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NOMA Exhibit Opening This Saturday at St. Tammany Art Association

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St. Tammany Art Association announces its 6th annual exhibit in partnership with the New Orleans Museum of Art. This year’s exhibit, entitled: Views from New Orleans: Contemporary Art from the New Orleans Museum of Art, will feature works by well known regional and national artists from NOMA’s permanent collection. STAA will host an opening reception during Covington’s Second Saturday Art Openings on September 12 at 6:00pm – 9:00pm. The exhibit will be the feature artwork at STAA during Fall for Art on Saturday, October 10 and will be on display through October 31, 2015.

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This exhibition presents unique works of eleven artists who have achieved regional, national, or international acclaim, including pieces by George Dunbar, Ida Kohlmeyer, Clarence John Laughlin, Shirley Masinter and Noel Rockmore to name a few.

Architecture in its modern conception could not exist in the absence of the human hand. Architecture and human being serve one another — buildings are conceived, designed, and built to protect us, and we have the ability to manipulate, renovate, and repurpose them. The human eye finds beauty and complexity in the contours of structure—from realism to abstraction—through line, volume, space, and dimension.

However, the exploration of three-dimensional space transcends art and architecture. We place sentimental value on structure and location by imbuing narrative, significance, and history to the façade and interior of a building. Architecture in this exhibition represents the fallen ideals of culture, suggestions of socio – economic strife, nostalgia, and the tragedies that befall manmade landscapes due to neglect and natural disaster. Here, artists have represented cityscapes in a range of styles: recognizably, abstractly, fantastically, and as preservationists. www.sttammanyartassociation.org

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The Antiquarian Image – An Exhibition of 19th Century Photographic Processes Opening at STAA

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An international exhibition of works by ten photographers on display at the STAA Art House from February 21 through April 4, 2015.

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Although digital imagery is now the standard in the 21st century, the photographic image has its roots deep in the early 19th century and reaches as far back as the Renaissance era with the camera obscura. Throughout the 19th century more advanced printing techniques and processes were developed-ambrotype, tintype, photo-gravure and albumen. A few artists have remained dedicated to creating images using such techniques from the dawn of the photographic process, and this exhibition will showcase ten from around the world and right here in our backyard: Alex Sapienza of Dublin, Ireland; Dennis Ziliotto, Monselice, Italy; and Borut Peterlin, Dolenjske Toplice, Slovenia; Michelle Smith-Lewis, Seattle, WA; Euphus Ruth, Greenville, MS; Scott Anton, Solon, ME; Jeanne Wells, Turner, ME; David Armentor, New Orleans, LA; Robert Dutruch, Bush, LA; and Bruce Schultz, Lafayette, LA.

Antiquarian Image 2 STAADuring the opening reception, 6-9 pm on Saturday, February 21, visitors will be able to watch demonstrations of the tintype process and purchase a portrait of their own as David Armentor will be on site offering portraits throughout the evening. A portion of the sales will support educational programming at the St. Tammany Art Association. Advance reservations for portraits are recommended, call 985-892-8650 for details.

In coordination with the exhibition STAA has scheduled hands-on workshops illustrating the tintype and lumen printing processes. Space is limited. See articles below for more details.

The exhibition, sponsored in part by Lost Hills Studio, will be on display at the St. Tammany Art Association located at 320 N. Columbia St. in downtown Covington, LA.

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Second Saturday Art Stroll – Nature’s Essence: Two Visions Opening at STAA

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Left Marcia Holmes, right Jim Seitz

Left Marcia Holmes, right Jim Seitz

Nature’s Essence presents works by two established artists whose approaches to nature differ in method and style, yet parallel in nature as a driving force. Marcia Holmes’s abstract approach to water and landscapes explore the eloquent and dynamic aspect of nature. Alternatively, Jim Seitz’s work takes a minimalistic and tonal approach to a variety of landscapes and influences. This complimentary relationship creates a holistic perspective of nature, lending the viewer full interpretation.

