St. Joseph School will be bringing out the quilts and cooking up the gumbo for the biannual ARTragin’ Cajun event March 1 from 5-8 p.m.

The event will feature Cajun food and an auction of several quilts made by the students. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door for adults. Children’s tickets are $5. There will be crawfish ettoufee, gumbo, red beans and rice, jambalya, seafood fettuccine and bread pudding for the adults and pizza, a cookie decorating station and drinks for the children.

Art Instructor Shannon Chamoun said the event was started in 2002 and proceeds go toward equipment and supplies for art classes.

"ARTragin’ Cajun was started to enhance the arts here at St. Joseph school," she said. "We selected the Cajun theme because that is my background and I know how to cook Cajun food in large quantities."

In addition to supplies and equipment, the money raised will go toward visiting artists, fees for Young Arkansas Artist traveling exhibit, scholarships, stipend for drama coach, drama production and drama summer camp, contributions towards the Fra Angelico Endowment for visual arts, Senior’s drama field trip, sixth grade field trip to Branch Out and second grade Mary statues for First Communion, as well as other supplies that an art budget will not afford.

The quilt project started at the beginning of the school year with each grade from kindergarten to sixth grade picked a design for their quilt.

"Each student was given a quilt square to decorate. Next the squares were given to a group of wonderful volunteers who pieced together the quilts," said Chamoun. "Next the exterior of the quilt was sent to a professional quilter who added batting and a backing, and lastly she added the quilting stitches that really emphasize the quilts pattern while holding it all together."

In addition to the auction of the quilts, local artist Steve Griffith has donated a painting valued at $3,400 for the auction. He will also be painting live on location that night.

The event will also have hands on activities for children including a potter’s wheel, face painting and caricature artist.

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