Claiborne Parish Jubilee
Annual Art Show
May 25
"Celebrating the Arts & Artists of Claiborne Parish"

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Original Painting Created for the Jubilee
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Sought for the Claiborne Jubilee Event to be held May 25

The Claiborne Jubilee will be held May 25 on the Courthouse lawn and in the Homer City Hall. Art exhibits, vendors, musicians and a special Memorial Day Weekend observance will all be held outside weather permitting and in the City Hall in case of rain. The quilt exhibit will be inside in any case. Viewers’ Choice judging will be closed in the City Hall at 2 pm and quilts may be taken away between 2:30 and 4 pm.

Music and presentations will be held on the northeast corner of the lawn where seating will be available. Those entering art works to be judged should bring them between 8 and 10 am to the south lawn for judging at 10:30. Art in all media and by all ages is welcome. Children may enter up to three pieces for no charge. The entry fees for those 18 and older are $6 each or $20 for four pieces.

The popular art chair auction will be open for silent bids until 2 pm. Anyone who would like to decorate a chair to donate for the auction may use their own or request one to use. All completed chairs must be submitted by Wednesday, May 22.

For more information on the Jubilee please contact Cynthia Steele at 927-2566 or .

Kinnebrew mural dedication was held at last year's Jubilee

The Claiborne Jubilee this Saturday will feature many artists, authors, and musicians.

The Jubilee will be honoring the artist who created the original painting as well as the students and teacher from Tech who have implemented the design this spring. They are finishing the final touches this week in anticipation of this celebration.

Also being honored is the Ross family from Shreveport who inherited the building last year and has done extensive work on the building in preparation for the mural. Jim Ross’s parents, Jesse and Beverly Kinnebrew Ross left the building to him at their passing, and the community can see it is in good hands.

Many groups in the parish have helped to make the mural possible and they will be recognized as well. These include the Claiborne Chamber of Commerce, the Homer Industrial Board, the Louisiana Division of the Arts through the Decentralized Arts Fund, Ed Watson who lent the use of his scaffolding, and Linda Volentine of the Ford Museum who assisted with the research for the painting.

In addition, numerous area citizens contributed by donating supplies and offering encouragement throughout the mural’s progress. All have been greatly appreciated by the Jubilee and the artists.

A limited number of signed prints will be available to order during the Jubilee festival. The original painting and a sample of a smaller size can be viewed at First Guaranty Bank in Homer. Orders should be paid in advance and left with Candie White at the bank.

The featured artist for the Jubilee is Jasmine Morelock Field, who was married to Max Morelock of Haynesville. She will be signing published copies of her book, “Valerie”. “Valerie” is a book about Field’s daughter, Valerie, who was murdered at LSU her senior year. Valerie was the granddaughter of M.M. and Lalia Morelock of Haynesville.

The book was printed in 2011 and is available at area gift shops. Field will also be exhibiting some of her art pieces at the Jubilee.

And don’t forget the Art Chair Auction “We’re Saving a Seat for You!” 8 am – 3 pm on the east side of the Square

If you plan to exhibit please let us know by emailing or calling 318-927-2566

We hope you can come!

We’re saving a seat for you!
Art Chair Auction

Claiborne Jubilee

The Claiborne Jubilee is planning a repeat of its successful Art Chair Auction from last spring’s art festival on the courthouse lawn. Anyone interested in either creating an artistic interpretation on a chair, bench or stool or anyone with such an item to donate should contact Cynthia Steele, 318-927-2566.

The Claiborne Jubilee will be held on May 25. The proceeds from last year’s auction helped to fund the Swamp Gravy Building Creative, Thriving Communities conference last October. The storytelling through drama team that has come from that conference is planning future productions and needs volunteers to help gather stories and to join the Jubilee Players. This group meets Monday evenings at 7 pm at the First Presbyterian Church in Homer, and welcomes all.


The Claiborne Jubilee will be "Celebrating the Arts & Artists of Claiborne Parish".

The Jubilee planning committee is proud to present the talent of Claiborne Parish in Drawings, Paintings, and Photography..

Contests are open to Local and Regional Art, and photography entrants.

Submit information online, Email , call Cynthia Steele at 318-927-2566

All events will be held on the courthouse lawn or in buildings around the town square. In addition to the traditional sidewalk art show, plans are underway for children’s art activities, and musical performances.

In case of rain the Jubilee will be held in the Homer City Hall located on the square. All art, and performances will be there.

Anyone interested in entering the art show or renting a booth as a vendor should also call 318-927-2566 to request more information. Entry forms are posted below or email .