Marcia Holmes is a self-taught abstract impressionist artist from Mandeville, LA, whose work has been featured in publications such as American Art Collector: The Art of the Horse and Florals & Botanicals, Inside Northside and most recently the December 2014 issue of Fine Art Connoisseur. An established Master Pastelist and member of the Pastel Society of America, she has recently explored the depiction of nature’s movement with oil and mixed media. Holmes has traveled to France and Venice, lending her creative approach to classical artistic destinations. She is currently represented by the Garden District Gallery, The Pineapple Gallery in Mandeville, and Kelli Kaufman Gallery in Lafayette.

Jim Seitz is a self-taught, contemporary landscape artist living in the New Orleans area. A well-traveled artist who has lived in the Middle East and Singapore, Seitz blends the colors directly on the canvas and augments with signature gold leaf, creating landscapes that promote reflection and thought. Jim is currently represented by Huff Harrington Fine Art Gallery in Buckhead Georgia and Laura Rathe Fine Art Gallery in Houston and Dallas. His work has found a home in corporate and private collections both at home and abroad. He has been featured in publications such as American Art Collector, Western Art Collector, American Artist, Delta Airlines magazines and most recently as the cover artist for Inside New Orleans Magazine’s second edition, currently on newsstands.

The exhibition will be on display at the St. Tammany Art Association located at 320 N. Columbia St. in downtown Covington December 13th- February 7, 2015. The opening reception will take place on December 13th at 6-9pm, and the gallery talk with Marcia Holmes will take place on January 31st at 2-4pm. The reception, talk and exhibition are free and open to the public.

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Second Saturday Art Stroll – Small Works: Group Exhibition at Three Rivers Gallery

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Three Rivers Gallery Small WorksThree Rivers Gallery will host an opening reception Saturday, December 13th from 6 – 9 pm for their new exhibit entitled Small Works: Group Exhibition. The exhibit will feature paintings, drawings, photography, sculptures, and jewelry that are ten inches or less. These artworks are perfect for any art collectors space and would make wonderful gifts. All artwork pieces in the exhibition were created by Three Rivers’ talented gallery artists: Alan Flattman, Carol Hallock, Charles MacGowan, David Doherty, Donald Maginnis, Elayne Spinks Kuehler, Harriet Blum, John Goodwyne, John Preble, Larry Allen, Leandro Area, Mary Monk, Max Ryan, Mercedes de Valcourt Wells, Mickey Asche, Muriel Dauterive, Patrick Lera, Peggy Hesse, Peg Usner, Phillip Sage, Ralph Townsend, Rebecca Burt, Rhea Gary, Robert Baumgartner, Robert Dutruch, Robert Maxwell, Roy Pfister, Roy Robinson, Roy Rouyer. Join Three Rivers Gallery on 333 E. Boston Street on Saturday to meet the artists and enjoy a glass of wine!

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Three Rivers Gallery Opening Saturday – For the Love of Louisiana: An Exhibition of Artwork by Elayne Spinks Kuehler

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“Painting in nature and from the brilliance of life is a very serene and an extremely nourishing place to be and serves as a great inspiration tome”. ~ Elayne Spinks Kuehler

For the Love of Louisiana: An Exhibition of Artwork by Elayne Spinks Kuehler opening at Three Rivers Gallery October 11th, 2014

For the Love of Louisiana: An Exhibition of Artwork by Elayne Spinks Kuehler opening at Three Rivers Gallery October 11th, 2014

For the Love of Louisiana Life Exhibition is both a love story and an examination of nature and influence; a compelling source for the exploration of an artist. It is a record of the visual and emotional response by the artist to her environment through objects, nature or external influences. This varied exhibition strikes an intriguing balance between traditional and contemporary art, simultaneously preserving the best of each.

