49th Annual Tom Peyton Memorial Arts Festival
April 17-26, 2015
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.
Schedule of Events
All events are free and open to the public!
Friday, April 17, 2015 - Opening Reception
6-8 p.m. Awards Presentation & Gallery Talk by Juror Glenn Dasher
Special exhibit artists: TBD
Saturday, April 18 - Sunday, April 26, 2015
Art Exhibits open daily 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. except Sunday, April 26 is 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.
Special Exhibit: TBD
School Art: Artwork by local students and their teachers
Saturday, March 29, 2014 - 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. Children's Day events held 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, 2014 - Worship 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 of First Church
Music by Gordon & Gail Roach & Friends
Food by Spirits is available for purchase
Saturday, April 5, 2014 - 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 First Church
1:30p.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
8 a.m. - First United Methodist Church of Alexandria, LA
Online Registration for the Art Run
- Call for Entries 2015
- Online Entry Form
- Juried Show Labels
School Art Exhibit
Art in the Garden
Saturday, April TBD, 2015
- view the flyer
- online registration required
Children's Day Events
Saturday, April TBD, 2015
9:15 a.m. - Animals in Motion
10:30 a.m. - Wild Animal Masks
12:30 p.m. - Animals in Motion
1:45 p.m. - Feathered Flyers
Online Registration Required
Friday, February 6, 2015
Deadline for Entries
Friday, March 13, 2015
Artist Notifications e-mailed
Wednesday, April 8, 2015
4pm Deadline for shipped artwork
Sunday, April 12, 2015
2-4pm hand-delivered artwork received in Fellowship Hall
Friday, April 17, 2015
6-8pm opening reception awards presentation and gallery talk by Juror Glenn Dasher
Sunday, April 26, 2015
2-4pm festival closes at 2pm. Pick up all hand-delivered artwork
April 27-29, 2015
shipped artwork returned
Phone: (318) 730-0452
for questions about entries.