About The Artist

Known to most simply as “Cora Lou", this Minden native and resident is recognized for not only her talents as a professional folk artist but also as a teacher, wife, mother, grandmother and true product of a deep -rooted Minden family. Born in 1935 to Ed and Celeste Sibley Brown, Cora Lou has two siblings--one brother, Ed Brown and one sister, Mary Celeste Powers. Cora Lou is married to Ronald Robinson. They have three children and seven grandchildren.

Her childhood was what she calls “picture perfect.". She played from morning ’til night with the neighborhood children. Their lives followed a pattern. During the week they went to school, and each Saturday morning they listened to “Let’s Pretend” on the radio and that afternoon would walk to the “picture show” and then walk safely home. Each Sunday they went to Sunday school and then to church. She remembers the thrill of chasing lightning bugs at dusk while all the neighborhood parents sat outside and visited on their front porch. It was a simpler time in Minden, Louisiana, and for many of the people that grew up here.

Cora Lou Brown Robinson says her paintings are about “God and Country, Family, and Friends.” Many of her ideas for her paintings come from her childhood and all come from her heart. Her paintings have been featured all across the United States and no one appreciates her more than her hometown and what she does for them by creating their memories on canvas.

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Contact Information

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To contact me please call me at 318-377-4371.
I don't check emails often so please call.
To order prints mail check to

Cora Lou Robinson

1204 Drake Drive

Minden, LA 71055

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No Art Work Is To Be Reproduced Without The Artist's Permission.

Cora Lou Brown Robinson owns the rights to reproduce all original art work as she sees fit.

Monday, March 29, 2010

G V WISE GROCERY & MARKET-circa 1940s*

Gilbert Wise started Wise's Grocery with $60 back in the early thirties. Gilbert and his wife, Alice, owned and operated this wonderful country-style store for over fifty years. Alice's sister, Grace Gruner, worked there also.

This kind of store is unheard of today. They raised their vegetables and Gilbert butchered the meat. They delivered groceries every morning, and if you needed help thinking of something to cook, Alice and Grace would make suggestions and send what you needed. If you asked for shelled peas and they didn't have any, they'd shell some for you. They even delivered one postage stamp, nothing else, to a shut-in man on the Sibley Road.

Those were wonderful times with wonderful people--- I MISS THEM!!

*this painting is available as a giclee at Easley Fine Art (318-377-1500)

**Notecards now available--(8 notecards w/envelopes $10.00)

Friday, March 26, 2010

Pete Treat (holding the original painting) started the auction in 1976.

A Story of Hope "Minden St. Jude Auction"

being interviewed by Laura Hollingsworth
during the Minden auction


Written by Bonnie Culverhouse of Minden Press Herald
Wednesday, 03 February 2010
Painting sure to be popular item at the annual St. Jude Auction

Cora Lou Robinson’s paintings always tell a story.

Eighteen years ago, she painted the story of the life of Denise Whaley, a young lady who died from Leukemia. It included her twin sister, Lori, and many of their friends. That painting brought in almost $5,000 for the children of St. Jude.

“It was so popular, prints were given to everyone who purchased a raffle ticket,” said St. Jude Auction Co-Chairperson Melissa Brown.

The winner, Jessica Beech, presented the original painting to Denise Whaley’s parents, Toby and Susan.

It’s taken Brown quite a while to convince Robinson that it was time for a new work of art to be raffled off at the auction. “I’ve begged her for 18 years,” Brown said. Now that she’s retired, Robinson said she has “a little” more time. “I just decided this year, I would do it,” she said.

Robinson has worked non-stop since Christmas on the folk-art-style painting, putting in between 300 and 400 hours on it. “There are so many stories connected with St. Jude and this painting,” Robinson said of the new work. “I’ve tried to incorporate people and stories from 1976, when the auction first started to today.” She even has a scene of Beech presenting the first painting to Susan Whaley. Robinson said she became passionate about St. Jude after Denise Whaley died. “She was one of my students in kindergarten and first grade,” Robinson said. “I did that painting and from then on I have worked at St. Jude every year.”

The auction stage is the center of Robinson’s painting with blocks of different sponsors surrounding it. A group of children represents students from E.S. Richardson School where Robinson taught and has helped with fund-raisers over the years. Another group represents the students from Bossier Parish Communitiy College who give of their time to help the auction stay on the air.

Robinson has also chosen quite a few individuals to spotlight, including Pete Treat, who first started the auction in 1976.

There is a group of children honoring those who are success stories and those who deserve to have their memories honored.

Robinson enjoys folk art because, as she said, “It doesn’t have to be perfect.” But it always tells a story. “It (the painting) tells a wonderful story,” she said. “From the beginning of St. Jude until today. It’s all about what the auction does for children, and that’s why I put a lot of children in the painting. They grow up and become the grown-ups who are in this painting.”

“Nobody can understand how hard these people work,” she continued. “I’m doing this painting in honor of these workers.”

This year’s Minden St. Jude Auction and all of those that came before it were commemorated by Cora Lou Robinson in a painting called “Minden St. Jude Auction,” which was raffled off to raise funds during the auction.

Minden St. Jude Auction Co-chairman Melissa Brown said prints of Robinson’s painting are now available at Easley’s Fine Art on Main Street and giclees` may be ordered.

Prints are being sold for $20, while the computer reproduced giclees` sell for $250.

“All proceeds still go to St. Jude, so they are tax deductible,” Brown said.*

*To date over $10,000 has been raised.