Elayne Spinks Kuehler is a native of Baton Rouge whose artwork captures the beauty of romantic realism. The artist paints her subject matter directly from life. The truth of nature with all of its natural beauty and colors provide an unending supply of inspiration for Kuehler. She has been painting professionally for over 38 years and is a full member of the Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club, a member of Oil Painters of America, the American Artists Professional League, the Laguna Plein Air Society, the Baton Rouge Art League, American Women Artists, and Associated Women in the Arts. She has been juried into and is a member of the International Guild of Realism. She has won awards internationally, nationally and regionally. Her work is in private and corporate collections.

For the Love of Louisiana: An Exhibition of Artwork by Elayne Spinks Kuehler will be on display at Three Rivers Gallery, 333 E. Boston St., October 11- November 1, 2014. A second opening date with a ‘meet the artists’ will be held on Fall for Art, October 18th, 6-9 pm.

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Second Saturday Art Stroll In Downtown Covington – NOMA Exhibit Opening at STAA

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Jim Graham featured at History Antiques & Interiors

Jim Graham featured at History Antiques & Interiors

Enjoy fine art, boutique shopping, great food and good friends!  Join us this Saturday, September 13 from 6-9 pm for downtown Covington’s Second Saturday Art Stroll, celebrating our local artists in the St. John’s Cultural Arts District with tax-free shopping on all original works!  The St. Tammany Art Association (320 N. Columbia St.) features “Views from New Orleans: Selections from the New Orleans Museum of Art” with live music by Timothy Gates.   A few businesses and galleries open for the evening include the following:

Morgan Cameron featured at Tripolo Gallery

Morgan Cameron featured at Tripolo Gallery

History Antiques & Interiors (317 N. Columbia) will showcase Jim Graham and Sadler Ward, plus European antiques and home furnishings.   Tripolo Gallery (323 N. Columbia St.) is showing Paula Blackwell, Morgan Cameron, Robert Cook, Tracey Davis, Molly Duet, Donna Landry Duffy, Michael Eddy, Elizabeth M. Haskins, Steve Hasslock, Ken Tate, Craig McMillin and Michael Zavison.    Savoye Originals Gallery (405 N. Columbia) houses unique home furnishings & decor by Steve Savoye.  Across the street at 424 N. Columbia, you’ll find Motif, presenting original art, interiors and gifts. Around the corner on Lockwood, Henry Hood Gallery opens Sipiorski  & Siporski with “Vive la Difference.” (325 Lockwood St.)

Shop Soul Boutique (529 E. Boston) shows art by Rebecca Authement, Amber Damare, Heather Vallaire and Kenny Passuer;  jewelry by Sara Craig, Sophie Clesi, Eloise Early and Pam Moore.   The newly-renovated Southern Hotel (428 E. Boston) has the Divine Protectors of Endangered Pleasures (DIVA’s) exhibition of elaborately beaded, handmade Mardi Gras bustiers.   Three Rivers Gallery (333 E. Boston) presents “Chasing the Light: New Work by Mary Monk.”

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Tripolo Gallery Features Oil Paintings, Contemporary Sculpture & Jewelry

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Morgan Cameron at Tripolo GalleryTripolo Gallery opens a show at Christwood Saturday afternoon, and will also open Saturday 6-9pm in conjunction with Covington’s Second Saturday Art Stroll. Featured artists include Paula Blackwell, Morgan Cameron, Robert Cook, Tracey Davis, Molly Duet, Donna Landry Duffy, Michael Eddy, Elizabeth M. Haskins, Steve Hasslock, Ken Tate, Craig McMillin and Michael Zavison. See more work at tripologallery.com and check their Facebook page “Tripolo Gallery“.

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Chasing the Light: An Exhibition of Artwork by Mary Monk at Three Rivers Gallery Opening Saturday

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“Painting En Plein Air has been a wonder-filled lesson in truth for me. The color and light are never what you would expect.  It is full of variations that are continually exciting to experience and paint.” Mary Monk

Mary Monk Exhibit Three Rivers GalleryChasing the Light is a collection of luminous landscape paintings that capture the extraordinary effects of the transient moments between day and night. These contemporary paintings record the artist’s impression of the most challenging times of day for plein air artists to capture.

