LAFAYETTE, LA — Festival International de Louisiane is thrilled to announce DD Manly as the official 2014 Visual Artist. She will design one extraordinary art masterpiece that captures the spirit and tradition of the nation's largest free Francophone festival. The artwork created for Festival International each year, serves as the visual representation of the cultural connections between Acadiana and the Francophone world through music and, is the design inspiration for the official Festival poster and cloisonné pin.
In the past 27 years, many of the state's finest visual artists have held the title of Festival International Official V isual Artist. DD Manly was selected for her distinctive style in her extensive body of work that celebrates the joie de vivre in southwest Louisiana and its shared connection to the global community.
A New Orleans native, DD Manly moved to Lafayette to study Fine Arts at the University of Southwestern Louisiana at Lafayette (USL). After studying Fine Arts for three years, she changed majors and ultimately obtained a Masters Degree in Kinesiology from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, LA. She continued her academic studies and recently completed her Masters degree in Counseling from UL Lafayette.
Manly says, "Centering and following your intuition on point of inspiration, color and composition is what I love about the creative process. It allows you to unfold the mystery as you paint."
Bold color and movement--these are elements that intrigue DD Manly as an artist. Her area of specialization as an artist includes combining meditation with intuitive painting.
"DD Manly is a visual storyteller who shares her love and passion for our culture and heritage." says Diane Harris, Interim Executive Director of Festival International de Louisiane. "As our official visual artists she was invited to create one work of art that represents our festival's connection to the global community."
The completed art piece will be unveiled at Festival International's annual Pin Premier event in early January 2014. Festival enthusiasts and art collectors will have the opportunity to purchase the official artwork at the organization's art auction in March 2014.
DD Manly's work is currently being shown at:
- The Lounge Gallery (behind Tsunami) through the end of October 2013,
- Barnel's Art and Framing Gallery in Lafayette and
- Ariodante Gallery at 535 Julia Street in New Orleans.
- Several of her pieces can be found online at her website: www.ddmanly.com
For more information about Festival International de Louisiane, please visit us online at www.festivalinternational.com or call (337) 232-8086.