Charlie Heck, Featured Artist February 2016

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Local Monroe attorney and photographer, Charlie Heck, is the featured artist at The River Gallery, 308 Trenton Street, in West Monroe. He will present a gallery talk at the Monroe-West Monroe Downtown Gallery Art Crawl Thursday, February 4th, 2016, 6:30 PM.
Charlie’s first serious exposure to photography came after his graduation from Louisiana Tech, during a tour with the United States Air Force. Through kind and patient instruction of an elderly sergeant who managed the base photo lab, he was gradually introduced to the full gamut of photography. He still remembers the thrill of working in a wet darkroom, watching the negatives or papers develop and the magical appearance of the images.
This early experience bred a continuing involvement with cameras and producing images. With the advent of digital photography and its challenge to the advantages of film, his work progressed to embrace the use of Photoshop and inkjet printers. He now personally uses technology to expose, print, and frame his images using only archival materials and processes.
Charlie’s initial interest was nature photography, and he periodically visited wildlife refuges and preserves. Currently, he is experimenting with high resolution scenic images. His many honors include judging the professional division of the highly popular Black Bayou Lake NWR Photography Competition in 2015 where he helped develop a photographic blind. His work has been nationally and regionally published in books, periodicals, and has been selected for book and wildlife refuge brochure covers.

Charlie’s work has been included in many juried competitions and in several museums including the Louisiana Museum in Baton Rouge, the Masur Museum of Art, Louisiana Tech University, and featured at the Old P. O. Museum in Winnsboro, the Schepis Museum in Columbia, and the Snyder Museum in Bastrop.
Charlie Heck is the featured artist in the January 2016 Bayou Life magazine. You may view this article on line at
http://www.bayoulifemag.com/charlie-heck-in-black-and-white

Mary Ann Nagan, September Featured Artist

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Emily Brodnax, November Featured Artist

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“Magnolia” (black & white photography) by Emily Brodnax, November Featured Artist-of-the-Month.

In the current days of digital everything, are there any people out there who remember the joy of watching a black and white photo come up in the tray of a wet darkroom? Well, there is a local pharmacist/photographer/artist who says “I catch myself smiling when it happens.  It is a joy to behold!”

Emily Brodnax, is artist of the month of November at The River Gallery (Ouachita River Art Gallery), on Antique Alley, and her darkroom work is known all over the nation.  Through countless showings and contest wins, her gelatin silver photographs hang from coast to coast.  This particular exhibition has pictures from California to Mississippi, and even Alaska. During shoots in different locals, people will stop to ask about the medium format vintage camera that she carries.  While traveling is a wonderful blessing, some of our local attractions are equally as interesting and picturesque.  For example, a small but lovely waterfall in northeast Louisiana. 

Emily invites you to drop by the gallery through the month of October. Ouachita River Art Gallery is the oldest and largest co-op gallery in the state. We are grateful to the local community for the continued support of the arts in our area. The gallery is at 308 Trenton Street, West Monroe, and is open Tuesday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Admission is always free. Call 322-2380 for more information or visitwww.ouachitariverartgallery.com.

Margaret Ellerman, Featured Artist for August

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Margaret Ellerman, Featured Artist for August 2014, presents an exhibition of new works titled Between the Lines. A reception for the artist coincides with the Downtown Art Crawl, Thursday, August 7th, 5 – 9pm.

Mrs. Ellerman has degrees from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge and Louisiana Tech; she is an art educator, teaching art classes at Franklin Parish High School. Her show, Between the Lines, is the culmination of a yearlong study of making hand decorated paper and artist altered commercial papers for use in sketchbooks and collage paintings and working with “continuous line drawing.”

 “I worked with my students this past year at Franklin Parish High School making handmade stamps and mixed media sketchbooks. Multimedia, altered books, collaged sketchbooks, journals and papers have interested me for quite a while, and with a little preparation work students produced amazingly beautiful papers to use in their sketchbooks. Their results inspired me to construct my own “stamps” and use them to make decorated papers for collage for my show.”

The name collage is coined from a French word that means “to glue,” and is actually an art form that can be traced back hundreds of years but in the 20thcentury reappeared in the works of Picasso and Braque. John Lennon’s drawings that recently sold at Sotheby’s in New York, although not collage, were based on continuous line drawing – gesture and contour.” This type drawing usually injects humor in the pieces.

“In looking for a way to utilize contour and gesture drawing to portray humor in my work, I hit upon the idea of using my drawings, paint, decorated papers, glue, and words in mixed media paintings.”

 Mrs. Ellerman has taught high school art classes and painting workshops for high school students, children and adults for many years. Her work has been accepted and has won many awards in national and regional art competitions.

 The show will open at the next gallery crawl, August 7, 5:00 until 9:00PM, and will hang at The River Gallery, 308 Trenton Street in West Monroe through the month of August.

Ouachita River Art Gallery is the oldest and largest co-op gallery in the state. We are grateful to the local community for the continued support of the arts in our area. The gallery is at 308 Trenton Street, West Monroe, and is open Tuesday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Admission is always free. Call 322-2380 for more information or visit www.ouachitariverartgallery.com.