Society of St. Anne Retrospective
On view through June 28th
Drawn to documentary photography with pictorial inclinations, Katherine Scherer’s point of view developed out of interests in the human experience as expressed through the lens of culture, history, and geography.
Katherine’s twenty-year retrospective of the Society of St. Anne celebrates a neighborhood tradition and honors the pageantry of this walking parade and its costumed participants.
From 1998-2005, Katherine photographed the Society of St. Anne Parade in black and white with her trusty and precise Canon AE-1. Beginning in 2006, after Hurricane Katrina, and as an unintentional metaphor to The Wizard of Oz after the storm, she began photographing the parade in color with the Holga camera - a low-tech, less-controlled medium format camera. Unaware, at first, of how the hurricane manifested a photographic shift in her work, what was evident after Katrina was the want to capture - in vibrant color - a community’s resilience through the survival of the St. Anne celebration.
Katherine’s recent work has upheld this notion. Her 2018 and 2019 St. Anne portraits are a combination of precision and theater through new formats that expand into the digital darkroom without compromising her purist heart. Katherine dedicates this exhibition to the memory of Rodolfo Ramirez Rodriguez and in honor of Hugo Garita.
Sidewalk Chalk Art Contest
Save the Date: Saturday, July 13th
We've all doodled with sidewalk chalk. If you have ever thought, "Hey, not too bad!" then put your talents up against other artists in the area during the inaugural Chalk Walk Art Contest hosted by the Downtown Development District and the Hammond Regional Arts Center on Saturday, July 13th. Sign ups will close on Saturday, July 6th.
The competition is open to all ages and skill levels with awards for the following age categories:
You don't even need to bring your own chalk. Upon arrival, everyone who registers will be given a 12 pack of sidewalk chalk and assigned a space to create your own masterpiece. Registration is free, however, preregistration is required. One space is not limited to one child. They may chalk individually or as a pair or group, however, only one pack of chalk will be given per space.
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Sweep the Studio Sale
The terrible burden of bare, art-less walls can be lifted this coming June with the Hammond Regional Arts Center’s Sweep the Studio sale.
Add some color to your life by visiting HRAC from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, June 29th, for some budget-friendly art made with love by members of Hammond’s stellar artistic community.
“Over the years, HRAC has received art donations from generous local artists and collectors, but it’s time for us to make room for new, and to encourage people to add to their art collection or to start their own,” said HRAC Media Coordinator Tara Bennett.
Works for sale include original fine art, furniture, books, arts memorabilia, postcards, paintings, and other unique gift items.
Buying local art supports the HRAC, enriches the history of the work, preserves art patronage, and contributes to the local art economy.
Calendar of Events
The Hammond Regional Arts Center (HRAC) supports, promotes, and coordinates visual, performing, and literary arts in Tangipahoa Parish and surrounding parishes. Our primary mission is to enrich lives through quality arts education, develop an appreciation of the arts within individuals, and introduce the public to professional exhibitions, performances and literature.
The Hammond Regional Arts Center is supported in part by a Decentralized Arts Funding Grant from the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge in cooperation with the Louisiana Division of the Arts, Office of Cultural Development, Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism, and Louisiana State Arts Council.
Our sincere gratitude goes out to our many supporters! Special thanks to those who have shown support of our efforts to promote the arts.
Premiere Corporate Members:
Tom & Donna Gay Anderson
Deek & Leisa Deblieux
Don Fellows & Hayley Taff