This exhibition celebrates the deeply emotional and moving light that begins and ends our days. These ephemeral moments have fascinated artists for centuries, challenging them to capture accurately the fleeting impressions of transitory light effects.  Working en plein air, Monk is well known for her love of light. Seeking to capture those brief moments that define our daily life experience, these sunrises and sunsets that are recorded in the artists hand emphasize the intrinsic value of time. They show us their truth, allowing others to view the significance of the passing of time and its delicate and fugitive beauty.

Mary Monk has been an award winning professional artist for over twenty years. Her work can be found in a myriad of public and private art collections. She is a member of the Degas Pastel Society, the Pastel Society of America and the St. Tammany Pastel Society. Mary Monk grew up in New Orleans but has been living in Abita Springs with her husband and four children for the past twenty years.

Chasing the Light: New Artwork by Mary Monk will be on display from September 13th through October 4th, with an opening reception Saturday September 13th in conjunction with Covington’s Second Saturday Art Stroll.

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Henry Hood Gallery “Sipiorski & Siporski: Vive la Difference!” Opening Saturday

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Vive la Difference!

Dennis Sipiorski and Ruth Siporski together are bringing new imaginative work to Henry Hood Gallery.

Dennis’ energetic and fanciful mind is showing paintings and ceramics witnessing the human condition often incorporating text. Ruth works abstractly with ceramics, wood, and paper mache’ producing elegant sculptural totems and wall pieces rich in color and texture. There work is different from one another as is the spelling of their last names. Come see what they are up to!

Opening reception is Saturday, September 13 from 6-9 PM, in conjunction with downtown Covington’s Second Saturday Art Stroll.

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Second Saturday Art Stroll In Downtown Covington This Weekend 6 – 9 pm

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Barry Thomas at Tripolo Gallery

Barry Thomas at Tripolo Gallery

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Tripolo Gallery will be open for downtown Covington’s Second Saturday Art Stroll with several featured artists including above pictured Barry Thomas. Other featured artists include Tracey Davis, Paula Blackwell, Morgan Cameron, Robert Cook, Molly Duet, Donna Duffy, Michael Eddy, Elizabeth Haskins, Steve Hasslock, Ken Tate, Craig McMillin, Robert Seago, Jean Seidenberg, and Michael Zavison. Stop by to explore this beautiful space! 323 N. Columbia Street

Jim Graham at History Antiques & Interiors

Jim Graham at History Antiques & Interiors

Local Artists Featured at History Antiques & Interiors

Local artist Jim Graham, who won an Award of Merit in the St. Tammany Art Association’s 49th National Juried Artists Exhibition, is featured at History Antiques along with local Sadler Ward, who presents hand-crafted furniture and home décor. History Antiques & Interiors is located at 317 N. Columbia Street and will be open until 9 pm this Saturday for downtown’s Second Saturday Art Stroll.

Martin Needom - Henry Hood Gallery

Martin Needom – Henry Hood Gallery

Hot & Cool August Exhibit at Henry Hood Gallery

Hot collages by Jacquie Inda Hood – Cool sculpture by Martin Needom Perfect for the summer, topical, exuberant collages by Jacquie contrast fabulously with Martin’s elegant, carefully constructed sculptures. Opening reception is Saturday, August 9 from 6-9 PM.  The show closes September.  To see is to enjoy. Gail & Henry Hood, Henry Hood Gallery – 325 E. Lockwood St. (985) 789-1832

Jacquie Inda Hood - Henry Hood Gallery

Jacquie Inda Hood – Henry Hood Gallery

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Second Saturday Art Stroll July 12th 6 – 9 pm – Downtown Covington Bustling With Several Events Saturday

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St. Tamany Art Association's Summer Show: 49th Annual National Juried Exhibit 201449th Annual National Juried Exhibition: Summer Show at St. Tammany Art Association

Open to artists from all over the United States, the St. Tammany Art Association’s annual juried exhibition is one of the most diverse in the state of Louisiana, featuring only visual art completed within the past two years. Read more here: STAA Announces Artists In 49th Annual Juried Exhibition This Saturday – The Summer Show

Lucille Hunter at Henry Hood Gallery

Lucille Hunter at Henry Hood Gallery

Henry Hood Gallery Mid Summer Exhibition
325 E. Lockwood Street

Henry Hood Gallery introduces new abstract paintings by Cissy Carville with a reception Saturday evening. The gallery is also showing new work by Jean Flint, Robin Hamaker, Lucille Hunter, Michael LeDay and Maggie McConnell.

