“All Creatures Great and Small” is the theme of January’s featured artist display at The River Gallery. In 1975 there was a film adaptation of a British book series by James Herriot using that title. The artist, Carol Culpepper Smith, gives credit to Herriot for the title of her show. She acknowledges, however, that the show has nothing to do with veterinarians as in the film, but everything to do with “critters”. She says preparation for this show came over many months and was great fun in and of itself. She took photographs of each of the animals she painted—hiking in the wild, visiting farms and observing animals in any other arena she could find them. Most of the oil paintings have a story behind them, making the depictions even more interesting. This is a departure from the artist’s usual subject matter of flowers and landscape, thus challenging her skill to represent her “creatures” appropriately. Smith’s only regret is that she ran out of painting time before she ran out of subjects! She laughingly suggests, “Maybe there is a sequel to this show!”
The River Gallery is located at 308 Trenton Street in the heart of Antique Alley in West Monroe. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10:00-5:00. The gallery is in a tax-free art zone, so all original art work is tax-free. Come visit “the best-kept secret” in town and add some local, original art work to your collection.