Brenda McDaniel, Ada Richie, Carolyn Fox
Brenda McDaniel demos at a Downtown Art Crawl
The River Gallery Celebrates its Silver Anniversary!
The month of July is The River Gallery’s 25th anniversary. WOW! That’s a quarter of a century. The artists/members will feature a memorabilia wall with photos and news stories from the past 25 years . Each artist will show a painting created just for the occasion using “silver” or “25” as the theme of the painting. The “Silver Celebration” exhibit will continue through Thursday, August 6 with a closing celebration during the Downtown Gallery Crawl.
The gallery started in the summer of 1990 with a group of local and regional painters, potters, photographers, woodworkers, and jewelry makers wishing to promote art, art education, and art appreciation to the people of this area. They formed the non-profit co-op named “The Ouachita River Art Guild.” Their first gallery was in the Glenwood Mall in West Monroe, and they later moved to Antique Alley in downtown West Monroe, growing into a much larger store front on Antique Alley at 308 Trenton Street where they are now located. The River Gallery has now become the oldest art co-op in Louisiana. Each artist takes a turn at working in the gallery, while other details of running a business are spread out among the members. Membership in the gallery is through a juried process.
Workshops that anyone can attend, in various media, by well known artists are sponsored several times a year in different locations. As the co-op approaches its 25th anniversary, it continues to thrive and grow. Located at 308 Trenton St. in West Monroe on historic Antique Alley, it is open to the public free of charge Tuesday through Saturday, 10 AM to 5 PM. Phone 318-322-2380. Web site:
Visit the River Gallery for great gifts for Christmas! Pictured below are paintings by Donna McGee and Melanie Douthit, wood turning by Rusty Patterson, and pottery by Betty Crouch. The River Gallery has exceptional art created by area artists.
Day Dream Break (oil on canvas) by Jane Dixon, the River Gallery’s Featured Artist for November 2013.
“BODY LANGUAGE” ART EXHIBIT by Jane Dixon
What does your body language say? Jane Dixon, November’s Featured Artist at the River Art Gallery , has captured this unspoken language on canvas and titled her exhibit, Body Language. Jane observed, “From the time I began to paint, I noticed people’s unique body movements and how these movements expressed more about their emotional state [rather] than any verbal communication. It could be something as simple as the tilt of the head, the slump of the shoulder, or a person’s manner of walking. Strangely, observing people from their back reflects more about their mood than their facial expression.” Many of Jane’s paintings are painted from the ‘back’ view.
Jane stated that her objective is to create paintings which trigger the viewer to ask questions. She chuckled as she mentioned one particular painting and said, “I think it will cause the viewer to laugh and say ‘What is that little boy thinking?’ ” Jane began her journey to become an artist approximately seven years ago, and you can feel her passion for painting as she talks. Jane says “To be perfectly honest, the word ‘artist’ still makes me feel uncomfortable and when someone introduces me and then follows it up by saying, ‘She is an artist’ I look around to see who they are referencing because that can’t be me.” Be assured, anyone viewing her exhibit will know “artist” is the correct word to use when introducing Jane Dixon.
The exhibit Body Language by Jane Dixon will be on display during the month of November at the River Gallery, 308 Trenton Street, West Monroe, Louisiana. Hours 10AM-5PM Tuesday through Saturday. Phone: 318-322-2380 or check out the web site http://www.ouachitariverartgallery.com/home
Love Locks (watercolor) by Anne Eberle
From 5:00 to 9:00pm on October 3, many of the River Gallery artist’s will be displaying their work in Antique Alley businesses on the night of the Art Crawl. This “Antique Alley Art Tour” will feature over 20 area artists. The Trenton street shops are staying open until 9:00pm for the art tour.
The River Gallery will have live music for the Gallery Crawl. Award winning musician Amanda McDowell will be playing at the gallery. The featured artist will be watercolorist Anne Eberle. The title for Anne’s exhibit is “European Palette“. During a recent trip Anne was very conscious of the contrast of the very old structures with the faster pace of society today, the permanance versus the changes occurring on the continent. This exhibit represents a personalized view of Europe today. While she also works in acrylic, collage and mixed media, watercolor remains Anne’s favorite medium. Her work has been exhibited and won awards in many regional and national exhibitions, including Masur Museum of Art, Louisiana Watercolor Society, Mid-Southern Watercolorists, Watercolor Oklahoma,Kentucky Watercolor Society and American Watercolor Society.
Three Kings of the East (acrylic) by Jerry Jones.
Wildlife Artist Jerry W. Jones is the River Gallery’s featured artist for June. The focus of Jerry’s work is capturing wildlife and the great outdoors on paper and canvas. “When I look at the beauty and complexity in nature, I am blown away, almost to the point of being overwhelmed by it all. Then, like all artists, I begin to look for the obvious form and color, the big things that I can see and capture. Once I get started is when the fun begins, as I try to express the essence of what drew me to the subject matter in the first place.” In his recently completed “Three Kings of the East,” you can see that reality as one of the Eastern wild turkeys is already stretched to the alert position and turning away. Jerry says he was recently challenged by another local (and respected) artist, Anya Lincoln Dunn, to “Keep perfecting your craft.” That is the goal, the challenge, and what makes it so much fun. Jerry believes that “God truly is the first Creator. The rest of us are just doing studies of the Old Master’s work.”
A reception for Jerry’s show will coincide with the Downtown Art Alliance’s Gallery Crawl, Thursday, June 6 , from 5-9pm. In addition to Jerry’s work, the gallery will have new art, pottery, wood turning, photography, jewelry and more from over 25 regional artists. Guitarist Evan Hebert will be playing at River Gallery for the Art Crawl. You can also meet Jerry Jones at the River Gallery Saturday, June 8, 10am-4pm, with a reception 1-4pm.
The Ouachita River Art Gallery, voted Best Art Gallery in 2011, is at 308 Trenton Street, West Monroe, and is open Tuesday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The gallery is the oldest and largest co-op gallery in the state. Many of the artists accept commissions, so if you see a style of work that you like, don’t be afraid to inquire about having one of the artists create a custom piece. Admission is always free. Gallery member’s work can also be seen at ORAG’s extension gallery located in the lobby of Ouachita Independent Bank/Bankers Mortgage Plaza at 18th and Louisville in Monroe. Call 322-2380 for more information or visit www.ouachitariverartgallery.com and don’t forget to “like” us on Facebook for sneak peeks of new art.