Alan Futch, Dean of Flowers, has again amazed us and produced an exciting layout of varied high quality art work from a range of talented artists, this time on a natural theme

Alan Futch, Dean of Flowers, has again amazed us and produced an exciting layout, this time of varied high quality art work from a range of talented artists on a natural theme.

I loved seeing my work exhibited alongside some truly breathtaking wood sculptures, taxidermy tableaux, oil paintings, photographs, mixed media and pencil and water colour pictures. I submitted images of Southern wildlife alongside some very accomplished artists, many of these works are available for sale via the museum, mine printed in full colour at high resolution on foam core by ABP Associated Business Printing in West Monroe.

Today my short wildlife film “Fins, Feathers, Fur and Fangs” made its public debut running as a loop at the exhibition. At 33 minutes, it provides a quick taste of some of the region’s glorious biodiversity.  For good reading on this subject, I recommend Kelby Ouchley’s books Bayou Diversity and the newly released Bayou Diversity 2 (October 2018).

Furthermore, if you are a landowner with prime wildlife habitat that you want to conserve you can read up about how to register your land with the protected areas program.

Exhibiting artists gathered for the opening party at Union Museum of History and Art in Farmerville. K. Paxton image

Exhibiting artists gathered for the opening party at Union Museum of History and Art in Farmerville. K. Paxton image

Together with this fabulous display of art on the theme of the natural world, Union Museum of History and Art will also be hosting the following events which promise to be very good indeed.

Thursday, Feb. 1, 4:30 p.m. – Kelby Ouchley, wildlife biologist and author, will discuss “American Alligator: Ancient Predator in the Modern World.” *


Saturday, Feb. 17, 1 p.m. – Bette Kauffman will discuss the Louisiana Master Naturalists program. She is president of the newly formed Northeast Louisiana chapter of the organization.


Wednesday, Feb. 28, 3:30 p.m. – Children’s program on “Louisiana Wild Things” by Nova Clarke, Black Bayou Lake Wildlife Refuge ranger.


Wednesday, March 7, 3:30 p.m. – Children’s program on “Raptors: Deadly Hunters,” by Kim Dooley of the Louisiana Purchase Gardens and Zoo in Monroe.

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*See my earlier review of this superb book here.