibited at STAA.

Accepted pieces may be shipped to STAA to arrive between Tuesday, June 25 to Saturday, June 29, 2019. HAND-DELIVERED PIECES CAN ONLY BE ACCEPTED ON FRIDAY, JUNE 28, 10AM - 4PM, AND SATURDAY, JUNE 29, 11AM – 4PM. Due to concurrent programming, works cannot be accepted outside of these hours. STAA IS CLOSED from Sunday, June 30th through Thursday, July 4th for the Independence Day holiday.

The 54th juried competition opens July 13, 2019, with a reception from 6 pm to 9 pm and the presentation of awards at 7 pm. The show will be on view until August 17, 2019, when STAA will also host a closing reception from 6 pm to 9 pm in conjunction with Covington's arts festival, White Linen for Public Art. A gallery talk lead by the juror will also take place during the exhibition on Saturday, July 27 from 1-3 p.m. The reception is free and open to the public.



STAA could not accomplish its goals without the support, involvement, and enthusiasm of community supporters.

Heather Case

Select Properties, Ltd.

Carlos Sanchez & David Fennelley

Aubert Insurance

Dr. Richard & Maggie McConnell

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to May 25

Pushing Boundaries


Babette Beaullieu

Maggie McConnell

Luba Zygarewicz

Pushing Boundaries

Three female artists, Babette Beaullieu, Maggie McConnell, and Luba Zygarewicz, make visible the passage of time through sculptural installations showing that boundaries are as impermanent as time.

While all three artists are now actively working and based on the Northshore, they come from different backgrounds and places. Each woman came to a point in her life in which she discovered and reacted to the impermanence of life, nature, and time.

Born in Chile and raised in Bolivia, Zygarewicz moved to the United States via San Francisco when she was 15 years old. She received a BA from Loyola and an MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute. Zygarewicz began marking the passage of time while she worked to balance her life as a mother and masters student. Each day that she commuted to school, her car rides were a time for thought and inspiration that she cherished. This time in thought was as important to her process as the time spent in the studio creating physical pieces of work so she yearned to depict the presentation of those invisible moments.

While homeschooling her four children for 17 years, Zygarewicz struggled to find time as an artist so she decided that her domestic responsibilities and her creative needs should be inseparable. “My art feeds my home life and my home life feeds my art,” explains Zygarewicz. This inseparability of motherhood and art are seen in her installations made from the most mundane materials of everyday life. The dryer lint used in “Petrified Time”, creates an ephemeral passage of time in front of the viewer’s eye. The artist’s hair works in the same way in “Today” as each delicate ball shows the impermanence of time.

As a south Louisiana native, Babette Beaullieu has lived her life surrounded by a rich, cultural environment. Beaullieu is a multi-faceted sculptor, installation, and performance artist. She has a BFA from the University of Santa Barbara in Sculpture and went on to explore and study art in Europe and textile and wood carving in Bali. After years of working in the marine industry making sails and building boats, she made a change and began her professional art career. Experiencing the constant change that happens in all aspects of life and nature is a driving force in Beaullieu’s artwork. She has a special ability to acknowledge the impermanence and transitory state of the physical world.

Beaullieu, like Zygarewicz, explores the idea of not only inhabiting your home environment but being one with it. However, Beaullieu begs the question, “Do you have to have one spot?” Her hanging sculpture, “Hovering” addresses this idea of being ungrounded and the ability to respond to the constant flux of life. While describing her own idea of what creates a home in one piece, Beaullieu also describes grieving for the animals that have lost their homes from clearing land for construction. As the lot next door to her home, which is in close proximity to Lake Pontchartrain was cleared after 20 years, Beaullieu walked through the lot picking up objects in the dirt that she then used to create the piece, “They Need A House.” Through a ritualistic style of collection and reflection, Beaullieu copes with the changes and forced adaptations in life.

