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Local artist named SWLA Artist of Year

Danny Allain of DeQuincy has been named the 2017 Artist of the Year at the Mayor's Arts Awards ceremony Thursday, Nov. 2.

Allain works in many mediums and genres. He is a portraitist, comic book artist, muralist, illustrator, writer, and miniaturist.

He's written a fairytale graphic novel, The King's Lost Ruby, and Dead Reckoning, a zombie western graphic novel, as well as other graphic novels.

Allain has painted several murals throughout DeQuincy and the southwest Louisiana area. The DeQuincy murals include the steam train and the Strand Theatre/Kelly Hall on the north side of Perkins Building, the color-block historical industries on the east side of the Genius Building, the mural inside Perkins Brothers Coffee House, and Tracking DeQuincy's Past on the west side of the Rutledge Building. He collaborated with Erik Jessen on murals at the Millennium Park in downtown Lake Charles and the new Kroger in south Lake Charles. One lucky young woman has fairytale-type murals on her bedroom walls. The students at Combre-Fondel Elementary have 30 Dr. Seuss murals in their school, courtesy of Allain's brushwork.

His first solo art exhibit, from his "Bones" series, was hosted at the Art Associates Gallery this year.

In 2015, Allain and some fellow artists established the art group, SWLArt, to help local artists develop, bounce ideas off one another, and form creative partnerships. The group sponsors Friday Night Art and LUNArt Sunday Art Market to promote local art. LUNArt is held the first and third Sunday of the Month. Artists are set up downtown on Broad Street between Ryan and Bilbo to sell custom pieces, showcase new and up coming works, and even create pieces at the events.

SWLArt was also awarded the Arts Organization of the Year award at the Mayor's Arts Awards ceremony.

Allain created a t-shirt design, Louisiana Strong, to raise funds to help flood victims from the 2016 flood.

Lately Allain has been making miniature Dungeons and Dragons pieces.

He is married to Morgan Allain and they have one daughter, Ruby. His parents are Gerald and Gloria Allain of DeQuincy. He is the youngest of six children.

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