How To Be A Ya Ya!

06 June 2017 To 08 June 2017

How to Be A YaYa

June 6th-8th
$125.00 per student
Skill Level: Beginner
Limited to 25 students

"How to Be A YaYa" is geared to help any Southerner bring out their true charm, color, and seersucker enthused vibe, which has coursed through our veins and swamps for over a thousand years.

JUNE 6   6-9 pm
Evening 1: Create/ decorate a piece of Southern Folk Art such as swamp scenes, alligators, crawfish, Cajun still life's, etc. on a handmade pre-gessoed stretched canvas made by the artist herself. The size of the canvas will be 11x14. The next project in this course will be YaYa Crowns. Students will bring charms and sentimental items to add to their crowns. All other material for the crowns will be provided by the artist. At the end of this class, students should feel comfortable and confident in bringing out the South's magic and charm through folk art and craft.

JUNE 7th  6-9 pm
Evening 2: Gumbo YaYa in the Deep South means, "everybody talks at once." But, in this course, students will learn how to speak and write all at once for a special performance. Excerpts from Southern writers such as Rick Bragg, Eudora Welty, and Rebecca Wells will be introduced to the class in hopes of inspiring students with crafting their own mix of Southern short stories.

JUNE 8th   7-8 pm
A YaYa reception will be held with light snack and drink provided by the artist from 7-8 pm on Thursday, June 8th from 7-8 p.m. During the reception, students will showcase their folk art while wearing their creative clothing and crowns. A Gumbo YaYa styled reading will take place during the ceremony where all students have the opportunity to showcase their own form of Southern word.

Students must bring anything sentimental such as photos of loved ones, charms, favorite quotes or songs- any found object or passed down material that has significant meaning to the student. Some supplies included by the artist. Detailed supply list provided upon registration.

Morgan Lasyone is a local Louisiana artist. She has been creating art now for the past 8 years and has been showcasing  for the past 4. Morgan's style is along the lines of folk and fine art. Expressionism, Impressionism,  and the Deep South play a huge role in her work. Morgan has showcased in New Orleans, Natchitoches, and Alexandria  Louisiana, and Brooklyn, New York.         

''Wild-Wild West'' Session 1

12 June 2017 To 16 June 2017

Summer Art Studio

This Session Enrollment is Closed

Session 1:  June 12-16

“The Wild, Wild West”
Hitch-up the covered wagons as we head out west.  Create and taste food from the chuck wagon cookbook, while creating 2-dimensional pieces inspired by American Modernism masters such as Georgia O’Keefe and Desert Landscape artists like Maynard Dixon.
Bonus Attraction~ Cowboy up for Wild-Wild West Day
Instructors: Amy S. Thomas, Leah Morace, Morgan Lasyone
Themed-Thursday Bonus Attraction: Cowboy Up for a Wild-Wild West Day.

''The Northeast'' Session 2

19 June 2017 To 30 June 2017

Summer Arts Studio

This Session Enrollment is Closed

Session 2: June 19-30

“The Northeast”
We are traveling to the home of Neo-Expressionism, Pop Art, and the Big Apple. Campers will create pieces using spray-paint as did artist Jean-Michel Basquiat, drips like Jackson Pollock, and clay in the style of William de Kooning.

Themed-Thursday Bonus Attraction: Celebrate Independence Day by wearing red, white and blue.

Instructors: Morgan Lasyone, Aubrey Bolen, Lisa, Rozas,  Leah Morace


''The Mid West'' Session 3

10 July 2017 To 21 July 2017

Summer Arts Studio

Session 3: July 10-21

“The Midwest”

As we journey through the Gateway Arch into America’s Heartland, campers will create mixed media pieces inspired by Thomas Hart Benton’s “Cradling Wheat” and portrait-like paintings motivated by Grant Wood’s “American Gothic”.  We will celebrate a region abound with sculptures of presidents and warriors carved into mountains and the birthplace of the Regionalist Art Movement.

