In conjunction with Starry November Night, the Hammond Regional Arts Center held a reception for their November art show on Friday.
Starry November Night is an annual event that kicks off the holiday shopping season in the Hammond Downtown Development District. Since 1982, the Hammond Regional Arts Center has been a part of the Hammond Downtown Development District and has been a part of Starry November Night for all 11 years.
“It really is great to have this number of people to kind of gather and shop and get a jump start on their holiday shopping” said Executive Director of the Hammond Regional Art Center, Katherine Marquette. “We actually have a fantastic installation in our front windows to kind of correlate with that Starry November Nights thanks to Cassie Vining the art teacher and the Ponchatoula High School Art Club. And we have an excellent installation that’s honoring Vincent Van Gogh’s Starry Night.”
The art center has 10 exhibitions every year. The current exhibition is Becky Burt’s “Industrial Musings” which includes 26 pieces constructed of various materials.
“I am a found object artist. Things find their way to me and then they find their way into pieces that frequently poke fun at our mores,” Becky Burt said. “There’s no specific inspiration, but what happens is when I find something, it tells me it wants to go home with me, and it usually says I can be someone else’s worst nightmare.”
Burt was last year’s jury art exhibition winner at the Hammond Regional Arts Center. Her winning piece was “Trophy Wife” which is featured in the current exhibition.
“It’s all about poking fun at men who marry young wives because they’re good looking, or they want eye candy. The clock symbolizes the trophy wife expiring very quickly. Her time’s up baby.… Plus you got to put her on the wall because she’s a trophy,” Burt said.
Burt also owns an antique shop in Ponchatoula and teaches metal smithing, beginning jewelry making and other metal classes in New Orleans.
The Hammond Regional Arts Center was one of 15 businesses participating in the wine stroll at Starry November Night. Wine was provided by Red White and Brew and The Crescent.
“Industrial Musings” will remain showcased until Nov. 27. The Hammond Regional Arts Center is open Monday through Friday from noon to 6 p.m. Admission is free, but memberships are available for purchase.