Expressions of Place: The Southeastern Louisiana Landscape

(Art by Billy Solitario

On display April 9 – May 21, 2016 

Panel Discussion with Alan Flattmann, Gail Hood, Adrian Deckbar and Jacqueline Bishop, Sunday May 15 | 2pm  

Many artists included are acclaimed professionals whose paintings can be found in major private and public collections regionally and nationally, while others have found their followings closer to home. All, however, are driven to express their impressions of the land. Their styles range from traditional representational imagery to the symbolic and almost totally abstract. Yet, each has an individual interpretation of the Southeast Louisiana landscape. Artists featured in Expressions of Place: The Southeastern Louisiana Landscape include Ron Bechet, Jacqueline Bishop, Tanya Dischler, Adrian Deckbar, Alan Flattmann, Rhea Gary, Rolland Golden,Gail Johnson Hood, Shirley Rabé Masinter, Mary Monk, David Noll, Auseklis Ozols, Gaither Pope, Phil Sandusky, Robert Seago, Charles G. Smith, Melissa Smith, Billy Solitario, Allison Stewart, and Robert Warrens.

For more than three decades, John R. Kemp has written hundreds of articles about Louisiana and Southern artists for various regional and national publications such as ARTnews, The Artist’s Magazine, Plein Air Magazine, American Artist, Art&Antiques, France Magazine, Where, American Style, Southern Accents, Southern Magazine, Southwest Art, Southern Traveler, Travel-Holiday, New Orleans Magazine, Louisiana Life, Country Roads, and Louisiana Cultural Vistas. He also has written, edited and contributed to more than a dozen books about Louisiana artists and history, including A Unique Slant of Light: The Bicentennial History of Art in Louisiana published in 2012 by the University Press of Mississippi. John is a former staff writer and contributing art columnist for the New Orleans Times-Picayune and the deputy director (retired) of the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities. Since 1987, he has covered the New Orleans art scene for the weekly New Orleans WYES public television show, Steppin’ Out. A native New Orleanian and long-time resident of Covington, John and his wife, Betty, now reside on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

The exhibit will be on display April 9 through May 21, 2016 in the Miriam Barranger Gallery of the St. Tammany art Association with an opening reception held on Saturday, April 9, 2016 at 6:00pm – 9:00pm in coordination with Spring for Art 2016 in downtown Covington. On Sunday May 15 at 2pm, Alan Flattmann, Gail Hood, Adrian Deckbar and Jacqueline Bishop will hold a panel discussion about their work, influences and what they are saying about the landscape they paint. The floor will then be open to questions from the audience.

The St. Tammany Art Association is located at 320 N. Columbia Street, Covington, LA 70433. Our gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday, 10am – 4pm and Saturdays, 11am – 4pm. All exhibitions are free and open to the public unless otherwise indicated.

Supported by a grant from the Louisiana Division of the Arts, Office of Cultural Development, Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism in cooperation with the Louisiana State Arts Council as administered by the St. Tammany Commission on Cultural Affairs and by a grant from the Louisiana State Arts Council through the Louisiana Division of the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

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