Themed-Thursday Bonus Attraction: Don your festive attire for Christmas in July.
Instructors: Lindsay Moore, Lindsey Dunn, Cher C. Wilson

''The Southland'' Session 4

24 July 2017 To 04 August 2017

Summer Arts Studio

Session 4: July 24 –Aug 4

This Session Enrollment is Closed


Our trek back home leads us to the Southland, where campers will create landscapes motivated by Bob Ross and Clementine Hunter, paint birds inspired by John J. Audubon, and sculpt face-jugs in the style of potters from the Coastal Carolinas.  A focus on southern artists influenced by their native surroundings is sure to result in unique and thoughtful creations.

Themed-Thursday Bonus Attraction: Believe in the impossible at the Mad-Hatter Tea Party.

Instuctors: Lindsey Dunn, Morgan Lasyone, Carole Steele


20 October 2017 To 20 October 2017

Join us for our Fall Art Market at River Oaks during the Art Council of Central Louisiana’s Art Walk on Friday, October 20tst from 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm. Featuring Resident and Regional Artists with artwork on display and for sale, live music, food trucks, and more! #FAM



28 October 2017 To 28 October 2017

Van Gogh Gala

Annual Van Gogh Gala
The Van Gogh Gala is an annual fundraiser benefitting River Oaks Square Arts Center- it is also River Oaks' largest annual fundraiser.  This themed-attire Gala provides the perfect opportunity for community members and patrons to become "Star Artists" for an evening.  Star Artists are matched with a River Oaks Resident Artist or Local Artist for the creation of a masterpiece.  Some artists contribute their own works to the live auction. All masterpieces are placed on the auction block during an exciting live auction on the evening of the Gala with all proceeds benefitting the ongoing operations of River Oaks Square Arts Center.  Your participation helps support and promote the importance of contemporary visual art and fine crafts in our community. 

    With the historic Bolton Home and grand Studio Annex Building, River Oaks provides economical studio space for working artists, educational programming for youth and adults as well as host over twenty exhibitions throughout the year featuring national, regional, local and resident artists.   With over forty artists in residence, each "Star" participant has the opportunity to work with a mentor and a medium to his/her liking.  The paired participants  then begin their journey to creating an inspiring masterpiece.  Van Gogh provides an excellent opportunity for community members to get involved in the arts while supporting a great cause.           
Past Themes...               
2015 Day of the Dead
2016 The Mystical Macabre -Victorian Mysticism/Gothic
2017 .....Stay Tuned!

When: Saturday, October 28, 2017
Where:  River Oaks Grounds           
Time:  7:00 until   
Tickets: $50 per person (Participants receive two complimentary tickets)
Reserved Tables (Seat 10) - $600


Annual Porch Sale

02 December 2017 To 02 December 2017


 The Annual Porch Sale is located in the historic Bolton Home which also houses the Center’s Gallery Gift Shop. The Annual Porch Sale is held on a major shopping weekend so guests have the opportunity to purchase unique, original works of art just in time for the gift giving season.  Works may range from pottery, paintings, sculpture, fiber arts, mobiles, jewelry, photographs, mixed media etc.  Every year the Sale expands to feature new artists from across the state.  River Oaks is also home to a sales gallery which features exclusive works by the Louisiana Crafts Guild. Numerous artists are on-site during the event with sales tables and demonstration features.  Elect

**River Oaks Square Arts Center invites all visual artists and fine craftsmen residing and/or working in Louisiana to submit works of art for our Annual Porch Sale. (Artists not currently juried into the Art Center must undergo an abbreviated panel process)

2017 Exhibit Schedule

01 January 2017 To 31 December 2017



19 May 2018 To 19 May 2018

Men Who Cook & Men Who Mix (#MWCAM) is one of RiverOaks’ largest annual fundriasers.This event invites local food enthusiasts, chefs and guys who simply love to cook to prepare their favorite food or drink recipes for taste testing.

The event draws a crowd of well over 500 people each year. Dubbed as a ‘community favorite,’ MWCAM is a ton of fun for all involved..... from the chefs to its' organizers. If you want to showcase your culinary expertise or if you want a plethora of taste testing options, attend this annual event - always held on the third Saturday in May! (In our best Justin Wilson voice) ‘We guarantee’ you won’t leave hungry!!



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