Oray & Derbins: Two Lifetimes of Work

On display through October 25th

Two prolific artists from a by gone era, two spectacular collections of paintings, and sculpture in almost every medium! Nancy Oray Lowentritt's mother, Dorothy Oray, was a sculptor of wood and marble. Bill Derbin's father, William H Derbins, was a painter and a sculptor with an extensive catalog of work! Everyone is invited to come be surprised and and inspired by their incredible talent!!! Free and open to the public. The exhibit continues through Oct 25th, with gallery hours Noon til 6 p.m., on Wed, Thurs, and Fridays.

Celebrating the Written Word

Author Presentation & Brunch Saturday, November 9, at 10:00 a.m.

Join us in celebrating this year's Common Read, A Long Walk to Water, by Linda Sue Park on Saturday, November 9 from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. The author, Linda Sue Park, will give a presentation on her novel at 10:00 a.m.  followed by a complimentary brunch at the Hammond Regional Arts Center. Live music will be provided by the Southeastern Faculty Jazz Trio with Dr. John Madere, Dr. Vasil Cvetkov, and Michael Brothers.

The New York Times bestseller A Long Walk to Water begins as two stories, told in alternating sections, about two 11-year-olds in Sudan, a girl in 2008 and a boy in 1985. The girl, Nya, is fetching water from a pond that is a two hours’ walk from her home: she makes two trips to the pond every day. The boy, Salva, becomes one of the "lost boys" of Sudan, refugees who cover the African continent on foot as they search for their families and for a safe place to stay. Enduring every hardship from loneliness to attacks by armed rebels to contact with killer lions and crocodiles, Salva is a survivor, and his story goes on to intersect with Nya’s in an astonishing and moving way.

Holiday Happenings at HRAC

The Fine and Functional Show returns to the Hammond Regional Arts Center just in time for the holiday season running November 15 through December 20. This unique, handmade art experience will include wonderful pieces by several artists in the surrounding parishes as well as locally made in Hammond and Ponchatoula. There will be lots of unique Christmas gift ideas available for purchase. Join us for this HRAC holiday tradition and take advantage of the opportunity to purchase unique crafts to fill out your Christmas list.


Make holiday memories during our “Holiday Happenings” hours on Friday, Nov. 15 with a “Cozy Night of Crafts & Cocktails,” from 5-8 p.m. Let your kids make art while you shop and sip on a classic old fashioned. Hot chocolate, hot cider and light appetizers will also be made available while you peruse our wonderful holiday items. The HRAC will also have special shopping hours on Saturday, Nov. 16 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. during Z Arts, and on Friday, Dec. 7 for “A Day of Shopping” from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Join us for hot chocolate, hot cider and Christmas treats!

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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.


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Holly & Smith ArchitectsRon S. Macaluso Law Firm, LLCJerry Hymel's Our Glass Studio, Dr. Sue LeBlanc, D.D.S.

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Tom & Donna Gay Anderson
Jeffrey and Barbara Smith
Alexis and Todd Ducorbier
Deek & Leisa Deblieux

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