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Summer Arts Studio 2015 forms

Summer Arts Studio
Summer Art Camp Registration Opens March 18 for Members & March 31st for Non-Members. Click forms below to get signed-upReservation Form    Enrollment Form   

2015 Dirty South Mug Call & Competition

Ceramics and Excitement at River Oaks! It’s not quite time for April showers at River Oaks, but artist Eva Kwong’s colorful and compelling pots and sculptures based on organic forms are certainly reminiscent of the beauty and variety of nature. Kwong, an Associate Professor at Kent State University, says “My work-study experience at the Rhode Island School of Design Nature Lab in the 70s sparked my continued interest in forms and concepts from nature. Most of my inspirations for my work come from my direct observation of things in nature and within my life. Often it starts from a question or thought about some human experience; for example, pondering about how our bodies function under the skin or fertility and mortality. My artwork is a way to understand myself and the interpenetration of the worlds within and around us all.”She has lectured at over 130 schools around the country and in Australia, China, Japan, Korea and Italy. Her compelling, colorful and biomorphic sculptures, vessels and installations have been exhibited extensively in the US and in Asia, Europe and South America. “We are very excited to have such an accomplished artist not only exhibit here at River Oaks, but also teach a workshop,” says Aubrey Bolen, Artistic Director at River Oaks. “Students will explore adding color and various surface techniques to intensify your clay surfaces. This will be a hands-on workshop, where we will experiment with all the slip techniques like sgraffito, stencils, slip trailing, mishima, to add colors, patterns, markings to enhance the forms.”Joining Kwong’s exhibit titled “Opposites Attract Vases” will be River Oaks resident artist Maria Manemann, whose exhibit “Thru the Dragon Gate” showcases the painter’s talent to combine subject matter with her unique personality and zest for life. “My art is about brush and color. I use recognizable subjects but that is just the starting point. The brush strokes both define the image and express me, the artist. I think of it is as a type of calligraphy. Color is about relationships – contrasts that build volume and perspective, compliments that provide balance and harmony. As a result, the journey of painting itself becomes the goal,” says Manemann.Also exhibiting will be The Contemporary Artist Guild with their exhibit titled “The Collective,” curated by Megan Valentine, AMoA Curator. A special feature exhibit “King Coats; Eight Gypsy Kings” by artist Joan Manuel will display elaborate coats worn by the past kings of the local Mardi Gras Krewe of Twelve Nights.“We have a stellar lineup for March and April,” says River Oaks’ Executive Director Rachael Dauzat. “Of course we are also busy preparing for our annual Men Who Cook and Men Who Mix Fundraiser, for which we are applications for cooks as we speak. We are asking all aspiring cooks that want to measure their talent against others to contact us here at River Oaks. Some of our returning cooks and mixers have been plotting and planning since last year – the Men Who Cook Trophy is a coveted award!”River Oaks is also in the midst of their annual membership drive. Membership benefits include early registration for select events, including the frequently sold out Summer Arts Camp, free entrance to River Oaks and reduced facility rental rates. “Your membership helps aid on of the State's and the South's most unique arts centers, featuring over 24 exhibits and over 100 artists annually, renowned visual art classes for youth and adults, special outreach programs for developmentally disabled students, public art components, not to mention over 40 local artists in studio residency,” says Tish Fresh, President of River Oaks. “Membership is affordable and benefits a cause that is near and dear to my heart – our beloved River Oaks.”For more information, contact River Oaks at 318-473-2670 or via their web site at www.RiverOaksArtsCenter.com 

Eva Kwong Ceramic Workshop

Eva Kwong Workshop February 26 & 27, 201510:00 A.M.-4:00 P.M." Painting with Colored slips"    Come join our visiting artist Eva Kwong and explore adding color and various surface techniques to intensify your clay surfaces. In this hands-on workshop, we will be working with colored slips on greenware. We will experiment with all the slip techniques like sgraffito, stencils, slip trailing, mishima,etc. to add colors, patterns, markings to enhance our forms. Demonstrations are combined with individual exploration. Cost:  $50.00 for the two-day workshopMust Call to Registar318.473.2670 Eva Kwong was born in Hong Kong.  She received a B.F.A at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) in Providence, Rhode Island and a M.F.A. at the Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  She is a studio artist and adjunct faculty member at Kent State University, Kent Ohio.  Eva is known for her compelling, colorful and sensuous forms inspired by natural objects.  She has lectured at over 130 schools around the country and in Australia, China, Japan, Korea and Italy.  Her compelling, colorful and biomorphic sculptures, vessels and installations have been exhibited extensively in the U.S. and in Asia, Europe and South America.

Paula Hallman, Beck Crowell, & Jeff G. Stephens Exhibit

Paula Hallman, Beck Crowell, Jeff G Stephens
January 16 - February 21, 2015 Opening Reception: Friday, January 16, 5-7 P.M.Reception is free and open to the public.River Oaks Rings in a New Year with Classes, Exhibits and Membership DrivePOSTED JANUARY 2015 Hallman-paintings-RiverOaksAs River Oaks heads into its 31st year of promoting the visual arts throughout Central Louisiana, the lineup of classes and exhibits for the coming year promises some truly amazing artists and media. The first artist for 2015 to both exhibit and offer classes is Paula Hallman–known for both her whimsical paintings and dolls. Hallman draws inspiration from “a dream world. To be more specific, it is a world between dreams and reality, influenced by that state of mind just when one is falling asleep, leaving the conscious world and entering the unconscious world of dreams.” She says this is where creativity is kept. “Life is overflowing with beauty, mystery, and enchantment. Often times, we are too busy or involved in our daily struggles to notice the beauty in our world or others,” says Hallman. “My goal as an artist is to remind us to see the beauty, feel the joy, or maybe just to smile!” Paula’s exhibit entitled ‘The World of Paula Hallman’ takes visitors into a world populated by almost exclusively women with unnaturally elongated necks, allowing them to see into both worlds.The artist will teach a workshop on paper clay dolls. Student s will leave with a completed doll at the end of the two-day workshop, which takes place at River Oaks on January 14th and 15th. The head and arms will be sculpted from paper clay, while the body will be embellished with fine fabrics, vintage laces, jewelry and feathers. Hallman-RiverOaksHallman’s exhibit is joined by “Looking”, featuring locally renowned artist Beck Crowell, whose art often encourages the viewer to question and learn more about their environment. The third exhibit in the lineup is “Jeff G. Stephens–An Introduction”, featuring an up and coming artist in his River Oaks debut. “We are particularly proud of our 2015 lineup of artists and classes,” says Rachael Dauzat, River Oaks Executive Director. “As we kick off our annual membership drive, expect our annual calendar to arrive in the mail mid-January. River Oaks is largely funded by our members and we appreciate those that are able to join at any level–memberships start at as little as $40.00 per year.” Membership benefits include early registration for River Oaks’ events, priority registration for the popular annual summer arts camp, reduced admission for the center and much more. For more information or to request a membership application and exhibit schedule, call (318) 473-2670. http://www.cenlafocus.com/arts/river-oaks-rings-in-a-new-year-with-classes-exhibits-and-membership-drive/

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