La Divina Featured Artists:
When Hank Holland of Lockport talks about his paintings, he uses words such as “love,” “faith,” “joy” and “heart” to describe all of the emotions that guide his hand and brushes across canvas. His intensely bright images are imaginary scenes of life along Bayou Lafourche in south Louisiana.
“The bayou is all I know,” says Holland, a self-taught painter who has had cerebral palsy since birth. I love to paint what our great-grandparents knew about life on the bayou…It was a simple life. That’s what my paintings portray. (-Interview by John R. Kemp / Louisiana Life Magazine)
https://www.facebook.com/HOLLANDFOLKARTSharon Furrate Bailey:
Sharon Furrate Bailey was originally inspired at the age of eight years old when her father, Lewis Reid Brown, a commercial architect, took her to an art showcase. She is now a full-time artist who can be found almost daily at her Woodlands Art Studio in Baton Rouge. She is known for her use of color in her abstracts. She also paints whimsical art such has her extremely popular crawfish series.
Several of Sharon’s paintings have been featured in films such as God’s Not Dead and Caged No More. The television series “Queen Sugar” (produced by Oprah Winfrey) has also featured Sharon’s work. Many print publications, such as City Social and 225 Magazine, have also interviewed and published articles about Sharon’s work. Sharon is proud to have sold commissioned pieces all over the United States and as far as Australia.
Marita Gentry is an award-winning painter whose limitless imagination and love of color shine through in her work. A self-taught artist, Gentry displays her artwork in several galleries throughout Louisiana and participates in many juried shows.
Gentry has painted professionally for over a decade, worked extensively in galleries, and illustrated Life in a Few Words, a poetry book by D.C. Arledge. She has also painted murals for fundraising events and served as the director of the Arts Council of Livingston, which voted her Artist of the Year in 2003. Gentry is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, the Artists Roster of the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge, and the Louisiana Watercolor Society. As an illustrator, she revels in her role in setting the pace and the rhythm of an author’s story.
Pass a good time at La Divina with talented and fun local Singer Songwriters, Fantastic artist’s events, Fundraisers and Food… Check out our Facebook Events page to keep up with the happenings at our little cafe. Our music takes place 6p-8p…. Call us for updated info at 225-771-8488.
Regular events include Live Original Music Thursdays and on select Saturdays. Check the below for specific singer songwriters that are coming up soon. Original Music in genres of all types can be found. Thank you for supporting our hugely talented locals and traveling folks too.
Friday Nights feature “Original Music Gathering”: Stop in and sign up to perform a few original pieces. Usually original music is featured but other original instrumental and spoken art forms have been showcased as well. Beloved local Singer Songwriter Daniel Broe hosts our Friday Nights. Practice your original work in front of others or just stop in to support our area’s local musicians with select wines, ice cold beer, delicious dining and gelato. Music MUST be original, PG13, and non political please as we are a family friendly venue.
Watch our page for upcoming events.
Past events have included:
Children’s Author Reading nights,
Fundraisers like “Gelato Love for CAAWS” or “Brunch for a Cure”,
Princess appearances for kids and Murder Mystery events for adults!
Check our Facebook Events page or Eventbrite for more details.