Tom Peyton Memorial Arts Festival


48th Annual

Tom Peyton Memorial Arts Festival

March 28, 2014 - April 6, 2014


The Annual Arts Festival of First United Methodist Church, Alexandria, Louisiana, was established in 1967 to encourage use and understanding of the arts as a means of healthy expression. It presented the first juried art competition in Central Louisiana. For more than four decades since, the Festival has offered a variety of exhibits as well as programs of music, film, literature and drama.

The festival was renamed in 1980 to honor the memory of the Rev. Tom Peyton, a former associate minister whose ministry to the entire community's arts and educational efforts was especially significant. An endowment in Peyton's memory contributes to the Festival's budget, which is supported otherwise by patrons' gifts and grants. The Festival enjoys the guidance and services of the church's staff and the use of its facilities. The core of the Festival remains the competitive juried exhibit, which retains the respect it has earned from artists in the region.

All events are free and open to the public!


Schedule of Events

All events are free and open to the public!
Friday, March 28, 2014 - Opening Reception
6 - 8 p.m. Awards & Gallery Talk by Juror Samuel J. Corso
Special exhibit artists Claude Ellender, Mary Monk and Louis Morales will be at the Opening Reception.
Saturday, March 29 - Sunday, April 6, 2014
Art Exhibits Open Daily 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. except Sunday, April 6 is 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.
Special Exhibit: Plein Air Paintings of Southeastern Louisiana featuring works by Claude Ellender, Mary Monk and Louis Morales
School Art: artwork by local students and their teachers
Saturday, March 29 - Children's Day
Bind books, create collages and pull prints with educators from The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art.
Online registration is required
In the Seekers & Becomers Classroom
9:15 a.m. - Animals in Motion (ages 4 and older)
10:30 a.m. - Wild Animal Masks (ages 4 and older)
12:30 p.m. - Animals in Motion (a family event)
1:45 p.m. - Feathered Flyers (a family event)
Sunday, March 30 - Services
11 a.m. in the Sanctuary with Guest Speaker: Rev. Cynthia Fierro Harvey,
Bishop, Louisiana Conference of the United Methodist Church
Friday, April 4, 2014 - Jazz on Jackson
6 - 8 p.m in the courtyard
Music by Gordon & Gail Roach & Friends food by Spirits is available for purchase.
Saturday, April 5 - Art in the Garden
10 a.m. & 1:30 p.m.
Online registration is required
10 a.m. Talk by Felder Rushing in the gymnasium at FUMCA
1:30 p.m. Garden Tour at the home of Carl and Janet Ahrens
All events listed above are free and open to the public!
Art Run - This event has been postponed. 
Date TBD.
8 a.m. - First United Methodist Church
Online registration for the Art Run


Juried Exhibit


School Art Exhibit


Art in the Garden

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Children's Day Events

Saturday, March 29, 2014


Important Dates

Friday, January 17, 2014
Deadline for entries
Friday, February 28, 2014
Artist Notification
Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Deadline for shipped artwork
Sunday, March 23, 2014
4-6 p.m. time for delivery of artwork
Email: For questions about entries


Plan a Visit


2727 Jackson Street