Holiday Arts Tour

Held each November, Holiday Arts Tour is a celebration of the arts in north Louisiana. Artists of many genres are hosted by local merchants for a weekend of arts, music and shopping. The Tour also includes free art-related activities for children, free musical performances by regional talent, and open studios of area artists. The Tour promotes artistic discussion, exposure and sales through live demonstrations, performances and exhibitions.

If you would like to participate as an artist or a merchant location, see the Artist and Business Applications here

16th Annual Holiday Arts Tour: Create!   

November 21-24th, 2013

The North Central Louisiana Arts Council is pleased to present its 16th annual Holiday Arts Tour in downtown Ruston, November 21-24, 2013. This year’s theme is Create!, and that’s just what regional artists are doing now in preparation for this big, art-filled weekend. All of the performances and activities in NCLAC’s Holiday Arts Tour are free to the public as part of our mission to foster opportunities for creative expression and build a region where the arts can thrive.


Ceramic pieces from the 2012 Holiday Arts Tour

5-8 pm Thursday 

Get an early start on your holiday shopping as NCLAC partners with the City of Ruston’s annual Main Street Holiday Open House! 31 Artists will have their work on display only in 22 stores this evening. Check out the list below to see what artists will displaying their works and where they will be set up!

4-8 pm Friday

Artists will be in the stores to meet shoppers and sale their wares, and musicians will be performing in seven of the downtown businesses. Musicians include: Dr. Cain Budds, classical guitar; Bethany Raybourn, indie singer/songwriter; Elizabeth Vidos, buckets and body percussion; Fred Beavers and Sara Sullivan, old-time country swing; Grace Notes, barbershop a cappella harmony; Ken Carter Collection, jazz ensemble; and the Olsen String Trio, classical string music. Be sure to walk over to Pastry Moon at 6pm on Friday for a Poetry Round-Robin featuring four regional poets:  April Honaker, Errol Miller, Genaro Ky Ly Smith, and Veronica Schuder. 

11-5 pm Saturday

Artists will be in the stores to meet shoppers and sale their wares. There will be plenty of time to visit with the artists and see unique demonstrations, such as screen printing and spinning wool. Another activity on Saturday is a street performance by the Tech Theatre Players where visitors can see this amazing group in stage combat action.

1-4 pm Sunday

The last day of the Tour, “Sprout Sunday,” will feature free demonstrations and hands-on projects for children, such as fiber arts and clay, at three participating locations: Brush Hour Studio, Pastry Moon and Stitchville.

A perfect ending to the long weekend will be a “Community Variety Show” at 4:30 pm at the Dixie Center for the Arts. This show will include the Dixie Dancers, LG Dance Studio, Percussive Arts Institute of Ruston, Grambling Choir, and Ruston Community Theatre.  This show will be free and open to the public.

  Make sure to pick up the 2013 NCLAC Holiday Arts Tour Brochure before you go on the Tour! The Brochure will inform you about the participating artists, and where to find them on the Tour. Brochures will be printed in the first week of November. 

  There will be a collection comprised of samples of artwork from all the participating artists at the Dixie Center for the Arts, and special classes the public is welcome to look in on at the Fabric Shop. RJHS & RHS Talented Art Students will also have their work on display at Art Innovations.

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2013 HAT Artist

Type of Art-Wares


 Suzy Berry & Shannan Inman Jewelry & Calligraphy  Embellishments
 Alexandria  Bozeman “Upcycled” Furniture Art Innovations
 Leigh Buffington Jewelry, Prints, & Sculpture Serendipity
 Whitney Caskey Ornaments, Photos, & Paintings Rodeo Boutique
 Todd Cloe Wooden Turned Rings Sundown Tavern
 Jacqueline Cochran “Upcycled” Furniture Art Innovations
 Julie Crews Oil Paintings House of Flowers & Cake Shoppe
 M.C. Davis Prints & Paintings Fine Line Art Supply & Stitchville
 Christiane Drieling German Story-Telling Inspired Wooden Toys Lewis Boutique
Nicole Duet Drawings Kelly Moore Bag
 Stephanie Dugard
Jewelry & Clothing Kelly Moore Bag
 Jake Dugard Screen Prints Makers Union
Emily Ezell Paintings Sundown Tavern
 Bonnie Ferguson Handmade Soaps & Knitted Items Pastry Moon
 Cindy Gibson Ceramics Rogers Furniture
 Frank Hamrick Handmade Books, & Photos Fine Line Art Supply Stitchville
 Peter Hay Paintings, Prints, & Photos Turbo Goat
 Rachel Johnston Hand-spun Yarn, Soap, & Yarn Spinning Demonstrations Rumo’s Barber Shop
 Frank Kelley, Jr. Paintings Pastry Moon
 Dorene Kordal Felt-Made Accessories Chartreuse Pear
Laura Glen Lawson Jewelry Townsend House
 Laura Lee Jewelry, & Sculpture Pastry Moon
Michele McGehee Jewelry Made from Watches Townsend House
 Sonny Monteleone Photography The Lodge
 Casey Parkinson Ceramics House of Flowers & Cake Shoppe
 Julie Roane Oil Paintings Rogers Furniture
 Joey Slaughter Paintings, & Sculpture Makers Union
 Geri Taylor Gourd Art, & Hand-Made Books Patton’s Downtown
 Allen TutenKit GilbertHooshang Khorasani Wood WorkingSculpture & PaintingsPaintings & Prints Patton’s DowntownStudio 301The Frame Up
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