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Highland Open Studio Tours

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5th anniversary celebration of artists exhibiting their work

“Lush, green yards; big, wide porches; art; tasty, local fresh food; and live music. We’ll have it all at our free fiveyear anniversary party, Sunday, June 10, from noon until 4 p.m.,” Kathryn Usher said, co-organizer of H.O.S.T.S.

Sunday (H.O.S.T.S.) is a free event featuring artists, craftsmen and musicians in the exciting, yet casual, setting of historic Highland District homes and studios. This quarterly grassroots event created by the artists of Highland is celebrating its fifth anniversary highlighting the abundance of talent found in this designated Louisiana Cultural District.

For June, five residences will open their doors exhibiting their artworks, along with other notable graphic, jewelry, wire, textile artists and musicians. At 424 Dalzell artist Karen La Beau, 2017 Artist Fellowship Award winner, will host Lynn Laird, creator of the Unstrung Marionette Series featured on the Fairmont Tower mural, collectible coloring books by graphic artist Marci Hicks, Tori Ladd’s refreshing spa products and jewelry artist Christina Frances. Shreveport blues legend Buddy Flett will regale guests with music as we enjoy cake and raise a glass of bubbly in celebration.

Across the street at 434 Dalzell, award-winning artists Kathryn Usher and James Mark will exhibit textile arts and wire sculptures, while tickling taste buds with their original gumbo.

E.D. Stewart opens her eclectic home featuring her prints and original works, along with the repurposed jewelry of Katie Livingston.

The Edgertons join the tour with Ricky demonstrating blacksmithing skills, artworks by Sarah and Lile Estes, Melissa Gibson selling the second edition of Fleur de Lit featuring prominent local writers, all with the Fiddlin’ Tim Trio to serenade you.

Folk artist Bertha Harris will also open wide the doors of her bright yellow studio inviting guests to see family heirlooms and photos, as well as her popular paintings.

Whether you are interested in art, textiles, architecture, interior decorating or tasty treats, this walking-biking-driving adventure has something for everyone. Maps to all locations are available at each stop. For more detail and up to the minute news, visit them on Facebook at Highland Open Studio Tours Sunday.

Lynn Laird


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