Enjoy the state’s natural beauty and artistic talent as Hodges Gardens State Park, in conjunction with the Louisiana Crafts Guild and Gallery One Ellleven in Leesville, hosts its inaugural art show, “Art in the Park,” on Saturday, Nov. 22, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
“Hodges Gardens has a tradition, dating back to the 1960s, of being a center for local artists. That’s a tradition that we want to revive,” says Lt. Governor Mitch Landrieu, whose office oversees the Office of State Parks. “The site has certainly been a wonderful addition to the State Parks system, and is on its way to becoming re-established as a major cultural destination for visitors to our state.”
Pieces by artists and craftspeople from across the state will be showcased at the event, to be held near the Gift Shop and formal garden of Hodges Gardens SP. Other activities will include nature-related art projects for children and refreshments. Entrance fees will be waived for the day, to allow the public to enjoy the art and the park.
Approximately 900 acres of wild and cultivated beauty, the Sabine Parish wilderness area is a unique member to the State Parks family. Originally designed and opened to the public in 1956 by oil and gas businessman A.J. Hodges Sr., the site’s naturalistic gardens consist of a variety of native and imported foliage; the site was donated to the State in 2007.
Hodges Gardens State Park is located on Hwy. 171, approximately 15 miles south of Many and 15 miles north of Leesville. More information on the site can be found on Louisiana State Park’s website, www.lastateparks.com.
The Louisiana Crafts Guild encourages the artist expression of Louisiana culture, offering members an outlet for advancing their craft and their works. Information on the organization can be found at www.louisianacraftsguild.org.