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"I consider myself a historian as well as an artist. I’m visually recording history."
– Floyd Sonnier
From Small Bits of Charcoal
From Small Bits of Charcoal
The Life and Works of a Cajun Artist

The bi-linqual autobiography of pen-and-ink artist Floyd Sonnier of Lafayette, Louisiana. Written and illustrated by Floyd.
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FLOYD SONNIER BEAU CAJUN GALLERY
Open four days a week
1010 St. Mary St.
P.O. Box 397
Scott, LA 70583

Wednesday thru Friday - 10 AM to 5 PM
Saturday - 10 AM to 2 PM
Or by appointment
(337) 237-7104

Floyd, Roland, and John

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Accomplishments

  • Operated own art gallery successfully for the last twenty-one years representing only his work.
  • Created over 400 major pen-and-ink drawings.
  • Published 150 limited editions in prints of which 85 are presently sold out. Most editions are limited to 200, 350 or 550 prints.
  • Designed, produced, published and distributed a bi-lingual Cajun calendar for the past twenty-three years. The estimation of the number of calendars produced in that time comes to approximately 250,000. Calendars are sold in every state and many parts of the world.
  • Accumulated a mailing list of over fifteen thousand customers, updated yearly. A newsletter is mailed from his gallery to each customer every October.
  • Designed and produced a commemorative and official poster for the last twenty-three years for Festivals Acadiens.
  • Designed and produced a commemorative and official poster annually for the last seven years for the "Le Cajun" Festival sponsored by the Cajun French Music Association.
  • Designed official posters, tee shirts and medals for the Cajun Cup 10-K runs for the last fourteen years.
  • Designed a complete dinnerware set and other pieces of pewter manufactured by the Wilton Armentale Company.
  • Designed a complete dinnerware set and other pieces of pottery manufactured by the Frankoma Company of Tulsa.
  • For the past eighteen years have designed and produced some twenty different Christmas cards sold through the mail and in his gallery. Some eighteen to twenty thousand are sold each year. Each card contains a unique verse written by Floyd in both English and French.
  • Illustrated eight cookbooks.
  • Wrote forty short stories based on his life specifically and Cajun life in general to be published in the very near future into a "coffee table" book consisting of 150 of his major drawings.
  • Represented Acadiana on seven trips to Eastern Canada including three trips to Quebec.
  • Represented Acadiana and Louisiana with artwork in five cities in France: Niort, Tours, Troyes, St. Aubin and Paris.
  • Exhibited in various cities n the United States.
Country Club

Contributions

  • Participated in many public discussion and seminars on promoting our culture and heritage here and in other parts of the country and world.
  • Donated hundreds of prints and posters for fund-raising projects sponsored by public or private schools, charitable organizations and civic clubs.
  • Donated original drawing to the USL Alumni Association to raise money for their new building.
  • Donated originals and prints to the Baton Rouge Capitol City Sertoma Club cancer fund-raiser for the past eighteen years.
  • Donated time and expertise by giving lectures on four occasions to the Honors Class at USL and to the Junior Class of the University of Reims at Troyes, France on the history of our Cajun culture. Also, have given talks to classes in most schools in Lafayette Parish and throughout Acadiana, and in Lake Charles, Jennings, Welch, Baton Rouge and Zachary.
  • Guest speaker to many civic organizations, clubs, company functions, retirement parties and women's clubs throughout the state on his artwork and the Cajun culture.
  • Sponsored field trips at gallery by school classes from most schools in Lafayette Parish, other parts of Acadiana, and from as far as Houston and Southern Mississippi.
  • Designed and donated drawings and posters for the adoption of older kids program, "Wednesday Child"
  • Participated in the judging for several years of the art competition of Special Education classes sponsored by the Lafayette School Board.

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Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Art Degree in Commercial Art from University of Southwestern Louisiana.
  • Editor of SLEMCO POWER magazine for fourteen years in which he illustrated stories in pen-and-ink.
  • Ran his own art business successfully for 24 years.
  • Worked in an advertising agency as Art Director for eight years dealing in advertising and public relations.
  • Worked for the Diocese of Lafayette's Department of Communications for 10 ½ years in advertising, public relations, and for the last 4 ½ years as manager.