October Waterfall by Barry Thomas

October Waterfall by Barry Thomas – showing at Tripolo Gallery in Downtown Covington

 

Tripolo Gallery Features Barry Thomas
323 N. Columbia Street

Everything about Barry Thomas is big. Big colors. Big physique. Big heart. Big humility. Big paintings. Even his paintbrushes, which he travels to Madrid, Spain to acquire, are big. And yet, he never fails to capture the subtle beauty of an Aspen tree, or a horse and rider, or a sunset shining eastward. Read more about Barry here.

 

Robert Maxwell: Exhibition of Sculpture at Three Rivers Gallery
333 E. Boston Street

“Beauty is found not in perfection but rather the dancing among imperfection” Robert Maxwell

Robert Maxwell at Three Rivers Gallery in Downtown Covington

Robert Maxwell at Three Rivers Gallery in Downtown Covington

Robert Maxwell’s exhibition of sculpture is a collection of work by the artist specializing in the human figure.  Having been inspired by some of the Old Master sculptors such as Rodin and Bernini, he traveled to Europe to study their works.  He has spent years learning and perfecting the complex lessons necessary for the technical skill required to sculpt such demanding subject matter.  He is constantly inspired by the  beauty evident in the human form.  There are so many elements that are important to the creation of the work such as mass, volume, perspective, light and dark.  These elements give an impression of form and space and bring emphasis to a particular narrative between the subject and the artist’s expression of that subject.  The most important element to Maxwell’s sculpture however is: texture.  The significance of the evidence of the human touch on the sculpture pieces are what the artist hopes to emphasize.  The handmade human quality and visible textures are just as important as the subject itself.

Award-winning artist Robert Maxwell has been a resident of St. Tammany Parish all of his life.  He has two Masters Degrees from Mississippi College for education and sculpture.  He spends much of his time sculpting his creations and teaching others anatomy, sculpture and mold making.  His art is in the permanent collections of Taylor University, Vermont Law School, and National University in Lima Peru, and locally: the Bogue Falaya Park gates. He is in public, private and corporate collections throughout the United States and abroad.

Robert Maxwell: Exhibition of Sculpture is on view from July 12th through August 1st, 2014.

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Ferrous & Flora: A Vision via the 19th Century Photographic Process of Wet Plate Ambrotype, New Artwork by Robert Dutruch at Three Rivers Gallery

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Ferrous & Flora: A Vision via the 19th Century Photographic Process of Wet Plate Ambrotype, New Artwork by Robert Dutruch at Three River's Gallery“Ferrous and Flora represents the hard and cold versus soft and delicate; one forged by the earth the other cultivated by nature. Both arise from Mother Earth to occupy opposite ends of the spectrum. My goal for this project is to examine the visual nuances of these seemingly different entities; to explore and discover their similarities through the 19th century imaging process of wet plate collodion ambrotype.” – Robert Dutruch

The artworks of Robert Dutruch are visually profound images full of mystery and ageless beauty. His one of a kind collodion tintypes and ambrotypes represent a provocative glimpse of modernity through the looking glass of the past. He uses this 19th century process steeped in history as a method of circumventing the digital age, stepping back from the rush and instant gratification of our time.

Ferrous and Flora is on view from May 10th to June 7th. An opening reception with the artist will be held Saturday, May 10th from 6 – 9 pm at Three Rivers Gallery, 333 E. Boston Street, downtown Covington.

