15th Annual Art In April Festival

The 15th Annual Art in April Festival will be held on Saturday, April 16th, 2011 in Torres Park, 8245 W. Judge Perez Drive in Chalmette, Louisiana. This year’s themed poster “St. Bernard Parish Wetlands,” will be displayed at the Art in April Patron Party on Friday, April 15th at Chalmette High School’s new Performing Arts Center from 6 to 8 p.m. Patrons will enjoy an “Evening of the Arts” showcasing local school children’s art, music and refreshments. This year’s featured artist is Claire Pescay, a long-time member of the St. Bernard Art Guild whose painting was selected as the winner from among six entries. Pescay said her inspiration came from growing up along the waterways in Shell Beach, Louisiana and enjoying the natural beauty of her hometown. The 2011 Art in April limited edition poster will be on sale for $15 at the Patron Party and the day of the festival. The original artwork will be raffled at the festival. However, pre-sale tickets are on sale now at the Clerk of Court’s Office in Chalmette and the new Tourism Information Center at 409 Aycock Street in Arabi. Raffle tickets are $2 each or 3 for $5.

On Saturday, the festival will open in Torres Park at 11 a.m. and will last until 5 p.m. It will feature live music from Chalmette High School Jazz Band and Choir, Trist Middle School Chorus, N.O.B.A. After School Ballet, Leif Pedersen’s 1944 Big Band Orchestra and the First Pentecostal Church Gospel Choir. There will be several local restaurants, crafts, and a fine arts show. The ever popular Children’s Pavilion will provide hands-on arts and crafts, face painting, puppet shows, magicians, storytelling and much more. A new addition this year will be a recycled art exhibit tent. Each year the Art in April Festival awards four scholarships to high school seniors from St. Bernard Parish who intend to continue their education in the Arts.