Jefferson’s New ‘Art on the Bayou’ Gallery Offers Something for Everyone | Company

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JEFFERSON – Jefferson’s newest venture, Art on the Bayou, offers a little something for anyone who might be looking to add a little more fun to their everyday life.

Prepared to hold an open house and meet and greet from 2-4 p.m. this Sunday, Art on the Bayou was opened by business owner Angie Hudson, who runs Made in the Shade Boutique Kayak and Canoe Rental.

The long-time business owner said she was looking for a business that would add value to community members and provide them with a place of refuge.

“We just wanted to create a place where people could come and have fun,” Hudson said. “We wanted to have a place where people could congregate and have things to do in town in addition to eating or shopping. It’s a great place for locals to come to explore or learn and even for our out of town guests.”

Art on the Bayou officially opened in April and since then Hudson has added activities and classes to provide guests with a wide range of interests.

“We have all kinds of painting classes, including acrylic, alcohol ink, furniture painting, stencil and more,” she said.

Although it is an art gallery, Art on the Bayou’s offerings extend beyond the canvas.

“We have cookie decorating classes, keto cooking classes and we have what we call Fitness Wednesdays where we offer health and fitness classes including gentle yoga, tai- chi and bodybuilding,” she said.

The fitness class drop is $10 per class, and no reservations or memberships are ever required.

“We’re also adding and expanding our art classes this summer, including a kids’ art class that we’re pre-registering at the moment,” she said.

In addition to classes, Art on the Bayou also features wares from a variety of artisans, some local, in its gallery room.

“All of our merchandise is handcrafted and we have jewelry, home decor and artwork, much of which comes from women-owned businesses,” Hudson said.

The newest addition to Art on the Bayou caused a stir – the Splatter Room.

“The Splatter Room just opened, and it’s a room that you just go to with your friends or your party and have fun and make a mess,” she said. “You can book the Splatter room with regular lighting or with UV lighting.”

The Splatter Room can be reserved for parties, meetings, or other events and guests are given supplies and encouraged to wear clothes they don’t mind.

The Art on the Bayou building also features a hand-painted mural on the side of the building, which was painted in May by Texarkana artist Darlene Annette Taylor, who will also be at the open house on Sunday.

The Art on the Bayou Open House and Meet and Greet Event from 2-4 p.m. on Sunday will allow guests to come and tour the new facilities, check out the merchandise, learn more about the classes offered and to meet the artists who lead and teach the courses. .

The gathering is free and open to the public and will include hors d’oeuvres, wine and other refreshments.

Art on the Bayou is located at 205 N. Walnut St. in Jefferson and can be reached by calling (903) 601-4499 or visiting their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/artonthebayougallery. To see the full list of scheduled classes and events, visit their Facebook page.

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