2020 has been a tough year and most people are embracing the Christmas season lookingfor joy and hope at this joyous and hope-filled time of year. During all the holiday festivities and events, Union Parish residents and visitors need to make sure to stop by the Union Museum of History and Art to see the Christmas Angels and Orchids exhibit. This exhibit displays the work of two extremely talented Union Parish artists and will touch and inspire all who see the beautiful pieces.
The Orchids are grown by Debbie Williams, a Union Parish resident. Williams became interested in orchids in 1979 when she attended a seminar at the Shreveport Orchid Society. “I was bitten by the bug to grow orchids. I was at that time already interested in growing tropical plants as a hobby and my husband offered to build a greenhouse IF I would like to grow orchids,” said Williams.
Williams’ Orchids are ethereal in their delicate beauty. The soft colors and elegant furled edges look like beautiful ladies headed to a ballroom in days gone by. All that dainty beauty gives the orchidthereputationfor being difficult to grow and maintain. “That is a misconception,” said Williams. “They are much like any plant. Learn what their requirements are... light, water, fertilizer. Humidity and air movement are important. No secrets. Just a bit of learning.”
Williams loves her orchids and has put untold hours of time and dedication into growing them. “I am enjoying my fourth greenhouse,” said Williams. “The fragrance and many shades of color are very therapeutic. I cannot put into words the joy orchids can add to your life. It is very addictive,” Williams said.
The Angels portion of the exhibit is a group of breathtaking paintings by artist Pam Gale. Gale grew up in Farmerville and she is a selftaught artist who began drawing andpainting in elementary school. Her angel paintings draw the viewer in and speak to the hearts and touch the emotions of everyone who sees them.
The angels are painted in all their heavenly splendor and are helping, comforting and protectinghumans. One painting is of a beautiful winged angel encouraging an obviously exhausted firefighter and another shows an ethereal yet strong angel comforting a small child as she clings to her stuffed animal. Each painting tugs at the heart and brings hope and inspiration. “Being artistic, one’s mind and heart are on a constant merry-go-round. You want to express your emotions and put them on a canvas to share with everyone,” said Gale. “Everything I paint has meaning. There is a story behind every brushstroke.”
Jean Jones, Exhibits and Program Director for the Union Museum encourages all not to miss this amazing exhibit. “We are so proud of our local people that are creative and use their talent for so much good, “said Jones. “I always hope that people will see this beautiful artwork and be inspired to create their own.”
The Angels and Orchids exhibit is not to be missed. It will be on display at the Union Museum of History andArt through December 30.