Don Hudnall, August Artist-of-the-Month

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Don Hudnall’s Just for Fun, greenware.

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


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 and don’t forget to “like” us on Facebook for sneak peeks of new art.