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www.ponchatoula .com/ptimes Artist Nancy Perilloux with her art Connie Kittok art featured Ponchatoula artist Connie Kittok whose work is annu- ally showcased at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Fes- tival, and in galleries all over the South, is prominently featured in the new Red Dot Gallery in America's Antique City. (Times Photo) Ponchatoula's early i barber shops By JIM PERRIN Historian and Educator (Part Two) Another vintage barber shop in Ponchatoula was the one oper- ated by James Kerney Murry (1887-1944). Mr. Murry was farming near Albany in 1917, and was work- ing as a house carpenter there in 1920, before moving his fam- ily to Ponchatoula about 1921 and entering the barbering trade. His shop was located in two different locations in the 200 block of West Pine Street, and he operated his business until his death in 1944. Martin Adams, who was born about 1889, was barbering in Ponchatoula in 1920, although the location of his shop is un- known. Several barbers worked itown for two or three decades alid became some of the most vll-known men in the commu- nity, while others had a lesser irifluence. :'Mr. C. N. Kuykendall of New Oleans opened a three chair barber shop in February 1925 in a shop located across from the train depot on West Rail- road Avenue Business was not nearly as good as expected and Mr. Kuykendall closed his shop at the end of August 1925, dis- mantled and removed his bar- bering fixtures and moved to a more promising location. The Kuykendall barber shop was taken over by Mr. C. E. Pe- terson, formerly of Natalbany, who opened in the same location and put in place $15,000 worth of new fixtures. Frank Rogers, who had been a barber in Mr. Kuykendalrs shop, stayed in Ponchatoula and worked in Mr. Peterson's shop. After spend- ing time and money opening his shop in October 1925, Mr. Peterson closed his business after just two weeks, removed his equipment and returned to Natalbany. There were seven barber shops inside of the city limits of Ponchatoula in October 1920, counting Mr. Peterson's, and there was not enough business during the winter months to keep all of the shops in opera- tion. Another local barber who served the men of the Pon- chatoula area was Urban R. Gassen (1893-1950), a native of New Orleans who moved to this area by 1910, and in 1915 mar- ried the girl next door, Frances Shroeder. Mr. Gassen operated his barber shop from at least 1920 until shortly before his death. In the summer of 1939 he leased a portion of the Mc- Cloy Building opposite the de- pot and operated his shop in that location. During the Depression the PLEASE SEE PAGE A-4 THURSDAY, DECEMBER 22, 2011 31stYEAR NUMBER 12 50 CENTS Local artist couple open gallery in Antj00que City Fulfilling a long-held dream, sculptor John Perilloux and his painter and jeweler wife Nancy have opened their Red Dot Gallery in the heart of America's Antique City at 128 West P00ne Street and filled it with an eclectic blend of the region's best art. "I have wanted a gallery ever since I got involved in art. That is what we do, even on vacation, visit galleries," Nancy Perilloux told The Ponchatoula Times, adding: "It has always been a dream to have our own gallery. We will set up a studio for me in the gal- lery so visitors will be able to enjoy the creative process." Husband and wife are both graduates of Southeastern Louisiana University, she with an art degree and John with a degree in marketing. He taught himself art, and did a good job of it, judging by the pieces on display in the gallery. John Perilloux creates forged iron furniture and accessories such as the creative candle holders now on display in the gallery, while Nancy Perilloux fashions iron jewelry and paints beautiful colored landscapes. They work so closely that the jeweler says of the sculptor, "I use John's scraps to make my jewelry, which when completed looks nothing like "scraps." The gallery is open Wednes- day through Friday, 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. It is closed Mon- day and Tuesday. The gallery phone number is 985/370-7177. And while the Perillouxs' art is well deserving of a gallery just to showcase the owners' creations, for Red Dot Gallery the Perillouxs have carefully selected the works of some ex- tremely gifted artists. Dennis Sipiorski is the ce- ramics professor at SLU and he paints as well. His wife, Ruth Sipiorski creates mixed media panels when not working as an art teacher at Christ Episcopal School in Covington. New Orleans' Alex Williams is known for his ceramics. He has a gallery of his own on Magazine Street called Pots-A- Lot Pottery. The distinctive work of Pon- chs, toula's own Connie Kittok often captures the images of fa- mous New Orleans musicians, displayed near the entrance to the new gallery. Wes Foreman of Folsom's acrylic paintings are now on dila in the gallery.  