Ten days after American Independence Day, many of those who live in greater New Orleans celebrate another patriotic holiday to honor the area’s French heritage.

This year, on July 14th, downtown Covington was the place to be on Bastille Day when the Covington Association of Retailers, in conjunction St. Tammany Art Association’s 42nd Annual Juried Artists Exhibition, hosted an evening of fun with a major emphasis on art. Galleries opened their doors for exhibitions, displaying pieces from a wide variety of artists who work in different media.

In addition, the evening featured can-can dancers and live artists creating masterpieces along Columbia, Boston and Lee Lane streets. Guests were given French-themed fans to keep cool.

The Covington Association of Retailers was so delighted with the outcome it plans to continue collaboration with the St. Tammany Arts Association for an annual event every July. The St. Tammany Art Association hosts  a “Second Saturday Art Stroll” every month.

Jonathan Pelletteri, Edwin Pinkston, Gianna Schlottman

Ke and Mary Francis, Henry Hood, Nikki Barranger

Harriet Blum, Dana LaFonta, Mary Monk, Sue Sutherlin, Darlene Johnson, Bob Viosca

Matt and Glenda Hardy, Bob and Judy Seago

Sally Dunn and Sarah Dunn

Jane, Charlie, Gigi and Stephen Legendre Joshua Ballay and Matthew Sharp