the Annual Summer Exhibition featuring Resident Artists of River Oaks and Friends, this year under the title “Bigger than a Matchbox, Smaller than a Coffin” - The Box Show.
The Box Show is the brainchild of resident artist Janet Ahrens - the idea is simple: resident artists and friends will collectively give us boxes, bought or made, that are ‘bigger than a matchbox and smaller than a coffin’ and have been used as the basis for their submission to the show. They can paint the box, modify the box, and add their style or motif to the box. As a result, this collaborative show will feature over 40 artists with unique, mixed-media creations - we can’t wait to see what our artists have come up with.
“The Annual Summer Exhibition takes River Oaks back to its roots,” says Rachael Dauzat, Executive Director at River Oaks. “Since its inception in 1984, River Oaks has always been about the community, its artists, and the community of its artists. The show brings together those artists in a setting of collaboration and promotes collective creativity. It’s amazing to see what our artists bring forth every single year!”
Meanwhile, local artist David Crain will feature his exhibition titled ‘A Continuum’ in the Galerie des Amis. “My art, much like my career as a creative, is quite diverse,” says Crain. “It ranges from small, intricate jewel-like miniatures to large-scale compositions of textures reminiscent of weathered grunges, radiant patinas and surprisingly-colorful rusts. Most of the art I create is inspired by what I observe around me – naturally occurring textures, shapes and color nuances. Sometimes it’s in nature itself. Other times it’s the impact that nature’s had on what man created. The degradation caused by time and the elements, often reveals new, interesting combinations. The thread of continuity in my art is the fact that most of it is non-representational (or abstract).” ‘A Continuum,’ continues with this tradition. Textural. Diverse. Nature Inspired. Bold.
Rounding out the exhibition lineup will be ‘When the Paints Go Marching In’ by Ava LaCour in the Stokes-Harris Gallery. “Louisiana is a fun ‘gumbo pot’ of culture and deserves to be displayed as much as possible,” says LaCour. “Each acrylic painting in this show depicts the beauty of south Louisiana and the unique culture that makes the state what it is. The pieces on display were done on hand cut, reclaimed wood which provide a rough base to make the hues as vivid as possible. Each piece of work is done in an abstract/ realist form to immerse the viewers in the colorful chaos of Louisiana.”
The exhibitions will be on display from June 3 through August 6, 2022 with an opening reception scheduled on June 3 from 5-7pm. The reception is sponsored by National Endowment for the Arts, Louisiana Travel, Red River Bank, Rapides Regional Medical Center, and Captivate Minds Marketing.
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