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Cities And Towns Along The Byway

Church Point
Crowley
Eunice
Eunice Area
Grand Coteau
Krotz Springs Area
Mamou
Opelousas
Opelousas Area
Rayne
Rayne Area
Sunset
Ville Platte
Ville Platte Area
Washington

Arts & Artisans
Arnaudville
Artists, Musicians, and Craftspeople
  • Melissa Andries, Photographer
  • Peggy Berry, Photographer
  • Anya Burgess, Musician
  • John Daigre, Mixed Media
  • Vincent Darby, Artist
  • Carl Dautreuil, Framer
  • Joe Hall, Zydeco Musician
  • Daryl Harwood, Potter
  • Lori Henderson, Folk Artist
  • William Lewis, Sculptor
  • George Marks Artist
  • Tom Pierce, Fiddle Maker
  • Beth Stark, Artist
  • Linni Tomanichief, Potter

    Performing Arts Facilities
  • Little Flower Auditorium – Pine Street, Arnaudville
  • Town Market Rural Arts Centre – 1013 Neblett
         NuNu's Nightlite & Cafe
         Frederick l'Ecole des Arts

    Art Galleries
  • Vincent Darby's Art Studio – 400 Canal Street, Arnaudville
  • Deux Bayous Art Gallery – 1013 Neblet ( Hwy 31)
  • George Marks Studio – 1013 Neblet ( Hwy 31)
  • Linni Tomanichief Studio – 155 Fuselier
  • Steeple Vue Gallery – 149 Fuselier
  • Tom's Fiddle & Bow & Lori Henderson Studio – 204 Fuselier Road
  • William Lewis Studio – 1013 Wilkins Street

    Art in Public Space
  • Statue of St. Terese – St. Francis Regis Catholic Church, 231 Main Street, Arnaudville

    Grand Coteau
    Artists, Musicians, and Craftspeople
  • Melissa Andres Photographer
  • Nancy Brewer Pastry chef.
  • Henry Hample Musician
  • Yvonne Olivier Dancer
  • Jesse Poinbeuf Artist.
  • Trish Ransom Folk art jeweler
  • Tanya Schultz, Potter
  • Susan Sibille Photographer
  • John Slaughter Photographer
  • Patrice Melnick Published Author
  • Jude Tauzin Chef
  • Jude Taylor Zydeco Musician
  • The Chimes Spiritual Musical Group

    Museums
  • Shrine of St. John Berchman – Academy of the Sacred Heart – 1821 Academy Rd. Tours by appointment only. Visit the site of only documented miracle performed in the United States and recognized by the Catholic Church

    Sunset
    Artists, Musicians, and Craftspeople
  • Mary Baum Quilt maker
  • Margaret Brinkhaus Maker of jams, jellies, and gourds
  • Christine Hall Quilt maker
  • Jerilyn Lavergne Fused glass
  • Charla Guidry Fused Glass
  • Curly Taylor Zydeco Musician
  • Annie Hendrix Clay
  • Marc Taylor Fiddle maker

    Opelousas
    Artists, Musicians, and Craftspeople
  • The Late Hadley Castille Renown Cajun band leader and fiddler.
  • Rebecca Henry Creole folklorist, most notably in traditional home remedies and medicine, doll maker, and storyteller.
  • Julie Martin Greeting card and poster illustrator.
  • Brad Randall Zydeco musician.
  • Michelle Fontenot Stain glass
  • J.A. Allen Illustrator
  • Frank Dabney Wood worker
  • Guyland Ledet Zydeco Musician
  • Jeffery Broussard Zydeco Musician
  • Sarah Jade Williams Cajun Musician
  • Roscoe Chenier Blues Musician

    Performing Arts Facilities
  • Yamatorium – 1863 West St. Landry Street Large building used for many performing arts events and activities.
  • Opelousas Little Theatre – located in South City Park

