A New Orleans native and graduate of the Louisiana State University School of Dentistry, Dr. Nicholas “Nick” Rauber serves patients at Aesthetic Dentistry Group in Baton Rouge. Dr. Nick Rauber also donates a great deal of his free time to local philanthropic causes, including the annual Swollfest charity fishing tournament.
Each year, Swollfest brings thousands of volunteers, sponsors, spectators, and competitors to Grand Isle, Louisiana, for the city’s most noteworthy fishing rodeo. More than just a fishing tournament, Swollfest offers an opportunity for local residents to come together in support of philanthropic causes, and it has donated over $1.2 million to groups including Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital, Heroes on the Water, and the Sportsmen’s Foundation for Military Families. In addition, Swollfest serves as a celebration of regional art, music, and culture. Each year, the event selects a local artist to design the promotional poster for the annual charity fishing rodeo.
For the 2017 Swollfest, which marked the 20th anniversary of the event, rodeo organizers tapped multimedia artist Tami Curtis. A graduate of Louisiana Tech University holding degrees in both art education and graphic design, Ms. Curtis has embarked on an artistic career including tenures as a public and private school art teacher; an art museum education coordinator; and an entrepreneur. Experienced in creative mediums including two-dimensional art, hand-painted fabric, and pottery, Tami Curtis frequently incorporates diverse materials, such as pieces of tapestry or salvaged architectural features, into her unique and vibrant pieces. In general, her work reflects and celebrates the rich culture of Louisiana, exploring its spirited history and music through equally vibrant colors and brush strokes.