The Gulf Coast Marketplace is now accepting vendor applications for its first live festival. The Gulf Coast Marketplace Festival is scheduled for Saturday, June 23rd and Sunday, June 24th, 2012 at the Houma-Terrebonne Civic Center (see flyer below). The festival will celebrate Louisiana’s unique culture and heritage, featuring handcrafted items by artists and craftsmen.
The indoor festival will also feature food, live music and a song-writers contest (look for details in the near future).
Each 10′ x 10′ vendor booth can be leased for $170. Gulf Coast Marketplace vendors recieve a $20 discount. Limited space is available. Vendors will be allowed to share booths.
For more information about the Gulf Coast Marketplace Festival contact Brandi LeCompte, 985-438-1231 or email@example.com.
Check out this video post from Gulf Coast Marketplace artist, Joycelyn, Boudreaux, Copperhead Studios, Inc.
Follow the Gulf Coast Marketplace on Twitter @gulfcoastmarket
Born in Thibodaux, Louisiana, Jim Toups grew up fishing and hunting in the bayous, swamps and marshes. That’s where his love of the wilderness and the wildlife of south Louisiana began. Soon, Jim began capturing the essence of Louisiana wildlife in his art.
It all started back at H. L. Bourgeious High School, where Jim was given an assignment to do a report on something unique to South Louisiana. He chose duck decoy carving. This report opened up a new door in Jim’s artistic life which lasts till this day, a desire to capture his love of waterfowl. He began carving ducks out of wood in 1984 and now he captures their beauty in sketch art.
Jim Toup’s Louisiana wildlife art is now available for view and purchase in the Gulf Coast Marketplace.
“Have you ever done anything that you enjoyed so much that time just disappeared? That is what happens to me when I am creating. It fills a void that I have and it is a retreat from everyday life.” – Faye Lee
Faye Lee lives in Mooringsport, Louisiana. Like many artists, she works hard at a fulltime job (in construction) but her true passion is in painting her unique angels and creating art from found treasures. Faye fills her world with a collection of “artifacts” of the past that speak of a different time.
She finds, excavates and gives new life to items that would otherwise end up in landfills.
“Sometimes I find an old rusty thing that wouldn’t seem to be good for anything, really…and it speaks to me. I find myself wondering what its life was behind the rusty patina. Whose hands held onto it? Are those hands still with us today?” – Faye Lee
Faye gives new life to discarded items by incorporating them into her original pieces with hope that they
will again stand the test of time. She frequently combines elements and mixes mediums. Her showcase of original art includes acrylics, oils, mixed media, jewelry, collage and salvage art.
She has named her studio of found treasures, paintings and new creations — “Venus Blues”. In addition to her unique art, Venus Blues is filled with a montage of materials, from artifacts that she excavated from a construction site, found on the road or picked up at a flea market, to old ledgers, rusty nails, and “a thousand things in between”.
“I have been accused of being a hoarder,” says Faye. “When I bring these treasures home I may not have a specific place for them. I don’t know exactly where they will end up. Sometimes, it takes a while. As I work in my studio I might pick up an item and look at it, consider the texture, color, weight. And then…one day…out of the blue…I know where that piece will go. It may inspire a piece, be the main component of a piece or be a small part of a larger piece. I can’t force the process. If I do something that I don’t really want to do, the process doesn’t flow and it is reflected in the finished piece.”
You can view some of her original paintings and creations on her website “Venus Blue’s Hideaway”. She also has a regular blog (venusblueshideaway.blogspot.com)by the same name. In the past year, Faye began displaying her art at Louisiana festivals. Her items are also available for view and purchase on the Gulf Coast Marketplace.
Meet the artists featured on BayouResilience.com and on the Gulf Coast Marketplace
In June 2012, the Gulf Coast Marketplace, an e-commerce solution for community recovery, will host its first live festival featuring the talents of Louisiana artists, craftsmen, authors, musicians and other micro-enterprises. The indoor festival will feature art, crafts, live music and food and will take place on June 23rd and June 24th at the Houma-Terrebonne Civic Center.
The Gulf Coast Marketplace, @gulfcoastmarket, is being developed as a virtual festival to help celebrate and deliver the talents of Louisiana artists, craftsmen and micro-enterprises to a global market. In addition to introducing a unique culture and heritage to the world, the Gulf Coast Marketplace is one important element of a 3-tiered community recovery program led by Options for Independence to bring income into households that have experienced economic challenge.
The mission of the Gulf Coast Marketplace is to contribute to community recovery by providing opportunities for economic growth and financial independence to individuals and families, especially those impacted by disaster.
Gulf Coast Marketplace artists will receive a discount to participate in the festival. Anyone interested in joining the Gulf Coast Marketplace as a vendor should contact Brandi LeCompte at firstname.lastname@example.org.