Deux Bayous Gallery fills the walls

A plethora of original works to be seen and purchased now feature the talents of 17 Deux Bayous Gallery artists: Ann Joubert, Carole Gauthier Lancon, Gerry Soileau, Karen Willingham, Larry Bourque, Marcia E Smith, Michelle Fontenot, Pem Broussard, Shirley Gauthier, Will Turley, Jenelle Hebert, Florine Robin, Theon Guillory, Sam Irwin, Rex Berard, Stephaine Green and Jerelyn  Bushnell.

Deux Bayous Gallery, open 11 am-4pm, Thurs-Sun, is the visual arts core of NUNU Arts and Culture Collective. That it has and continues to grow in membership demonstrates the extent of local talent that awaits your appreciation, collection and/or support. Come and be – bedazzled.

536Tom’s Jam March 1

A music jam/potluck gathering that keeps you coming back for more. Every first Sunday of the month, so mark your calendar for 1-4 p.m., March 1 and do not miss out on the next event.

Professional, amateur, lovers of music invited to bring an instrument and join in.

Tom’s Fiddle & Bow, 204 Fuselier Road, Arnaudville. A NUNU Arts and Culture Collective member.

USS Constitution sails into NUNU’s

Daily Iberian newspaper photo by Jessica Goff
Four-feet in length, three-feet from tip of mast to keel and now encased in glass, Lawrence Gauthier’s six-year project, a replica model of the 1779 USS Constitution exhibits at NUNU Arts and Culture Collective.

“It’s the oldest, still floating, still fully crewed and fully armed battle ship in the world,” Gauthier stated of the Boston built three-masted frigate.

The Constitution earned her place in US history when during the War of 1812, she captured numerous merchant ships and defeated five British warships, earning her the nickname “Old Ironsides.”

Gauthier’s model required the placement of 8,000-10,000 intrique pieces including 135 slender wooden planks.

Third Sunday welcomes Drum Circle

Drummer Clare Hernandez leads a Drum Circle at NUNU Arts and Culture Collective every third Sunday beginning 3 p.m., Feb. 15.

The circle is open to all, including children ages 10+. To participate just bring an instrument of percussion and come. (NUNU does asks that an adult accompany participant age 10-15).

Drummers explore hand techniques and surface play. Through use of improvisation, group connects with sounds of percussion. For more information contact Clare Hernandez at 337-593-0166.

Conversational French class begins March 5

Learn French as it is spoken every day, no endless grammar or spelling lessons, just the essentials, with Marie Bossard, a French native, former teacher, and long time resident of Acadiana.

Class length is five weeks, conducted 6:30-8 pm, consecutive Thursdays, beginning March 5 and ending April 2. Note: class size is limited to 15 students.

Events Schedule


Every Thursday – 1:30 p.m., Les Coudre Points, needlework “en français.”  Quilting, crocheting, knitting, embroidery, needlepoint. Work together and share knowledge. All ages welcome. Rejoignez-nous.
For more information call Loretta Bourque at 337-754-7115.

First Weekend  – 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Feb. 7-8, Artist Retreat, a dedicated two-day work time for visual artists. This is not a class, but rather an opportunity to set aside time to work within a creative space. Bring paints, canvas, whatever you wish to work with, or on. $5 members/$15 non-members. Call 337-453-3307 to register. Space limited.

First Saturday – 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Feb. 7, Spirit Doll & Healing Ritual workshop. Learn of various cultural practices and the application of ritual dolls, icons and sacred objects. Class cost is $75 and includes all materials to make your own personalized spirit doll. For more information and to register visit our NUNU You page.

Third Friday – 7 p.m., Feb. 20, Potluck socialÀ la bonne franquette. Join us for our monthly Potluck gathering. Meet Deux Bayous featured artist Ann Joubert; hear from author Carola Lillie Hartley’s Opelousas stories; see the detailed work of Lawrence Gauthier’s model USS Constitution; and enjoy traditional French music jam lead by Byron Boudreaux. Cost is contribution to communal dinner. Non-alcohol refreshments available for purchase. Dining begins 7:30 p.m.

Third Sunday – 3 p.m., Feb, 15, Drum Circle, all ages 10+. Bring percussion instrument and join in the creation of sound through improvisation and exploration. One hour. Participants under the age of 16 should be accompanied by an adult. For more information contact Clare Hernandez at 337-593-0166.

Fourth Thursday – 7 p.m., Jan. 23,  Cinéma Français, a monthly French language (with English subtitles) movie night. Bring your favorite snacks and refreshments.

Last Saturday – 9 a.m.-noon, Feb. 28, La Table Française. Popular Francophone gathering. Coffee and homemade treats served alongside fun topics and group conversation. A true cultural immersion experience. No cost.

March preview

First Wednesday – 9:30 a.m., March 4, Demi Tasse short story
club discusses Allen Weir’s “Things About to Disappear.”  Join members for discussion. Demi Tasse short story club is a Bouki Books sponsored event. Open membership.

First Weekend -
11 a.m.-4 p.m., March 7-8, Artist Retreat, a dedicated two-day work time for visual artists. This is not a class, but rather an opportunity to set aside time to work within a creative space. Bring paints, canvas, whatever you wish to work with, or on. $5 memb
ers/$15 non-members. Call 337-453-3307 to register. Space limited.

Third Saturday – 7 a.m.-4 p.m., March 21, annual 7-mile plus Yard Sale. Antiques, crafts, local art and food, La. 93E and La. 347.

Bayou Teche joins National Water Trail

Congrats to the Bayou Teche Project for its successful application and resulting designation of Bayou Teche as the 17th trail of the U.S. Department of the Interior National Water Trails Systems.

The National Water Trail System is part of the Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance Program, a voluntary, non-regulatory program that provides National Park Service planning and promotional assistance to the public.

The Teche Ecology, Culture and History Education Project started in 2009 in St. Landry Parish. The organization is made up of individuals passionate about making Bayou Teche a healthier waterway  and advocates for improved water quality in the Bayou Teche watershed and Teche-Vermilion basin through the reduction of non-point source pollution.

For more information on the Bayou Teche Project visit: techeproject

Partner Events

Poetry and short story readings, 7 p.m., last Wednesday of every month at the Grand Coteau Ballroom in Grand Coteau.
Public invited to bring own work and share via open mic.

Bayou Teche Brewing Cajun Jam, 2 pm, Saturdays at brewery, 1106 Bushville Hwy., Arnaudville.