Miniature Art Exhibition and Giant Art Sale

03 November 2020

Miniature Art Exhibition and Giant Art Sale - Coming to River Oaks

Holiday time in Central Louisiana means epic arts events. And during this winter season, we are anxiously awaiting our 5th Annual 5x5x5  Miniature Exhibition with Guest Juror Virginia Chavis which opens on Friday, November 13, 2020. The #Triple5 has become a national miniature art phenomenon in its own right, this year garnering nearly three hundred entries from across the U.S.   After a careful selection process, over 75 works of art will be featured in the Bolton-Davis Gallery at River Oaks along with a virtual component to the exhibition,
The premise of the 5x5x5 Show is to create a two- or three-dimensional piece of art no larger than 5-inches square or fitting in a 5-inch cube respectively. These parameters challenge  the artist to bring his or her best creative work within a limited space.  

“This small art spectacle has become a signature feature for the arts center,  allowing many patrons to add to their expanding collections from artists across the country,” says Rachael Dauzat, Executive Director.  “I am reminded why this annual presentation continues to be one of my personal favorites - one, many of us have room to include these in our collections and two, miniatures create an intimacy between the viewer and the work.  An inevitable study ensues because the viewing proximity forms a connection that only miniature works seem to accomplish through their minute details.”

In this fifth inception of the Annual Miniature Exhibition, the furthest entry comes from Dana Fadoum of Olympia, Washington, while the closest entry comes from right here at the Arts Center. Notably, the most entries from one state, not including our own, come from New Mexico with seven entries. River Oaks is recognized on national levels among artists and fellow galleries due to the caliber of work featured and the reach of these broad artist calls.  

Guest Juror Virginia Chavis is a designer, artist, educator and lover of all things printed. Originally from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, she has been a part of the faculty Ole Miss since January 2002. She earned her MFA in graphic design from Savannah College of Art & Design. Working with contemporary technology and historical letterpress equipment, Virginia’s approachable works on paper push the limits between fine art and graphic design by combining text with metaphorical imagery. Chavis will also be on hand to teach a two day workshop on letterpress printing on November 12 & 13 starting at 10:30am. Letterpress printing has been experiencing a full-blown revival. The workshop will introduce attendees to the process of printing through the terms, tools and mechanics of  Line-O-Scribe sign press.

Concurrently with the 5x5x5 Miniature Exhibition two additional exhibitions will be featured at the arts center. JoAnne K. Thompson will showcase her recent work with an exhibition entitled “50 Shades” in the Galerie de Amis.  Also featured will be an annual student’s show from our ongoing Outreach Ceramics Projects with instructor Carole Steele.  

JoAnne K. Thompson has been a Resident Artist at River Oaks since 1999.  Her works in acrylics are primarily representational: florals, still life, landscapes and portraits; attempting to capture the ever changing aspects of life.  “My techniques are influenced by the illustrators and the art of the Orient.  Recently, I have tried to steer away from photo-realism by using ultra strong colors and "taboo" outlining, and by emphasizing rhythmic patterns whenever possible. I am fortunate to be at the right place at the right time for my art - that is, in a community supportive of all the arts, with patrons welcoming the diversity of modern artists, and those appreciative of the classics; and with opportunities for artists to grow.”

For 2020, The Ceramics Outreach Project with Carole Steele will feature students from Rapides ARC and will be on display in the Stokes-Harris Gallery. Since 2010, River Oaks’ Outreach Ceramics Project, under the instruction of River Oaks resident artists, has provided over five hundred sessions of visual art lessons to clients with learning modalities from Rapides ARC, Evergreen Life Services and Pecan Grove Training Centers. Basic art techniques are taught, providing a positive expressive outlet in an external environment, culminating into a large-scale project and featured exhibitions

The events are sponsored by:  GAEDA, Roy O. Martin Foundation and the Louisiana Decentralized Arts Fund, administered through the Arts Council of Central LA.   The exhibition opening is scheduled for Friday, November 13 from 5-7 pm.  Masks required. 

Also coming in December, River Oaks Annual Christmas Porch Sale which takes place on December 5 from 9am to 3pm at River Oaks.   The 2020 Porch Sale will feature guest artists Katrina Szyszkoski, Amy Glisan and Randy Brodnax.  On-site sales will be available with artists Leah Morace, Kayla Terrell, Lindsay Moore, Carole Steele, Aubrey Bolen, Randy Deaton, Chastity Bernard, Karen Morrow, Dr. Denise Lott/Lauren Vines, Elizabeth Morgan, Laura Gates, Barry Owen, Janet Ahrens, Morgan Lasyone and Margie Tate.  As always the Porch Sale is the official kick off to the holiday shopping season for many of our patrons and we look forward to another year of spreading joy through art. Masks are required and guests may experience wait times for entry due to crowd mandates.   

For more information on these events contact River Oaks at 318-473-2670, visit their website at or find them on Facebook and Instagram at River Oaks Arts Center.



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