Arts and crafts a big part of Shrimp and Petroleum Festival
By ROBERT R. JONES III
From wood working to ceramics and jewelry, the 77th Annual Louisiana Shrimp and Petroleum Festival will offer an extraordinary selection of arts and crafts during the Labor Day weekend event.
The festival will be held in downtown Morgan City from Aug. 30-Sept. 3.
According to festival officials, offerings will include Saints and fleur-de-lis items, rosaries, jewelry, framed art and illustrations, homemade sauces, wooden toys, wind spinners, candles, bows and T-shirts, to start.
One featured artisan will be Henry Watson of Livonia.
He specializes in painting local scenes featuring homes in the False River area, some a century old.
According to materials provided by the festival, Watson said he grew up seeing these old homes and studied their shapes, their fences, even the way oaks cast their shadows across them.
“When I’m taking pictures (of the homes), I make sure that I capture everything,” he said. “I look at it as if I am making a 3-D image.”
He creates in 3-D by painting on wood, then chiseling in the dimension to add depths to the foreground, middle and background.
After two weeks, the unique Louisiana art is permanently painted and etched into old pieces of cypress.
To add even more feeling to his work, Watson often recreates images of stories told to him by his grandmother as a child.
Also featured will be Steven Lindley, a woodworker from Napoleonville. He creates unique, handmade trays, cheese boards and cooking paddles.
Kelly Pierre, an artist from Houma, will be on hand to offer framed and unframed geclee art work on ceramic tile and coffee mugs.
Hand-drawn caricatures will be offered by Cory Carlson of Ruston, while copper art will be sold by Terry Williams of Austin, Texas. These include art plates and vases hand-hammered and shaped from old copper.
Myrle Butcher of Canadian, Okla., who has family in the Tri-City area, will offer hand-quilted items, including place mats, table runners and pot holders, while Steven Snow of Pineville will feature antique painted window frames and corrugated tin, as well as wooden signs.
Other featured artisans will offer children’s dresses and clothing, cedar furniture, mosaic and iron crosses, cook books, face painting, jams and jellies, decorative glass jewelry and wooden name signs as well as cypress bowls and boxes, books sold by the original authors, birdhouses, yard art, garden décor, homemade soaps, soy candles, and even dog clothing.
All of these items will be available under the U.S. 90 bridge parallel to Greenwood Street from Aug. 31 to Sept. 3.