Artists are urged to come for the day and bring materials to demonstrate their art. Pack a picnic or share in the delicious foods to be available from vendors around the Square. The ancient oaks on the courthouse lawn provide a delightful place to spend the day, where you can visit area antique and gift shops and the Ford Museum or take a short drive to Lake Claiborne State Park.

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A Full Day of Festivities

Outdoor Art Show
Arts & Crafts Vendors
Musical Performances
Children’s Art Activities

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Details Coming Soon!

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For More Information Contact:

Cynthia Steele
309 North Main St.
Homer, LA 71040

Vendors can lease a 10'x10' space for $25. Selection of space around the Courthouse Square will be assigned on a first come, first serve basis.

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The Claiborne Jubilee will be held on Historic Homer Town Square located at the junction of La Hwy 9 and US Hwy 79. Shreveport/Bossier - 45 mins, Monroe - 1 hr 15 mins, Ruston - 40 mins, Farmerville - 30 mins, and El Dorado - 55 mins.

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The Chairs Are Coming!

Keep your eyes open for new chairs to appear in the window of the former Delta Interiors building on the south side of the square. The three purchased last year will be joined by more in the days to come. The chair auction will be held May 25 during the Claiborne Jubilee on the square in Homer. Proceeds will be used to further arts activities in the parish including the Jubilee Players and the continuation of murals throughout the parish.

Anyone who has a chair to contribute to be painted by themselves or someone else should contact Cynthia Steele, 927-2566 or .

The Herbert S. Ford Museum

The Herbert S. Ford Memorial Museum houses a remarkable collection of artifacts reflecting the life, culture and society of North Louisiana Hill Country.

The museum will be holding a special showing for the Jubilee from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM Saturday, May 9.

New exhibit now open

Boom Town

With the discovery of oil in Homer, crowds of businessmen and spectators descended on the quiet, rural town. The December 10, 1919 Guardian-Journal reported "tramps and beggars" and "an occasional Jezebel" had been observed walking down the streets. The Claiborne Hotel, which presently houses the Ford Museum, was jammed to overflowing with strangers.

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Big crowd turns out for Claiborne Jubilee

Kinnebrew mural dedication culmination of hard work

The Guardian-Journal 2012-05-31 photos/Michelle Bates

The mural on the Kinnebrew building was dedicated on Saturday, May 25, at the annual Claiborne Jubilee. Louisiana Tech art students dedicated themselves, even after classes let out for the summer, to finishing the project that depicts a rich history in Claiborne Parish. The large print being held by the artists is a smaller scale of what is seen on the side of the Kinnebrew building. Nick Bustamante, pictured far right, is an art teacher at Louisiana Tech University, and his students took on a directed study course to paint the mural. Pictured far left is the original artist for the mural Judy Buckner. Students are from left, Daniel Moore, Whitney Trisler and Lindsay Waters.  Artists not pictured are Jenni Claire Nasser and Hillary Clary.

Top, Ms. Jasmine Morelock Field displays her artwork, including the painting that covers the book she wrote in honor of her daughter, Valerie who died while away at college. Above, the Sweet Harmony Quartet, one of two quartets in the Piney Hills Harmony Chorus, entertained guests during the annual Claiborne Jubilee. Pictured from left are Carol Ogle, Judy Sisson, Leah Rutherford and Donna Fike. The Piney Hills Harmony Chorus also entertained guests with songs sang in barbershop style.



The Claiborne Jubilee turned out large crowds and was a special event indeed with the dedication of the Kinnebrew Mural.

Homer Mayor Alecia N. Smith presented each art student, the original artist of the mural and the art teacher with certificates of appreciation for their dedication and hard work on making this project come to life.

Cynthia Steele, Jubilee coordinator, thanked each of those who were involved in the project, including the Ross family, owners of the building. The Ross family had the building cleaned and painted so the artists could use the side of the building as their canvas to bring to life a rich history in Claiborne Parish.

“It has been wonderful to have Nick (Bustamante) as a colleague in this project and to have someone as excited about the things you’re excited about is a rare treasure,” Steele said. “I would really like to take one more minute to thank the Ross family. When I first talked to Mr. Ross’ mother, Beverly Kinnebrew, several years ago, she was excited about the idea but nothing happened. Then one day she was no longer with us.

“So, I talked to her husband,” she continued, “and before I knew it, he was gone. And then I had the nerve to call Jim (Ross) and say let’s do it. And he not only let us do it, he completely transformed the building that -- well, to be frank -- was about the ugliest building in town. And it looks good even if there wasn’t a mural on it.”

The building was built by Alabama Kinnebrew, and it originally was an opera house.