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“Southern Colors: Exhibition Of New Work By Rhea Gary” Opening At Three Rivers Gallery Saturday March 8th

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"And There Was Evening" by Rhea Gary

“And There Was Evening” by Rhea Gary

“My interest is not in the nuances of the landscape, but in using color for an emotional response that creates a joyful statement about the place. The paintings are filled with emotion, excitement, and energy. It is the vibrant color and light in the paintings that reflect the energy of the ever present heat and richness of nature that surrounds me.”

– Rhea Gary

The artworks of Rhea Gary are colorful celebrations of the Louisiana Landscape. Her dramatic paintings are filled with mood and colors that reflect her passionate response to the beauty that abounds here. Her brush strokes mimic the excitement and energy she feels as she captures the beauty she sees in the wetlands. Louisiana’s haunting swamps and bayous are filled with inspiration for this local artist. Her love of our vanishing wetlands prompted her to develop a project called Marsh Mission, in collaboration with C.C. Lockwood. Their best-selling book “Marsh Mission: Capturing the Vanishing Wetlands” documented their artistic journey through Louisiana’s waterways.

Rhea Gary is a Louisiana native, and award winning artist. She holds Bachelor of Science and Masters of Fine Arts degrees from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. She also studied at the New Orleans Academy of Fine Arts. Her works are held in museum collections, in the Louisiana State Capitol, Louisiana Governor’s Mansion, Louisiana State University, and the American Embassies in Australia, Bahrain, Jordan, and Venezuela and in many individual and corporate collections. Her work has been published in several magazines including Louisiana Life, American Artist, Art & Antiques, and numerous regional journals. She has been featured on television on CBS Sunday Mornings, Delta Hands, and Louisiana Public Broadcasting. In 2007, 2009, and 2010 she was voted ‘Best Visual Artist’ in the Best of 225 AWARDS by the readers of 225 Magazine, a publication of the Greater Baton Rouge Metropolitan Area. In February 2010 she was Country Roads Magazine’s Readers Choice-Favorite Local Artist. In July 2011 she was named Louisiana Art Legend by Forum 35, an organization of young leaders. The widespread distribution of her work allows people everywhere to share in her joyful artistic statement of love for the places she paints.

An opening reception for Rhea Gary’s new works will be held at Three Rivers Gallery, 333 E. Boston Street, on Saturday March 8th from 6 – 9 pm.  This is a free event, refreshments will be provided.

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“Stitched: Christine Sauer & Laura Gipson” Showing At The St. Tammany Art Association

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Stitched St. Tammany Art AssociationSTAA is proud to present an exhibition of work by artists Christine Sauer and Laura Gipson. The common thread between these two contemporary artists is that they incorporate the technique of stitching in their work. Both are very different in their approach and use of materials.

An intuitive and improvisational approach to working with materials and image characterizes Christine Sauer’s diverse body of work. Her imaginative art is inspired by nature, science, the cosmos and an enjoyment of the process of making. For many years she created and exhibited her paintings, collages and sculptural installations in New Orleans and around the country.  Recently, Christine has incorporated her fascination with stitching and textiles into her studio practice.

Laura Gipson draws upon common human experiences as her source material. The work attempts to make visible the inner invisible experience. Utilizing imagery of familiar objects that serve to function as stand-ins for the body and/or the mind, her work is built in an additive process, either through construction or layering. Gipson’s work is constructed in layers, with the waxed outer surface presenting a scarred surface that implies that this object has a history: that it has lived a life. In much of the work, She uses everyday materials that do much to keep these objects in the realm of common experience. These “stand-ins” function as an individual in the midst of life. What we know about these individuals is either written on their skin or we can see it through their façade.

This exhibit is showing through March 29th, 2014 at the St. Tammany Art Association, 320 N. Columbia Street in downtown Covington. For more information, please visit www.sttammanyartassociation.org.

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“Signs Of Life: Rosemary Goodell & Dale Newkirk” Opening Reception at Henry Hood Gallery

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Henry Hood is proud to present “Signs of Life” featuring prints by Rosemary Goodell & Dale Newkirk.  They will host an opening reception February 8th from 6 – 9 pm.  Both artists will be present to talk about their work.

