Summer of Fortune

Summer of Fortune
Featuring River Oaks Artists, White & Ward
With summer in full swing and Art Camp still underway, River Oaks is proud to open its’ next exhibition featuring a unique twist on an annual show.   Showcasing 35 plus artists in any presentation guarantees a plethora of mediums and styles.  As an additional take on an always inspirational endeavor, this year’s ‘Summer of Fortune’ will feature works inspired by fortune cookies given to each Resident Artist earlier in the year, allowing for a unique ensemble of local talent.
Summer of Fortune (Bolton David Gallery) featured artists:
Janet Ahrens
Rebecca Barrios
Martha Barton
Helga Benoit
Randy Brodnax
Tony Castricone
Jane Crowell
Rhonda R. Curiel
Babs Davidson
Alison Delaney
Leslie Elliottsmith (Photographer’s Guild)
Michael Elliott-Smith (Photographer’s Guild)
Tish Fresh
Donna H. Futrell (Photographer’s Guild)
Laura Gates
Wilton Guillory (Photographer’s Guild)
Caleb Lea
Denise Lott
Veretta Garrison Muller
Maria Manemann
Tony Martin
Cyndi Menton
Peter Milder (Photographer’s Guild)
Leah Moreau Morace
Lindsay Moore
Barry L. Owen
Martha Pete
Pat Phillips
Lynn Sanders
Carole Steele
Margie Tate
JoAnne K. Thompson
Kayla Terrell
Marilyn Wellan
Myron Wellan (Photographer’s Guild)
Jasmine Washington
Sheila White
Piper Wilson (Photographer’s Guild)
In addition to the Annual Summer Show, Sheila S. White will present her new work entitled Captured Moments, in the Galerie des Amis.  White, a resident artist of River Oaks for nearly 5 years, works in a variety of media, being fond of pointillism. In this particular presentation and with work inspired by nature, White explores acrylics and texture through abstracts.   A Fine Art major and graduate of Louisiana Tech University, this will be White’s first solo showing at River Oaks.
Featured in the Stokes Harris Gallery will be recent works by local photographer, Charles Ward,  known around town as the Rev.  Local Shots, will highlight a select grouping of  twelve distinct  photographs shot around town.  In his own words, Ward describes his photography as, “a fun hobby that I just enjoy doing.  Just a guy who takes pictures, that’s it. Nothing more exciting than that. If you like them, great.”
All three shows open with a reception on Friday, July 15, 2016 from 5-7 p.m.  Live music and a CD release will feature Rick Adams.  All three showings are sponsored by James C. “Jam” Downs.   The reception on the 15th is free and open to the public.   Exhibition Dates: July 15- August 20, 2016.
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Kids, Kids, Kids & Art, Art, Art!

Kids, Kids, Kids & Art, Art, Art!!!

River Oaks has been the happening place for children ages 5-13 during the summer for over 20(!) years – the ever popular Summer Arts Studio Summer Camp is the largest and longest running visual arts camp in our area, serving over 150 kids every year. Kids focus on various art forms, learn basic techniques in various mediums and create detailed projects.

“With only two of the four two-week sessions remaining, we can report that Summer Arts Studio was a raving success with campers and parents alike,” says Aubrey Bolen, Artistic Director at River Oaks, who is also in charge of the yearly summer camp. “Kids love it – they love to create and bring what’s in their minds to life. Parents are often surprised at the skill level that even some of the youngest acquire in only a few weeks.”

Summer Arts Studio takes place in the Studio Annex Building, where promising young artists attend three hour classes, break for refreshments included. The remaining two sessions are titled “Exploring the Process of Layering” and “Inspired by Nature.”

Session 3 – “Exploring the Process of Layering” – July 11-22
Our instructors will engage campers with new and complex techniques for layering their work that take them beyond simple painting, sculpting, and assembling. They will create exciting, multi-stage paintings with expressive color and colored felt, discover the skills of ceramic sculpting with many different-colored glazes and build their own mixed media abstract pieces with wood, cardboard, newspaper, etc.

Session 4 – “Inspired by Nature” – July 25-Aug 5
The great outdoors will inspire your young artists to create pieces that reflect the natural world. From creating vases and paintings with features taken from nature to incorporating printmaking techniques with flowers, leaves and other natural objects, our students will learn to draw from the world around them to inspire creativity.

“Many of the kids that attended Summer Arts Studio ended up returning to River Oaks as instructors or artists or both,” says Rachael Dauzat, Executive Director at River Oaks. “The camp has been able to make a huge impact on literally thousands of students over the years and we are proud to carry the tradition on every year. We also look forward to the culmination exhibition on August 20, where over 100 of the resulting pieces from Summer Arts Studio are displayed in the Main Gallery.”

Classes are grouped according to age {(5-7) (8-10) (11-13)} and have age appropriate curricula. Each session is geared with specific themes and campers wanting to attend the entire summer will have a variety of completed projects. An all day option to include lunch is available.

SAS 2016 sponsored by: Alexandria Pediatric Dentistry, Premier Pediatrics, Drs. Shawn and Gregory Dowd, Elizabeth and Kyle Randall & Camille and Trey Jackson.
For more information, contact River Oaks at 318-473-2670 or via www.RiverOaksArtsCenter.comIMG_3446

2016 Dirty South Mug Award Recipients

On behalf of River Oaks board, staff and our Central Louisiana arts community, we would like to thank the numerous artists who entered their incredible work into River Oaks’ 2nd Annual Dirty South Mug Call and Competition.  What an amazing array of talent seen here in these three galleries.  Special thanks to our sponsors: LA Division of the Arts, Greater Alexandria Economic Development Authority and Ugly Mug Marketing.

Just a few interesting Stats from our 2nd Annual Dirty South Mug Call for 2016–
227 Mugs are showcased here in our three galleries
28 States are represented
State with most entrants: tie between LA and TX (nine entrants each)
Farthest distance traveled: Mierra Mathison- British Columbia who is a part of our Friends component of the show.

Special thanks to our extraordinary guest Juror, Kristen Kieffer.  Kristen is a full time studio potter, workshop presenter and instructor from Baldwinville, Massachusetts.   Last week, she provided extensive lessons showcasing her unique designs and techniques to a sold out workshop, some students from as far away as California.  She was also tasked with jurying over 180 applications, selecting featured entries for our Main Gallery Showing (Bolton Davis Gallery).  As customary with our guest jurors, Kieffer provided a little insight into here decision making process to a crowd of 100 at the opening reception on Friday evening.  She discussed her choices for ‘Best in Show’ and Merit Award winners.

The Award Recipients are as follows:

2nd Annual Dirty South Mug Show – Juried Competition Portion – Guest Juror Kristen Kieffer
Best in Show – Nikki Mizak “Junior” (North Carolina)
2nd Place – Stephen Heywood “Cup” (Florida)
3rd Place – Chris Pate “Mug #1” (Oregon)
Merit Award/HM – Emily Vizina – “Magnolia Tea Bowl” (Louisiana)
Merit Award/HM – Mashiko Erhard – “Mug” (Missouri)

2nd Annual Dirty South Mug Show – Friends of the Arts Center Component – Panel Jury

Best in Show – Renee Lopresti – “Chairs”  (Texas)
Merit Award/HM – Rebecca Lowery – “Berrylicious Mug”  (Indiana)