Lafayette, LA – In celebration of its 30th anniversary, Festival International de Louisiane proudly presents a Patron’s Preview of Haiti: Paintings from Paradise featuring the collection of Yvonne and Glenn Stokes with additional paintings from the collections of John Allen Franciscus, Paul and Madlyn Hilliard and Sandra and Joel Wallins. The Preview will be held on Wednesday, March 9 from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm at the Acadiana Center for the Arts, 101 W. Vermilion Street in Lafayette.
The exhibit will feature more than 100 vibrant paintings expressing the creativity, courage, and perseverance of the people of Haiti while honoring the visual arts as a major component of Festival International de Louisiane. Attendees will view a wide variety of artistic styles reflecting African and European influences and the diverse subjects of traditional Haitian art. “Perhaps what is most striking about the painting tradition in Haiti, unrefined and sacred,” says exhibition curator and founding president of Festival International, Herman Mhire, “is its ability to rise above tragedy and evoke optimism.”
The Patron’s Preview will be a dressy casual event with cocktails, wine and hors d’oeuvres. The exhibition will be accompanied by a full color exhibition catalog made possible by a grant from the Elemore Morgan, Jr. Visual Arts Endowment, a fund at the Community Foundation of Acadiana.
A reduced ticket price of $40 will be available until February 29th ($50 after March 1). To purchase tickets to the Patron’s Preview and support the visuals arts program of Festival International de Louisiane visit http://festivalinternational.org/special-events/haiti-paintings-from-paradise/.