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Arts and Culture Collective 

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1510 Courtableau Road, Arnaudville, LA 70512 
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The “Create wind at NUNU” campaign resulted in enough money to purchase and install three new 96″ ceiling fans – AND what a difference they make.
Thanks goes out to all who helped to make this happen.

AmazonSmile paid to the collective on Aug. 15 a donation of $86.35 on purchases made between April 1 and June 30, 2017. The AmazonSmile program dedicates a 0.5% match on purchases made.
To participate, log in under AmazonSmile when making purchases and choose NUNU Arts And Culture Collective as your preferred non-profit. Thanks goes out to those supporters who helped with this latest Amazon donation.
Last month the NUNU Board of Directors adopted the recommended addendum, “Statement on Equality and Diversity,” creating a commitment by the collective to treat all members and guests with dignity and respect, and to both welcome and encourage diversity.

Couler … an exhibit emphasizing the flow of process in paint and pottery by artists Karen Willingham and Suzi Santillo, Sept. 7- Oct. 29.

Galaxy far far away – Karen Willingham

By taking on a new medium – alcohol ink on yupo paper – gourd artist Karen Willingham brings us into a liquid world of color movement sure to mesmerize and enchant.”Recently, while working on some gourd necklaces, I researched to see if anyone else was designing similar work and that is when I came across alcohol ink. I thought to try my hand at painting with the medium, and was immediately drawn in. I enjoy seeing how the ink changes and creates differ patterns, depending on the application: The explosion of color on paper! You never know what you will end up with, and I find that as exciting as the finished image.”

Pre-firing – Suzi Santillo[/caption]

Flask- Suzi Santillo

Suzi Santillo, an accomplished potter with 28 years of experience brings to this exhibit a collection of new works that explore design in vessels.

Vases, flasks and other utilitarian and non-utilitarian forms, wheel-thrown to serve as sculptural works of art. Among the pieces exhibited are raku firings and pieces recently wood fired in a North Carolina anagama kiln, the third largest in the United States.

Raku firing involves quick exposure to high temperatures and equally quick cooling, resulting in unpredictable finishes and often intense colors, Santillo explained. Whereas with the anagama kiln, it is a much slower process. At the North Carolina location it took six days to fire, four days to cool and two days to unload. The resulting finishes were equally unpredictable. Much depends on the type of wood burned, and the amount of fly ash circulating in the kiln, she said. Wood ash settles on the pieces during the firing, and the complex interaction between flame, ash, and the minerals of the clay body forms a natural ash glaze that may show great variation in color, texture, and thickness, ranging from smooth and glossy to rough and sharp. “It was an incredible experience!” she stated. “I would like to continue with wood firing as my primary focus.”

Opening reception is 1-3 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 15 

NUNU Arts and Culture Collective –

Le Coin Gallery 
Deux Bayous Cultural District, Corridor des Arts  

Artist Elliot Wade seeks sponsors for Sept. 9 Word Crawl 

Elliot Wade

Elliot Wade has been a friend of the NUNU Arts and Culture Collective since his junior year at Cecilia High School. This year he is a participant in the Festival of Words “Word Crawl,” a 12-hour literary marathon that serves as a fundraiser for the annual Festival of Words, Nov. 2-4, celebration.

Wade has a sponsor who funded his entry fee of $100, but he wishes to continue to seek other donations – be it $5 or $10 or more – so as to contribute further to the success of the 2017 FoW.
Wade said his participation is something he looks forward to, as “I think it’s an excellent form of expression and I would like to partake in it, and help to promote it.”
WordCrawl readings take place throughout downtown Lafayette on Saturday, Sept. 9.
To become a sponsor of Elliot Wade, or any of the other participants, please visit: WordCrawlSponsor
Festival of Words is a partner organization of the NUNU Arts and Culture Collective. The NUNU collective shall host the 2017 Festival of Words opening Potluck and Performances, 6 p.m, Nov. 2.

Cricket Nelson takes on task of education programing at NUNU collective

Cricket Nelson

Cricket Nelson is one of Arnaudville’s newest residents, a New England native who for the past 10 years worked in the Miami hospitality industry. While on her way west, she learned of a rural community within French Louisiana where creativity flourished and, curious as to what she might find, arrived at the “Jewel on the Teche.”

