Viewing hours are Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; the exhibit is free to the public.
Created from a concept by Earl Robicheaux, with photography by John Amrhein, the exhibit includes a photo and oral history-based panel, accompanied by a free cell phone tour. The visitor simply calls a number listed on the exhibit and then follows the prompts to listen to oral histories and sounds of the Atchafalaya.
The Atchafalaya Basin of south Louisiana is a cypress-tupelo swamp that separates southwest and southeast Louisiana. Roughly 20 miles wide and almost 120 miles long, the swampy basin takes its name from the Choctaw Indian name for the river – atcha (long) falaya (river).
In this exhibition, photographer John Amrhein and oral historian Earl Robicheaux have combined images and words from the Atchafalaya and its people to promote greater appreciation of this distinct Louisiana region.The photographs and stories feature everyday people, their place in the landscape and the landscape itself.
Amrhein and Robicheaux are natives of the Atchafalaya area.
The audio tour can be accessed either by calling 504-799-2348 or by visiting http://myoncell.mobi/1504799234.
(To arrange a tour or for more information, call Liz Gautreaux, program coordinator, at 337-394-2207 ext. 22.)