M.A.C. Grand Marshall
Born and raised in Mt. Airy, Louisiana, Dana Bardell Wallace formed a deep and colorful affinity to family and developed a genuine love of people, which continues to inspire her.
Dana began honing her art skills in the schools of St. John the Baptist Parish and upon graduation, she embarked on the route to become an entrepreneur by opening a store in 1992 on Carrollwood Drive. For over 25 years, Dana has been an independent artist and entrepreneur in St. John the Baptist Parish, mastering a wide range of mediums.
Dana’s work has received numerous honors and awards for art, social, civic, and cultural contributions, such as, being showcased by the 2013 State Farm Bayou Classic and the 2016 and 2017 St. John the Baptist Parish Andouille Festival. For Dana, her most prized award has been the act of giving.
In 2011, Dana’s mother lost her battle with breast cancer. In return, Dana co-founded the Corinne C. Bardell Breast Cancer Foundation whose mission is to save lives by increasing awareness in the importance of early detection, treatment, and prevention of breast cancer. After the loss of her mother, Dana’s paintings became her outlet for emotions. What she didn’t realize is that her paintings would also become a message of the foundation as a form of activism and healing with 80% of her paintings being donated for charity.
Currently, Dana Bardell Wallace resides in LaPlace, Louisiana with her husband, Barry, two sons, Ricardo and Corin, and grandson, Rocket. Dana vibrantly lives life and successfully operates her business based on the motto, “Treat others the way you want to be treated.”