EXHIBITIONS


Resident Artist Summer Show, Matt Dawson & O'Neil

28 May 2021 To 07 August 2021

Resident Artist Summer Show Adds Creativity and Inspiration to the Summer Months
The Resident Artist Summer Show connects River Oaks to its roots as the concept of having artists in residency, occupying studio space in the building, has been around since the organization started. “Our Resident Artist Summer Show is not only a crowd favorite, but it allows us to reflect on the artists that have maintained residency over the years, highlighting the diversity of creativity we continue to share. The arts have made a home at River Oaks for over 35 years and we hope will continue to do so for generations to come,” says Rachael Dauzat, Executive Director at River Oaks. “We’ve gone from humble beginnings to being a force on the national stage, but at the heart have always centered around the treasure of creativity we are privileged to have right here.”
This year’s Resident Artist Summer Show will be no different and many of the resident artists have been planning and working on their pieces for a long time, often starting the earliest notions when the last summer show is still in the gallery. This year's show will feature works by 30 resident artists showcasing various styles and media by Janet Ahrens, Bethany Billiot Hollingsworth, Barbara B. Clover, David Crain, Jane Crowell, Barbara J Davidson, Alison Delaney, Karen Faulk, Tish Fresh, Veretta Garrison-Moller, Laura Gates, Sylvia Kerry, Morgan Lasyone, Dr. Denise Lott, Maria Manemann, Tony Martin, Lindsay Moore, Leah Morace, Elizabeth Morgan, Barry Owen, Charrisa Owens, Martha L. Pete, Rhonda Reap-Curiel, Chastity Sayer-Smith, Carole Steele, Margie Tate, JoAnne Thompson, Amber Voorhies, Jasmine Washington, and Sheila Soileau White. 
Being in residence doesn’t just give the artists much needed space, it affords them a level of credibility and injects them into a thriving downtown culture. Many days River Oaks Resident Artists can be found around downtown, in coffee shops and restaurants, soaking up inspiration and injecting a creative spirit in those around them.
“The 2021 Annual Summer Show doesn’t have a specific theme, we simply wanted all of our resident artists to bring the best of the best,” continues Dauzat. “Showcasing their unique talents with their own favorite subjects, media and inspirations. The show remains on display through the summer months which also provides inspiration for our summer art studio campers!”
Concurrently with ‘When Winter Comes’ by Becky O’Neal in the Galerie des Amis and ‘Rain & Steel’ by Matt Dawson in the Stokes-Harris Gallery. Becky O’Neal is a southeast regional artist, who has an extensive background in fine art, photography and design. Her completed works have been known ro reflect an interest in nature, people, landscapes and landscape objects indigenous to the southeast United States.  She has made a name for herself regionally with paintings that capture the simple and subtle beauty of people and regional natural landscapes juxtaposed against the agricultural landscapes of man. With paint strokes that are loose and fluid, Becky creates spontaneous paintings that capture subjects with hues, interesting abstractions of shadows, reflections and luminous light.
Matt Dawson meanwhile is known as both painter and pharmacist in Pineville. The Natchitoches native has been a pharmacist for 21 years and has been active in the arts community since 1993. Matt has a love for acrylics for their versatility and brightness has worked in a wide variety of styles from realism to abstract but tends to focus on impressionism. “‘Rain and Steel’ focuses on the shadows and lights of the bustling city,” says the artist. “Some are familiar scenes and some are fabricated, but they all have the theme of life of today in an urban environment. I try to keep the images as loose as possible while still retaining a sense of traveling in a canyon of steel and concrete.” As such we can look forward to rainy or wet scenes for the sheer beauty of light bouncing off the slick rain soaked streets and highways, giving life to modern depictions of city life.
The three shows will be on display at River Oaks May 28 - August 7,  2021 and an exhibition opening reception has been scheduled for Friday, May 28, 5-7pm. Sponsored by Dr. Betsy Long Memorial Fund and Noelle & Michael Crowell. We also encourage you to save the date for the popular Summer Art Studio Student Show - August 14, 2021 4-5pm as well as the Annual Van Gogh Gala on October 30, 2021.
For more information or questions, please feel free to visit riveroaksartscenter.com or call 318-473-2670 to speak to our staff. River Oaks can be found under River Oaks Square Arts Center on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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