Author: John R. Kemp

Going Home

To New Iberia artist Jerome Weber, the land in south Louisiana’s Acadian parishes, filtered through warm, humid sunlight, is the most beautiful landscape in the United States. “Even before I…

Naturally Surreal

Lafayette artist Amy Michelle Guidry has much in common with the 19th-century French Impressionist painter Edgar Degas. To Degas, “Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.” Guidry paints “not just to bring attention to issues…

Vulnerable Landscape

  The 18th century German poet Goethe is said to have quipped, “music is liquid architecture” and “architecture is frozen music.” To South Louisiana architect and landscape artist Claude Ellender, painting is music on canvas. Born in New Orleans…

Shades of Gray

  Life in Louisiana’s Acadian parishes is colorful, yet, the internationally acclaimed Lafayette photographer Lucius Fontenot is an artist who sees timeless spiritual rhythms and beauty in the gray shadows of Louisiana’s Cajun culture. “I love how unique, beautiful, strange,…

L'art: Family of Man

Over the last four decades, the acclaimed Lafayette photographer Philip Gould has traveled the cultural and spiritual byways of South Louisiana with his camera and imagination in search for what the Swiss-born American photographer Robert Frank described as “the humanity…

Prayerful Painting

The Bible tells us the prayer “of a righteous man is powerful and effective.” Now witness “soulful impressions” and prayerful paintings by St. Martinville artist Dennis Paul Williams, a righteous man. The Louisiana music world knows Williams as the guitarist…

Organized Chaos

John Muir, the famed Scottish-American naturalist and “Father of the National Parks,” once wrote that only in the wilderness could he find his soul. Like Muir, artist Bill Iles turns to the swamps and forests of Southwest Louisiana as a…

Recettes de cocktail: Dragonfly Boogie

The weekly Cajun jam on Saturday mornings at Joie de Vivre in Breaux Bridge is a lively way to start the day. It’s not unusual to find cowboy boot-clad fiddlers harmonizing with famous local crooners — the joint gets hopping.…

La Maison: Downsizing Simplified

Family ties and an inclination for country living within a city motivated Drs. Johnette and Gary Frentz to build a custom home in Lafayette’s scenic Audubon Plantation development. The retired physicians decided to dramatically downsize from their sprawling residence in…

Rooms with a View

When planning her new home, a Lafayette businesswoman nearing retirement decided she wanted more than just a great kitchen and a pretty dining room for family gatherings. A consummate hostess and a gifted cook, she envisioned a dining room with…

Of Robichaux and Thibodaux

The moderately sweet, complex citrus flavor of aged Satsuma Rum accented with bitters and fresh lime renders an intensely refreshing, medium-length finish. Prompted by recollections of childhood visits to Cinclare Plantation near Brusly, Michael Dalmau’s eponymous restaurant commemorates his exiled…

Tea à la Teche

A new summer cocktail at Café Sydnie Mae honors Chef Bonnie Breaux’s ancestral link to Breaux Bridge’s founder

Cannabis Coming to a Pharmacy Near You

  Lake Charles, Lafayette, Houma   While states like California are benefitting from lucrative high-tech mobile gadgets for legal marijuana (pods of cannabis oil snap into place on pen-like “vapes” equipped with Bluetooth capacity), Louisiana is only recently getting into…

Dream Spaces

Serene elements and muted fields of color bring relaxed elegance to a soigné country home near Breaux Bridge

Liquid Epiphany

A seductive Twelfth Night Sour inspires winter imbibing and revelry with an afterglow

Island Inspiration

A cookbook author’s residence is designed for gourmet adventures in a resort setting

Whip it good

Enjoy a sweet, smooth, syrup-laced cocktail with holiday spices on the water’s edge

a tale of two farms

An architectural restoration in Opelousas harkens back to region’s early settlers

tiki-tini time

Enjoy a blast of cold air and refreshing end-of-summer cocktails with a tropical kick

Artful Outdoors

Entertaining rituals are amplified by summer’s full spectrum at a sprawling country estate

Warming Effect

Thaitini at Blu Basil in Lafayette will keep your spirits high