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Acts of Faith exhibit closes at airport

This exhibition, drawn from the local collection of Will and Cheryl Sutton, celebrates spiritual experience through the eyes of notable 20th and 21st Century African American artists. Faith, and the tenacity to act upon it, is a central theme among the artworks. Engage with moving works by the likes of Benny Andrews, Willie Birch, Elizabeth Catlett, and more, and explore different interpretations and applications of faith through a variety of media.

Variations of Acts of Faith have been exhibition previously in northeast Louisiana, and The Gallery by Origin Bank is thrilled to show such a celebrated group of artists before a new audience. Collectors Will and Cheryl Sutton were inspired to collect and exhibit artwork by the words of Proverbs 24:3, “Through wisdom a house is built, and by understanding it is established; by knowledge the rooms are filled with all precious and pleasant riches.” It is their hope that sharing their collection with others will foster understanding and wisdom in our community and beyond.

Exhibition open until March 15, 2019

The Gallery hours:
Monday – Sunday 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.
5400 Operations Rd.
Monroe, LA 71203

Benny Andrews, Prophet, 1962, oil and collage

Benny Andrews, Prophet, 1962, oil and collage

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Masur Exhibit Closes

“Richard Buswell: Close to Home” is a stunning black and white photography series by Richard Buswell, examining up-close the abandoned artifacts of Montana’s ghost towns and frontier homesteads. This exhibition was organized by the Montana Museum of Art & Culture at the University of Montana, Missoula, MT.

“En plein air: The Artist and The Natural World” will look at the ever-influential relationship between art and nature, illustrated with works from the Permanent Collection of the Masur Museum of Art.

Both exhibitions will be on display Nov. 1, 2018 – Feb 9, 2019 and admission is always free!

Bernece Berkman-Hunter, Birds of the Sheltered Bay, 1970, etching. Courtesy of the Masur Museum of Art.

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Deadline to Masur’s 56th Annual Juried Competition

The Masur Museum of Art’s long-running Annual Juried Competition showcases recent work of contemporary artists across the United States of America working in any medium. Last year a total of 259 artists from 40 different states submitted work in a huge variety of media, styles, and subjects.

This year’s competition will be judged by Catherine Futter, Director of Curatorial Affairs at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. Ms. Futter has made waves in the curatorial world over the course of her career, and we are absolutely thrilled to be working with her.

There is a $10.00 fee per entered artwork, and cash prizes totaling $3,200.00.

Visit www.masurjuried.org for more information and to apply online today! The deadline to submit is 11:59pm on Dec 27, 2018.

Masur Museum of Art 56th Annual Juried Competition

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Black Bayou Paint Out – Artist Reception

The Northeast Louisiana Arts Council invites all professional and amateur artists to paint outside at Black Bayou Lake National Wildlife Refuge from dawn to dusk on November 3, 2018.

Anyone who enjoys painting outdoors – no matter their age, background, or artist level – is encouraged to participate. There is no fee to participate.

The Refuge will also present an artists’ reception at its visitor center from 4:30-6:30 p.m. November 8 to display the artwork created on Black Bayou Paint Out day. Both Paint Out day and its reception the following week are free and open to the public.

To be included in the artist reception, participants may drop off canvases 36×36 or smaller at the Refuge visitor center on Paint Out day. Artists may take home their art after the reception. Artists are responsible for their own supplies. Black Bayou Paint Out is hosted by the Refuge and the Arts Council.

Black Bayou Paint Out flyer

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Black Bayou Paint Out

The Northeast Louisiana Arts Council invites all professional and amateur artists to paint outside at Black Bayou Lake National Wildlife Refuge from dawn to dusk on November 3, 2018.

Anyone who enjoys painting outdoors – no matter their age, background, or artist level – is encouraged to participate. There is no fee to participate.

The Refuge will also present an artists’ reception at its visitor center from 4:30-6:30 p.m. November 8 to display the artwork created on Black Bayou Paint Out day. Both Paint Out day and its reception the following week are free and open to the public.

To be included in the artist reception, participants may drop off canvases 36×36 or smaller at the Refuge visitor center on Paint Out day. Artists may take home their art after the reception. Artists are responsible for their own supplies. Black Bayou Paint Out is hosted by the Refuge and the Arts Council.

Black Bayou Paint Out flyer

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Meet the Artist: Linda Lavender Ford

No matter who they are, every person in Northeast Louisiana can immediately recognize the name Linda Lavender. When I heard that name, I thought of the all the flashy Twin City Ballet recitals I have attended, the iconic Ballet Under the Stars performances in Kiroli Park, and of course the famous Christmas Gala plays I went to every year of elementary school; to sum it all up, I thought of extravagance and the biggest arts powerhouse in our area. However, I realized when I was presented with that name, I thought of literally everything other than an actual individual, and that made me start to think. The name just felt like an unattainable and unidentifiable person; why did everyone know the name Linda Lavender but they did not know Linda Lavender?

