Master Jubilee encounter begins Monday

Next week through the rest of the month, former Tech architecture associate professor M. Douglas Walton will achieve two milestones. He is celebrating 50 years of teaching throughout the United States and the world and 80 years of living an extraordinary life.

A celebration with several art events for the public and his students at the Lincoln Parish Library Events Center is scheduled from June 13-29.

All events are sponsored through a grant from the National Endowment of the Arts, and obtained by Marcia Nelson, interim director of the library.

This North Louisiana artist believes that there is an artist within everyone, but fear and doubt keep a majority of individuals from ever realizing their artistic journey. In April 1971 he finally said yes to art and that response started his long career as an artist and teacher.

Through his teaching he has changed the lives of thousands and through the planned events, it is his hope that each person allow participation in his lectures to be a catalyst for embracing the artist genius that lies within his or her own journey.

To that end, 38 experienced students of M. Douglas Walton have been selected to participate in an intensive workshop. The public is invited to join their journey by participating in a series of lectures and class critiques designed to engage that artist genius in everyone.

The first event, a lecture, on Monday, June 13 at 10 a.m., is “Yes, You Can Become an Artist.” This lecture will discuss the process of becoming an artist, finding a voice, and an explanation of Walton’s exhibition paintings.

Subsequent public lectures will be held Monday, June 20 at 8:30 a.m. through Saturday, June 25, 2022.

Student critiques, also open to the public, will be held at 4 p.m.

An additional public lecture will be held on Monday, June 27 at 10 a.m.

These daily lectures and critiques of the Master Jubilee Encounter class will allow attendees to understand the process of becoming a mature, professional artist from conception to completion of the student’s work. All lectures and critiques will be held at the Lincoln Parish Library Events Center.

On Sunday, June 26, from 1-4 p.m., the public is invited to attend a special exhibition of the student’s work, with closing remarks and awards at 2 p.m. at the Lincoln Parish Library Events Center.

A second exhibition of select works will be held at Ruston Artisans, 203 W. Alabama Ave., in July.

The jubilee will culminate with a visual record by a visit to the home of M. Douglas Walton on Wednesday, June 29 at 9 a.m. Walton’s home serves as a museum showcasing his art and artifacts from over 85 countries. A lecture will occur at 10 a.m.

Attendees can pick up information and location of the home visit at the Lincoln Parish Events Center. The public is encouraged to attend these free events.

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