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People start collections for various reasons: for their monetary value, to create decorative spaces in their homes, or the challenge of finding something rare. For Patrick Theriot, it was a tugging urge after finding an unknown collection of his father’s that led him to pay homage to his gra…

At the end of last year, fans of the group Spank the Monkey crowded into the Youngsville bar Route 92 waiting for the band to begin, when they were taken aback by the opening act. A group of young teens jumped on the stage and amazed the audience, belting out songs from an era before they we…

Embroidery, once the leisurely activity of proper women in Victorian times, is gaining a presence in galleries thanks to stitchers like Marie Palmer, the Lafayette-based artist behind Artemis-Unravelled. She is one of the modern embroiderers who is updating and enlivening the traditional wom…

Acadiana’s famous festival culture honors virtually everything from the food, heritage, music, wildlife, land and people. With the temperatures starting to warm and spring on the way, local festivals are popping up ahead of the summer months. Acadiana Lifestyle has prepared a comprehensive r…

At a Burger King, Leonard “Bot” Buteaux sat at a table with an erect posture and his hands resting in a polite manner on the table. A kind face is framed by neatly groomed gray hair and matching close-trimmed beard. Dressed in khaki pants and a navy lightweight windbreaker over a plaid shirt…

Jerome Weber is a banker and artist, and he’s blended these roles like paint on a palette. In 2014, Weber helped establish Louisiana’s only plein air painting competition. The juried event, now in its sixth year, is presented by the Shadows-on-the-Teche. It gives artists the opportunity to h…

Pictured is Plein Air artist Auseklis Ozols painting in the rain at the 2018 Plein Air Competition. Photo by Kathy Chassee. The upcoming art competition that is equal parts painting and performance art is coming to New Iberia March 14-21. Find out more on Page 13 of this month's Acadiana Lifestyle.

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The photographs and videos from your wedding day will serve as a treasure for years to come. New Iberia artist Paul Schexnayder adds even more to that treasure with his live-action wedding painting. He likes to call what he does, "Wedding Story Painting." Live-action wedding paintings not on…

Did someone say crawfish? Crawfish season is among us, and it's time to start the greatest season of the year by making some Petit Crawfish Pies! From the chef at Crawfish Town USA, Chef Johnnie G’s Petit Crawfish Pies recipe is a great way to experience the season by making these personal p…

Dockside Studio is like no other place on the planet. The dusty front porch of the old barn, still sporting its weathered exterior, belies the state-of-the-art music studio a few feet away, just inside the wooden door with its four window panes staring blankly, hiding their secrets.

Stuck in a gift-buying rut? Not sure what to gifts to buy your partner for Valentine’s Day? For this Valentine’s Day, we’ve rounded up some fun, local experiences to give the man in your life on the loveliest day of the year!

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Newlywed Morgan Stockstill Berard’s wedding was stylish and modern. You can read all about her wedding and her vendors in our Bridal Review story “I Do” on Page 13. Photo by Sydney Martien Photography.

Few of us have an appreciation for sawdust, but Emily Broussard loves the making of it. She caught the woodworking bug when she was 10, making baseball bats and tops. She has enough love of woodworking to have long felt a responsibility to share it by way of teaching it in the woodworking cl…

Teche Center for the Arts presented the first ever St. Martin Parish Mega Trivia Game Night hosted by Senator Fred Mills. The night was a fun, community-spirited, Parish-wide event of friendly competition with proceeds going to Teche Center for the Arts’ operating and programming budget. 

If you’ve been to St. Peter’s Catholic Church in New Iberia and enjoyed the choir, you’ve sampled the work of its music director Ben LeBleu. For the past four years, Ben has enriched the church’s sacred music program leading an ensemble of 18 to 20 singers and a separate Cantorum of seven pr…



A new norm of this season is wearing protective masks. However, there is no need to wear boring ones! We’ve gathered fun masks you can get from your favorite local businesses. Stay safe out there, and don’t forget to sanitize!

The coronavirus pandemic was an unwelcome surprise for schools, and many are struggling to plan for the fall without knowing what regulations will be in place at that time.