As it is the last week of my summer internship for the Northeast Arts Council, my final assignment was to “write about whatever I wanted to and to have fun with it.” Not to mention, I was also finally given the approval to write in first person. I racked my brain for an underrated event I have always wanted to share about or an influential artist I’ve always wanted to know more about, and then it came to me: Linda Lavender.

I emailed a couple questions to Linda with the mindset she would never reply; where would an unbelievably successful local celebrity find the time to type out lengthy answers for a teenage intern? And then I got an email informing me Linda Lavender Ford wanted to have a phone interview with me. With my heart pounding out of my chest, I grabbed my phone and dialed her number. I expected to have a speedy five minute Q and A where I read off the questions and she rapidly gave her answers, but I ended up having a lengthy heartfelt conversation which I will remember for the rest of my life:

So now, what do I think of when I hear the name Linda Lavender Ford?

I think of a small girl who was born in Mississippi and grew up in West Monroe- a little girl who was from a very poor family with a mother who was a factory worker and a father who was a mechanic. That little girl’s parents made sure they could give their daughter the best training in the best dance studio available. When the little girl grew up to be a teenager, she was discovered and was invited to become a dancer and hostess for the KNOE television show, Happiness Exchange.

I picture a stubborn teenager telling her mother she didn’t want to teach dance when she graduated high school because she was going to school in New York City to be a performer, even though her family could not afford to send her to the dance academy. However, when that recent West Monroe High School graduate began to teach dance, she knew it was her calling.

I see a young woman who built Linda Lavender School of Dance from the ground up and founded the Twin City Ballet Company. That company is now an honor member of Regional Dance America and has four directors and three season performances. In addition, it gives dancers the opportunities for scholarships and the ability to further their dance careers.

I hear a woman, who has taught dance for 57 years, asking me about myself and telling me how she is proud of me for aspiring to be an arts educator one day. I hear her giving me the advice to make every effort to bring the best I can to my students and to continually keep my mind open to learning.

Most importantly, I know a strong and driven woman who recognizes the talent every individual possesses and who utilizes art to allow them to see the worth in themselves. She is a kindhearted and humble woman who pays respect not to herself, but to the power of the arts and to divine intervention.

“I still say that this area is especially gifted with talent. I always say I can’t imagine a child not getting to dance. I just feel like it’s a terrible mistake when they do not get to because I know what it has meant to me and what it means to so many people.” -Linda Lavender Ford

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The Art of Tony Forrest closes

Tony Forrest

The Old Post Office Museum is hosting an exhibit, The Art of Tony Forrest. Tony is a native of Greensboro, NC, who now lives in Alexandria, LA., where he and his wife are strongly involved in the arts community. One of the greatest highlights of his life was being asked by the NC Bar Association to paint a portrait of Andrew Jackson for Greensboro’s bicentennial celebration. That painting hangs in the Gulford County courthouse, where Jackson was sworn into the practice of law. Forrest has since received several prestigious commissions for clients, including US tennis professional John Isner. His exhibit will be on display at the Old Post Office Museum through October 19.

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Levee Gallery Opening Reception

Kevin Kennedy & Brooke Hoogendoorn Exhibition: Points on a Line, Passage Through Time (Original Paintings & Sculptures)

Opening Reception: Thursday, September 13: 4-7pm
Exhibition Dates: September 13 – October 11, 2018

Kevin Kennedy was born in Shreveport, Louisiana in 1959. He received a BFA from Louisiana Tech University in 1990 followed by an MFA from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana in 1994. His work has received support from the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities, Louisiana Tech University and the Louisiana Division of the Arts.  He was the recipient of the Louisiana Division of the Arts Individual Arts Fellowship Award in 1997 and 2007.  Artist residency fellowships include the Edward F. Albee Foundation in Montauk, New York and the Ucross Foundation in Wyoming.  His work is represented through Hodges Taylor Art Consultancy in Charlotte, North Carolina.  He currently lives in Louisiana with his wife and daughter.

“My objective is to create a beautiful object whose ultimate significance lies in its references to the human condition. Through the contrast of the large scale and delicate surface elements, I try to engage an audience both emotionally and intellectually.” -Kevin Kennedy

Brooke Hoogendoorn is from New Iberia, Louisiana. She takes great pride in being a self taught artist having taken her only painting class her senior year in high school. Brooke was always thought of as an artistic person. Over ten years ago, she took on specialty painting, treating walls and pieces of furniture as their own piece of art. She painted on reclaimed materials as well as canvas, experimenting and developing her own unique style influenced by the culture of South Louisiana. From that point, her artistic expressions grew. Over the last few years she has continued to experiment with different styles of artwork, slowly growing towards the freedom of abstracts. She enjoys the variety that abstract painting brings by blending colors and shapes to create a visual experience.

She has been a fixture at the Big Easel Artwalk in Lafayette for the last several years, and continuously shows her work at Entre Nous and Muse of Lafayette, Louisiana, Contemporain Bankstown/Adams Gallery in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and VIEW GALLERY in Jackson, Mississippi. She currently resides in Lafayette, Louisiana, with her husband and two children.

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