The Lake Charles Sesquicentennial Celebration will include an exhibition at Historic City Hall Arts & Cultural Center titled “150 Years of Lake Charles”.
The exhibition consists of a series of panels outlining the history of Lake Charles. The panels are accompanied by historic objects which have been collected from the community for loan, as well as a slide show of photographs and a film. The mission is for this exhibit to spark an interest in our shared history, start a conversation, and ultimately bring us closer together.
Committee members said, “To tell the history of a city poses a monumental task, especially a city that is 150 years old. We, the Sesquicentennial Celebration Exhibit Committee, took on this challenge knowing that we could never tell the complete history of Lake Charles. Instead, we chose a handful of topics important to the people, history, and culture of Lake Charles and provided a glimpse into what makes our city so special.”
The exhibition will be on display through December 30, 2017. While visiting Historic City Hall, you can pick up an American Press Sesquicentennial Calendar for $5. For other events including a parade, concerts and fireworks go to www.celebratelakecharles150.com.
The Artisans Gallery will host an opening reception in the first floor gallery for their multimedia exhibition during Gallery Promenade. All works will be available for purchase. The exhibit will hang through December 30. During this time the exhibit will be refreshed and reopened with another reception on a date to be determined.
Also opening this evening is “Waterworks,” a collection of watercolor paintings created by the members of Sue Zimmermann’s watercolor group. Zimmermann is a well-known local artist who started this group 6 years ago to encourage artists to discover their untapped talent and hone their skills in watercolor for their artistic expression. The viewers will be intrigued by the variety of styles and subject matter, yet the show is united by the common medium. The exhibit will hang in the second floor gallery through December 30. For more information on Gallery Promenade visit www.artscouncilswla.org.
Historic City Hall is open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Admission is free, but donations are gladly accepted. Charlestown Farmers’ Market is open on Bilbo Street behind the center every Saturday 8 a.m.-noon. For more information, please call 491-9147 or visit www.cityoflakecharles.com.