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Thanks,
Coni 
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Chauvin Sculpture Garden by Artist Kenny Hill


4/20/2007 I went to the Chauvin Sculpture Garden, I can’t explain the beauty of this artist’s talents (Pictures in the photo album) Will be a place I visit often….I had meet this artist about 10 years ago and had just started on the tower..AMAZING!

History / Biography on Artish Kenny Hill:

Little is known about the reclusive Kenny Hill, a bricklayer by trade, born around 1950. In 1988, he settled on some property on the bayou in Chauvin (pronounced show-van), Louisiana — population 3,400. Hill pitched a tent as his home and, over time, built a small rustic home that demonstrated an interesting use of space and attention to detail. Then in 1990, without explanation, he began transforming his lush bayou environment into a fantastic chronicle of the world is seen through his eyes.

Less than a decade later, more than 100 primarily religious concrete sculptures densely pack the narrow, bayou-side property. The sculptures are a profound mixture of Biblical reference, Cajun colors, and the evident pain and struggle of the artist’s life. Most are guided, supported, or lifted by seemingly weightless angels — black, white, male, female, baby, or soldier. The angels, each unique, some inviting passage, others prohibiting, vary from blue skinned, bare-footed, and sightless to regal angels clad in medieval garb with the black boots of the local shrimp fishermen.

The most prominent piece is a 45-foot-tall lighthouse, composed of 7,000 bricks, with figures clinging to the outside: cowboys, soldiers, angels, God and Hill himself. A walk through this sculpture environment is an emotional experience, evoking a sense of deep spirituality but also personal pain.

Hill placed himself in many of the scenes: he rides a horse; carries Christ’s cross; stands with long hair and a beard, his heart bleeding; and shows his face painted half black and white, suggesting the artist’s struggle between good and evil.

During the ten-plus years he lived on the property and created his art, he was adamant that the work was just for him — he felt no need to share it. Hill repeatedly denied requests for access to photograph or publicize his work but reportedly declared it a “story of salvation” for the local residents.

Neighbors have created a picture of Hill as a man who, by the time he abandoned his art in early January 2000, was deeply troubled and left not only his art and his home, but also abandoned the religion that had come to dominate his life. Evicted by the parish for not keeping the grass and weeds under control, Hill disappeared on foot, but not before knocking the head off of the sculpture of Jesus.

The site has been gifted to nearby Nicholls State University in Thibodaux, Louisiana. When former NSU Art Professor Dennis Sipiorski tried to prompt Hill to expound on the site’s meaning by asking, “Is this your vision?” Hill replied, “It’s about living and life and everything I’ve learned.”

In 2002 the site was officially opened to the public with the dedication of the new Nicholls State University Folk Art Studio, a gift of Kohler Foundation. For information or to arrange a tour of the site, call the NSU Folk Art Studio at 985-594-2546 or Jenny Authement, Coordinator Chauvin Sculpture Garden and NSU Art Studio. (985) 688-4752.

Directions:

The Kenny Hill Sculpture Environment is located near Chauvin in the Parish of Terrebonne, Louisianna, on the left descending bank of Bayou Little Caillou, about 19 miles below Houma, Louisianna — roughly 90 minutes south of New Orleans.

From New Orleans, take I-310 West, then Exit I-130 via ramp at sign reading "US-90 W to Houma" and go southwest for 21.5 miles. Continue on access road at sign reading "US-90/LA-3198 to Houma/Raceland" and go west for 0.4 miles. Turn left on US-90 and go southwest for 90 feet. Continue southwest on LA-182 for 4.4 miles. Turn left (southeast) on LA-316 for 2.5 miles. Turn right (southwest) on LA-3087 for 1.9 miles. Turn left on LA-24 (East Main Street) and go southeast for 2.8 miles. Turn right (northwest) on Marie Lane for 120 feet to Chauvin.

Taken from: http://www.kohlerfoundation.org/chauvin_direct.html

Plantation Homes


Plantation Homes I’ve Visited
 
Just click the name to go to their website
 
Post Office Box 950
2646 Hwy. 44 (River Road)
Saint John the Baptist Parish
Garyville, Louisiana 70051-0950

Phone: 985/535-2341
Fax: 985/535-5450
Toll Free 1 (888) 509-1756

 

Was one of the prettiest plantation homes
I’ve ever seen!
Photo’s in: *My Louisiana*
 

Oak Alley Plantation, Restaurant & Inn
3645 Highway 18 (Great River Road) Vacherie, Louisiana USA 70090
Phone: (225) 265-2151 or 1-800-44ALLEY Fax: (225) 265-7035
E-mail: ContactUs@OakAlleyPlantation.com

 

This is a beautiful home!
Lined with 28 live oak trees…just breathetaking!
Photo’s in: *My Louisiana*
 
Laurel Valley Village/Plantation Museum and Country Store
595 Hwy. 308 Thibodaux, LA 70301
(985) 447-2902 to arrange tours
(985) 446-7456 -Country Store
This is located in my home town of Thibodaux
I love the quiet but eerie drive thru this plantation~
Photo’s in: *My Louisiana*
 
 

Swamp Garden/ Morgan City


Morgan City Swamp Garden
725 Myrtle Street,
 Morgan City, LA 70380
(985) 384-3343
Cost: $4.00
 
Went on 4/21/06
Was a beautiful tour,
Had Indian huts and
a real boat house showing cajun living
from the old days.
One of my favorites was
the 600 year old Cypress!
Pictures in: "My Louisiana"
 
 
Description: A walking guided tour through
3.5 acres of natural swamp depicting life
in the great Atchafalaya Swamp and animals
native to the swamp.
 

