Children in Motion on Exhibition

SackRaceThe City of Lake Charles will host “Children in Motion” at the Historic City Hall Arts and Cultural Center. All ages are invited to join artist Nancy Melton for a meet and greet during the opening reception on Friday, October 18 from 5:30-8pm. The exhibition will hang through January 4.

Melton’s inspiration for her “Children in Motion” series came while playing with her grandchildren, realizing children move/watercolors move – making for a great combination. Her goal in this series is to create paintings that give a full representation of the happiness and pure joy of childhood. The children in her paintings could be any children and might bring the feeling of joy into someone’s home.

Night-CrabbingA percentage of sales from this exhibition will go to help the children of her church’s mission. The Ukarumpa Health Centre of Papua New Guinea provides immunizations and health care to local villages and is in desperate need of a fetal Doppler monitor for the clinic.

Melton graduated from Louisiana StateUniversity and later earned an art degree at McNeese State University. She served as an art therapist at Lake Charles MemorialHospital for many years and now teaches Kids College, as well as watercolor leisure learning classes for McNeese. Each Thursday afternoon, Melton leads a group of painters who share knowledge with one another about watercolor painting and is always recruiting new artists to join.  She is married to retired Urologist Dr. John Melton. She began painting at the age of four and started her children and grandchildren while still in their high chairs. For more information contact Nancy Melton at or

HistoricCity Hall is open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Admission to the arts and cultural center is free, however donations are gladly accepted.  For more information, please call 491-9147 or visit