Grambling State University will host a solo art exhibit by senior art major Deleisa Brown, titled “FEMIDENTITY.” The exhibition will be held in Favrot Student Union from now until Monday.
Brown explores ideas of feminine beauty and how a woman’s confidence is affected by social pressure to be “beautiful.” She presents simplified silhouettes of nude figures that focus on body contours and rhythmic movement rather than the body as a sexual object. Her belief is that all bodies are beautiful. She says women should identify with Cindy Olsen, who said, “I am the shape that was gifted. ... My hips are wider than that of a fashion model, for this I am glad, these are the signs of a life lived.”
The Lincoln Parish Library Events Center is featuring a photographer’s work in celebrating the 200th birthday of Louisiana’s statehood.
Emily Brodnax, originally from Mer Rouge, will have her artwork that highlights Louisiana’s culture and wildlife featured now through March 19.
“I came across her work by looking at local artists in the North Louisiana Artists Guild,” Programming Coordinator Emily Arnold said. “Once the art panel looked at the work we decided to feature her for the 200th birthday celebration.”
American Association of University Women of Louisiana members and partners are set to tour Louisiana to advocate for fair pay legislation that is inclusive of all Louisiana workers. The tour will include issue forums, networking events and outreach at colleges and universities in support of fair pay.
Each stop will include a fair pay advocacy event. A fair pay press conference will be held on the Louisiana State Capitol steps at 1:15 p.m. Tuesday or Equal Pay Day.
If one did not know better, spring has arrived. This week’s warm weather has many wondering what is in store for the month of February. The weather in February can be unpredictable, with warm days mixed in with extremely cold and wet days. In the northeast part of the state, the average high temperature is 58 degrees and the average low temperature is 38 degrees. Average rainfall is nearly five inches for the month. Cold weather can still be expected, on the average, the last frost date for northeast Louisiana is March 16.
One of the most popular trends in gardening is producing vegetables and landscapes without the use of conventional pesticides and fertilizers. This style of gardening is commonly called “organic gardening.” More appropriate names are beginning to surface; “ecological gardening” and “sustainable gardening” are more descriptive as to the goals of gardening the natural way.
Whatever it is called, this type of gardening is not new and has been practiced for many years throughout the world. In fact, before gardeners relied on the relatively recent practices of using synthetic fertilizers and pesticides, organic gardening was the norm. In organic gardening, particular practices are encouraged that utilize natural biological cycles, encourage biodiversity, and are ecologically friendly. A major difference between conventional and organic gardening is the use of natural materials to make the garden sustainable.
Growing plants in sustainable gardens is a long-term process that involves a number of practices carried out over many years instead of a one time, single production practice. Improving and maintaining soil fertility is probably the most important concept in organic gardening. Soil and the biological microorganisms in the soil are the foundation for any gardening activity. The importance of soil or growth medium cannot be overemphasized when trying to maintain plant health. Taking care of the soil in which the plant root system grows is essential to producing productive plants and avoiding plant problems. Soil is the primary source of water and nutrients for the plant.