The Prairie Acadian Cultural Center of Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve presents an art exhibit featuring the work of Acadian artist Seaux N. Seau (Geraldine ) Soileau. “Seaux N. Seau’s Perspective” will be on view Saturday, February 15, through Wednesday, April 29. Admission to the exhibit and to the center is free. The center is located at 250 Park Ave in Eunice. For more information, call 337-457-8499 or visit www.nps.gov/jela.
Soileau was raised on the bank of Bayou Teche and learned to paint looking over her father’s shoulder. Her nickname “Seaux N. Seau” came from her love of sewing. Soileau enjoys capturing Cajun and Creole culture in folk art, often inspired by stories her parents and grandparents told her as a child. “When I’ve been gone a thousand years I want my art to continue to tell the stories that brought joy, courage, and hope to my life with such a childlike enthusiasm that it causes the viewer to seek joy, courage, and hope in their own lives,” Soileau said.
The Prairie Acadian Cultural Center is managed by the National Park Service as part of Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve. The center features exhibits interpreting the culture of the Acadians who settled the prairies of southwest Louisiana. Folklife demonstrations include foodways presentations, Cajun music, dancing, quilting, and other handmade crafts. The center is open from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and on Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. The center is closed on all federal holidays but is open on Mardi Gras. Admission to the Prairie Acadian Cultural Center is free and all activities and demonstrations are free and open to the public.