"artist in residence"
mary carpenter felder 

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     Mary grew up in Greensburg and moved to Livingston Parish in 1968. She graduated from S. L. U. with degrees in Education. Art education has been workshops and classes with local and international teachers. Her art mediums are Quilted Art, Collages and Photography. Mary joined the Contemporary Fiber Artists of La, the International Quilt Assoc and Studio Art Quilt Assoc. It was an opportunity to meet art quilters from all over the world. She exhibited, by invitation, "Dancing Butterflies", a traditional quilt that she designed at the at the International Quilt Festival in Houston. It was published in Lark's "500 Traditional Quilts", "Jubilation", an art quilt, was also juried into an exhibit at the International Quilt Festival in Houston. She has exhibited her art from Minnesota to Florida to Texas. 

     Mary wants you to enjoy her art and feel the emotions she experiences when she is creating. Nature is her inspiration. Louisiana is a beautiful land blessed with a rainbow of plants and animals. A ride in the country reveals ditches with dazzling white egrets standing amid beds of rare red irises. A walk in the forest reveals orange flowers on a vine adorning a tree like an exquisite piece of jewelry. Her photos are also an important part of her work and are used in her quilted art and collages. Mary has lived in Denham Springs, Livingston Parish for 50+ years and its beauty

never ceased to amaze her. 

  • Published in "IN Register Magazine" an ad for Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge, 2021

  • Co-editor of "Preserving the Culture of Livingston Parish", 2019

  • Artist Advisory Member, representing Livingston Parish, of the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge, 2021-2022

  • Mid City Artisans Gallery: 516 Moore St, Baton Rouge, artist member.

  • Arts Council of Livingston Parish: Board member and grant writer, Vice President 2014-2015, 2021. President 2016-2017

  • Contemporary Fiber Artists of Louisiana: member since 2005, Vice president 2010-2011, President 2012-2015, Secretary 2022-2023

  • Art Study Group: organized a small fiber art group in 2019 that meets monthly and shares techniques and critiques