"Lagrimas" Wedding/Engagement Ring in 2013 Art Melt Juried Exhibition

Posted: July 15, 2013

Open to Louisiana residents only, 2013 Art Melt is celebrating it's 10th anniversary. It is the largest juried art competition in the state. The exhibition is free to the public and will run for 6 weeks.

"Homage" critiqued by Robin Miller, Art Writer for The Advocate newspaper of Baton Rouge in the May 26, 2013 Sunday Edition, Magazine Section, E1 Front Page Tickler and Page 4 story

Posted: June 8, 2013
The milestone first article by an art critic on my work as part of Robin Miller's coverage of "Art in the Public Sphere" Exhibition at the Shaw Center for the Arts in downtown Baton Rouge in the Museum District.

Newest sculpture, "Homage" by Deborah Wilson Bellingham in the exhibition "Art in the Public Sphere" at the Shaw Center for the Arts, Baton Rouge through May 3rd, 2013

Posted: April 30, 2013

The following press release ran in The Advocate newspaper:



LSU Sculpture in association with

The Shaw Center for the Arts


“Art in the Public Sphere”



LSU Sculpture in association with The Shaw Center for the Arts Presents:

Art in the Public Sphere,

An exhibition of sculpture & performance

by LSU Sculpture undergraduates.


“Art in the Public Sphere” is an exhibition of sculpture and performance by LSU Sculpture undergraduates. This exhibition brings together two bodies of work. In the first, “Context and Content” the students were asked to create work after selecting a site, in this case in downtown Baton Rouge, the content of the work is then driven by the context within which the work is situated. In the second body of work, titled “Personal Narrative” the students were asked to create what is essentially a self-portrait. They brought to the work aspects of themselves they would like to explore, resulting in a more conceptual rather that physical manifestation of what we might consider a traditional self-portrait.



LSU School of Art Sculpture Garden

The River Terrace, 4th Floor

Shaw Center for the Arts, 

100 Lafayette St, Baton Rouge, LA 70801



Opening Reception:

Thursday April 25th, 5:00 – 7:00pm



Malcolm McClay,

Associate Professor, LSU Sculpture

[email protected]

I am so excited to introduce you to our new Web Master, Margaret Helene Barthelme

Posted: March 12, 2013

So much to say, but no time to share it! I am absolutely ecstatic  to announce that Margaret Helene Barthelme will be taking the reins of MagiAstra.com website, FaceBook and Pinterest pages. So many wonderful things are happening, but it is months before I figure out how to post photos and technical info about my latest work and where you can find it. Once Margaret takes over that will change! She has so much experience with social media and brings a level of expertise to the table that I can't wait to see what she does. Just sit back now, and watch us grow!


I am looking forward to sharing new developments with you as soon as they happen!

Sincerely,    Deborah Wilson Bellingham  ("Deb")

The Dark Side, it's all in how you approach it

Posted: August 28, 2012

This is a good example of "Why I need a Social Media Expert/Web Master". I obviously wrote this last year but could not figure out how to post it! My apologies....but from now on you will get breaking news as it happens thanks to Margaret!

Life in Louisiana moves at a gentle pace, even now as we are threatened with Isaac, an enormous hurricane. We are well provisioned and have moved anything that can fly into the garage or tied it down. Now the wait begins. We have known for days the nature of the storm coming at us, those who evacuate have gone. Those of us who stay behind to protect property,  or because we have grown tired of evacuations, or perhaps to face down Mother Nature usually choose to fill the hours with the pleasantries of life: cooking, eating, visiting neighbors who have remained and celebrating the fact that we are a hardy people. The importance of watching out for each other can not be over rated. During Gustav my husband helped a neighbor put a tarp on his roof during the eye of the hurricane. We had noticed that an old oak had broken off a huge branch which broke through their master bedroom roof. They were not even aware that it had happened until my husband showed up on their front porch with a tarp asking if they needed help. They would have done the same for us.  Our new neighbors came over yesterday to invite us over if things get unbearable at our house...they have a whole house generator and will have air conditioning when the electricity goes out. This is just another reason we love Louisiana, the generosity of the people in times of hardship and in the good times.

Jewelers of Louisiana, Custom Jewelry Design Award

Posted: August 6, 2012
Yesterday was quite an exciting day. I attended the Jewelers of Louisiana 67th Annual Convention in Baton Rouge with my mentor, Shavarsh Kaltakdjian, owner of The Design Shop. Learned a lot and met a lot of nice people..."Unity" Cross won 2nd place in the Category 2 ($1001-$3000) Custom Jewelry Design Contest. It is an honor to have other jewelers like my work. Check out http://www.jewelersoflouisiana.org/ they should have photos of the winners there soon.

New Website

Posted: August 2, 2012

We at Magiastra are very excited about our new website and blog.  Please take a look around.

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