December Exhibits

Saadi: Merry Christmas to all, and to all, a good book
December 3, 2013
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December 4, 2013
Saadi: Merry Christmas to all, and to all, a good book
December 3, 2013
Believe the Hype: LSU men, women succeed in tournaments
December 4, 2013

Local and regional art exhibits in December are listed below.


The Ameen Art Gallery (Thibodaux) 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, in Talbot Hall, room 200, on the campus of Nicholls State University. Online: (985) 448-4597. 

Center for Traditional La. Boat Building (Lockport) 202 Main St., Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults, $1 for children. (985) 532-5106.

“Small Boats of Louisiana” Permanent.

“Boat Building Classes” Specific models taught include pirogues, modified lake skiffs and mud boats.

Bayou Lafourche Folklife and Heritage Museum (Lockport) 110 Main St., Tuesday and Thursday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $2 for adults, $1 for children under 12. (985) 532-5909.

“Bayou Excursion: 1910,” the museum’s permanent exhibit.

“Vietnam: the Bayou Experience” shows photos, discharge papers, awards, recollections, and memorabilia from the Vietnam War. If you have originals, they can make copies of paper documents for our exhibit. Exhibit to be held through summer 2014.

Bayou Terrebonne Waterlife Museum (Houma) 7910 West Park Ave., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and noon to 4 p.m. Saturday. Admission is $3 for adults; $2 children ages 12 and under. Group rates are available. (985) 580-7200.

“The Wetlands Wall” A 46-foot long curving mural showing the eco-line – similar to a timeline – of Terrebonne Parish.

Downtown Art Gallery 630 (Houma) 630 Belanger St., Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (985) 851-2198.

“Christmas Show and Sale” Through Dec. 27. Paintings, prints, notecards, homemade candy, and jellies on sale. Also, handmade jewelry, glass mosaics, stained glass, Christmas ornaments, pottery, door/wall decorations, stuffed pillows, and coasters on sale as stocking-stuffers.

E.D. White Historic Site (Thibodaux) 2295 La. Hwy. 1, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. Admission is free. (985) 447-0915.

“They Call Me Baby Doll” This show explores the 100-year history and cultural significance of African-American women masking as Baby Dolls during Mardi Gras. Runs through January, 2014.

“Preservation Hall at 50” This exhibit tells the story of the New Orleans music landmark from the early 1960s to the present using artifacts, photos, film and audio clips, interviews and oral histories. Runs through 2013.

The Frame Shop (Morgan City) 708 Front St., Monday-Friday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. or by appointment. (985) 385-0730.

Continuing exhibitors: Catherine Siracusa, Clyde Peterson, Ed Leonard, Maria Heymann, Cheryl Roy, Vera Judycki, Stacy Stiel, Alex Williams, Judy Broussard, Jackie Chauvin, Melissa Martin, Tommy Gross, Dena McKee and Pitcairn Island crafts.

Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve (Thibodaux) 314 St. Mary St., Monday and Tuesday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Wednesday and Thursday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (985) 448-1375. Online:

Louisiana State Museum (Patterson) 118 Cotton Rd. (985) 399-1268.

“The Golden Age of Aviation – Louisiana Enters the Space Age,” in Kemper Williams Park, adjacent to the Patterson Civic Center. Highlights include a 1939 Beechcraft Staggerwing, 1940 Steaman Crop Duster, President Eisenhower’s Aero Commander and a full-size replica “44.”

“Patterson Cypress Sawmill Collection,” features artifacts, photos and film documenting the history of the cypress lumber industry in Louisiana. Highlights Frank B. Williams’ cypress sawmill, once the world’s largest.

“The Outside Art of David Butler.” Features 20 brightly-painted metal cutouts and kinetic sculptures fashioned by “The Tin Man” of Patterson.

Nicholls State University Art Studio (Chauvin) 5337 Bayouside Drive, Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 1 to 4 p.m., or by appointment. Admission is free. (985) 594-2546 or (985) 448-4597. Online:

Permanent collections include paintings, photographs, sculpture and pottery created by local artists.

Southdown Plantation House/The Terrebonne Museum (Houma) 1208 Museum Drive, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Admission for the special exhibit room only is $2. Admission for full museum tour is $6, $3 for children. (985) 851-0154.

Terrebonne Folklife Cultural Center (Houma) 317 Goode St. Tuesday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission, $1. (985) 873-6549.

“Cajun Tool Shed.” Showcases wood-working tools used in the late 1800s and early 1900s.

“Louisiana Decoys.” Displays works by Raceland carver Dewey Pertuit, who created thousands of Ring Neck decoys.

“Native American Indian.” Old Indian artifacts and maps of the southeastern part of the original Louisiana Territory are displayed.

Woody’s Restaurant at the Quality Hotel (Houma) 210 S. Hollywood Road. Open daily, 5 to 9 p.m. (985) 868-5851.

Local artists’ works include landscapes and floral artwork. Items on sale.


Acadiana Center for the Arts (Lafayette) 101 W. Vermillion St., Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (337) 233-7060.

“Danú, An Irish Christmas” Dec. 3 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 – $40.

“Road Trip with Dave & Tony” Dec. 5 at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $8 – $10.

