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Cymbal-ism

At A Glance Hometown Dallas, Texas (Collin), and Broussard, Louisiana (Roz) Age Collin is 46, Roz is 44 Occupation Jewelry designers Web secondlinejewels.com @secondlinejewels   When Phil Collins and his band Genesis need another batch of designer dominoes for…

Candle with Care

At A Glance Hometown | Charenton, Louisiana Age | 49 Occupation | Candlemaker, shop owner, Fifolet Candle Makers Web | fifoletcandles.com   Blink and you’ll miss the small, knee-high roadside “Candle Shop” sign out front. But off the main…

Freedom of the Press

With one bare foot steering the large silver press wheel, and two hands secure around the climbing boy’s bottom, his rainboots dangling over her ash-colored shop apron, this tangle of limbs and kinetic energy somehow stands in perfect poise,…

Relief, Found

There are so many activities that are a big part of daily life that people take for granted. That is, they take them for granted until one day those activities become painful and difficult to do. Then seemingly simple tasks…

Covering Lots of Ground

At A Glace Hometown London Age 27 Occupation Illustrator, product designer Website Wemightbeonfire.net Instagram @wemightbeonfire   It’s not all that common to find a New Orleanian slowly roaming the French Quarter, camera in hand and enthralled with every curve…

About Face

At A Glance Hometown Greenwood, South Carolina Age 36 Instagram @basqo_     It’s an epic, bejeweled beast of folkloric proportions. Or else it’s a mischievous, spinning sun prop escaped from the set of a children’s TV show and…

Louisianians of the Year

Louisianians are a diverse bunch, but we have a few common traits. For example, many Louisianians, no matter how close we are to our family, have an independent streak. Strength and persistence also come to mind when you consider people…

Annie Barahona

Growing up in Houma, Annie Barahona dreamed of working in the medical field. When it came time to decide on a career path, Barahona chose nursing. Sixteen years after starting her nursing journey, the Louisiana State Nurses Association named Barahona…

Malcolm Vidrine

Retired biology professor Malcolm F. Vidrine enjoyed a career ripe with accomplishments: author or coauthor of 20 books and numerous scientific articles, the discovery of leprosy in wild armadillos, and important work with mussels at the Watson Brake archaeological site…

James Clesi

James Clesi’s restaurant career began as a teenager at the Copeland’s on Veterans Boulevard in New Orleans. He bused tables, then moved to dishwashing. Clesi fell in love with the atmosphere in the kitchen ­— the smells, the sounds, the…

Annelise Cassar Tedesco

The word Chalmette native Annelise Cassar Tedesco, the 2022 Louisiana Teacher of the Year, most frequently mentioned in her interview was “community.” She strongly believes in the importance of forming a community at Chalmette High School with both her students…

Vitus Shell

Monroe artist Vitus Shell is a remarkable artist who explores the African-American experience through strong, compelling and often unsettling images of Black contemporary life in America. It is art driven by irony, activism and his notion of Black “coolness.” Monroe…

Paper Trail

At a Glance Name Frank Hamrick Location Ruston Business Printmaker and book craftsman Website frankhamrick.com   He’s no fortune teller. He makes paper. That’s how Frank Hamrick knows the exact future of the T-shirt he’s wearing, and it’s not…

Sticker Shock

  Unfortunately, swinging the fridge door wide revealed only a cavernous abundance of empty space surrounding one edible item: a lonely bag of shredded cheese. Tired, stressed and real meal-deprived from days of last-minute arts market prep, Daneisha Davis…

Pelican Briefs: Market Marvels

Chef Cory Bahr is bringing together growers and artisans from surrounding parishes to offer their produce, meat and hand-crafted products on Thursdays for “Grow the Roe Farmers Market,” situated on a lot beside his Parish Restaurant in downtown Monroe. “We’re…

Surface Safari

  Connecting her bedroom to her sister’s and to the den, the triangular fireplace in the middle of the old 1910s home designer Hope Johnson grew up in provided not only ample opportunity for post-bedtime whispers — “mostly, I…

Booming Business

Flipped cars, towering fires, powerful explosions — the kind that send bits of dust and metal sailing through the air — all constitute a regular day at work for New Orleans-area resident Matt Kutcher. The 53-year-old founder of Slidell-based Spectrum…

Booming Business

Flipped cars, towering fires, powerful explosions — the kind that send bits of dust and metal sailing through the air — all constitute a regular day at work for New Orleans-area resident Matt Kutcher. The 53-year-old founder of Slidell-based Spectrum…

Louisianians of the Year

music  PJ Morton Grammy-winning recording artist, keyboardist for Maroon 5 and New Orleans native PJ Morton released his new album, “Gospel According to PJ,” in August. He said people often asked him if he would do a gospel album, in…

Adventurous Classics

Lake Charles’ Andrew Green of 1910 blends traditional techniques with innovative concepts.

Adventurous Classics

Lake Charles’ Andrew Green of 1910 blends traditional techniques with innovative concepts.