Brownell Memorial & Carillon Towers/ Morgan City


Brownell Memorial & Carillon Tower
Closed Mondays & Tuesdays
3559 Hwy 70
Morgan City, LA 70380
Phone (985) 384-2283
 
I went on 4/20/06
Had a wonderful walk and was able to hear the Carillon Bells
play 2 different songs….was very beautiful
Pictures in *My Louisiana Album*
 
The Largest (bourdon) bell contains the inscription:
"This Carillon Given by Mrs. Claire H, Brownell
In Loving Memory of her parents,
Charles Horace Brownell &
Frances Pierson Brownell"
 
Verses of the Twenty-Thirld Psalms are engraved
on the next largest 13 bells.
 
Description:
A 9.5 acre park in a natural setting located next to Lake Palourde.
The 106 ft. tall carillon tower contains 61 bronze bells,
One of the world’s largest and finest cast-bell Carillons,
which were cast in Holland,
representing five full chromatic octaves,
range in weight from 18 pounds for the smallest to
4730 pounds for the largest. 
 
The park is a designated bird sanctuary.

Info from Louisiana Office of Tourism 

& Brownell Memorial park pamplet
 
 

A Wonderful Message


 
I recieved this in a email unknown who had written it but they were wise!
~Had to share~
 
As we grow up, we learn that even the one person that wasn’t
supposed to never let you down probably will.
You will have your heart broken probably more than once
and it’s harder every time.
You’ll break hearts too,
so remember how it felt when yours was broken.
You’ll fight with your best friend,
You’ll blame a new love for things an old one did,
You’ll cry because time is passing too fast,
and you’ll eventually lose someone you love.
So take too many pictures, laugh too much,
and love like you’ve never been hurt because every sixty seconds you spend upset
is a minute of happiness you’ll never get back!
(Author Unknown)

About Coni


I guess I’d better fill you in on who I am

I promise what you are about to read …IS the truth…..
I SWEAR IT IS THE TRUTH!!!
Ok let’s get the basics out: I’m 37 years old…5’1 about a 110 lbs…
Been a dancer all of my life….
Long, curly, brown/black hair with green-green eyes,
 3 daughters (1st husbands girls)
and 1 step-daughter
(whom I love just as if she was mine!)….
I have one dog (Bulldog and my boy) and 1 bird (MEAN BIRD!)
YES… I’m Married for the 3rd time…Don’t ask……….
ok you asked….
1st the father of my 3 girls ( 16. 14, 13)
ONLY good thing he’s ever done was make my wonderful daughters ~
He was the devil  himself…8 years of HELLwith him…
13 years of raising my girls without any support or help from him  
All worth it thou –they are AWESOME & he lost out on that!
2nd Husband was a bum ……..
He took me to rock bottom ….. it was a hard lesson to learn
Won’t go in to too much details
(Mark took his own life 6/17/05 God Rest His Soul )
~I believe he paid his dues~
3rd hubby is 5 years younger then me   
but that is ok …..(what is that saying Paw?
Get em’ young and teach them right  I do believe it is!)
Been a good hubby thou… 
 I have to tell you all I’m stubborn and mean so he has his hands full …….
He does have my  & I Love him bunches and bunches!
Think I’ll keep him a lil longer … Took a strong man to keep me (huh paw? )
I’m a Photographer now….Love to take pictures
Have had 2 pictures published….So proud of myself~
I love anything Native American……..Collect all kinds of things~
Really love Pots ( the ones you grow plants in ) any kinds of shape or size ~
I collect White Buffalo’s I love my White Buffalo’s!
(hint hint to hubby)
I love to dance…………any form of it………..My girls are the same way too,
Music on all the time…all kinds… from Country to Techno …we love it all!
Won’t ever be too old to dance Dancing has always been my
 
Ok now what is going on in my world…..Coni’s View……..
Figured I’d just spill the beans and let it all out
Bad’s in my world:  I have a father in-law who has cancer…stage 4…
very sick since July 2004~
~Spend alot of time doing all I can to help them out~
MY father in Indiana also is very sick…
Heart disease, lung disease & alot of other stuff…
Say a prayer for them both
Wondering why I’m not crazy yet huh?
 We all have to start somewhere I decided to start here…
My path has been long and hard but I wouldn’t change one step or one second of it…
I’m a STRONGER women for it
 and all the wonderful FRIENDS I’VE MADE Along the way was worth it~
I’m not a writer………..suck on spelling and have no clue as what goes where…..
I love the internet world…So  here is my lil space that I can be ME
How wonderful is that
I feel lucky God has blessed me with
WONDERFUL FRIENDS, a good body, strong mind
and great personality
what more could I ask for?
Welcome to my world  from my view
Hugs & Luv
Coni