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Hammond Regional Arts Center features former professor Barbara Tardo’s artwork

Barbra Tardo’s artwork sits on display at the Hammond Regional Arts Center. A New Orleans native, Tardo was a fixture in the university’s Visual Arts department for decades.

Jordyn Franklin, Staff Reporter

October 22, 2020

From Oct. 16 to Nov. 11, the Hammond Regional Arts Center will be displaying Barbara Tardo’s artwork in an exhibition titled “Sand Reliefs & Other Works.”  Tardo, a former instructor of Visual Arts for the university, has had her work featured several times at the HRAC as well as across th...

HRAC takes initiative with new online projects

The Hammond Regional Arts Center has instituted several projects to keep people creative at home, including #ChalktheWalkTangi. Locals can submit photo chalk art to HRAC to be featured on their social media.

Symiah Dorsey, Staff Reporter

May 7, 2020

With a pandemic that has caused several businesses to close their doors, many people have been deprived of their chance to enjoy the arts. Businesses might be closed, but that has not stopped the Hammond Regional Arts Center from sharing art and providing entertainment for the community. The HRAC is u...

Hammond Regional Arts Center honors the legacy of Marjorie Morrison

The Hammond Regional Arts Center is opened Wednesday through Friday from 12- 6 p.m. For more information contact HRAC 985-542-7113.

Gabrielle Wood, Staff Reporter

January 30, 2020

Marjorie Morrison, advocate of the arts and former wife of U.S. Senator Jim Morrison, has been featured through the works of Hammond artists Pat Macaluso and Denise Tullier-Holly. The exhibit is formally titled “The Marjorie Morrison Sculpture Biennial” and opened at the Hammond Regional Arts C...

Fine and Functional sells local artwork for gift-giving season

The Hammond Regional Arts Center hosted its annual Fine & Functional event to support local artists and allow visitors to purchase handmade gifts for the holiday season.

Symiah Dorsey, Staff Reporter

November 16, 2019

As the holiday season began, people sought out to buy original, handmade gifts. The Hammond Regional Arts Center, located downtown, continued its holiday traditions by hosting its annual Fine and Functional show. The opening exhibition took place on Nov. 15 starting at 5 p.m. This event allowed artists in...

Make local, summer plans in the arts

Make local, summer plans in the arts

Zachary Araki, Assistant Editor

May 7, 2019

During the summer, the celebration of creative expression will continue through activities from exhibitions to art camps. On campus, the Contemporary Art Gallery will exhibit a series of works from Evan Fugazzi, an artist from Philadelphia, from June 10 to August 30. On June 27-29, theatre alumni w...

Selling art that holds a practical purpose

Bumble Bee Pottery sells ceramic items including teapots, jewelry and platters. Helene Fielder encourages aspiring artists to find a style that matches their aesthetic.

Jacob Summerville, Staff Reporter

March 11, 2019

A kitchen does not have to be filled with plastic cups and store-bought vases. Handmade mugs, jewelry, pots and plates serve a conventional purpose to consumers while upholding the artistic flair of any other artwork. Helene Fielder, owner and founder of Bumble Bee Pottery, sells teapots, platters, vase...

Fostering romance with art

Kendall Alvis, an instructor at Painting with a Twist, teaches a class on painting a mermaid and a beach scene. Along with the Hammond Regional Arts Center and the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts, Painting with a Twist is a venue in Hammond that can mingle romance and art.

Diamond Hollins, Staff Reporter

February 12, 2019

For an aura of romance and creativity, couples can find venues like the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts, Painting with a Twist and the Hammond Regional Arts Center, all located in downtown Hammond, as a way to express their feelings through art. Roy Blackwood, executive director of the Col...

Cocktails, music and Moulin Rouge await

Zachary Araki, Assistant Editor

February 6, 2019

The Hammond Regional Arts Center looks towards a third successful year of "Art of the Cocktail" with an increase in bartenders. "Art of the Cocktail" is scheduled for Friday, Feb. 8 starting at 6:30 p.m. in HRAC. This year, the theme is Moulin Rouge, and the number of participating bartenders grew...

A community nurtures the arts

The Hammond Regional Arts Center promotes the arts through exhibitions and events like the Common Read, inviting Kate Moore, author of

Zachary Araki, Assistant Editor

February 5, 2019

Through more than an exhibition, the Hammond Regional Arts Center promotes and brings local, regional and national art to its community. According to Tara Bennett, media coordinator for the HRAC, the arts center “provides an avenue for everyone in Tangipahoa Parish to enrich their lives through a...

Find holiday season gifts for every wish list

Kyle Trav checks out the artworks on display in the Hammond Regional Arts Center’s “Fine and Functional Show.” The exhibition includes pieces for sale ranging from under $20 to over $300.

Zachary Araki, A&E Editor

November 19, 2018

Shoppers can complete their holiday gift list with functional, creative artworks at the Hammond Regional Arts Center. This year’s “Fine and Functional Show” holds an array of items including ceramics, jewelry, ornaments and 2D art. All pieces on display are available for purchase. Prices vary...

Reading and talking about the Radium Girls

Kate Moore, author of

Zachary Araki, A&E Editor

November 4, 2018

Kate Moore visited Hammond to talk about her nationally acclaimed book "The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America's Shining Women" and the lives of the women depicted in it. The talk brought attendees to the Hammond Regional Arts Center on Nov. 3 at 10 a.m. Media Coordinator for HRAC Tara Bennett...

New Orleans organization brings pastel to Hammond

Jacob Summerville, Staff Reporter

October 15, 2018

Along with its French influence, New Orleans is home to an organization dedicated to honoring the art of pastel painting. Formed in 1984, the Degas Pastel Society connects pastel artists on an international level through the appreciation of the art medium and one of its prominent painters, Edgar Degas. Treasurer...