Born and raised in the Midwest, McConnell moved to New Orleans in 1981 after getting a degree in Interior Design. Yearning for the more hands-on nature of expressing her creativity, McConnell took a pottery class at the St. Tammany Art Association after moving to the Northshore in the late 1990s. She had a very quick connection to the clay and affinity for pottery-making so McConnell enrolled at Southeastern University. After starting the program in ceramics, McConnell was drawn to the sculpture department and there she found her truest artistic voice as a sculptor. McConnell uses her artwork and sculptures to reconnect with herself as she goes through the ever-changing journeys and adventures in life.

McConnell expresses an autobiographical chapter of her life as an artist and mother in “Leavings I & Leavings II”. The stacked leaves were made from paint cloths she had used for thirty years. Outlines of spray paint layered the cloths documenting different projects from years with her family. “It’s an outline of our lives,” she says as she reminisces on this ephemeral material used in cadence with natural wood. The importance of material and the way in which McConnell works with and combines materials from her domestic environment as well as the natural environment is a common theme in her work. In her piece “Without Measure”, McConnell offers up losses with every ceramic pocket. Each piece held combustible materials and was then fired. As the materials burn and loss is let go, they created the most unpredictable, mysterious colors. McConnell’s work is made of materials that she morphs and changes just as she has as an artist, a mother, but mainly as a spiritual being who, “finds nature wherever [she] can get it.”

St. Tammany Art Association (STAA) will host an opening reception on Saturday, April 13 during Spring For Art from 6:00 – 9:00 pm. The exhibit will be on display through May 25, 2019, in the Miriam Barranger Gallery at STAA. A Panel Discussion with all three artists lead by Dale Newkirk will take place at the STAA Arthouse on Saturday, May 11 from 4:00 – 6:00 pm.

The St. Tammany Art Association is located at 320 N. Columbia Street, Covington, LA 70433. Our gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday, 10am – 4pm, and Saturday 11am – 4pm. All exhibitions are free and open to the public unless otherwise indicated.

St. Tammany Art Association is supported by the generosity of our 2018 Season of the Arts sponsors and 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 St. Tammany Parish Commission on Cultural Affairs. Funding has also been provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, Art Works.

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to Mar 30

Michel Varisco: Just Below the Surface

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Just Below the Surface


The spaces in between Michel Varisco’s work force moments of meditative stillness amidst installations that rhythmically engulf the viewer, placing you “Just Below the Surface”.

As a native New Orleanian, Varisco’s work is centered around the human relationship and interaction with the environment, specifically water, and the effects that one has on the other.

After experiencing the destruction of the failed levees during Hurricane Katrina, much of Varisco’s work has focused on the fact that water not only sustains, but also has the ability to devastate communities and their beloved land.    


In “Just Below the Surface” Varisco takes the seriousness of environmental and personal themes and creates a whimsical experience she calls “magical realism”. “We’re losing our heritage land. In a desperation to communicate the fix we’re in, I just took everybody under water with me; fast-forwarding into a modern-day Atlantis,” explains Varisco.

The rhythmic repetition of her work is seamlessly presented in polyptychs and installations to parallel the natural patterns of water. The photographs, silk installments, and assemblage of objects come together to reflect the pack-and-go mindset that is so normalized to those living in an evacuation environment.

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Bernard Mattox: Chasing the Thing: the River Fugue Series
to Sep 29

Bernard Mattox: Chasing the Thing: the River Fugue Series

Exhibition, September 8 – 29, 2018   
Opening Reception Saturday, September 8, 6 pm - 9 pm
Artist Talk, Saturday, September 29, 2 pm - 4 pm

Formally a sculptor, Bernard Maddox presents a stunning collection of painting of nature, furniture, animals, religious symbols, human forms and much more. His pieces are densely packed with figures materialized in vibrant earthy colors or quiet neutral grounds in graphite. The end result is a graceful yet powerful commentary on the basics of human experience.

Needing a break from sculpture, Mattox took up painting 15 years ago. Although he’d never had any formal painting lessons, Maddox as found his own way by incorporating painting, sculpture, ceramics and found objects, branches, salvage yards. Many oil paintings and graphite drawings are on his hand-built oak panels.

This exhibition is made possible through the generosity of our 2018 Season of Arts sponsors

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