Now, as a member of the NUNU Arts and Culture Collective, she is interested in helping the collective develop its dormant NUNU yoU education program. To do this, Nelson needs your input.
“I wish to know what the membership and community would like to experience. I also would like artists and artisans to come forward with ideas on classes/workshops that they would be interested in teaching. I have a new email – [email protected] Please email me with your suggestions.” Nelson is currently working to put together a fall schedule of classes/workshops to take place Oct. 15-early December. (Those classes will be listed in the October newsletter.)
The goal, Nelson said, is to develop three eight-week sessions a year – Spring, Summer and Fall.

Nelson is a former education chair on the board of the Washington Art Association,

Washington Depot, CT, and Education Chair for the Miami USBG (United States Bartenders Guild). She has an extensive experience in event planning and management.


All events at NUNU collective unless otherwise noted*.

Participants under the age of 18 should be accompanied by an adult.

Wednesdays– 6-7 p.m., Yoga, and on the last Wednesday of every month,Yoga en français. $13 per class or $50 for five classes.

Thursdays – 6-7:30 p.m.Le Village Gaulois French immersion class. $5 donation per class.
Fridays– 10 a.m.-noon, Les Coudre Points, needlework en français.
Second Saturday – 1-4 p.m., Sept. 9, Couler … an exhibit emphasizing the flow of process in paint and pottery by artists Karen Willingham and Suzi Santilloopening reception, public invited.

Second Monday – 7:15-8:15 p.m., Sept. 11, EcoCulture group meets. 6:30 p.m., “Leave No Waste” potluck precedes meeting. (Leave No Waste encourages the reduction of paper product use by asking people to bring their own dish, glass, and/or flatware, and take home to wash after use.)
Second Thursday – 3-4 p.m., Sept. 14, Demitasse short story club. Group reads from “The Short Story in Louisiana, 1880-1990.) Sept. reading, “The Old One,” by Ada Jack Carver.
Third Friday – 7 p.m., Sept. 15, Potluck social. Cost is contribution of a dish to share. Traditional Cajun music. Participants encouraged to practice “Leave No Waste.” (Leave No Waste encourages the reduction of paper product use by asking people to bring their own dish, glass, and/or flatware, and take home to wash after use.)
Third Sunday – 10:30 a.m.-noon, Sept. 17, Conscious Living Circle; 3-4 p.m., Sept. 17, Drum Circle.
Last Saturday – 9:30-11:30 a.m., Sept. 30, La Table Française, francophone gathering; 2-3 p.m. Guest speaker C. Ray Brassieur, PhD, Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette asks the question: “Where is Prairie Basse?”
First Sunday in October – 3-5 p.m., Oct. 1, La Table Jeunesse, youth francophone gathering, ages 7-17. Crafts and activities focused on teaching and strengthening French language
vocabulary. (La Table Jeunesse is always the day after La Table Française.)


Amy Bonwell

Amy Bonwell is a recent volunteer with the NUNU collective, having just returned last year to Acadiana after 17 years of living in and around New York City where she worked as a science/pharmaceutical document coordinator for Johnson and Johnson. She is a University of Southwest Louisiana graduate of modern languages, French area, and founding member of the former but influential Artist Alliance.

Discovering the collective was easy, she explained. “Friends both new and longtime immediately invited me to join them for ongoing events. What I like about the collective is the community that forms around it. It reminds me of the Artist Alliance.”
Along with other volunteer work, Bonwell donated her time this past April to document panel presentations given throughout the five days of the annual Semaine de la Francophonie Creative Placemaking Summit. Along with time filming, she spent another four months editing during her spare time. Those presentations can now be seen by all via the Acadiana Open Channel and YouTube.

Meet the future Teche Farm

Work Day 2 and Jimmy Akers brings in an excavator

This past month, the future Teche Farm Eco-campus, located along La. 31 (1046 Main Hwy) and leased to NUNU Arts and Culture Collective, literally began seeing the light of day as volunteers brought in tractors and bush-hogs to clear paths for further land preparation.

