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Masks and Mayhem II - A Mardi Gras Artwork Exhibit

Posted: Jan 28, 2013 6:12 PM by Press Release
Updated: Jan 29, 2013 9:31 AM

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Opelousas, LA - A Reception for Masks and Mayhem II - The Courir de Mardi Gras art exhibit by Herb Roe will be held from 2pm to 5pm on Saturday, February 2 at Nunu's Arts & Culture Collective at 1510 Courtableau Rd, (LA 93E), Arnaudville, LA. The reception is supported by the St. Landry Parish Tourist Commission. The exhibit features oil paintings, hand colored linoleum block prints and graphite drawings depicting the colorful costumes, music and revelry of the rural Mardi Gras runs, which are the traditional pre-Lenten celebration of the Cajun and Creole people of Louisiana prairies.

The free exhibit will be on display February 2-28, 2013.

An Ohio native and resident of Lafayette, Roe has been a professional artist for 20 years. After receiving a scholarship in 1992 to the Columbus College of Art and Design, Roe became an apprentice to Louisiana mural artist Robert Dafford. Some of Dafford's works can be seen in murals in downtown Eunice and Opelousas.

Roe worked for Dafford for 15 years on mural projects throughout the Ohio and Mississippi River Valleys. He specialized in large scale and long term historical murals, usually connected with local chambers of commerce, tourism bureaus and downtown development agencies. Many of these projects took five to 10 years to complete and ranged from one to 50 murals per town.

In 2007, Roe pursued his own fine arts career, specializing in oil paintings, historical illustrations and murals. His work has included classical portraits, figure painting and American Indian illustrations that have been used by the Chickasaw tribe, American Archaeology Magazine and PM, a German language science magazine.

Writer Anna Purdy featured Roe in the December 28, 2011 edition of Lafayette's weekly newspaper, The Independent. In the article, Roe said he often uses computer programs to combine various photos to create an image that inspires a painting.

For more information on Roe's exhibit, please contact Jill Hackney at 337-453-3307, or

The exhibit and event are also listed at


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