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Rosemary Goodell’s lively mono prints based on nature and music invite close inspection and comparisons.  Each finished print has been pressed multiple times creating a variety of effects from transparent films to subtle textures and deep embossing.  Some of these reappear in different colors, locations and depths within the prints.  Rosemary received a Fulbright Memorial Fund Fellowship in 1998 to study in Japan.  In 2001 and 2008 she was resident in painting at the Vermont Studio Center.

Dale Newkirk at Henry Hood GalleryDale Newkirk
Dale Newkirk has invented abstract digital signs influenced by a long road trip out west.  These are bold with sharp edges and colors yet subtle with interesting spatial ambiguities, a somewhat playful minimalism. Careful observation reveals delightful little surprises. Dale currently is the Director and Curator of University Art Galleries at Southeastern La University. He also has been the Curatorial Department Director and Head Preparator at the Terra Museum of American Art in Chicago and the American Museum of Art, Giverny, France

The exhibit will be on display from February 8th – March 1st.  The opening reception is a free and open to the public event.

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“Stitched: Christine Sauer & Laura Gipson” Opening Reception At St. Tammany Art Association Saturday

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"Stitched" at St. Tammany Art AssocoationThe St. Tammany Art Association is proud to present an exhibition of work by artists Christine Sauer and Laura Gipson. The common thread between these two contemporary artists is that they incorporate the technique of stitching in their work. Both are very different in their approach and use of materials.

An intuitive and improvisational approach to working with materials and image characterizes Christine Sauer’s diverse body of work. Her imaginative art is inspired by nature, science, the cosmos and an enjoyment of the process of making. For many years she created and exhibited her paintings, collages and sculptural installations in New Orleans and around the country. More recently Christine has incorporated her fascination with stitching and textiles into her studio practice.

Laura Gipson draws upon common human experiences as her source material. The work attempts to make visible the inner invisible experience. Utilizing imagery of familiar objects that serve to function as stand-ins for the body and/or the mind, her work is built in an additive process, either through construction or layering. Gipson’s work is constructed in layers, with the waxed outer surface presenting a scarred surface that implies that this object has a history: that it has lived a life. In much of the work, She uses everyday materials that do much to keep these objects in the realm of common experience. These “stand-ins” function as an individual in the midst of life. What we know about these individuals is either written on their skin or we can see it through their façade.

The opening reception of “Stitched” will be held on Saturday, February 8th from 6-9 pm at the STAA.  All are welcome, this is a free event.

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“The Romance Of New Orleans, Mardi Gras & Phillip Sage” Opening Reception At Three Rivers Gallery Saturday

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"Autumn Afternoon" Phillip Sage

“Autumn Afternoon” Phillip Sage

Three Rivers Gallery’s February exhibition is entitled “The Romance of New Orleans, Mardi Gras and Phillip Sage”. This captivating collection of etchings celebrates the birth of a romance between an artist and his muse. These visual reflections by a virtuoso of the etched line evoke the qualities of light and atmosphere, to bring about the playful dramas seen throughout the city. Each one, a moment snatched out of time and etched to perfection in dramatic detail. His mastery of light and dark used to portray his captivating subject matter truly celebrate his love affair with New Orleans and Mardi Gras representing more than forty years in the making.

Phillip Sage is a master print-maker and artist who was born in Manchester, NH. He has a BA in Economics and Business Administration from St. Anselm’s College as well as a BFA from Cooper Union in Graphic Design where he studied under his mentor, Charles Klabunde as well as photography with Michael A. Vaccaro. When he was an officer in the US Coast Guard stationed in New Orleans, he came to know and love the beauty of southern living and its gracious people. In 1971 he began his career as a print-maker and painter. Southern Louisiana has been his home and artistic inspiration throughout his prominent career.

