Welcome New River Gallery Members!

NewMembers Nancy Shutt (left) and Branda McDaniel (right) welcome new River Gallery member Mary May (center). River Gallery members enjoyed a large crowd of visitors during the Downtown Art Crawl Thursday, October 1st (not pictured is new member Rachel Hudnall).

NewMembers2 New River Gallery member Brett Moreland stands in front of his paintings during the Downtown Art Crawl.


Mary Ann Nagan, September Featured Artist

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Joyce Beauvais, August 2015 Featured Artist

Joyce_Dancing Saturday Night Before Sunday Service

Exhibition Theme:  “Faith, Religion, and God’s Creations in Nature”

Joyce Beauvais has been a member of the “River Gallery” co-op since 2012.  Beauvais’ work will be on display August 7 -31.  Her paintings, in both oil and watercolor, feature churches, landscapes, a river baptism, a cross with flowers, and a Saturday night of fun before Sunday Services.  The artist’s exhibition follows The River Gallery’s celebration of twenty-five years in operation as Louisiana’s oldest artist co-op.



The River Gallery celebrates its 25th Anniversary!

ORAGbrendamcdaniel_adarichie_carolynfox Brenda McDaniel, Ada Richie, Carolyn Fox

ORAG_Brenda 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:



Welcome new members!

A big welcome to new members Johnnie Enloe and Robert Ward!

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Johnnie is a metalsmith and a painter. Her work can be seen on her website: http://www.johnnieenloe.com

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Robert, “Bob”, is an acrylic painter. His work can be seen on his blog: http://www.robertwardart.blogspot.com

Linda Thomas (Snider-Ward)


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.





Marlene Gremillion, March 2014 Featured Artist


Featured artist Marlene Gremillion, a Hot Springs Village, Arkansas resident and charter member of Ouachita River Art Gallery (first president in 1990), enjoys creating and designing in many mediums. Texture is an important role in what she designs which will be visible in her “Mixed Up Variety of Art Exhibit” on display at The River Gallery during the entire month of March. She enjoys working, manipulating, and creating with her hands and experiments to see if she can create a pleasing artistic piece. “I am like a child at play with new toys, having fun, exploring, and dreaming, seeing how far and how long I can go before tiring of the new items.” Marlene is active in the arts and enjoys teaching. She has taught numerous workshops in Arkansas,

Louisiana, and Oklahoma and hopes to expand to other states. Marlene teaches at the National Park Community College in Continuing Education (Hot Springs, AR) and at the Arkansas Arts Center in Little Rock. She is a registered teacher through the Arts on Tour with the Arkansas Arts Council in Little Rock, AR. Marlene is also a signature member of Mid-Southern Watercolorists and Louisiana Watercolor Society. Visit her web site at www.marlenegremillion.com

The River Gallery, 308 Trenton Street, West Monroe, invites you to come see this special exhibit of Marlene’s work during the entire month of March. 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 isalso on display at the gallery.  Admission is free.