The History & Culture of Abita Springs

Now on display are our ten displays on the following subjects: Timber, Water, Tourism, Festivals, Choctaw, the Arts, Our Town, Abita Brewing, and Hotels.


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COMING SOON:


Roy Robinson
Retrospective

Honoring the long life and fanciful illustrations
of an Abita Springs artist

Opening Reception
December 8, 6-9pm

A retrospective show for Abita Springs artist/illustrator Roy Robinson will be held at the Abita Springs Trailhead Museum December 8-9 and 14-16, 2018. The opening reception is 6-9pm on Saturday, December 8.

Roy passed away at age 97 in January of this year. He was still producing cartoons in collaboration with Maurice Le Gardeur, a.k.a. The Bard of Boston Street, that still regularly appear in the St. Tammany Farmer. His cartoons are known for their quick, lean lines and fluid watercolor technique. Roy and Maurice have won 30 national awards for their “Mona” book series.

Roy began his career as a cartoonist in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II.  He first studied art at the University of Iowa Art School and later, on the GI Bill, at the Art Student’s League in New York City. After moving to New Orleans, he worked 25 years for Mouton design firm, where he designed the city’s logo. He also taught graphics at Newcomb art school.

- PREVIOUS EXHIBITIONS -

April 2018

Landscape Art Show & Sale

An exquisite display and enchanting opening reception highlighted the 2018 show.

 2018

2018

APRIL 2017

En Plein Air - Inside the Museum for the First Time

We moved from the 1884 Pavilion to the newly renovated museum to rave reviews.  

 En Plein Air 2017

En Plein Air 2017


November 19, 2016 - January 1, 2017

Hometown Teams: How Sports Shape America

The Smithsonian Institution has produced an exceptional, interactive exhibit that we are excited to offer during this Holiday Season, brought to Abita Springs by the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities and with the support of the National Endowment for the Arts.

As a Museum on Main Street exhibit, Hometown Teams captures the stories that unfold on the neighborhood fields and courts, and the underdog heroics, larger-than-life legends, fierce rivalries, and gut wrenching defeats.

 In the above photos, that's a proud Coach Bryan Gowland at lower right with his team that no other scored against during the entire football season.

In the above photos, that's a proud Coach Bryan Gowland at lower right with his team that no other scored against during the entire football season.

 Fontainebleau H.S. javelin competition

Fontainebleau H.S. javelin competition

 Abita Springs Junior High Basketball Team

Abita Springs Junior High Basketball Team

Learn much more about this Museum on Main Street exhibit here.  Download the press release here.

 November 2016 inside the Museum

November 2016 inside the Museum


Here's what our museum looked like before the renovation in late 2016.

 The regular Sunday jam session.

The regular Sunday jam session.