After you’ve experienced the outdoors, the savory Cajun cuisine and exciting gaming action in Southwest Louisiana, you may be ready to take in some art and soak up some local history. So, take a break from the heat and head indoors to relish in these must-see art exhibits around the rich arts & cultures scene Lake Charles.

CURRENTLY RUNNING:

Lawanda Donald, Art Originals
Runs through September 29, 2017
Black Heritage Gallery
Central School, 809 Kirby Street

Works of Men
Runs through September 29, 2017
Henning Cultural Center (Sulphur)
Come out and see some fantastic art by local artists! Admission is free. For more information, call 337-527-0357.

Youth Watercolor Show
Runs through September 30, 2017
Capital One Tower Lobby
1 Lakeshore Drive, Lake Charles

McNeese Visual Arts: Jacob Dugas Retrospective Exhibit
Runs through October 6
McNeese State University, Abercrombie Gallery
The McNeese Department of Visual Arts hosts various student, faculty and guest artist exhibitions in the Shearman Fine Arts Center throughout the year that are open free to the public. For more information, contact the department at 475-5060.

McNeese Visual Arts: Student Art Association Promenade Exhibition
Runs through October 6
McNeese State University, Mezzanine Gallery
The McNeese Department of Visual Arts hosts various student, faculty and guest artist exhibitions in the Shearman Fine Arts Center throughout the year that are open free to the public. For more information, contact the department at 475-5060.

Kim Allison-Hebert & Sarah Trahan Exhibit
Runs through Nov. 25
Post Office of Walnut Grove
1490 Market Street, 1st Floor
Lake Charles LA 70601

"Where Have I Seen This Before"
Runs through November 2017
ALA Gallery By the Lake
106 W. Pryce Street

Idyllic Kodak Scenes in Colorama
Runs through December 2, 2017
Historic City Hall
1001 Ryan Street, Lake Charles
Touted by Kodak as "the world's largest photographs," the panoramic prints involved a remarkably complex technical process. Each print required a task force of Kodak experts — with an occasional guest director like Ansel Adams or Norman Rockwell. A variety of large format cameras were used throughout the years and, in early years, the wet 20-foot transparencies were dried overnight in the swimming pool area at Kodak's employee recreation center.

UPCOMING ART EVENTS & EXHIBITS:

150 Years of Lake Charles Historical Exhibit
Opening Reception: Friday, September 29, 5-9pm
Historic City Hall Arts & Cultural Center
As part of Gallery Promenade, the City of Lake Charles Sesquicentennial Planning Committee will open a multi-media historical exhibit titled 150 Years of Lake Charles. This 16-panel display will cover a wide variety of topics regarding the history of Lake Charles and will feature photographs and other relics of days gone by. The exhibit will be held at 1911 Historic City Hall (1001 Ryan Street) and will remain on display throughout the remainder of the year.

Arti Tini, Opening Reception - Lyd Walls Exhibit
Opens: Friday, September 29, 5-9pm
Runs through October 5
Art Associates Gallery, Central School
Celebrating 60 years of service in the arts, Art Associates of Lake Charles invites you to an evening of art, music, martinis, and more, featuring celebrity martini makers, hand-painted artsy tini glasses, hors d'oeuvres, music, and a silent art auction. Art Associates will also feature the abstract texture paintings of Lyd Walls on exhibit.

Gallery Promenade 2017
Sesquicentennial Edition 
Friday, September 29, 5-9pm
Gallery Promenade is a long-running annual event that celebrates the art spaces, galleries, cultural districts, and museums that work year-round to provide cultural resources, exhibits, and opportunities for both artists and residents. Each fall, Gallery Promenade offers a full driving tour of art spaces throughout the Lake Area.

McNeese Annual Faculty Exhibition
Opens: Friday, September 29 (open until 9pm on 9/29/17)
Runs through December 7
McNeese Grand Gallery
The Annual Faculty Exhibition features 45 recent works by visual arts faculty members through a variety of media including ceramics, drawing, graphic design, illustration, book arts, painting, photography, printmaking and mixed media.