Sage works exclusively with copper plates using an antique English press. His limited edition prints are printed on the finest paper with the effort done entirely by hand in the tradition of master intaglio print-makers. His artwork richly portrays the traditions of the South and the history of New Orleans. His etchings, when viewed by native and tourist alike invoke a feeling of romantic nostalgia.

“The Romance of New Orleans, Mardi Gras and Phillip Sage” will run from February 8th through March 5th.  This is a free open to the public event.

 

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St. Tammany Art Association Presents “Icons: Personal Visions” Group Exhibition

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Icons: Personal Visions STAAThe St. Tammany Art Association presents ‘Icons:  Personal Visions’, an exciting new show on view December 14, 2013 through February 1, 2014.

Presented by STAA past president and longtime sponsor, Catherine Deano, the exhibit features artwork by regional artists: Jacqueline Bishop, Douglas Bourgeois, Alan Gerson, Jessica Goldfinch, Christopher Guarisco, John Hodge, Thomas Mann, Francie Rich, Leslie Staub and Monica Zeringue. An opening reception for the artists will be held on Saturday, December 14, 2013 from 6-9 p.m.

The extended exhibition is designed to open a dialogue on the concept of icons and iconography with its migration from the religious to the secular in contemporary art. Contemporary icon painting takes a broader, secular approach through influences of traditional icon imagery and processes, and is literally expressed by some but ambiguously approached by others. A series of interpretive elements, including the ubiquitous placement of a sculpture by Thomas Mann in locations around Covington, are designed to encourage discussion and awareness of art, history, imagery, and society in constantly evolving relationships.  All events are free and open the public. Please join us and bring your friends!

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“Goodness Had Nothing To Do With It” Group Exhibit At Three Rivers Gallery

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Rebecca Burt, Leandro Area and Mary Helen Seago, Three Rivers Gallery, 333 E. Boston Street, Historic Downtown Covington

Rebecca Burt, Leandro Area and Mary Helen Seago, Three Rivers Gallery, 333 E. Boston Street, Historic Downtown Covington

“We say things like these without thinking of the deeper meaning: “Johnny was a good boy today.” “Man, that cake was good!” “Yes, we all had a really good time at the party. “But what is goodness? Is it innocence or is it knowledge?  Or is it what you make it at the moment? Is it a qualifiable or quantifiable? The use of king cake babies expresses innocence and beauty, both imprisoned and free, while the wings signify the ability to escape and change. But is change goodness?  This group exhibit features artists Rebecca Burt, Leandro Area and Mary Helen Seago. Opening Saturday December 14th, 6 – 9 pm, and running through January 4th.

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Three Rivers Gallery Presents “In My Own Space” for Second Saturday Art Stroll

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"In My Own Space" Local Artist Peggy Hesse at Three Rivers Gallery, Downtown Covington

“In My Own Space” Local Artist Peggy Hesse at Three Rivers Gallery, Downtown Covington

Well known local artist Peggy Hesse has created a compelling new series entitled “In My Own Space”. Having recently moved to a new home just off the Tchefuncte River, the artist has been inspired to lovingly document her new environment. One cannot help but see the strong emotion expressed through vivid colors as she walks us through her new surroundings. This series marks an exciting change in her work. “Being surrounded by its natural beauty unleashed an outpouring of inspiration from the azalea bounded pathways of the woods to the water lily pond to the dark and tangled edges of the Rattlesnake branch off the Little Tchefuncte. Every season provides it own visual riches. The deeper I look, the more I see and try to depict of colors, textures, endless shapes transformed by the changing light. There is a feeling here of peace, quiet and daily celebration. That is what makes it my own space.”

Award winning artist Peggy Hesse is a graduate of Newcomb College and Tulane University Graduate School. She has worked most of her life in creative fields as artist, interior designer, renovator, builder, and teacher.

‘In My Own Space’, an exhibition of artwork by Peggy Hesse, will run from September 14 – October 5, 2013 at Three Rivers Art Gallery,  333 East Boston Street Covington, LA. Contact them by phone at 985-892-2811.

www.threeriversgallery.com