Cups and Cooks Coming Right Up
Currently we’re all about award-winning cups and cooks at River Oaks – because our nationally recognized Dirty South Cup Call and Exhibition is followed in short order by our almost equally renowned Men Who Cook and Men Who Mix fundraiser.
First things first – let’s talk about Cups. Lots of cups! The Annual Dirty South Cup Competition is currently in its fourth year and has quickly become a favorite amongst potters and clay enthusiasts nationwide. Since its inception it has brought nearly 500 cups, functional and non-functional ones, from all fifty states to our little arts center, attracting national press coverage and making River Oaks’ Dirty South Cup Call a household name. The exhibition will run from April 6 through May 26, featuring over 100 unique beverage vessels from over 80 master ceramicists. The opening reception and awards presentation is scheduled for Friday, April 20th 5-7pm. “The cup show provides a great opportunity for our community to see work from ceramic artists from all over the country,” states Artistic Director, Aubrey Bolen.
This year’s guest juror is Sam Chang, an Arizona-based ceramicist, who received his MFA from Arizona State University and BA from St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota. “I work within the context of the vessel to exploit its universal identity and impart my own vision of merging historical, contemporary and cultural influences,” says Chung. “I am curious about finding relationships between various forms of creative expression ranging from art, traditional craft to design. When I combine these oftentimes disparate relationships, they bring forth a new object that is intended to provoke one’s perception of what is familiar versus what is new.”
Chung has garnered national attention for his latest series, including a write-up in Luxe Source Magazine, which raves, “It’s not unusual for artists to take inspiration from nature, and Tempe ceramicist Sam Chung has chosen one of the world’s more enigmatic sources. With their fluid lines and simple contours, the works in his recent ‘Porcelain Clouds’ series represent an eye-catching re-imagining of the natural phenomena.” Chung will also offer a ceramic workshop April 17-20 as part of River Oaks’ GAEDA Education Series.
Once the cups are on display, River Oaks will go into #MWC2018 mode – that’s right, it is time for the regions most beloved and most delicious chef competition, featuring the 18th Annual Men Who Cook and Men Who Mix at River Oaks. With dishes from as far away as the Far East and as close to home as Grandma’s kitchen, Men Who Cook has in recent years exploded to feature close to thirty teams competing for the coveted #MWCTrophy while the 600 lucky souls that managed to buy a ticket get to taste their creations. This year’s event will also feature a block party with live music from Cenla Brass Band.
“Men Who Cook is unique as it combines two of the things that Louisiana is very passionate about – food and art,” says Rachael Dauzat, Executive Director at River Oaks. “The competing chefs, all men of the community with a passion for cooking for friends and family as well as those professional chefs, often plan their dishes many months ahead and keep the recipes a closely guarded secret. Good hearted competition that benefits the arts and guests of course.” Individual tip jars determine the winning team and competition is fierce as the coveted trophy spoon, created by a local artist, gives the champion team bragging rights for an entire year!
Men Who Cook takes place on May 19, 2018 from 6-9 pm (tasting) at River Oaks. Tickets are $65 per person/$75 at the door if available and can be purchased directly from River Oaks or any board member. Reserved tables $750 (limited/seat ten). Must be 21 to attend. For more information, call River Oaks at 318-473-2670
Dirty South Cup Call & Competition April 6- May 26, 2018
Opening Reception, April 20th, 5-7pm
Men Who Cook & Mix - Saturday, May 19, 2018, 6-9 p.m.
4th Annual Dirty South Cup Competition is sponsored by GAEDA, Alexandria Pediatric Dentistry and Ugly Mug Marketing.