The Big Easel Art Festival

(L to R: "Long Stem" and "Underneath the White" by Lauren SIbley Brasseaux)

This Saturday, River Ranch will host an all-day art event, The Big Easel Art Festival, in its Town Square.

Renee Matamoros, marketing director of City Club and the River Ranch Institute, said the outdoor event was established 13 years ago, after Hurricane Katrina hit, uprooting many artists.

“We always had some from outside of Lafayette, but now we are more regional. We even go into Mississippi, people from Alabama. After the hurricane a lot of artists were displaced and didn’t have a place to show their work,” said Matamoros.

This year, The Big Easel will showcase artists of various media, including paintings, jewelry, ceramics, photography, glass and wood. One artist is Lauren Sibley Brasseaux, of Lafayette.The lifelong artist has created watercolor and acrylic paintings under the moniker Sibley Designs since 2014.

“As a Lafayette native, I love using the inspiration I see every day,” said Brasseaux. “Even when I go on a run around the neighborhood, I am snapping pictures of things I see that might turn into paintings later on.

“I paint things that make me happy. Flowers have always, always made me happy, so I naturally gravitate towards nature, whether it is a detailed study or scenery,” said Brasseaux.

The lifelong artist’s feminine, realistic and nature-centric work was first featured at the Big Easel’s 2015 event. This year, she is one of 62 participating artists.

“You have your veterans and new up and comers great to see how everyone evolved,’ Matamoros said.

The event is family-friendly, Matamoros said, and City Club, Romacelli, Pour and coffee shop The Lab will remain open throughout the day, and music will be provided by string trio Arco Music and acoustic guitarist Aaron Paille. Children can participate in free face painting and artistic activities.

“We put this event on to bring people together,” said Matamoros. “[Artists] keep all their sales. We do not take anything from them. It’s a way to bring the art community together for Lafayette and the surrounding areas.”


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