Once completed, organizers anticipate providing programming in English and French regarding pollinator gardens, bee keeping, hydroponic gardening, herbs and product development from  bees wax, pine needle and bark. Other projects include making paper, growing and using gourds, composting practices and more.
Joining Teche Farm will be the non-profit Acadiana Native Plant Project, which plans to erect a 1,500-square-foot greenhouse at Teche Farm, and from which programing will focus on native plant education.
The Teche Farm will be part of burgeoning specialty campuses in and around Arnaudville, including specialty gardens at Tee Tiny Houses of Arnaudville, the NUNU collective, Les Deux Mondes and more.
Thanks goes out to those collective members and area residents who, with boots on ground, dared to tackle this initial clearing: Chris Pritchett, Lawrence Guidroz, George and Erilda Arnaud, Jean Gaye, Janelle Hebert, Brad Burkman, Kathleen Guinnane, Rita Marks, Eldridge and Tammy Marks, Brandon Ballengée, Tony Adrien, George Marks, and Acadiana Native Plant Project members Jimmy and Janice Akers.
To be part of this developing project email: [email protected]
The Teche Farm Eco-campus is created in partnership with the St. Martin Parish School Board. It is a project of NUNU Arts and Culture Collective with the participation of the Jacques Arnaud French Studies Immersion Program.
Buildings located on the property were previously used as: the St. Martin Parish Voter Precinct 9-1; the Savoy Nursery School; the Arnaudville Community Action Inc. Tiny Tot Day Care Center; and Arnaudville Elementary School.

Event listings connecting Sunset to Henderson via La. 93 and La 347

Atelier de la Nature, a forthcoming Cecilia area nature reserve and education center, is planning a Halloween Art & Nature Fest, and all artists, mad scientists and others are invited to participate.  Please plan on joining and even contributing of a family friendly activity, have a free art booth, or other creative ideas.  The Fest will take place Oct. 28 at Coteau Rodaire Hwy and Andrew Gautreaux Street.
Atelier de la Nature is a project of artist/biologist Brandon Ballengée and sustainable food educator Aurore Ballengée.
Persons interested in joining in the fun should email: [email protected]

Bayou Teche Brewing, the house of LA 31 biers presents Live @ Bayou Teche, 3-6 p.m., Saturdays; and Live Cajun Jams and Bourré, 2-5 p.m., Sundays, 1106 Bushville Hwy., Arnaudville. Visit for more information.

Sunrise Saturdays Farmers Market, 8 a.m.-noon, featuring produce and artisan foods directly from local growers, farmers and backyard garden enthusiasts. 832 Napoleon Avenue, Sunset.

Tom’s Fiddle and Bow, 204 Fuselier St., Arnaudville, hosts its monthly JAMbalaya Acoustic Music Jam, 1-3 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 3. Bring along your instrument of choice and a favorite dish for contribution, for this event is all about sharing.

Louisiana Marketshops at the 115, Second Saturday Outdoor Market, 9 a.m.- 3 p.m., Sept. 16, Henderson/Cecilia I-10 exit. Monthly artisan and farmers market promoting Louisiana made and Louisiana grown products. Just west of Landry’s Seafood House.

Sunset Jam in downtown Sunset, Second Saturday local musicians’ gathering, 9 a.m.- 2 p.m., Sept 16.

Sunset/Grand Coteau Exit 11 Yard Sale, 7 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 16. Expect to find antiques, collectables, art and more. Throughout the towns.

La Poste gift emporium and “exploratorium” hosts its monthly Music Jam (folk, country, bluegrass, and Cajun music), 1-3 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 17. Bring an instrument and join in. 153 Fuselier St., Arnaudville. FB: LAPOSTE.

Festival of Words Open Mic Nite, last Wednesday, 7-9 p.m., Sept. 27. Music, poetry and short story. Bring along your own work and share. At Chicory’s Coffee & Café, 219 E Martin Luther King Drive, Grand Coteau.

Tell us what you like, what you think …

NUNU Arts and Culture Collective is dedicated to establishing and maintaining itself as a primary advocate, voice, and resource for artistic, cultural and sustainable development.
Below is a link to an online evaluation that provides the collective with information on current programing and what YOU would like in programing. Please help us with completion of this short form for any and each event you attended in the prior month. The more input the better.

This evaluation is supported by the Acadiana Center for the Arts Decentralized Arts Funding grant.
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