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Rotarians encouraged to support art association

Local community project is reborn

The Crowley Art Association is being resurrected. Greetings from Levy Park, co-founder Keeffer Kelbaugh, has taken the Association under his wing.
Kelbaugh said “The city has been very generous to the association.
The Association has begun by finding a new location for the gallery located at 317 N. Parkerson Ave, “a little gallery space near the Rice Theater.”
The new gallery is currently displaying four or five art pieces with room for more. Kelbaugh recreated a board made up of mostly businessmen and women from the community and a few artists.
With financial difficulties to overcome, Kelbaugh believes that stacking the board with solid business people and artists financial trouble in the future can be eliminated.
The new board has a new vision for the Crowley Art Association, which involves getting other businesses around town to display pieces of art on historic main street and other locations through out the city.
The concept is a “mobile museum” that will allow local businesses and the Association to work hand in hand with each other as community.
Although a few businesses have pledged to allow the association to display art in their space, The Gallery is currently collecting donations of room dividers, easels and building supplies to display the art work every two months.
One of the first items on the agenda for the new board will be establishing a Calender Year.
Another item to be added is a fund-raising event slated for September 27.
“Palettes and Pino” tickets will be $25 with a goal of selling around 200 tickets. During the event entertainment will be provided by the Specklers and there will also be a silent auction, including items such as a dinner for four couples, deer or duck hunts, beach vacation, and art from numerous local artist.
Also, the Association will be raffling art once a month for $2 a ticket. The artwork is donated for the raffles by local artists.
Other exciting events for the Association are Arts in the Park in October, Juried Art Competition in November, and Christmas in Crowley in December.
An event that includes a band and a venue that has not had music played in it for 40 years is also planned. More details will be announced closer to the event.
Also, discussed were art classes to be offered once a week for both children and adults. The new gallery has room for two tables that can accommodate up to eight or ten people. And, for larger classes or events such as gala’s the City of Crowley, has graciously offered use of the Rice Theater Annex building .
If you are interested in having a booth for Arts in the Park cost is $100 for non members and $75 for association members. It is an arts and craft style show; all items must be homemade .
Arts in the Park will be held the same weekend as Rice Festival in Levy Park.
Those individuals who are aiding in the resurrection of the Crowley Art Association would like to thank the community for the ongoing support of their cause.
Yearly membership fees are as follows $50 individual, $75 for a family and $100 for a display artist.
If you are interested in becoming a member please contact Debbie Butler, Coordinator of the Gallery, at 337.296.3049.
The gallery is open Monday thru Friday 8 a.m. until 4 p.m.

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