The gallery will host a free "First Wednesday" Opening Reception on Wednesday, Dec. 5, from 7-9 p.m. and invites everyone to enjoy the latest works from these talented artists.
The exhibition will be on display through Dec. 27 (Tue-Sun, noon-6 p.m.) at the gallery, located inside BREC’s City Park.
During the exhibition, guests will view Authement’s unique look at waterfalls through her sculptural reliefs, Delony’s playful yet thoughtful journey through an unusual farm, Diniz’s black & white urban photography and Herrera’s charged and socially conscious paintings.
All four artists will share the stories and thoughts behind their works during the Dec. 9 ARTiculate Artist Talk. Attendees will have the opportunity to hear directly from the artists about the inspirations, techniques and processes behind the works featured in the gallery.
ARTiculate Artist Talks are always free and open to the public.
• Jenny Authement – Resting Place
With "Resting Place," BRG Artist Member Jenny Authement uses the imagery of waterfalls to address personal cleansing. As she explains, "Plunging masses of water in speeding descent have a purging efficacy, yet a solemn expiation." This series of sculptural reliefs carved out of cypress wood are stained with color with some including glass.
Authement's installations and sculptures often deal with the ephemera of the human body while exploring the juxtaposition of the elements of the natural world in conjunction with the essence of the individual. Authement has exhibited extensively including the Georgia Museum of Art, the Masur Museum of Art, the Florida Museum of Art and the Contemporary Arts Center of New Orleans; in New York, at the Viridian Gallery and the Asian Cultural Center; and internationally, at the Palazzo Vagnotti in Cortona, Italy. She has been a BRG artist member since 1996.
• Mary Claire Delony – The Farm
BRG Artist Member Mary Claire Delony’s recent body of work, "The Farm," explores animal imagery via stories, paint and humor. This series not only asks audiences to rethink their conception of what a painting should be but asks them to simply enjoy the painted image itself. Delony claims, "The images are about the experience of painting and the stories that can unfold if allowed."
Delony’s paintings depict stories that embody joy, happiness and passion, constructing metaphors based on personal myths and inspired by the classics of literature, storytelling and music. During her time in New York City, Delony studied under artists Bill Jensen, Carl Plansky, Carol Robb and John Newman. Delony has participated in juried exhibitions in New York State and Louisiana and has contributed to public art auctions.
She is currently a Talented Visual Art Teacher with East Baton Rouge Parish as well as an Adjunct Faculty member with the LSU School of Art. She also completed a residency at the International School of Paintings, Drawing and Sculpture, Montecastello di Vibio in Umbria Italy.
• Paulo Steven Diniz – Urban Redux
Paulo Steven Diniz’s latest exhibition, "Urban Redux," sees the photographer return to the city street. As he puts it, "the cities provide the palette from which I work while the diversity of people and places paint the picture."
Using black and white film, he attempts to blend in to crowds, festivals and public events unnoticed allowing him the opportunity for honest and candid shots. Though Diniz enjoys cityscapes in the absence of people, he gravitates towards the addition of a human element because, he says, "people make the city."
A BRG artist member since 2003, Paulo Steven Diniz was born in Texas and raised in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Ever since Diniz borrowed his father's SLR camera in the late 1960's, photography has been both a companion and a passion in his life. Originally schooled as an engineer, Diniz became obsessed with the black and white print while studying photography at Louisiana State University.
With avid travel, Diniz has sharpened his skills as a street photographer, allowing him to blend in with his subjects and their surroundings. To date, Diniz has photographed subjects the world over including Cuba, Germany, Brazil, Belgium, France and New Orleans.
• Theresa Herrera – Speaking the Truth in Love.
Theresa Herrera, a BRG artist member since 1992, continues to employ her paintings to express a socially conscious message from her own Christian perspective. Her exhibition, "Speaking the Truth in Love." examines what she sees as the difficulty of hearing but not listening, looking but not seeing the common ground that peoples’ beliefs share.
The series sees the artist aspire to "speak with the boldness and passion" of her forefathers, the Mexican artists of the 1930s mural renaissance while striving for the simplicity and reverence of the 13th century cleric Fra Angelico.
A multimedia artist, Herrera often sources femininity, motherhood, sacred geometry with circular mandala patterns, hieroglyphs, Celtic spirals and medieval labyrinths being familiar forms in her works, created using transparent overlapping layers of various materials.
In the summer of 2005, ten students (from the New Orleans Dryades YMCA Andrew Young Leadership Academy), assisted her in designing and painting two murals for a public school in Bahia de Kino, Sonora, Mexico.
Herrera has also worked as the Lead Artist in the creation of a 24 foot by 72 foot mural for the Bohn Ford Building owned by the Rhodes Family of Businesses in New Orleans .She again worked with a team of twelve public high school students and a few volunteers from the city of New Orleans.
For more information on BREC’s Baton Rouge Gallery or this exhibition specifically, call 225-383-1470 or visit batonrougegallery.org.
The Decentralized Arts Funding Program supports the Baton Rouge Gallery, a BREC facility, in part by funds from the Louisiana State Arts Council and the Louisiana Division of the Arts and the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge.
The Community Fund for the Arts, WRKF, its Community Members and the late Paula Manship also support the gallery.