Jane Dixon, November 2013 Featured Artist


Day Dream Break (oil on canvas) by Jane Dixon, the River Gallery’s Featured Artist for November 2013.


What does your body language say? Jane Dixon, November’s Featured Artist at the River Art Gallery , has captured this unspoken language on canvas and titled her exhibit, Body Language.  Jane observed, “From the time I began to paint, I noticed people’s unique body movements and how these movements expressed more about their emotional state [rather] than any verbal communication. It could be something as simple as the tilt of the head, the slump of the shoulder, or a person’s manner of walking. Strangely, observing people from their back reflects more about their mood than their facial expression.” Many of Jane’s paintings are painted from the ‘back’ view.

Jane stated that her objective is to create paintings which trigger the viewer to ask questions. She chuckled as she mentioned one particular painting and said, “I think it will cause the viewer to laugh and say ‘What is that little boy thinking?’ ” Jane began her journey to become an artist approximately seven years ago, and you can feel her passion for painting as she talks.  Jane says “To be perfectly honest, the word ‘artist’ still makes me feel uncomfortable and when someone introduces me and then follows it up by saying, ‘She is an artist’ I look around to see who they are referencing because that can’t be me.” Be assured, anyone viewing her exhibit will know “artist” is the correct word to use when introducing Jane Dixon.

The exhibit Body Language by Jane Dixon will be on display during the month of November at the River Gallery, 308 Trenton Street, West Monroe, Louisiana.  Hours 10AM-5PM Tuesday through Saturday. Phone: 318-322-2380 or check out the web site http://www.ouachitariverartgallery.com/home

Cindy Blanchard, September Artist-of-the-Month

cindyblanchard_highseas2  High Seas by Cindy Blanchard

The featured artist for September at The River Gallery is Cindy Blanchard of Monroe.

 “No great artist ever sees things as they really are. If he did, he would cease to be an artist.” – Oscar Wilde. 

Cindy says about her work, “I never really thought of myself as an artist, but throughout my life, people told me that I was because of the way I looked at things, because of the questions that I asked and because of my willingness to explore, experiment and visualize.  I always feared that I lacked any artistic ability whatsoever.”

After being a member of Ouachita River Art Gallery as a photographer for the last decade, Cindy realized that being surrounded by the art of very talented painters always made her happy, so she decided to give painting a try.  “Addiction to a steep learning curve is a typical course for me and  “cannon ball” entry aptly defines my approach to most things. So far, this has held true for my experience in painting.  I am consumed with learning all I can about art.” The journey has been exciting and Cindy looks forward to each new day to see what I can learn about creating without fear or hesitation.

 The River Gallery, 308 Trenton Street, West Monroe, invites you to come see this special show of Cindy’s work during the entire month of September.The gallery,  is open Tuesday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Gallery is a member of Cottonport Historic Cultural District of West Monroe, so purchases of original art from the gallery are tax-free.  Admission is free. Check out our workshop table for upcoming art classes. Paintings and photographs by gallery members can also be seen at The River Gallery’s extension gallery located in the lobby of Ouachita Independent Bank/Bankers Mortgage Plaza at 18th and Louisville in Monroe.

The River Gallery is open late during the Downtown Gallery Crawls on the first Thursday of every other month (February – December) from 5-9. For more information, call 318-322-2380




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