It's Mardi Gras time at The Gallery

By: Jeannine LeJeune
CROWLEY – Mardi Gras may be later this year, but The Gallery is ready to start celebrating the season now.

Louisiana’s most popular holiday, arguably, will get a new spin Saturday as The Gallery showcases all of its display members in their “The Spirit of the Chicken” Gala. The event will be held from 6-8 p.m. at The Gallery, located at 222 North Parkerson Ave.

The gala is free to the public and is a chance to see local artists’ work and socialize with many of the display artists.

“The show focuses on the plight of the poor Cajun Mardi Gras Chicken,” said Crowley Art Association President Robert Baxter.

The show will feature various forms of the chicken, classical and comical, and a variety of styles, impressionism and the old masters among them.

The Gallery is also planning a couple of surprises for the event, but they are keeping quiet about them.

While the weather and season may not have everyone in the Mardi Gras mood, that isn’t going to stop the CAA and The Gallery from getting a jump start on the season.

“It should be a lot of fun,” said Baxter.

A total of 50 works of art, 48 paintings and two costumes, will be on display by the various display members. The paintings will remain hanging for the entire month of February and through Mardi Gras Day. The paintings will also be on sale to the public and, because Crowley is designated as a cultural district, the original art works are sold tax-free.

The featured piece of the show was done by Pam Goff who wrote a poem to accompany her “Ghost of Chicken Runs Past.” The poem illustrates the return of the chickens to haunt and peck the Mardi Gras runners for what they do to the chickens.

“We chose it because it had the poem to go with it and it was the perfect way to showcase what the show is about,” said Baxter.

The Gallery is off to a wonderful start in 2011 with their galas. Last month’s drew a large crowd and that is something The Gallery knows they can and will build off of this month.

The February gala will also mark the third consecutive month with extra things added to the gala. In December there was an appearance from Santa and last month’s featured a saxophonist and vocalist at the gala and a performance by Bamboula 2000 that followed the gala at the Rice Theatre.

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