Women of Acadiana featured at gala held at The Gallery

Members of the Crowley Art Association and Gallery honored 19 women of Acadiana at a special gala held Saturday, April 4, 2009

at The Gallery.

The event also honored Mrs. Juanita Morrow, Crowley, who painted portraits of the 19 women.

They included:

Gayle Garcia, New Iberia - As a journalist and with innovative visions for programming, Mrs. Garcia has in the past been awarded the best public relations campaign in the United States for “Do Something at Your Library”. She is currently the 2009 Humanist award winner for programming from the Louisiana Endowment for Humanities.

Virginia Duson, Crowley- As current vice-president of the Crowley Art Association, life long artist and a true financial supporter of the Arts of Acadiana., Virginia has given her heart to the arts of the region. Graciously she also supplies as excellent space for the Crowley Art Association.

Leonie Lalonde, Crowley - As Juanita Morrow’s mother, she has installed the inspiration, morals, drive and determination that has made Juanita the woman she is today, The rosary painted in the work reflects her mother’s life in every aspect.

Linda Boudreaux, Lafayette - As executive director of the Extra Mile Region IV, Linda has helped work with individuals and families who have received services through the office of mental health, among many other programs. In its 29th year, Mrs. Boudreaux is currently hosting the longest running talk show on the Acadiana open channel.

M’elise Trahan, Crowley - Not only is M’elise the first female City Judge in Crowley, but her gavel was proceeded by the Shoe of Fame award in 2001 from Notre Dame High School. Her community is evident in the many civic organizations she continues to support with conviction.

Imogene LaCour, Crowley - Having written the column Courthouse Chatter for several years at The Crowley Post-Signal, Imogene is a main stay of the community of Crowley. Thirty years in the office of Clerk of Court and an avid supporter for the arts has made her one of the most beloved people in the region.

Dr. Julia Frederick, Lafayette - As director of the Honors Department at UL, Dr. Frederick has helped mold the minds and success of today’s youth. She was the director of Latin America History at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and continues to speak at museums on the subject today.

Dolores Spears, Jennings - Directing the Zigler Art Museum in Jennings since 1987, Dolores has tirelessly promoted the Arts in Acadiana. In 2002, she was awarded the Jeff Davis Humanitarian Arts Award and has produced some of the most important exhibits to grace Louisiana.

Ann Savoy, Eunice - Playing many instruments, and as an author and record producer, Ann’s talents have driven her to perform with such legendary artists as Linda Ronstadt and many more. Traveling the world with her band, The Magnolia Sisters, she has helped supply beautiful music to the world. Look for her in the film the “Divine Secrets of the Ya Ya Sisterhood”.

Cheryl McCarthy, Rayne - As culture director for the City of Rayne, Cheryl has directed and administered special events and civic/cultural activities. She produces and coordinates at the City’s Cultural Center for Rayne and plays an important role in the pageant community for the young women of Acadiana.

Kira Viator, Crowley - As a gifted young musician, Kira was awarded Best CD, Best Female Vocalist and Accordionist of the year at the 2008 Annual Le Cajun Award Show. She continues to inspire people to enjoy the local musical flavors of Acadiana.

Sandy Pergon, Lafayette - After relocating, Sandy has been very instrumental in remolding the success and organization of Goodwill Industries. Their programs offer support and life building tools to everyone in Acadiana. From lobbying in DC to getting her hands dirty, Sandy can do it all.

Shirley Griffin, Crowley - As a charter member and past president of the Crowley art Association, Ms. Griffin has played an important part in the arts of the region. Painting and teaching continues to be her life’s work, especially for children.

Peggy LeBlanc, Midland - As a charter member of the Crowley Art Association, Mrs. LeBlanc has held various positions. Her drive and spirit has driven her to paint many murals around Crowley and Jennings. She is an avid sewer, crafter and artist.

Mae Prather, Branch - Mae is a charter member of the Crowley Art Association and is one of the best porcelain China painters in the State of Louisiana. She is currently abroad studying her art in Portugal.

Kakie Hoffpauer, Crowley - Ms. Hoffpauer is a charter member of the Crowley Art Association and had recently contributed to the historical architecture of Crowley with the restoration of the Lawrence home. She is currently focusing on gardening, art and studying with instructors around the United States. She was also instrumental in forming schools for mentally challenged children.

Virgie LeBlue, Crowley - Not only is Mrs. LeBlue an avid hunter she is also a charter member of the Crowley Art Association and a water colorist. Traveling the nation led to her photos of landscapes of the United States, thus beginning her wild life photography.

Isabella dela Houssaye, Crowley - Current president and founding member of the Crowley Art Association plus Crowley’s first female Republican mayor, and as mayor, Mrs. dela Houssaye created many significant programs, including the new City Hall Museums, the total restoration of the Rice Theatre and the historic Miller Stadium. She has also played as instrumental role in two major festivals, Carnival D’ Acadie and July Fete.

Jean Oubre, Crowley - As proprietor of Jean’s, an arts and crafts shop opening in 1972, Jean has supplied materials and arts programs for many years to Acadiana. She served as coordinator of The Gallery for seven years and is also a charter member of the CAA.

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