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Slidell issues call for Mixed Media juried exhibition entries


The City of Slidell and Mayor Freddy Drennan are inviting artists from 10 southeastern states to submit their works for the Slidell Cultural Center’s upcoming Mixed Media juried exhibition. This annual competition, now in its 21st year, always proves to be a unique exhibit. To qualify as mixed media, artists must use two or more mediums to create their art. Last year’s exhibit included works created with paints, pastels, clay, wood, metals and fabrics, plus a wide assortment of other atypical media such as golden thread, rice paper and bamboo.


Phil Galatas, a world-renowned artist, three time “Best in World” Ward World Champion wood carver, master sculptor and painter, will serve as the juror for this year’s exhibit. Galatas is a native of Slidell, and his roots run deep into Bayou Country, especially along Bayou Liberty on the north shore of Lake Pontchartrain. He is a member of the Slidell Commission on the Arts and the Slidell Art League.


Galatas is a self-taught artist who began to express his artistic passion in the form of carvings and paintings. His art has found a home in many public and private collections, including the Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art (home of the World Champion wildfowl carvings), the Phillips Petroleum Museum of Oklahoma and the Louisiana Museum of Art. His art has been featured in exhibits at the National Geographic Headquarters in Washington, D.C.; various exhibitions in New York City; Easton Waterfowl Festival in Easton, Maryland; and in several cities in Japan.


All artists 18 years or older and living in the states of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, or Texas are eligible for entry in the City of Slidell’s Mixed Media exhibit. Up to three works may be submitted by each artist, with a flat rate entry fee of $25. A total of $600 in awards will be given to artists selected by the juror for first, second and third place. Entries must be submitted no later than Monday, April 15, 2013. Artist notifications will be mailed or emailed by April 17.


Complete entry details are available in the prospectus, which can be obtained from the Department of Cultural Public Affairs (250 Bouscaren Street, Ste. 304) or downloaded under the Cultural Public Affairs’ section on the city’s website,


Mixed Media will be displayed in the Slidell Cultural Center at City Hall located at 2055 Second Street, in Olde Towne Slidell. The exhibit opens on April 26, with an opening reception and awards presentation from 7 to 9 p.m. Gallery hours are Wednesday through Friday, from noon to 4 p.m. and on June 5, from 9 a.m. to noon.


This event is held in conjunction with the Louisiana Cultural District and Main Street programs. Mixed Media is presented by the City of Slidell's Department of Cultural Public Affairs, its Commission on the Arts and the 2012 - 2013 Cultural Season sponsors.


This exhibit is supported by a grant from the Louisiana Division of the Arts, Office of Cultural Development, Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism in cooperation with the Louisiana State Arts Council as administered by the St. Tammany Commission on Cultural Affairs.


For more information about Mixed Media, please call the Department of Cultural Public Affairs at 985.646.4375 or visit the city’s website at For the latest city news updates and information about upcoming events, follow the official “City of Slidell, La. – Municipal News” page on Facebook.