Artist to create painting from this weeks sideline; then auction

Friday, September 23, 2011 - 1:08pm

Those who attend football games in LSU’s Tiger Stadium have the opportunity to witness one of the most recognizable pregame activities in college sports, when the LSU Tiger Marching Band, Golden Girls and Colorguard entertain thousands before making way for the Tiger football team to enter the arena.

On Saturday, Oct. 1, artist Christopher P. Turner looks to capture the exhilarating moments on canvas, as he will create for the first time an LSU-inspired painting from the sideline during the pre-game celebration for the team’s game against Kentucky.

“The opportunity to paint on-field while the acclaimed LSU Tiger Band performs the school’s Alma Mater before 92, 542 LSU fans and alumni gives me amazing energy to feed upon and pour into my art,” Turner said.

Turner said he feels the atmosphere, energy and sheer volume of an LSU home football game are part of the university’s unmistakable identity.

“Those of us who grew up with LSU appreciate those sounds as a hallmark of our enthusiasm for the university and its strong sports tradition,” he said. “Combined with the music from the Golden Band from Tigerland, I know that my artistic interpretation will be explosive on the canvas.”

Turner’s painting will then be among numerous other items auctioned during a special VIP silent auction event that precedes the Tiger Band’s annual Tigerama concert event, scheduled for Friday, Oct. 7, at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center. Proceeds from the event will go toward funding scholarships for the Tiger Band and the LSU School of Music.

Turner said he felt the invitation to create a live painting at an LSU game adds another dimension to his work as a performance artist.

For more information on Tigerama, contact Pamela Matassa at 225-892-6075 or email her at



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