“Le Rêve Lyrique du Festival”
Official Art of the 2016 Festival International de Louisiane

“Le Rêve Lyrique du Festival” was inspired by the sights, sounds and experiences of Festival International de Louisiane.

I arrived in Lafayette, Louisiana over 25 years ago and have attended nearly every Festival International since that very first one. “Le Rêve Lyrique du Festival” was born of the many Festival memories that I hold dear.

Using line, color, texture and pattern I created “Le Rêve Lyrique du Festival” — a scene in which seemingly magical performers, glowing blue under stage lights, sing a lyrical dream of the Festival. Their song brings to life a mingling of cultures, music, flavors, colors and the feeling of dancing freely on a warm spring Louisiana evening. The imagery of this dream song captures the joy of attending Festival International de Louisiane — an experience like none other.

Denise Gallagher Artist

Denise Gallagher, a native of New Orleans, moved to Lafayette in order to attend the University of Southwestern Louisiana. It did not take her long to fall in love with Lafayette and choose to make it her home.

She graduated with a degree in art after having studied under such highly creative professors such as Dutch Kepler, Elemore Morgan, John Hathorne, Tom Secrest, John Geldersma, and Herman Mhire. She spent the first part of her career as an art director and graphic designer in the advertising business. During that time, she garnered numerous awards for her work and was named Art Director of the Year by the Acadiana Advertising Federation a total of six times.

Recently, Denise changed gears in order to do more of what she truly loves — create beautiful things. In 2013, she opened her own design shop with a focus on illustration and creative graphic design for packaging, posters, books and the gift market. She has a line of greeting cards and has created commercial illustration work for numerous national clients.

Denise has been recognized for her talents in both illustration and design by such esteemed organizations as the American Advertising Federation, Print Magazine, Communication Arts Magazine, the Society of Illustrators Los Angeles, the Society of Illustrators New York, and the Society for Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. 

Her fine art work has been exhibited in museums and galleries in Los Angeles, New York, Portland, and throughout Louisiana.

"Le Reve Lyrique du Festival" was recently included in the Society of Illustrators Los Angeles' Illustration West Show.