53rd Annual

May 3-12, 2019



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.
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February 28 – DEADLINE for entries 
April 8 – Notifications emailed
April 24 – DEADLINE for shipped art delivery at 4:00 p.m.
April 28 – 2:00-4:00 p.m. Hand-delivered artwork received in Fellowship Hall
May 3– 6:00-8:00 p.m. Opening Reception with Awards, Presentation & Gallery Talk by Juror 
May 5 – Special Worship Service with guest pastor, Clair Loraine, Associate Pastor of First United Methodist Natchitoches
May 11 – Children’s Day details to be announced
May 12 – 2:00-4:00 p.m. Festival closes at 2:00 p.m.  Pick up hand-delivered artwork
May 13-15– Shipped artwork returned 
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