    Museums
  • Creole Heritage Folklife Center – 1113 West Vine St. Offers the public the opportunity to re-live traditions and heritage of the African-American community, including its Creole culture.
  • Jim Bowie Display – Vieux Village, 828 East Landry Street
  • Le Vieux Village 828 Landry Street (Hwy 190 East) A "new" village created with historic structures dating form the 1700s to the turn of the century with architecture unique to this area.
  • Opelousas Museum and Interpretive Center – 315 North Main Street Dedicated to the collection, preservation, and exhibition of artifacts and memorabilia that interpret the history and culture of the Opelousas area. One room is dedicated to Opelousas' role as the capital of Confederate Louisiana during the Civil War. The museum is also home to the Southwest Louisiana Zydeco Festival archives and the Geraldine Smith Welsh doll collection. It also has has an extensive collection of local historical documents and a collection of historical medical records.
  • Louisiana Orphan Train Museum – Vieux Village, 828 East Landry. Completed in 2009, the restored train depot will tell the story of how the lives of these young children changed forever.

    Art in Public Space
  • “Seven Brothers Oak” Mural by Robert Tinney, St. Landry Bank Annex, Landry Street
  • St. Landry Parish History” Mural by Tony Wimberly, St. Landry Bank Annex, Landry Street
  • Past, Present & Future of Zydeco” Mural, by Robert Baxter, 105 N. Main Street, Opelousas

    Opelousas Area
    Artists, Musicians, and Craftspeople
  • Roy Carrier – Lawtell Zydeco musican.

  • Goldman Thibodeaux – Lawtell Zydeco musican.

    Washington
    Artists, Musicians, and Craftspeople
  • Carolyn Billeaudeau Porcelain doll and Christmas ornament maker.
  • Millie Boudreaux Pianist.
  • Gwendolyn DeJean Artist.
  • Clara Darbonne Maker of sun bonnets.
  • Diane Hall Artist.
  • Elijah Harris Split-oak basket weaver.
  • June Lowrery Artist.
  • Margaret Mathis Children's handmade clothing maker.
  • Robert Tinney Artist.
  • Tizeno Quartet – “Spiritual Materials” Gospel group that records their own music and performs at various functions.
  • Pat Fontenot, Cypress Woodwork

    Museums
  • Washington Museum & Visitor Center – 404 N. Main Street

    Art Galleries
  • Country House – 608 East Carriere Street Includes the Country House art gallery, a pre-Civil War carriage house that was also once a doctor's office.

    Krotz Springs Area
    Performing Arts Facilities
  • Krotz Springs Community Center – 216 Park Street, Krotz Springs
  • Melville Civic Center – First Street, Melville

    Museums
  • Palmetto Municipal Building – Louisiana Highway 10, Palmetto Pictorial history of Palmetto and its environs.
  • Budden's General Store - 165 West Railroad Ave. (Hwy 10) – Established 1934.

    Rayne
    Artists, Musicians, and Craftspeople
  • Lee Benoit Cajun French musician.

    Performing Arts Facilities
  • Rayne Civic Center – 300 Frog Festival Drive Nineteen thousand square foot facility adjoining a large recreational vehicle park.
  • Rayne Depot Square – Corner of Texas Avenue and South Adams Avenue

    Museums
  • Bernard-Bertrand Museum – 1023 The Boulevard

    Art Galleries
  • Prairie Market – 112 North Adams Street Art and jewelry.

    Art in Public Space
  • Frog Murals – Various locations Murals of frogs in all types of natural or playful situations adorn the walls of numerous buildings in Rayne and have become a major tourist attraction. Many are by the internationally renowned muralist, Robert Dafford.

    Rayne Area
    Artists, Musicians, and Craftspeople
  • Clara Habetz – Roberts Cove German-American folklorist.
  • David and Emily Wortman – Duson Nationally known potters.

    Museums
  • Germanfest Museum Collection – Roberts Cove Roving museum featuring a collection of photographs, genealogy, and heirlooms of the German settlers to the area. The Germanfest Association owns the collection and is seeking a permanent museum facility.

