After the Storm (photography)
Mardi Gras Indian (photography)
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
From Florence to Rome by Phoebe Allen Mathys.
The Ouachita River Art Gallery will feature Phoebe Allen Mathys, retired Louisiana Tech School of Art and Architecture Professor Emeritus, in June 2015. This show, “Rome with a View,” is a series of paintings taken from Phoebe’s sketch books and memories of her travels to Rome, Italy. Painting primarily in water media, Phoebe’s love of color and playful nature is obvious to anyone viewing her work. She says, “To create means to cause to come into existence. It is hard work. Every time I sit down to paint I try to do something in image or essence I’ve never seen or done before. I hope to know my subject well enough so that my mind, eyes, and hand are working together.”
In addition to the regular gallery hours, the River Gallery will be open until 9pm on Thursday, June 4 for the Downtown Gallery Crawl. There will be refreshments, wine and music.
Phoebe is a native of north Louisiana and earned her B.A. and M.A. in Art Education with additional hours in Fine Arts. She taught 33 years at Louisiana Tech in the School of Art and the School of Architecture in areas of basic two-dimensional design, color theory, and advanced media and presentation techniques. She has exhibited in over a hundred juried and invitational exhibitions as well as many local, regional and national art exhibitions. Phoebe has received many honors for both her teaching skills and her fine art work and has been published in several volumes and articles.
The Ouachita River Art Gallery, voted Best Art Gallery in 2014, 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 of Louisiana. 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 visitwww.ouachitariverartgallery.com.
Brenda McDaniel’s Featured Artist Show is titled “Looking Up” and consists of large oil paintings of skyscapes. The artist says, “When the world crowds in on me, and I grow weary of dealing with everyday problems, I go outside and look up. It puts everything in proportion and refreshes my view of life. Sometimes we are so focused on what is right in front of us we forget the big picture.”
A native of Mer Rouge, LA who traveled over much of the world complements of a military husband, Brenda gained knowledge that is reflected in her wide range of interest and subjects. Besides independent studies, private lessons and attending several universities around the country she considers herself primarily a self-taught artist. Before deciding to paint full time she was a commercial artist employed in the advertising field where she received numerous local and national awards. Brenda has commissions of homes, portraits of people and pets, landscapes and still lifes hanging in private and corporate collections in the U.S.A., Europe, and The United Kingdom.
Brenda helped organize and open the Ouachita River Art Gallery, which is now the oldest, and possibly largest, co-op art gallery in the state. The gallery is open to the public free of charge Tuesday through Saturday from 10 AM to 5 PM. A large and varied membership offers paintings in all media, jewelry, photos, wood works and pottery. Purchases of original art are tax free.
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.