The 2020 Exhibition Schedule is announced as part of the River Oaks Membership Drive 2020 - which is at the heart of the art centers fundraising efforts for the year. The team at River Oaks prides itself in selecting some of the finest and most talented artists that they can get, many regionally and nationally acclaimed or up-and-coming and soon to be recognized in artistic circles.
“The 2020 Exhibition Schedule is special as it sets the tone for the coming decade,” says Rachael Dauzat, Executive Director at River Oaks. “River Oaks continues to have a strong commitment to provide high quality exhibitions, many of which would ordinarily only be seen in bigger cities. We are extraordinarily thankful to have earned the community’s continued trust and support and our mission reflects in every artist chosen.”
The first set of exhibitions will be on display February 7 - March 28, 2020 and features works by GAEDA Arts Series artist Rita Hendricks, along with Jasmine Washington, and the results of the ongoing Outreach Projects featuring Hope House, Regency House & Matthews Memorial under the tutelage of Instructors Carla Guillory, Laura Gates and JoAnne Thompson. Exhibiting in the Bolton-Davis Gallery, Exhibiting in the Bolton-Davis Gallery, Hendricks is known for her love and understanding of dogs, which resonates in her sometimes whimsical, always sensitive portraits of pets and we can’t wait to see what she is bringing to River Oaks.
As we go into the spring, April 3-May 23 will be cup time - River Oaks invites you to visit the 6th Annual Dirty South Cup Call with Guest Juror Deborah Schwartzkopf, along with her Friends of the Juror exhibition. The Cup Call has been making a name for itself for over half a decade and has grown into one of the South’s premier ceramics events with entries from all over the country and hundreds of functional and non-functional vessels displayed since its inception. Regionally acclaimed resident artist Morgan Lasyone will exhibit her own work in the Galerie des Amis concurrently. A special anniversary edition of the Annual Men Who Cook and Men Who Mix Fundraiser will take place on May 16.
Next we are headed into the summer with the much anticipated Resident Artists Annual Summer Show where it’s all about our very own resident artists from May 29 - August 8. Concurrent exhibitions by Laura Gates and Kimberly Brannon will showcase a tremendous amount of local and regional talent and creativity. Of course River Oaks also organizes Central Louisiana’s largest visual arts summer camp every year. Summer Arts Studio 2020 with Conner Burns in residency will have four sessions, Session 1: June 8-12, Session 2: June 15-26, Session 3: July 6-17, Session 4: July 20-July 31, all culminating in the Summer Art Studio Students Show on August 15, where we get to showcase what the young artists have accomplished in their four sessions of Summer Arts Studio.
GAEDA Arts Series artist Masa Sasaki and his exhibition will be on display August 28 - September 26, along with artists Karen Morrow and Marshall Blevins. Sasaki is an accomplished pianist, award-winning painter and uniquely stylistic potter. Since moving from his native Japan in the late 1980's, he has impressed teachers, patrons, and his fellow artists with his unique sense of precision and artistic vision and will visit Central Louisiana for the first time to impress River Oaks’ patrons with his unique take on ceramics.
As we head into the fall, Traci Stover, Maria Maneman, and Carol Thibodeaux will be featured in their individual exhibitions October 2 - November 7. Stover, a Mississippi painter, is known for her paintings, drawings and relief prints, which explore forms that are meaningful to her on both a narrative and structural level. They often include eyes, bugs, flowers, rocks, and bones as she explores the relationship between the image, medium and compositional structure. Also in the fall is of course the Annual Van Gogh Gala fundraiser, this year a little earlier than normal on October 17.
The final show of the year as always will be the smallest in terms of the artwork itself, but packs a punch in terms of creativity! The GAEDA sponsored 5x5x5 Show National Call with Guest Juror Virginia Rougon Chavis will be on display November 13, 2020 - February 13, 2021 and features miniature art no larger than 5-inch square for two dimensional pieces or 5x5x5 inches, it’s name-sake, for three dimensional art. Artist JoAnne Thompson and the Outreach Ceramics Project with Rapides ARC, Pecan Grove, La. Special Education Center under Instructor Carole Steele will round out the year’s last exhibitions followed by the Annual Porch Sale on December 5, 2020 with Guest Artist Katrina Szyszkoski.
As you can see we have packed a lot into 365 days of art and we certainly hope you will be part of River Oaks in 2020 - as a patron, a member or a casual visitor. Memberships start as low as $50 a year and make much of what we do here possible. For more information on membership or any of the upcoming programming, please contact River Oaks at 318-473-2670, via their website at RiverOaksArtsCenter.com or under River Oaks Arts Center on Facebook.