“Mr. Alabama would bring in shows from New Orleans and it was quite the big deal,” she said. “We read in the Claiborne Parish history books about how people would get dressed up just to come to the opera house.”

She again thanked the Ross’s for their dedication to allowing this project to be done.

Bustamante, art teacher at Louisiana Tech University in Ruston, said he was very impressed with Homer.

“This is just a really big deal for us to be a part of this,”?he said. “The thing that impressed me the most about Homer is your dedication to honoring the past.”

When he was first approached by Steele about the project, she took him on a tour through the Herbert S. Ford Museum in which he said he was very impressed by the connection to the people in the photographs in many of the displays inside the museum.

“She had a story behind every one of those people in those photographs,” Bustamante said. “To be honest, I was a little jealous, because coming from and being raised in southern California, I just don’t have that kind of connection to a place. Your past is tangible and you guys are so lucky to live in a place with such a rich history.”

He thanked them for allowing them to be a “small” part of that history. He also acknowledged Judy Buckner, the original designer of the mural. He went on to recognized Steele.

“Cynthia, you are truly an artistic visionary and dreamer,” he said. To the audience, he said, “Without her vision of this mural it would have never happened. This mural was created on one-fifth of the mural budget, which is nothing. And the great thing about dreams is they are contagious.”

Once it was put into motion, everyone began to jump in and volunteer, providing supplies and materials needed to produce the mural. He recognized M&M Sound and Media, the company that lent the extension cords, light fixtures and other things that were needed to help get the mural done. Also, he said it was videoed to document the process. Fine Line Art Supply donated copies of the original painting to work from. He thanked Jamie Johnson, a graduate student who came out to document the piece, and Mr. Ross who so graciously helped get the building in condition to paint on.

He also recognized others who also donated supplies and helped out, and all of those who dropped off lunches and cookies, “thank you very, very much,” he said.

He talked about the project and how he and the students came to be the ones to paint the mural. He said that when Steele approached him about the project, he said yes without knowing the massive scale and the work it would entail to produce such an art piece.

“It didn’t click how big the building was,” he said. “It didn’t click on how crazy that textured surface was going to be and how hard it was going to be to paint on it. That surface is the most challenging surface I have ever painted on in my life. So when the students got out there, we were in the trenches together.”

Bustamante and the students learned together how to make the mural project come to fruition.

He talked to Jonathan Donahue, director of the School of Arts at Tech. He allowed Bustamante to recruit some students to take on the mural and tackle it in the form of a directed studies course. These students were given school credit for the project, and still stayed after school let out for the summer to complete it.

In fact, in the contract for the project, the students agreed to spend five hours per week on it, but the students started spending not only the five hours per week, but extra days during the week.

“From that moment on, everybody came out two or three days a week,” Bustamante said, “which says a lot about students who have no connection to the Town of Homer. Quickly, we realized that we were working on something that is so much bigger than ourselves. They worked their tails off for you guys.”

To the students, he said, “It’s been a real honor and I’m extremely proud of you guys.”

In other activities of the Jubilee, featured artist Jasmine Morelock Field was there displaying many of her art pieces from over the years as well as showcasing her book, “Valerie.” “Valerie” is about the daughter she lost when she went off to college at LSU in Baton Rouge, where she was murdered.

In a short interview at the Jubilee, Field said she wrote the book because she didn’t want her daughter to be remembered and defined by what happened to her.

“I want people to remember Valerie for how she lived,” she said. “She got to do everything she wanted to do in her short life. She got to do more than many people do in their lifetimes.”

The book features many photographs of Valerie growing up and it talks about her life from beginning to end.

Also during the Jubilee, decorated chairs were bid on, and there were many to choose from. There was a chair that paid homage to Homer in purple and white with “Homer” painted on the seat. There were chairs that were painted and turned into plant potters, so many more to choose from. There was also a penny table in which the table top was decorated with pennies.

Following the Kinnebrew mural dedication, Claiborne Jubilee players each took a chair and told a story. Some were inspiring while others were historical and even some that were quite humorous.

Also, famed Claiborne Parish author Linda Knox was on hand to sign copies of her recently published book “A Rose in Bloom.” The book tells the story of Maxine, a longtime Claiborne Parish teacher, who is now retired. Knox says Maxine inspired her as a fellow teacher and this book is a tribute to the person who inspired her.

Vendors were there as well including the youth at United Pentecostal Church with snacks and drinks and Homer High School with a bake sale.

Performances included inspirational songs by Claiborne Parish’s own Faithful 8 as well as barbershop-style performances by the Piney Hills Harmony Chorus.

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