Night three of Festival International is in the books. Tonight marked the first time all of the stages were open during this year’s festival. While thousands were enjoying music in downtown Lafayette, some others were enjoying the visual arts on display.
Several artists, including Georgie Lehoop, came from out of town. Lehoop is a drummer from Pennsylvania. He has been on the road since Christmas, traveling to different festivals.
“I love Lafayette!”, exclaimed Lehoop.
The drummer of 54 years paints using his drumsticks. “One day, I though if I dipped my sticks in paint, I might create something. I sometimes record my rhythms, and that becomes part of the art,” said Lehoop.
Among many painters and jewelers, you’ll find Annette Moore and her husband. Moore creates art using tin ceiling tiles.
Moore said the idea came when ceiling tiles literally fell and hit her head. “My father-in-law had a store; I went in there one day, and the entire ceiling collapsed. So, we salvaged the tin. I wanted a clock; then, my two daughters wanted a clock.”
From there, her inspiration took off.
“Then, their friends saw it. It just grew from there,” added Moore.
Twenty four years later, Moore and her husband create shelves, mirrors, and even headboards.
The Moores come from Monroe and have been attending Festival International for 15 years.