The Council for the Development of French in Louisiana (CODOFIL) was founded in 1968. To celebrate CODOFIL’s fiftieth birthday, more than fifty Louisiana artists and craftsmen have produced works for exhibits in three locations throughout the state during 2018. The CODOFIL tribute begins on July 6 at the Alexandria Museum of Art, in tandem with the opening of their summer art exhibits.
Among the 26 featured artists are muralist Robert Dafford, painters Vergie Banks and Melissa Bonin, wood carvers Kelly Guidry and Chestee Harrington. Works in the exhibit range from paintings and etchings to carvings, ceramics and textile arts.
Sponsored by the Louisiana Crafts Guild, the three CODOFIL exhibits honor the organization for preserving Louisiana’s French language and the enduring heritage conferred by early French-speakers. Thanks to the work of CODOFIL over the years, the deep, French-based culture is understood, appreciated, and given Une Place à la Table, a place at the table.
The exhibit at the Alexandria Museum of Art runs through July and August. Future exhibits will be hosted by Vermilionville in Lafayette from August through September, and at the Rural Life Museum in Baton Rouge from September through August. Showcasing life in Louisiana, the artworks collectively recognize CODOFIL’s fiftieth birthday, wishing the organization, “Bon anniversaire!”
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