Contemporary Arts Center (New Orleans) 900 Camp St., Thursday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $5 adults, $3 for students and senior citizens. Children ages 15 and younger admitted free. (504) 528-3805.

“Edward Burtynsky: Water” Through Jan. 19, 2014.

“Submerge” Through Feb. 2, 2014.

“Visual Artists Network 2013 Annual Meeting Exhibition” Through Feb. 2, 2014.

“Walking, Sometimes Standing Still” Through Feb. 2, 2014.

The Historic New Orleans Collection/Williams Gallery (New Orleans) 533 Royal St., Tuesday through Saturday (excluding holidays) from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Sunday from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (504) 523-4662. Online:

“Daguerrotypes to Digital: A Presentation of Photographic Processes” Through March 29, 2014. Free admission.

Jonathan Ferrara Gallery (New Orleans) 400a Julia St., Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. (504) 522-5471 or

“Generic Art Solutions (G.A.S.) – circa: now” Through December.

“Marcus Kenny – Fallen Animals” Dec. 2-31.

Louisiana Art and Science Museum (Baton Rouge) 100 River Road. (225) 344-5272 or

“Garden of Industry: Cynthia Giachetti and Ben Diller” Through Jan. 12, 2014.

“Fritz Bultman: An American Abstractionist” Through Jan. 5, 2014.

Louisiana Museum of Art (Baton Rouge) 100 Lafayette St., Third Floor. (225) 389-7200 or

“Discover the Collection: Docent Tour” Free admission to the fifth floor, 2 p.m. Guests can explore and learn about the LSU Museum of Art collection and exhibitions.

“I Gave My Whole Life to Words: Lesley Dill” This exhibit explores Dill’s visual poetry. Through Jan. 19.

“Stories in Art” Free admission to the fifth floor, 10:30 a.m. This is a free program for babies through preschool age children, their parents, and their caregivers. Guests can enjoy a story and activity in the Museum galleries.

“Portraiture: Style and Ornament by Rashaad Newsome” Through January, 2014.

Louisiana State Museum (New Orleans) Properties include the Cabildo, Arsenal, Presbytere, Old U.S. Mint, Madame John’s Legacy, 1850 House and Friends of the Cabildo Walking Tour. Admission and hours vary. (504) 568-3660 or

“Living With Hurricanes: Katrina & Beyond,” at the Presbytere. A must-see exhibit on the history and science of these awesome storms – and their profound impact. Permanent.

“Preservation Hall at 50,” at the Old U.S. Mint. From Louis Armstrong’s first cornet and instruments played by clarinetist George Lewis and bassist Alcide “Slow Drag” Pavageau, these artifacts, photos, film and audio clips trace the New Orleans music landmark’s roots. Through December.

“Mardi Gras: It’s Carnival Time in Louisiana,” at the Presbytere. Traces the emergence of New Orleans’ parades and balls to the present-day, statewide extravaganza. Permanent.

Louisiana State University Hill Library (Baton Rouge) paid parking available at the Visitor’s Center, Memorial Tower and Mike the Tiger’s Habitat. Open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday (until 8 p.m. Tuesdays), and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays. (225) 578-6558 or

“Saturday Night in Tiger Stadium: Reflections on 120 Years of LSU Football” Through Dec. 21.

“Stories from Saturday Night in Tiger Stadium (Pt. 1): ‘It’s Hard to Compare’ Podcast” Through Dec. 21.

“La Langue Mondiale: French as the Language of Art and Thought” Through March 8, 2014.

National World War II Museum (New Orleans) 945 Magazine St., open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (504) 528-1944. Admission is $19 adults, $9 children.

“We Can… We Will… We Must! Allied Propaganda of WWII” Through Feb. 16, 2014.

New Orleans Museum of Art (New Orleans) 1 Collins Diboll Circle. 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Wednesdays through Sundays. (504) 658-4100.

“Photography at NOMA” Through Jan. 19, 2014.

“Gordon Parks: The Making of an Argument” Through Jan. 12, 2014.

“Camille Henrot: Cities of Ys” Through Feb. 23, 2014.

“Chinese Jades from the Collection of Marianne and Isidore Cohn Jr.” Through Feb. 23, 2014.

“Woven Histories: Houma Basketry” Through Feb. 23, 2014.

Ogden Museum of Southern Art (New Orleans) 925 Camp St., UNO campus, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Monday. (504) 539-9600 or

“Into the Light,” through Jan. 5, 2014.

“Will Henry Stevens,” through Jan. 5, 2014.

“Southern Imagists: Selections from the Permanent Collection” This exhibit shows artwork inspired by surrealism, pop culture and personal experience by the artists, which uses a bold palate and focuses on the images and landscape, rather than the minimalist movement of the times.

Shaw Center for the Arts (Baton Rouge) 100 Lafayette St., at the Alfred C. Glassell Jr. Exhibition Gallery. (225) 346-5001.

“Paving the Way for the Arts” Participants can purchase a paver ($250) and inscribe it with a special message.

LSU Rural Life Museum (Baton Rouge) 4560 Essen Lane. (225) 765-2437.

“A Rural Life Christmas” Dec. 1 from 8:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. Tickets are $9.

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Danú, one of the leading Irish ensembles today, is pictured in this promotional photograph. The group performs  at the Heymann Center Theater on Dec. 3.