    Church Point
    Artists, Musicians, and Craftspeople
  • Nolan, Mitchell, and Chad Cormier Cajun French musicians.
  • Elton “Bee” Cormier – Beaugh Street Church Point Playboys.
  • Paul Daigle – Pointe Noir Road Cajun Gold.
  • John Elton Doucet – 2001 Richard School Road Cajun Accordians.
  • Andrew Jagneaux Accordion maker and player.
  • Rosie Ledet Zydeco musician and singer.
  • Felton LeJeune Musician.
  • Reggie Matte Jambalaya Cajun Band.
  • Jean Murphy and Tom Norman Cajun French musicians and makers of Cajun Mardi Gras costumes and masks.

    Art Galleries
  • Matte's Woodworks and Craft Shop – 1220 Pierre Part Road
  • Le Vieux Moulin Fine Arts and Cajun Gift Shop – 402 Canal Street Features unique items created and crafted by area artists and artisans, books on Acadiana, and a variety of Cajun gifts, including jewelry and canes. Owners entertain tourists with Cajun and Gospel music.

    Crowley
    Art Galleries
  • The Gallery – Crowley Art Association – 220 N Parkerson

    Performing Arts Facilities
  • Historic Rice Theatre – 323 N Parkerson
  • Grand Opera House of the South – 505 N Parkerson

    Museums
  • Rice Interpretive Center – 425 N Parkerson
  • History of Crowley Museum - 425 N Parkerson
  • Ford Automotive Museum - 425 N Parkerson
  • J.D. Miller Museum - 425 N Parkerson
  • Crystal Rice Plantation – 6428 Airport Road
  • Kelly's Landing & Agricultural Museum - 1109 Roberts Cove Road
    Eunice
    Artists, Musicians, and Craftspeople
  • Bersia Ardoin Quilt maker and crochet worker.
  • Morris Ardoin Musician.
  • Mary Noonie Bell Cow hide chairs.
  • Fred Charlie Cajun musician and bandleader of Acadiana Cajuns.
  • Judith Copeland, Artist
  • Geno Delafosse Zydeco musician.
  • Elaine Sittig Dupre Farm produce grower.
  • Royne Fontenot Violin maker.
  • Courtney Granger Musician.
  • J. C. Labbie Cajun accordion player and bandleader of Ses Amis Cajuns.
  • Carleen Sittig Landry Crawfish taxidermist.
  • Ray Landry Cajun musician and bandleader of Ray Landry's Cajun Band.
  • Jessie LeJeune Violin maker.
  • Georgie & Allen Manuel Cajun Courir de Mardi Gras screen mask maker.
  • Lawrence Moncla Cypress swing maker.
  • Tommy Myers, Birdhouses
  • Chiquita Morton Reddock Spinner and weaver.
  • Pat and Claude Oubre Rosary makers.
  • Jo Jo Reed Musician.
  • Joel Savoy Cajun fiddler.
  • Wilson Savoy, Cajun accordionist and member of Pine Leaf Boys
  • Charles Seale Soap maker.
  • George Sonnier Cajun musician
  • Donald Thibodeaux Cajun musician and bandleader of Cajun Fever.
  • Emile Thibodeaux Cajun musician and bandleader of Tasso Loop Ramblers.
  • Lindzey Young, Cajun fiddler and member of Red Stick Ramblers
  • Eunice Community Band and Choir
  • Eunice Symphony Orchestra
  • FACE, Fine Arts Council of Eunice

