Minden will light up during Friday's "Grand Illumination," when the switch is flipped on thousands of Christmas lights.
Simultaneously, the Fasching Fifth Season kicks off with an "Art Stroll on Main Street" Friday, November 9 where music and art will be downtown from 5 until 8 p.m.
"Art lovers can plan on strolling Main Street to see four art shows this Friday," Bill Cook, City Art Works Assistant Director said of the "Minden Originals II" Art Show, which will feature art by more than 20 Minden-area artists. "We had the Minden Originals Art Show two years ago, and the show was a huge success, so we have invited the artists back to show their new work."
The show will feature all mediums – oil, sculpture, pastels, acrylics, metal and found objects. The works will cover abstract to primitive art.
Artist and author, Jasmine Morelock Field, will be onhand at City Art Works Friday evening to sign her book entitled, "Valerie," the story of the life of her daughter who was murdered at LSU her senior year. In the books are Valerie's writings in the form of diaries.
"Experiencing God with us, is the message of this book," Field said. "We need not be overcome with grief and fear. God is not only our hope, He is reality."
Fields, who has a Masters of Fine Arts, has included some of her paintings in her book.
Easley Fine Arts will host a second show featuring the works of the late James William Hallmark (1936-1999), who was born in Minden and grew up in Dixie Inn playing on Dorcheat.
He loved to draw from an early age so his parents enrolled him in an Art Instruction mail order art course.
After high school and six years of military service, including five years with NATO in Naples, Italy, he attended the Dallas Art Institute where he studied graphic art.
In 1961, James returned to Naples to study painting at the Academy of Fine Arts, where he graduated in 1965. He also received an Art Education degree from Northwestern in Natchitoches and a Masters of Liberal Arts from Southern Methodist University in Dallas. He worked for Taylor Publishing Company in Dallas from 1965 to 1975 as an International Sales Representative in Europe and South America.
He returned to Dixie Inn in 1975 and built his dream home on the bayou where he spent the rest of his life painting and enjoying the nature and beauty surrounding his home. This show entitled "Full Circle" reflects his life experiences through his art.
Two new downtown Minden shops will be open late as part of the "Art Stroll."
Pop Art at MoJeaux a Gogh-Gogh, 731 Main Street will be open, featuring the art of several area artists including Rebecca Tyree who will be onhand to sign her work.
Antiques and Art on Main, 700 Main Street, is a co-op of local artists such as stained glass artists, woodworkers, sculptors and photographers.
"Parking will be available in the civic center parking lot for the stroll," said Pattie Odom, Downtown Development Director. "It will be fun to have folks stroll the sidewalks, enjoy refreshments, see friends and enjoy great art and music – and, of course, the Christmas lights."