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Lockport painter to create 2014 French Food Festival artwork

Lockport painter to create 2014 French Food Festival artwork

LAROSE – Lockport native Hank Holland has been chosen to paint the 2014 poster for the 41st annual French Food Festival, a Top 20 Festival and the crown jewel event for the Larose Civic Center.

Holland’s painting will be unveiled at the 41st Annual French Food Festival to be held the weekend of October 24 to October 26 at the Larose Civic Center.

As a young boy in Lockport, Hank enjoyed swimming and fishing in Bayou Lafourche and anything else a young boy could find to get into mischief.

Born with Cerebral Palsy, Holland never let his disability hold him back. He continues to prove that with the right mindset and attitude, you can accomplish your goals and dreams.

Hank's mother, Jane Holland, was a self-taught artist who hoped that one of her four children would pick up her love of painting. But Hank never gave painting a second thought as a boy.

It wasn’t until May of 2008 when, feeling lonely for his mother, who had died a year earlier, Holland picked up his first canvas, a few tubes of paint and a cheap set of brushes and taught himself to paint. His original art hangs in homes and businesses in all 50 states and 97 countries, including the Mosaic Gallery in Baton Rouge.

Holland still resides in Lockport with his wife, Maria, and son, Christian. He named his art studio “Baby Jane Studios” after his mother to constantly remind him of her love for family, creativity and zest for life.
His motto for art is, “Paint with your heart and the love will flow through the color.”

Holland will attend this year’s French Food Festival with a collection of his paintings, including the official artwork he created for this year’s festival, which is available for purchase as a poster. The festival will be held Friday, Oct. 24 to Sun., Oct. 26 at the Larose Civic Center.

The festival kicks off with the 3rd Annual French Food Festival Rocks concert featuring Bret Michaels and Flesh Carnival on Thursday, Oct. 23.

Visitors can meet Holland and see his work at Baby Jane Studios at 5714 N. Highway 1 in Lockport. They can also find him on Facebook at www.facebook.com/hollandfolkart or email him at babyjanestudios@rocketmail.com.

For more information on the French Food Festival, visit www.frenchfoodfest.com or call 985-693-7355.