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The work of three prominent Louisiana photographers celebrating the natural beauty of three of America’s coastal regions will be displayed in a new exhibition at the Christwood Atrium Gallery in Covington from September 10 through October 27. A reception is scheduled from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. on opening day.

While all three artists hail from Louisiana, two bring perspectives from other coastal regions. Harriet Blum lived and worked in Florida and Margaret Crosby in California, while Andrew Boyd stayed on the Louisiana coast to work all his life. So together these three elements bring the artistic perspectives of three coasts, and since water is a predominant subject for all of them, the treatment of the subject in different places varies in several interesting ways.

Blum maintains a studio in Covington and has works in the permanent collections of the Roger Ogden Museum of Southern Art, New Orleans Museum of Art, Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago. Margaret Crosby, winner of the 2020 Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries 50th Annual Wild and Scenic Rivers Photography Contest, has seen her work featured in a number of local exhibits and in locations as far afield as Laguna Beach, California, and Glasgow, in Scotland. And G. Andrew Boyd, an award-winning filmmaker and photographer working in New Orleans, has participated in juried exhibitions at the St. Tammany Art Association, the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, the New Orleans Art Center, and galleries in Grand Forks, North Dakota and Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Under the direction of Ann Menge Loomis, former director of the St. Tammany Art Association, the Christwood Atrium Gallery has hosted exhibits of Indigenous art reflecting the unique cultural mores and visions of Northshore communities for the past decade. For questions or more information, contact John Maginnis at [email protected] or (985) 590-8816.


THIRD SUNDAY: The 2022-23 season of Third Sunday concerts at Christ Episcopal Church Covington will begin September 18, with a free performance by Wendell Brunious & Friends. Brunious is a trumpeter and vocalist and a 20-year veteran of the famed Preservation Hall in New Orleans. Christ Episcopal Church, 120 S. New Hampshire St. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. and music begins at 5 p.m. A reception follows the performance. For more information, call (985) 892-3177 or visit


ROCK OF AGES: The sounds and sights of the 1980s will reign when Slidell’s Cutting Edge Theater performs Broadway hit and jukebox musical “Rock of Ages” from September 9 to October 1. All shows 8 p.m. Watch it to relive it. It’s the late 80s in Hollywood, and the party is heating up. Aqua Net, Lycra, lace and liquor flow freely at one of the last legendary spots on the Sunset Strip, a place where sex machine Stacee Jaxx takes the stage and scantily-clad groupies line up to make their fantasies come true. Amidst the madness, budding rock star (and resident lavatory cleaner) Drew yearns to hit the stage as the next big thing. Can Drew, Sherri – a small-town girl fresh off the bus with stars in her eyes – and the gang save the gang – and themselves – before it’s too late? Only the music of hit bands Styx, Journey, Bon Jovi, Whitesnake and others hold the answer at 767 Robert Blvd.

GYPSY: One of the greatest musical fables ever performed will be on stage at the 30 X Ninety Theater in Mandeville from September 10 to October 2. Discover the story of an ambitious stage mom who fights for her daughter’s success as she secretly yearns for hers. Set in the 1920s and 1930s when vaudeville was dying and burlesque was born. The show explores the world of two-bit showbiz with brass, humor and heart. PG-13 at the theater, 880 rue Lafayette. Friday and Saturday shows at 8 p.m.; Sunday matinees at 2:30 p.m. Adult general admission $29; seniors and military, $27; 13 and over, $25.


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CHEERS: Another St. Tammany Chamber of Commerce after-hours event is scheduled for Sept. 15 from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at OnPath Federal Credit Union’s Mandeville location at 4245 La. 22. Enjoy networking, food and drink. Free for members of the Chamber and their employees; $20 for non-members. Registration requested at

PAINT: The Wild Things Youth Art Competition 2022 invites entries until September 23 for this year’s competition from artists aged 5-18. Capture plants, animals and landscapes of the National Wildlife Refuges. Art will be judged by age groups and in two categories: drawing (pencil, pen and ink, charcoal or pastel) and painting (oils, watercolours, tempera, acrylic or pastel). The work must be original, recent and must not be computer generated. All entrants’ art will be on display at the Wild Things event on October 8, where the winners will be announced. All entries must be received by 4 p.m. on September 23. Send art to: Art Contest, US Fish and Wildlife Service, 61389 La. 434, Lacombe, LA 70445. Art that is deposited, not mailed, must be by appointment. only. Contact Diane Barth at (985) 882-2021 or email [email protected] to schedule an appointment or ask questions.

DEPARTURE: The 11th Annual Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church Golf Tournament fundraiser will be held Sept. 30 at the Oak Harbor Golf Club and will include a $25,000 hole-in-one giveaway. Registration and lunch begin at noon, with the gunshot at 1 p.m. The seafood dinner and prizes immediately follow the tournament.


COLLEGE WOMEN: The Northshore Branch of the American Association of University Women is hosting its annual salad dinner Sept. 13 at 6:30 p.m. in the common room of Christ Episcopal Church. There is no registration fee and no obligation to join the affiliate, but membership discounts will be available for eligible participants. The speaker for the evening will be Terry Gage, CEO of Habitat for Humanity St. Tammany West. She worked for the Habitat group for 20 years and was appointed CEO in mid-2021. In West St. Tammany, the Habitat group has built nearly 300 homes in its 40-year history. To learn more about the Northshore branch of the AAUW, call Eileen deHaro at (985) 624-9553 or visit the website

NPSG: The Northshore Parkinson’s Support Group will meet from 6:30-8 p.m. on September 7 at Lamb of God Lutheran Church, 57210 Allen Road, Slidell. Guest speakers will be Dr. David Houghton, Neurologist and Ochsner Movement Disorders Specialist, who will discuss available trials and research, and Rachel Rhinehart, an Ochsner Certified Physician Assistant, who will discuss the management of non-motor symptoms. . RSVP by email [email protected] or visit

NEIGHBORS: The Hermadel Estates-Carolyn Park Residents Association will meet on September 8 at the Sons of Italy Lodge, 1619 East West Drive (corner of Kaycee Drive) in Slidell. There will be a potluck dinner at 6:30 p.m., followed by a business meeting at 7 p.m. The guest speaker will be Joe Franz, from the Slidell Code Enforcement Service. Slidell Police and District D Council Member usually attend with updates on our neighborhoods. Bring a dish if possible, but no alcohol please. Questions? Call Michael DeSandro (337) 319-9387.

NEW ARRIVALS : The annual Northlake Newcomers Club Members Breakfast will be held at the Beau Chene Country Club, 602 N. Beau Chene Drive, Mandeville on September 9 at 10 a.m. Everyone is welcome and admission is free. Bring a friend or two and learn all about our club games and year-round socials. For more information, see