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Sterlington Senior becomes finalist in George Rodrigue Foundation art contest

March 20, 2013

The Ouachita Citizen

Student's King Cake inspired acrylic painting showcases culinary heritage.

Seventeen-year- old Allyson Sutton, daughter of Jason and Sherri Sutton, has been a student of Talented Art teacher Annice Miller since she was in the sixth grade. Sutton said she’s been interested in art as long as she can remember.

The piece Sutton entered in the Rodrigue contest is an acrylic painting titled “Who’s Got the Baby?” It depicts a King Cake with its traditional purple, gold and green icing and decorated with Mardi Gras beads. The theme of this year’s contest was Louisiana’s culinary heritage, and she thought King Cake was an iconic Louisiana tradition.

A different feature of this year’s contest is the Rodrigue Foundation’s partnership with the Louisiana Restaurant Association on a new cookbook. The Louisiana Culinary Heritage cookbook will include recipes from chefs around Louisiana, and will feature the artwork of the 15 finalists. The book is al already in production, and is expected to come out in October.

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