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Fall Art Market Map

Guest Juror Selected for 2016 Dirty South Cup Call & Competition ~  Kristen KiefferKristen Kieffer is a full-time studio potter, workshop presenter, and ceramics instructor working from her home studio in north central Massachusetts. "I make pottery that brings elegance, sophistication, and merriment to the everyday. I have a diverse range of influences, and seek to marry the splendor of past eras with a modern desire for beauty and utility," says Kieffer. Her influences for these Victorian modern porcelain vessels range from 18th century silver service pieces to couture clothing and from Art Nouveau illustrations to cake fondant. Such diversity combined with her own personality as a maker culminates into a unique style. Graceful forms, refined patterns, and lively colors convey a design that is robust as well as elegant and joyful.http://kiefferceramics.com/Sponsored by GAEDA

Van Gogh Gala 2015

Sculpture Donation

River Oaks Square Arts Center is proud to announce its' donation of a special project and sculpture entitled The Puzzle Piece DNA/Double Helix. Created by clients from John Eskew and Pecan Grove Training Centers, the sculpture will be donated to Rapides Regional Medical Center, where it will be on permanent display in the Women and Children's Hospital, overlooking the main lobby. The piece will be transported on Friday, September 18th and reassembled a...t it's new location.Overall, the significance of the Puzzle logo is to demonstrate the multi-faceted characteristics of autism and the diversity of the people which it affects. Pecan Grove and John Eskew Training Centers work with developmentally disabled youth and adults. River Oaks hosts classes for these training centers for the entire year, where they meet twice a week to work on ceramic forms.The 2014 Sculpture is one of many ceramic projects created by these talented students. These projects render a unique insight to the perspectives of local youth and adults who struggle daily with developmental disabilities, creating not only an awareness of their illness but an appreciation for their immense talent. Special Thanks to our Sponsors: LA Decentralized Art Fund administered through the Arts Council of Central LA, The Martin Foundation, Paragon Casino Resort, Louisiana Charities Trust, Downtown Alexandria Rotary Club/Foundation and Petron. 

Classes, ArtWalk, ArtMarket and Exhibits!

A busy Fall Season begins at River OaksClasses, ArtWalk, ArtMarket and amazing exhibits!Fall season at River Oaks always gets particularly exciting. Star artists begin their work in preparation for the 26th Annual Van Gogh Gala and Downtown Alexandria gets ready for an exciting ArtWalk. ArtWalk of course comes with the Art Market at River Oaks, which will feature over 20 artists, sales, art demonstrations, live music and food.For the first time at River Oaks for this ArtWalk and Exhibit Opening, we welcome the Kenny Brown Band. Kenny Brown grew up in the hill country of northern Mississippi and knows the region's music well. As a 10 year old, he learned to play guitar from his neighbor Joe Callicott, and has played with Mississippi Blues Masters ever since. Kenny's musical style has been influenced by Jr. Kimbrough, Fred McDowell, Jessie Mae Hemphill, & Muddy Waters to name a few. Opening for Kenny Brown will be one of Alexandria's own favorites - Peas & Cornbread.The exhibit openings will be equally stellar, with former resident artist Amy Glisan in the Bolton-Davis Gallery. Her paintings are acrylic on clayboard, a wood board that is coated with a thin layer of kaolin clay.  She etches the drawing into the board and then builds up thin layers of paint around the lines.  Her focus is on lines, color combinations, and interesting shapes and the way they fill the space.  The technique gives her work a distinct look that combines modern whimsical imagery with the depth and patina of an antique.  Her subject matter is mainly flowers and fruit, some drawn from life or memory, but many drawn from her imagination.  Inspiration comes from such varied sources as Early American folk art, gothic architecture, Art Nouveau, and antique carpet and textile design, as well as modern painters like Paul Klee and Joan Mirò.The Gallerie des Amis will feature a special group exhibit titled "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner?" featuring the work of renowned artists Janet Ahrens, Martha Barton, Conner Burns, Marilyn Wellan, Randy Brodnax, & WangLing Chou Stokes. This unique table setting invitational brings together six artists and their collaborators in creating table place settings with their art.The Stokes-Harris Gallery will feature sculptures and paintings from artist team Dennis & Jacqueline Parker. We look forward to a busy exhibit opening and a great show!While Amy Glisan is visiting for the exhibit opening, she has also agreed to teach a special class on her signature Bas Relief Paintings. Using acrylic gesso to draw images in relief, students will use different painting and glaze technique, creating a completed piece on a unique surface, reminiscent of stained glass. The class will take place October 14-15 - 10am - 4pm and is $40 per person.Last, but certainly not least, mark your calendars for the 26th Annual Van Gogh Gala on October 24. All in all, its gonna be a busy Fall, y'all and we hope to see you right here at your favorite art spot, River Oaks Square Arts Center.The aforementioned events are sponsored by GAEDA and the Louisiana Division of the Arts Fast Track Presenter Grants.For more information, call River Oaks at 318-473-2670 or contact us via facebook.com/riveroaksartscenter


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