Southeastern NEWS Southeastern Louisiana University Public Information Office SLU 880, Hammond, LA 70402 504/549-2341/fax 504-549-2061 Date: 3/7/97 Contact: Carol Dotson 5 Editors: Artwork accompanies release HAMMOND AZALEA FESTIVAL AND ARTRAIN SCHEDULED MARCH 20-23 HAMMOND -- The Hammond Azalea Festival, four days of cultural activities, garden tours and plant sales celebrating a favorite spring-time symbol, will taken place in historic downtown Hammond March 20-23. The festival, now in its second year, is a joint project of Southeastern Louisiana University's Cultural Resource Management Program, the Hammond Cultural Foundation and the Hammond Downtown Development District. Activities will include art exhibits at Clark Hall Gallery and the Hammond Cultural Foundation; the "Living Roots of Music" concert at Reimers Memorial; the Hammond Cultural Foundation's Arts Awards Luncheon; the designation of Hammond as an official Team City by Entergy Corporation; a variety of Azalea plant sales and garden tours and the Azalea Farmers Market. A special addition to the festival this year is a visit by Artrain, the nation's only traveling art museum on a train. The traveling gallery arrives in Hammond with its new exhibit Art in Celebration! on March 20. Area schools will have the opportunity to visit the exhibit on March 20 and 21 and the general public can view the 36 contemporary artworks commissioned by the Smithsonian Associates from 9 a.m. -4 p.m. Saturday, March 22 and 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sunday, March 23. Artrain is free. Artrain has been traveling the rails to communities throughout the country since 1971 striving to create an environment that makes art accessible, interesting, inspirational and fun for families across the country, said Don Marshall, director of Southeastern's Clark Hall Gallery and --more-- AZALEA FESTIVAL/ADD ONE coordinator of the university's Cultural ResourceManagement program. Marshall is heading up the Artrain's Azalea Festival visit. The new exhibition, Art in Celebration!, features a collection of contemporary artworks from the Smithsonian Institution by world-renowned artists that celebrates both national and international events. A demonstration car will feature local artists from Hammond and the Northshore art community. Art in Celebration! artists include New Orleans artist Luis Cruz Azaceta, Alexander Calder, Elizabeth Catlett, Dale Chihuly, Sam Gilliam, Jacob Lawrence, and Georgia O'Keeffe. Artrain has traveled to 38 states and has delighted more than 2.5 million adults and children. Artrain expects to reach more than 500,000 people in 100 communities in 40 states during the current Art in Celebration! tour. Artrain's visit to Hammond is sponsored by Southeastern, Clark Hall Gallery and the City of Hammond with major support from the Tangipahoa Parish Tourist Commission, First Guaranty Bank and Entergy. Also on the Azalea Festival schedule: Louisiana Artist Annual. An exhibition of works by faculty and students from Louisiana universities. Exhibition remains on view through April. Clark Hall Gallery, SLU campus. Free. The Living Roots of Music- traces the story of music and instruments throughout history. Lauren Pelon will perform on over twenty-five ancient and modern instruments including the lute, shawm, hurdy-gurdy and Kiowa courting flute. Thursday March 20, 7:30 pm at Reimers Memorial, First Christian Church. Sponsored by the Hammond Cultural Foundation. $5.00, $4.00 in advance. Hammond Arts Awards Luncheon- The Hammond Cultural Foundation honors leaders in the arts. Friday March 21, Noon. 217 E. Thomas. 542-7113. Reservations required. $15.00 per person --more-- AZALEA FESTIVAL/ADD TWO Celebrate Hammond- Join us as Hammond is designated a Team City by Entergy Corporation. Hammond Depot. 300 N.W.Railroad. Friday 5:00-7:00 pm. Free. Saturday events include: Morrison Azalea Plant Sale- Benefiting the Hammond Cultural Foundation. 8:00 am 10296 Highway 190, Hammond. 542-7113 Azalea Farmers Market- Three markets in one! Azaleas, plants and other garden items, flea market items, cakes and preserves all available for sale. 8:30-12:00 pm. 300 N.W. Railroad Avenue next to the dept. Proceeds benefit the Hammond Downtown Lighting Project. Azalea Society of Louisiana Plant Sale-Next to the Azalea Garden and train depot. 8:30 am - noon. Azalea Gardens at LSU Agricultural Center- 8:30 am-1:30 pm Hammond Research Station, 21549 Old Covington Hwy., Hammond. 543-4125. Zemurray Gardens- Visit one of Louisiana's most beautiful gardens. 23115 Zemurray Garden Dr., Loranger, La. 878-2284. $4.00 adults, $3.00 seniors and children under 12. Watercolor '97 - an exhibit of watercolor artists from the Northshore at the Hammond Cultural Foundation. Walking Tour- Guided tour through historic downtown Hammond. 1:30-3:00 pm. Free. Shadow Creek Garden Tour- Former Congressman James and Mrs. Marjorie Morrison open their gardens to the public to benefit the Hammond Cultural Foundation. 1:00-5:00 pm. Refreshments and tour: $6.00 adults, $1.00 children 12 and under. Tickets available at the gate. 10296 Highway 190, Hammond. 542-7113 For more information on Artrain and the Azalea Festival, contact Don Marshall at Southeastern Louisiana University's Cultural Resource Management Program at 549-2193 or the Tangipahoa Tourist Commission at 1-800-542-7520.