19 May 2018 To 19 May 2018

Men Who Cook & Men Who Mix (#MWCAM) is one of RiverOaks’ largest annual fundriasers.This event invites local food enthusiasts, chefs and guys who simply love to cook to prepare their favorite food or drink recipes for taste testing.

The event draws a crowd of well over 500 people each year. Dubbed as a ‘community favorite,’ MWCAM is a ton of fun for all involved..... from the chefs to its' organizers. If you want to showcase your culinary expertise or if you want a plethora of taste testing options, attend this annual event - always held on the third Saturday in May! (In our best Justin Wilson voice) ‘We guarantee’ you won’t leave hungry!!

Gourdage with Instructor Carole Steele

23 September 2017 To 30 September 2017

Ceramics Workshop

Gourdage with Instructor Carole Steele


Saturday, Sept 23rd- OR Saturday Sept 30th

(One-day class offered on two separate occasions)

10am- 4 pm – (Bring a bag lunch)

This seasonal hand-building class will allow students to focus on pumpkin and gourd forms, creating vessels of their choice ranging from teapots, bowls, cups jars and more.  Students can leave the class with a few intricate pieces or multiple pieces utilizing special forms coupled with hand-building techniques.  Ring in the Fall season with this one-day class (offered on two separate occasions). All supplies included along with bisque firing.
To enroll and info call River Oaks at 318.473.2670 

Eclectic Assemblages with Instructor Penny Abraham

07 October 2017 To 07 October 2017

Eclectic Assemblages with Instructor Penny Abraham

Eclectic Assemblages with Instructor Penny Abraham

October 7, 2017 – 10:30 am – 4:30 pm


Skill Level: Beginner/Intermediate – Limited Availability
Enjoy an exclusive mixed media workshop with renowned local artist, Penny Holmes Abraham.  Create a mixed media assemblage on an old door or found wooden board.  The Instructor will use interesting lines within the found piece to embellish its character and charm.  Works will be decorated with a variety of additional wooden shape, layered with paint and adorned with small odds n ends such as broken jewelry, beads, wire, glass etc. Perfect setting for shabby-chic lovers or to commemorate treasured items into a masterpiece.
Students are required to provide the following: old door or wooden item (preferably cabinet door or equivalent in size), small metal findings, broken jewelry pieces, and anything unique for embellishing

Sue Zimmerman Watercolor Workshop

18 October 2017 To 19 October 2017

"Landscapes and Compositions in Watercolor"

Sue Zimmerman Watercolor Workshop
"Landscapes and Compositions in Watercolor"
October 18 - 19, 2017. 10:30 AM -4:00 PM
Skill level: Basic experience with painting in watercolor helpful
Participants will create landscape using watercolor applied principles with a focus on design. Students will collaborate with each other and the instructor, on the same composition, applying the artist best techniques. Students are encouraged to bring reference photos or sketches for future paintings. Review of these portfolios/sketches will be part of the discussion so students can apply good design principles for upcoming compositions.


28 October 2017 To 28 October 2017

Van Gogh Gala

Annual Van Gogh Gala
The Van Gogh Gala is an annual fundraiser benefitting River Oaks Square Arts Center- it is also River Oaks' largest annual fundraiser.  This themed-attire Gala provides the perfect opportunity for community members and patrons to become "Star Artists" for an evening.  Star Artists are matched with a River Oaks Resident Artist or Local Artist for the creation of a masterpiece.  Some artists contribute their own works to the live auction. All masterpieces are placed on the auction block during an exciting live auction on the evening of the Gala with all proceeds benefitting the ongoing operations of River Oaks Square Arts Center.  Your participation helps support and promote the importance of contemporary visual art and fine crafts in our community. 

    With the historic Bolton Home and grand Studio Annex Building, River Oaks provides economical studio space for working artists, educational programming for youth and adults as well as host over twenty exhibitions throughout the year featuring national, regional, local and resident artists.   With over forty artists in residence, each "Star" participant has the opportunity to work with a mentor and a medium to his/her liking.  The paired participants  then begin their journey to creating an inspiring masterpiece.  Van Gogh provides an excellent opportunity for community members to get involved in the arts while supporting a great cause.           
Past Themes...               
2015 Day of the Dead
2016 The Mystical Macabre -Victorian Mysticism/Gothic
2017 The Event Theme.......
A Gothic Evening on the Bayou

The 2017 Van Gogh Gala will center its festivities around the mysticism of the Louisiana Bayou, winding its way through the rich history and traditional folklore depictive of Southern Louisiana. Combining the tales of Marie Laveau with that of the Rougaroux, adding Feufollets fires in the swamp that may lead you home or down a road of mischief and doom, into an evening of 19th Century Gothic masquerade.
Visions of women in black corsets and long dresses, men donning dark, dapper coats and debonair hats. Dark, misty swamps, old abandoned houses, the majestic cypress with its mossy draping and of course the spookiness of the tales of old. The lone cry of an owl ... perhaps a spoonbill nevermore. The phantom of Edgar Allan Peaux or something more sinister? Or just an enjoyably dark version of the always evolving and ever popular Van Gogh Gala at River Oaks.
One night only on the 28th day of Octobre anno 2017 - we can't wait to see you there!

When: Saturday, October 28, 2017
Where:  River Oaks Grounds           
Time:  7:00 until   
Tickets: $65 per person (Participants receive two complimentary tickets)
Reserved Tables (Seat 10) - $750


Linda T. Dautreuil Mixed Media Workshop

15 November 2017 To 16 November 2017

“Bewitched – From Storyline to Paint & Spaces in Between”

Linda T. Dautreuil Mixed Media Workshop
“Bewitched – From Storyline to Paint & Spaces in Between”
November 15 & 16 – 10:30 am – 4:00pm - $85
Skill Level Beginner to Advanced
When we tell stories, we engage in a process and painting is also a process.  Linda Dautreuil often references folk narratives in her art without illustrating the story.  Her interest lies in the non-linear story line that creates meaning in the visual context.
  Participants will work with 8x10 drawing paper for sketches and 16x20 canvas using acrylics, pencils, and charcoals with other mixed media.  Each participant will receive a synopsis of The Witch of Maurepas Swamp.
Sponsored in part by G.A.E.D.A and a grant from the N.E.A

Annual Porch Sale

02 December 2017 To 02 December 2017


 The Annual Porch Sale is located in the historic Bolton Home which also houses the Center’s Gallery Gift Shop. The Annual Porch Sale is held on a major shopping weekend so guests have the opportunity to purchase unique, original works of art just in time for the gift giving season.  Works may range from pottery, paintings, sculpture, fiber arts, mobiles, jewelry, photographs, mixed media etc.  Every year the Sale expands to feature new artists from across the state.  River Oaks is also home to a sales gallery which features exclusive works by the Louisiana Crafts Guild. Numerous artists are on-site during the event with sales tables and demonstration features.  

**River Oaks Square Arts Center invites all visual artists and fine craftsmen residing and/or working in Louisiana to submit works of art for our Annual Porch Sale. (Artists not currently juried into the Art Center must undergo an abbreviated panel process)
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2017 Exhibit Schedule

01 January 2017 To 31 December 2017




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