    Museums
  • Jean Lafitte Prairie Acadian Cultural Center – 250 West Park Avenue Bi-lingual (French/English) exhibits, artifacts, historical photographs, and short films that interpret the history, language, music, and architecture of the Cajuns who settled the prairie area of southwest Louisiana. Programming includes: craft demonstrations featuring accordion making, spinning, quilt making, and fabrication of the unique Mardi Gras costumes of the prairie area; an interpretive musical program featuring local musicians giving lessons and explaining their instruments and the music they play; and, Cajun cooking demonstrations by local volunteers. Administered and operated by the Jean Lafitte National Historic Park and Preserve of the National Park Service. www.nps.gov/jela/prairie-acadian-cultural-center-euncie.htm
  • Eunice Museum (Founded 1984) – 220 South C. C. Duson Drive Located in the old train depot, the museum includes historical memorabilia, photographs, and documents of early life on the Cajun prairie. The building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
  • Cajun Music Hall of Fame and Museum – 240 South C. C. Duson Drive Photographs, biographies, and instruments of famous Cajun musicians, including one of the first accordions made in Louisiana. In 1995, the Louisiana State Legislature proclaimed the City of Eunice the official site for the Cajun Music Hall of Fame and Museum. Sponsored by the Cajun French Music Association. See www.cajunfrenchmusic.org/halloffame.htm

    Art Galleries
  • Dee's Cajun Gifts and Souvenirs – 203 South Second Street A variety of souvenirs and crafts from Cajun Country, including Cajun and Zydeco musical recordings.

    Art in Public Space
  • Prairie Mural – Corner of North Second Street and Laurel Avenue Painted by internationally renowned muralist, Robert Dafford.
  • Statue of Eunice Pharr Duson – Corner of South Second Street and Park Avenue Dedicated in 1994.
  • Historical Bevan's Photo Collection of Eunice, Circa 1900s – LSUE Health & Technology Building

    Performing Arts Facilities
  • Liberty Center – 200 West Park Avenue A restored 1924 movie theater that hosts the internationally known “Rendezvous des Cajuns” radio and television show. The show, often referred to as the 'Grand Ole Opry' of Cajun Country, features Cajun and Zydeco music and humorists. The building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and was included in the Great American Movies Preservation Press Guide published by the Smithsonian Institution. The Liberty Center also enjoys a formal relationship with the Southern Arts Federation (Atlanta, Georgia) with its continuing financial and other support of the Center's initiative to preserve Cajun heritage and showcase cultural events.
  • St. Thomas More Hall – LSUE Drive, Small venue for local productions.
  • Health and Technology Building – LSUE
  • Eunice Players Theatre 2nd Street

    Eunice Area
    Artists, Musicians, and Craftspeople
  • Tina Pilione – U. S. Highway 190 (East) Cajunmusicain and accordion maker
  • Jimmy Newman – Guitar
  • Charlene Vizena Quinilty - Traditional Acadian-style spinner and weaver
  • Marc Savoy – U.S. Highway 190 (East) Cajun musician and accordion maker.
  • Ann Savoy – U.S. Highway 190 (East) Cajun musician and vocalist.

    Mamou
    Artists, Musicians, and Craftspeople
  • Jamie Berzas Cajun accordion player and bandleader of Cajun Tradition.
  • Ed Deshotel Singer and storyteller.

    Ville Platte
    Performing Arts Facilities
  • Ville Platte Civic Center – 704 North Soileau Street

    Ville Platte Area
    Artists, Musicians, and Craftspeople
  • Roy Chafin – Pine Prairie - Country and Blues musician.
  • Shane West – Pine Prairie - Country music performer.
  • Keisha – Pine Prairie - Gospel music singer.
  • Roger LeBas – Pine Prairie - Blueberry grower and “faith healer”. .
  • Acey Ardoin – Pine Prairie - Maker of custom fishing rods and flies.
  • Johnny Fontenot – Turkey Creek - Cane syrup maker.
  • Everett Johnson – Turkey Creek - Knife maker.
  • Rhonda Butler – Turkey Creek - Soap and bath salts maker.
  • Ella Daniel – Turkey Creek - Goat cheese maker.
  • Tommy Compton – Turkey Creek - Gunsmith.
  • Marie Sharp – Turkey Creek - Cake maker.
  • Velma Johnson – Turkey Creek - Quilt maker.
  • J.D. Soileau – Chataignier – Historian, farmer – Cajun French storyteller.
  • Mary Beth Fontenot – Ville Platte – artist Performing Arts Facilities
  • Chataignier Community Center – Chataignier
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