On Saturdays and Sundays artist and Ponchatoula native Megan Ford, an SLU graduate, will be working on her encaus- tic and mixed media art in the gallery. Another SLU art graduate, Jason Caruso of Bedico, has a gallery display of his ceramics, while Kiki Huston of New Or- leans has her handmade silver and enamel jewelry in the gal- lery. Albertson's funds PHS after-school program A generous $7,500 grant from Albertson's Grocery Stores will fund a three day after-school program at Ponchatoula High School that will help students slipping behind, make up their missed school work and patch their attendance record. "Our graduation rate has not been up to par and this will help," predicted PHS' Melanie Monistere (center). Pictured at left is Principal Danny Strickland. Albertson's local Store Director Kevin Brunelle is pictured at right. See story on page A-2. (Times Photo) Hammond jeweler Becky Burt has a display of her jew- elry and mixed media jewelry, while fellow Hammond artist Sue Karmeisool has her ceram- ic figures on display. Louisiana native Zee Galiano, who now lives in the Tallahas- see, Florida area is represented in the gallery by her silver and enamel jewelry. LaPlace's Doris Calamia rounds out the initial art dis- play at Red Spot Gallery with her quilts. Free admission, free coffee, and a brilliant collection of fine art makes this main street gal- lery a solid downtown attrac- tion that combined with Kim Zabbia's Art Station, and the rumored opening of at least one other downtown gallery, I I IIII I promises an artistic future for Antique City and for all of Pon- chatoula. Elderly blind woman needs help Times Report Imagine losing all your earthly possessions as your house burned down two weeks before Christmas. Now imagine you are 84 and blind. The President Hoover Street home of blind woman Mary Wil- son, 84, was destroyed by fire two weeks ago and, typical of Ponchatoula, citizens here are working to help. A photo on Page A-4 tells much of the story. Police Chief Bry Layrisson, Councilman Melvin Toomer, PLEASE SEE PAGE B-3 III II III I I II I I I OuR PONCHATO ULA00 By OLE HARDHIDE The Alligator Did you do all 6ur Christmas shopping? I just had to ask Ole Pinchpenny the publisher said he wanted to hitch a ride with Santa on Christmas Eve since that would be the only possible way he could visit his far-flung family living from Venezuela to Chicago to Detroit to Ireland to New Or- leans. Luckily, his "favorite son" Brendan, his Irish queen wife, and two wee ones live in Ponchatoula, at least for now. Do the publisher a favor and hold your loved ones tight, build some family memories, and cherish one another, espe- cially if you are not on good terms with St. Nick and can't count on hitching a ride to go see the ones you love. Pinchpenny's dear Irish friend Dara Vallely will likely be busiest, not on Christmas but on St. Stephens Day, the day after Christmas when Rhymers, Mummers, and Straw Boys in costume visit Irish homes and pubs seeking money to bury the wren. Pinchpenny would love to tell you that purely Celtic story, in costume if you let him, but do satisfy your curiosity with or without the large Irishman, and Google it. Hip, Hip and Hooray for Carl Smith and his Bikes for Tykes program that this year sent goodies and toys to the poor through our local food bank. And take a bow you members of the Ancient Order of Hiber- nians who have been feeding the poor at several events this season, and all seasons. The same goes for the good works of the St. Vincent DePaul Society. It is a pity and a shame that in this great country of ours, in this great city of ours, a size- able number of our fellow Americans go hungry. Our local golfers golf best in the dark, it does appear. Gary Jernigan and Paul Titus teamed up to win the re- cent Nite-Lite golf tournament at the Hammond Golf Center. Second place went to the team of Nick LeBlanc and Mark Stevens, third place went to Jeff Wiggins (Cart and Swim) and Charles Warren. MERRY CHRISTMAS TO EVERYONE IN OUR PONCHATOULA! I I