The Lesche Club is now accepting submission for their annual Fine Arts Competition. All high school students are encouraged to submit their works.
In its earliest days, competitions were put on for creative writing to encourage students and citizens to express themselves artistically, as well as widen public appreciation of creativity. Beginning in 2004, the focus of the competition changed to creativity in the visual arts; the competition invited submissions from Natchitoches Parish high school students. This visual arts competition continues to this day. Cash prizes of $100, $75 and $50 are awarded to first, second and third place winners. Winners are selected based upon creativity, skill and originality by votes from the Lesche Club membership.
Entries must be original work limited to drawings, paintings, photography and graphic arts. Entry forms can be obtained from parish schools’ art teachers or fine arts faulty or from the parish libraries. The deadline for submission is Thursday, March 21. Students can submit their work to their school’s art teacher or another designated teacher/leader or bring to the Natchitoches Parish Library in Natchitoches or the North East Branch in Campti.
At the May Lesche Club meeting, competition winners, their parents and teachers will be honored and prizes will be awarded. All entries will be returned to students.
The Lesche Club was organized in 1894 by Agnes Morris who taught at what is now NSU. The purpose of Lesche Club is to “promote culture, to preserve local traditions and Louisiana folklore, and to foster the spirit of altruistic effort among the members and throughout the community.” This long tradition makes it the oldest women’s club in Louisiana. Approximately 50 members meet monthly at the Lemee House for refreshments and to listen to musical presentations and speakers on local culture.