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.

 

Melanie Douthit, June featured artist

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Enjoying the Journey, an exhibition of artwork by Melanie Douthit, June 2014 Featured Artist at the River Gallery

Melanie Fitzgerald Douthit, the June Featured Artist at the River Gallery, grew up in Union Parish. She loved drawing as a child and started painting at the age of 19 when she enrolled in an oil painting class taught by Ronnie Barnes. That class was the beginning of her never ending creative journey which has taken paths in watercolor, charcoal, pen and ink, acrylic, and mixed media.

Melanie says of her artistic process “Every painting is an adventure. I have a map of where I want to go, but at some point the painting drives itself, and I’m just there to enjoy the journey”

In 2000, Melanie started selling her work online. In 2002 she was contacted by a national chain restaurant, Mimi’s Café, to commission over 20 of her Mardi Gras Dachshund paintings for their new locations. She still receives commissions from people who see her work in various locations across the US.  Melanie’s current creations include French Quarter scenes, whimsical “wordy birdz”, mixed media collage pieces, and florals.

Melanie started showing her work regularly at the Downtown Art Crawl in 2010, and in 2011 she rejoined the River Gallery where she is the Marketing Director. Melanie was recently elected secretary for the Downtown Art Alliance, helping continue the vision to promote the visual arts in Downtown Monroe and West Monroe. She currently resides in West Monroe with her husband and two artistically gifted children, and she regularly volunteers her creative talents painting murals for the Strauss Youth Academy for the Arts where her daughter is an actress.

Stop by the River Gallery during the June 5th Downtown Art Crawl from 5-9pm to meet Melanie and see her new work. Her show will hang at the gallery through the end of June.

The River Gallery, is located 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. 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.

 

 

Linda Thomas (Snider-Ward)

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Dawn Horse (watermedia on paper)

Linda Kay Thomas (Snider-Ward) is the featured artist for April 2014 at the River Gallery.

Linda’s exhibit Enter Equus consists of a new series of paintings created in watercolor, acrylic, and mixed watermedia. As the title indicates, the exhibition is a collection of works with the equine as subject matter.

Linda states “This new series of paintings is about the spirit of the horse, not the actual physical appearance of the horse. I want my art to reach out to viewer and help the viewer feel the beauty of horses. As a horse owner, I am always amazed at the intuitiveness of horses. There is a language between my horses and myself, a quiet language without words where we converse with each other through movement and thought. Their beauty, grace, and intelligence inspire me, and through my art, I hope to share my love and connection with them.

Linda Kay Thomas (Snider Ward) is a Louisiana artist. She holds a Master of Arts (drawing and painting) from Louisiana Tech University and a Master of Art (English/creative writing) from the University of Louisiana at Monroe. Linda is a member of the Colored Pencil Society of America, the International Equine Artists, and the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.

More of Linda’s artwork can be seen on her blog http://art-pony.com and her website www.lindakaythomas.com. Additionally, Linda’s artwork can often be seen at the New Orleans Arts Market, a juried venue, sponsored by the Arts Council of New Orleans.

 

 

 

 

Donna McGee, February Featured Artist

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The works of Donna McGee, currently featured at the River Gallery during the month of February, are inspired by the essence of nature—energy, motion, and change. According to Kahlil Gibran, “Art arises when the secret vision of the artist and the manifestation of nature agree to find new shapes.” McGee says, “For me art is a synthesis of what I see, what I know, and what I feel revealed or made evident in the work.” The foundation of McGee’s work is rooted in her love of the natural world and her view that man is an integral part of nature. Like many philosophers, poets, writers, and artists, McGee searches for meaning in life and understanding of herself by observing and experiencing the forces of the natural world.
The Gallery will participate in the Thursday, February 6 Downtown Gallery Crawl and Donna will be giving an artist’s talk at 6:45pm. Please come and meet her in person.
McGee says, “The work is a response to nature rather than a description. My love of exploring just to see what lies ahead and the feel of the earth beneath my feet are experiences I want to share.” She considers plein air painting or field studies as information gathering for paintings that are drawn from memories, visions, and concepts. She says, “Working in the field helps me absorb the mystery of the natural world and gives me an opportunity to daydream. I take much more from an outdoor painting session than an image of the scene.” In addition to sketches and photos, her sketchbook is filled with her thoughts, dream/vision thumbnails, creative writing, and quotes from favorite writers. Whether working in her studio or in the field, she attempts to create an atmosphere that places the viewer as an observer or participant in the scene.
McGee earned a Bachelor of Science in Art Education from Mississippi State University, a Masters in Counseling from Mississippi State University and Master of Fine Arts in Studio: Painting and Drawing from Louisiana Tech University. McGee’s works have been included in numerous regional and national juried exhibitions including the Taos Watercolor Society’s Annual Exhibition of American Watercolor, Taos, NM; the Mississippi Watercolor Society’s Grand National Exhibition, Jackson, MS; the Society of Watercolor Artists Annual Juried National & International Exhibitions, in Ft. Worth, TX; the Masur Museum’s International Juried Exhibition in Monroe, LA; Louisiana Watercolor Society’s Annual International Juried Exhibition, New Orleans, LA and the Hilton Head Biennial Juried Exhibition, SC. She is a signature member of the Louisiana Watercolor Society and the Mississippi Watercolor Society.
McGee has taught art at the university level for 22 years and served as Chair of the Department of Art at Grambling State University from 2003-2011. She is a member of various regional and national art organizations. For more information visit her web page at www.donnafmcgee.com or her blog at www.dancing-rainbow.com.
The River Gallery, 308 Trenton Street, West Monroe, invites you to come see this special show of Donna’s work during the entire month of February.  When you shop at your local gallery, you not only help our economy by keeping your money in the area, you also save on taxes and shipping. The gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and boasts over 28 artists whose work is also on display at the gallery. Admission is free. Paintings and photographs  by gallery members 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.
 

Don Hudnall, August Artist-of-the-Month

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Don (also known as Dirt Dauber) described his work as “his fun.” Being creative and trying new things is his passion, so along those lines, he is trying new things. Perhaps it’s a modification from things he has seen elsewhere.  Perhaps it is a happy accident.  Whatever it is, it is not going to be sets of dishes.  All works created for this show will be totally unique and created “in the moment.”   Don will have cups and mugs available, but each one will be totally unique.  He does admit, however, that the mugs will lean toward his Celtic heritage.  The Celtic Fest scheduled for October 5th at Kiroli Park has been on his mind lately, and it’s leaking out onto his cups and mugs. Intrigued? Stop by the gallery on August 1st during the DAA Art Crawl to meet Don and see his works in person. The gallery will be open during its regular hours and late for the Art Crawl (10am-9pm on August 1). We’ll have live music with guitarist John Farmer. Stop by to meet Don and the other River Gallery artists and hear Don’s gallery talk at 7:00pm.  Don will also be at the gallery from 10am-5pm on Saturday, August 3.

The River Gallery, 308 Trenton Street, West Monroe, invites you to come by and see this special show of Don’s work during the entire month of August. When you shop at your local gallery, you not only help our economy by keeping your money in the area, you also save on taxes and shipping. The gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Check out our workshop table for upcoming art classes. Admission is free. Paintings and photographs  by gallery members 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.

Jerry W. Jones, featured artist of June 2013

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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.