The award-winning author and visual artist Patrick G. Metoyer, a former resident of Natchitoches, will contribute “Cane River – Red River” photographs to the Northwestern State University Creole Heritage Center. The abstract digital photographs are three from a recent environmental series which Metoyer has been developing to highlight natural features, especially water. Although the title of the photographs does not represent a literal depiction of Natchitoches waterways, “Cane River – Red River” is a tribute to the signature landmark of the region.


The award-winning author and visual artist Patrick G. Metoyer, a former resident of Natchitoches, will contribute “Cane River – Red River” photographs to the Northwestern State University Creole Heritage Center. The abstract digital photographs are three from a recent environmental series which Metoyer has been developing to highlight natural features, especially water. Although the title of the photographs does not represent a literal depiction of Natchitoches waterways, “Cane River – Red River” is a tribute to the signature landmark of the region.
Metoyer, a descendant of William Avit Conant and Ora Perot Conant, will participate in the Conant Family Reunion 2010 during the Memorial Day weekend. “Since my art is not known in Natchitoches,” Metoyer said, “my donated photographs will honor my maternal grandparents and provide the Creole Heritage Center with a sampling of my work for the center's collection.”
In addition to his visual arts, Metoyer has developed a performance program for schools and libraries. “I dress in character,” Metoyer said, “to read my children's books and to share my poetry and the writings of other authors. My style is often compared to Dr. Seuss and is sure to please children and adults alike.”
Metoyer expects to be in Natchitoches not only for the Conant Family Reunion for Memorial Day 2010 but also for the 75th anniversary of St. Anthony's parish. “I attended primer and first grade at St. Anthony's,” he said. “The parish is holding the first reunion of former students. It should be a memorable event this Memorial Day.”

For information about Patrick G. Metoyer's art, books, and performances, contact him by email at metoyer.art@gmail.com. He welcomes commissions.