STAA Presents: Chasing the Thing

STAA Presents Chasing The Thing: The River Fugue Series with Bernard Mattox The opening reception for the latest works of local area sculptor and mixed-media artist Bernard Mattox will be held in St Tammany Art Association’s Miriam Barranger Gallery on Saturday, September 8, 6 to 9 pm.
Taking a much needed break from sculpture, Mattox started painting fifteen years ago, despite never taking a formal painting lesson. Many of Mattox’s mixed media paintings combine sculpture, ceramics and other found objects, with oil paintings and graphite drawings on his hand-built oak panels.
Natural images, which include symbols of everyday objects, furniture, animals, religious iconography from his early Catholic upbringing, and primitive human forms, can be found throughout Mattox’s paintings. Some pieces are densely packed with figures and vibrant earthy colors, others are more subdued with white backgrounds with graphite-drawn imagery.
To close out the exhibition, the public is invited to join the artist at the STAA Art House on Saturday, September 29, 2 to 4 pm for “Q & A with Bernard.”
Both events are free and open to the public.

Luminous Caustic Impression at STAA STAA is pleased to present visiting artist Jane Cornish Smith on Saturday, September 8 from 10-5 for this special one-day workshop as she covers the basics and beyond of creating with encaustic wax. Students will experience the beautiful art of this ancient medium.
Participants will learn a variety of techniques, including fusing, layering, creating texture through reductive and additive methods, incising, stenciling, and more.  The history of encaustic, a working knowledge of materials, and safety considerations will be covered, as well as color, concept, and composition. Demonstration, lecture, one-to-one guidance, and individual student painting time will yield one-of-a-kind luminous works of art.
Jane Cornish Smith has widely exhibited abstracted figurative and landscape work using wax and mixed media in shows such as Texas/London – A Transatlantic Collaboration of Style and Subject Matter at the Malthouse Gallery in Lyme Regis, England; and New Texas Talent at Craighead Green Gallery in Dallas and others. She received her MFA degree from Texas A&M University-Commerce, and BFA and MLA degrees from Southern Methodist University. Jane has attended artist residencies at the International School of Drawing, Painting and Sculpture in Umbria, Italy; the Vermont Studio Center; and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. Registration and additional information is available at

 The St. Tammany Art Association is celebrating its 60th Anniversary in 2018, located at 320 N. Columbia St. in historic downtown Covington.  Gallery hours are Tues. through Fri., 1:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Sat., 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Exhibitions are free and open to the public.