Elizabeth “Tootie” Calmes
Elizabeth “Tootie” Calmes is a realist whose emphasis is on animals and nature. Tootie is a multi-talented artist who is self-taught in basket weaving, chair-seat weaving, photography, and etching on glass, mirrors and egg shells. She has taken classes and workshops in clay sculpture, coiled baskets, silk painting, jewelry, spinning and felting, drawing, watercolor, pastel, acrylic, prisma color, egg tempra, oil, and abstract art. Her art has been displayed in area shows since 1998. Her paintings, egg shells, baskets, mirrors and photographs are found in many private collections. She is twice past president of the Hammond Art Guild, has been grants director for ten years, has served as project director for grants, and served on the board of the Hammond Art Guild for ten years. Tootie has written grants for the Hammond Art Guild for nine years. She has also been a member of and has served on the board of the Hammond Regional Arts Center for ten years as well as teaching classes there. She currently serves on the education committee for the Hammond Regional Arts Center. Tootie has been a member of the Amite Art club for ten years and has served as secretary there. She freely gives her time to promote art in our community and art education for Hammond Art Guild members and the general public.