May 26, 2010 3:28 PM by Melissa Canone
Adrian Fulton is the local artist who created the Opelousas Spice & Music Festival's 2010 official poster. The festival takes place June 4-6, 2010 in historic downtown Opelousas.
Fulton draws from his many life experiences and all of the people he has met. He is best known for his bold use of color and his carefree depiction of movement in all of his paintings. Fulton says he describes his art as abstract reality. "It is abstract but not so abstract that familiar images can not be derived from it," said Fulton. "I will grab anything within my reach and throw it on the canvas during electrical storms. It is a very passionate process. My materials range from charcoal to oil paint and everything in between. Nothing is out of bounds," said Fulton.
Fulton was born in Philadelphia, PA. He served in the U.S. Air Force and came to Louisiana through the National Guard in 1993, married and has been here ever since. He graduated from The Philadelphia School of Advertising. He studied and produced murals while working as an illustrator for newspapers in Sicily, Italy and donated draft designs of an orphanage to Mother Teresa's Missionaries of Charity. He also gave a painting of Mother Teresa to the Missionaries of Charity while there. Fulton has donated additional murals and artwork to local churches in Louisiana and different charities all over United States.
Adrian produces five minute caricatures and 10 minute portraits at festivals, parties and events and his artwork can be seen in several local and out of state galleries and establishments. Fulton was selected as one of the Louisiana Artist of the Year in 2008, which prompted a visit to the White House. Adrian is also the creator of Craw-Ville cartoons.
The festival would like to thank Bodemuller the Printer for their sponsorship support with the 2010 Opelousas Spice & Music Festival Poster.
This year's poster is available for purchase at the OpelousasTouristCenter, the OpelousasMuseum & InterpretiveCenter or online at www.opelousasspiceandmusicfestival.com Poster size is 14"x20."
Meanwhile, on Saturday, June 5, 2010 beginning at 11:00 a.m., the OpelousasMuseum & InterpretiveCenter will host an opening exhibit reception in honor of the festival artist, Adrian Fulton. Fulton will be greeted by a host of Spice & Music Queens. Adrian's art works will be displayed at the museum until July 31, 2010.
The Spice & Music Festival will kick-off with an official ribbon cutting ceremony at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, June 4, followed by a special blend of musical performances including Same Ol 2 Step, Pine Leaf Boys, and Lil Nathan & the Zydeco Big Timers. Arts & Crafts booths will also be on site.
On Saturday, the festival grounds will open at noon with a DJ and arts & crafts and live music by Kevin Naquin & the Ossun Playboys beginning at 1:00 p.m. Following Naquin is the blues and swamp pop sounds of Gregg Martinez, R&B sounds from Connie G and Creole Soul (Connie as Tina), Keith Frank & the Soileau Zydeco Band, Roddie Romero & the Hub City All Stars and Step Rideau & the Zydeco Outlaws.
Other Saturday, the festival will offer exciting events and activities such as a 1:30 p.m. Fiddle Jam Workshop with Hadley Castille & Friends and a 3:00 p.m. History of Jure,' A Creole Workshop led by Cecilia Broussard and members of the Broussard family. Both workshops will be held at the Delta Grand Theatre on
across from the
St. Landry Parish Courthouse Square
. The Fiddle Jam will include guests such as David Greely of Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys and Chris Miller, fiddle instructor from Lake Charles, Louisiana. Meanwhile, Cajun and Creole Cooking demonstrations are scheduled on Saturday from 4-6 p.m. under the Targil tent. In addition, a Zydeco Dance Contest will take place at 7 p.m. on Saturday evening. A new addition to Saturday will be the Kid's Corner where children 12 and under will be able to create arts and crafts from 12 p.m. - 3 p.m.
On Sunday, Curley Taylor & Zydeco Trouble takes the stage at 1:00 p.m. followed by Nathan & the Zydeco Cha Chas, Chubby Carriere & the Bayou Swamp Band, Geno Delafose & French Rockin Boogie and Chris Ardoin & NuStep.
In addition to great music, Sunday will feature a Spice Bar-B-Que Cook-Off Contest, where individuals and teams will grill up their favorite meats for competition. Spice Bar-B-Que Cook-Off entry forms are available for download on the festival's website at www.opelousasspiceandmusicfestival.com Other Sunday activities include a Pepper Eating Contest at 2:30 p.m. and a Cajun Dance Contest at 5:00 p.m.
And of course, the Spice & Music Festival will offer Cajun and Creole food lovers plenty of mouthwatering dishes including entrees like crawfish etoufee, boudin balls, red beans and rice and fried catfish.
This years festival sponsors include Evangeline Downs Racetrack & Casino, CLECO, Tony Chachere's Creole Foods, Inc, Quik Quarter, KSLO-KOGM/Mix 107.1 Radio, St. Landry Parish Tourist Commission, Slemco, St. Landry Homestead Bank, IESI, St. Landry Parish Recycling Center, Slap Ya Mama Cajun Seasoning, Louisiana Lottery, CenterPoint Energy, Cal Chlor, and Bodemuller the Printer.
On Saturday and Sunday, festival admission is $10 for adults and $3 for children 12 years and younger. On Sunday, people can take advantage of early bird admission of only $5 from 12 p.m. - 2 p.m. Lawn chairs are welcome. For more information about the 2010 Opelousas Spice & Music Festival, visit www.opelousasspiceandmusicfestival.com or call (337) 948-6263 or (337) 1-800-424-5442.