Forestival: A family festival celebrating art & nature

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NEW ORLEANS (WGNO) – Forestival, a festival celebrating art and nature, kicks off Saturday! It takes place in Algiers, at the “Studio in the Woods” location on Patterson Road.

Current and past artists who have stayed at the studio will have their work on display. There will also be live local music, poetry readings, food and drink. There will be tons of activities for families too, with a puppet show, bug walk and a tour of the woods with a botanist all on the schedule.

“It’s just a wonderful time for people to spend the day out in the woods enjoying, not just the natural environment, but the arts that relate to the natural environment,” Studio in the Woods Managing Director Ama Rogan said.

This event is open to the public, starting at 11 a.m. running untill 5 p.m. There’s a suggested $5 donation at the gate.


11:15am Aaron Cohen
12:45pm Johnny Angel and Helldorado
2:15pm Calliope Puppets
3:00pm Sweet Crude

Artist Exhibits – all day
Jackie Ehle Inglefield, Pippin Frisbie-Calder, Ana Hernandez/Joan Mitchell Center Emerging Artist-in-Residence, E. Oscar Maynard, and Megan Singleton

Pop Up Poets
11:00am Benjamin Morris
12:15pm Gina Ferrara
2:15pm Stacey Balkun
4:00pm Cassie Pruyn

Art Activities
11:00am-3:00pm Make an offering to the Wetlands Shrine with Jackie Ehle Inglefield
12:00pm-3:00pm Adventures in Clay with Laura Richens
1:00pm-4:00pm Silkscreening with Pippin Frisbie-Calder and Walks in the Woods with Scientists
12:15pm Trees with ASITW Environmental Curator/Botanist David Baker
12:15pm Bugs with entomologist Ryan Moore
2:15pm Trees with ASITW Environmental Curator/Botanist David Baker
2:15pm Bugs with entomologist Ryan Moore

Silent Auction and Raffle
4:00pm Raffle Closing
4:30pm Auction Closing

Food and Beverage All Day!

Special Thanks to Our FORESTival Sponsors!
Valero Energy Foundation, Susan & Ralph Brennan, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph C. Canizaro, Phillips 66, Power Systems Specialists, Regions Bank, Whitney Bank, Richard Colton, Crescent Vodka, The Crepe Cart, Postlethwaite & Netterville, NOLA Brewing Company, Pabst Blue Ribbon Beer, Quintin’s Ice Cream, Small Town Brewery, Slice Pizzeria, Catherine & David Edwards, Karen & Ollie Edmunds, Mr. & Mrs. Milton G. Scheuermann, Shalett Family, Jacqueline Sullivan, Jason Berry, Raymond Chin, Roy & Sacha Clay, Mary Len & Lou Costa, Richard & Janice Faust, Jon Stebbins, Julie Denslow, Rose Drill Peterson, Sarah Wallace, Robert Perez