Celebrate the Pine Belt's 22nd Annual Heritage Arts Festival

LAUREL, MS (WDAM) - This is a news release from the 2014 Heritage Arts Festival.

The Lauren Rogers Museum of Art will hold its 22nd annual Heritage Arts Festival on Saturday, October 4, from 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. on the Museum's front lawn in recognition of National Arts and Humanities Month.

This year's festival theme will be "Celebrating the Pine Belt." At this free, family-friendly, art festival patrons will celebrate their heritage through different hands-on art activities including everything from beading and collage work to face painting.

Ellen Ellis Lee is the 2014 Heritage Arts Festival's featured artist. A Laurel, Miss. native, Lee primarily creates mixed-media dolls and assemblages using sculptured textiles and clay inspired by music, nature, fashion, costumes, African art and tribal dress.

Guests will also enjoy live music by blues-guitarist and singer Bill Abel. He often plays traditional country blues on cigar-box guitars that he makes using driftwood from the Mississippi River. In his latest release "One-Man Band," Abel brings audiences into the world of the Delta blues as a solo act, playing as many instruments as possible in a live setting. The end result is a raw, undiluted adaptation of largely electric blues rooted deep in the Mississippi Delta tradition.

The Heritage Arts Festival is generously sponsored by Central Sunbelt Federal Credit Union, Coca-Cola of Laurel, Diket's Professional Drugs, Dixie Electric Power Association, Laurel Arts League, and Neel-Schaffer. The festival is also supported by the Mississippi Arts Commission.

Patrons of all ages are welcome to enjoy the free art, music and pizza this wonderful event has to offer. For more information call 601.649.6374, email info@LRMA.org or visit www.LRMA.org.

About the Lauren Rogers Museum of Art

Lauren Rogers Museum of Art is a private, non-profit organization operating for the benefit of the public. The Museum is located at the corner of Fifth Avenue and Seventh Street in historic downtown Laurel. The galleries are open from 10:00 a.m. until 4:45 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 1:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is free, but donations are accepted.  For more information call 601.649.6374 or visit www.LRMA.org.

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