NATCHITOCHES – The Natchitoches Arts Council unveiled the 2015 Natchitoches Christmas Festival poster on Tuesday, October 6, 2015 at Dickens & Co. in Natchitoches. The poster, titled “Christmas in Natchitoches,” was designed by Ellen Howell. The painting depicts people enjoying the lights and fireworks of Natchitoches Christmas together in joy and peace.
Ellen Howell, a native of Coushatta, Louisiana, has always loved to draw. “As I look back on my childhood in Coushatta, I remember always having been provided with drawing tools and surfaces on which to draw,” said Howell. “My parents enrolled me in some art classes during a summer in my teens. I was thrilled when someone bought my pastel drawing of fruit in a bowl. But I had no idea that I could really be an artist.” Howell received a degree with Distinction in Studio Ceramics while living in London, England, and took drawing lessons under Peter Clossick at Thames Polytechnic, Charmian Thomas in Hampshire, and Ann Aston at the Royal Forest of Dean College.
Howell moved to Natchitoches in 2006 and joined the Natchitoches Art Guild. She has collaborated with George Rhymes to illustrate and produce children’s books, “Poor Jack” and “The Outcasts,” and illustrated “Mr. Mosquito” for Barry Dunlap. She has also written and illustrated, “I’m Something, Too!” Howell will promote the Natchitoches Christmas Festival at the “Experience Louisiana Festival” in Eunice, Louisiana October 17 – 18. The first exhibition in Natchitoches of Howell’s work, “Fins, Furs and Feathers,” will be October 24 – 31 at Jokie’s Gallery on Rue St. Denis.
The Natchitoches Christmas Festival Poster has been a tradition for 35 years. Numbered prints of the poster, “Christmas in Natchitoches,” are available and on sale to the public. Posters are $35 each. Posters may be purchased at the Natchitoches Arts Council office located at the Community Development Office (City Hall Annex), 420 Fourth Street, Natchitoches, Louisiana. All of the original artwork can also be viewed at the Natchitoches Arts Council office.
For more information, please call Karen Terrell at (318) 352-6925 or Alicia Rachal at (318) 357-3838.