One plank in the GALLERY ONE EIIIEVEN
mission statement is to enhance the visual arts
education in Vernon Parish. Towards that end, we are
constantly looking for opportunities to involve NSU and
local artists, art students and the community.
The October exhibit at the gallery is a step towards that work. GALLERY ONE EIIIEVEN in the Leesville Main Street District will host an opening reception this Saturday evening at 7:00 for "PAINTED DESERT: WHAT WE DID ON OUR SUMMER VACATION".
The public is invited to come and enjoy painting, drawing, photography and sculpture influenced by a week on site at Ghost Ranch, New Mexico.
The works are by local and regional artists and art students that participated in this yearly trip, sponsored by the NSU Art Department. Faculty and artists will be on hand at the reception to discuss the works, and to bring to the area the opportunities provided by the NSU Art Department.
If you have a high school student that is interested in a college art curriculum, or if you are an adult that wants to get involved in the arts on a collegiate level, this is an opportune time to get information. The event is free and open to the public, refreshments will be served and it all begins at 7:00 at GALLERY ONE EIIIEVEN in Leesville
There has been a wonderful summer tradition over the years of painting junkets leaving from the shady oaks of NSU to the colorful desert surrounding Abiquiu, New Mexico. Ghost Ranch is an artist’s destination that is nestled inside a 21,000 acre box canyon outside of Abiquiu in the north central New Mexico desert. Formerly the home of artist Georgia O’Keeffe, the land is rich with color, shape, light and mystery. Last summer a group, headed by the NSU Art Department, spent some time at Ghost Ranch and the October exhibit at GALLERY ONE EIIIEVEN will feature the works of those on this trip.
In addition to
painting and exploring Ghost Ranch, expeditions from the ranch
introduced students to the galleries and museums of Santa Fe and
Taos Excursions also were made to sites such as Bandelier National
Monument and La Plaza Blanca (The White Place). Visits were made to
working artists studios in Santa Fe and Taos and students learned
about how to approach galleries with their work and what they need
to do to pursue careers as professional artists.
This exhibit is an opportunity not only to enjoy the works of these
students and teachers, but to get acquainted with the NSU art
department and faculty and the excellent opportunities that they
offer everyone in our community. In addition to offering trips such
as the Ghost Ranch junket to everyone (you don’t have to be an
artist or a student to sign up and go), they also have classes in
most of the art disciplines available on the main campus in
Plan on coming to the opening reception of "PAINTED DESERT: What we did on our summer vacation" on Saturday, October 12 at 7:00 at GALLERY ONE EIIIEVEN in the Leesville Main Street District and enjoy the diverse artwork inspired by the beauty and mystery of the American Southwest. Included in the exhibit will be professors: Clyde Downs, Brooks DeFee and Matt DeFord along with students Jeremy Jones, Mary Louise Porter, Lucie Barker, Courtney Hawkins Anne Stackel, Ashley Lynchard, Morgan Reese, Gretchen Murchison, James Stringer, Tony Reans, Patricia Kime McAllister, Alicia Anderson and Angie Perry.
The following is the Juror's Statement about her selections and the award winners:
Juror Statements by Alyssa Fridgen,
Curator of the Alexandria Museum of Art
"It was an honor to jury this exhibition at GALLERY ONE EIIIEVEN. I really enjoyed reviewing all of the artwork submitted and I was very impressed with the wonderful variety of medium, style, and subject matter in the submissions for this exhibition. Every piece demonstrated artistic skill and creativity, so it was a very challenging selection process.
For the exhibition, I reviewed images of each piece multiple times and asked myself several questions in the process: Does it demonstrate technical skill? Is the medium used in a way that reinforces the subject or idea of the piece? How do elements such as line, shape, pattern, scale, color, or perspective contribute to the composition? Does it convey something beyond the surface and make me want to keep looking? In this process of reviewing, I gradually honed down my selections until I felt confident in several aspects about all the pieces selected for the exhibition. In selecting the award winners, I studied each piece carefully in person, going back over and over again to look at each piece, both from a distance and up close. There were certain pieces to which I kept returning. I was drawn to pieces that demonstrated a high level of technical skill within their medium and pieces that were successful at achieving their implied objective. I wish I could have given more awards, but in the end, I had to hone in a select few."
Exhibit Merit Award $500.00
Mary Monk “Before the Storm” Pastel
"I was impressed with the complex composition and use of pastel in its full capacity to render subtle gradations of color to convey the mood of this piece. The dark shadows cast upon the urban structures backlit by the light pastel sky alludes to the impending doom, and also creates a symbolic juxtaposition of nature versus human-made, as well as both the beauty and potential destructive power of nature. The prevalence of horizontal and vertical lines suggest tranquility and stability, as well as a rhythmic sense of order and structure, which are about to be disrupted – the calm before the storm. A hint of what’s to come is further created by the diagonal strokes of the foliage in the left foreground inferring movement, or the first glimpse of wind on the verge of moving across the scene. "
Dr. Billie McRae Merit Award $300.00
Rita Ford"Brown Pelican" Floral Collage
"The use of organic materials in this piece lends itself to the sensitivity and vulnerability of the subject matter itself – a bird susceptible to the environment from which the materials hail. The piece demonstrates close attention to the particular characteristics of each material used, drawing a correlation between the characteristics of the materials and the subject matter. The varying angles of the background pattern further allude to an environment susceptible to change, but the bird is grounded in this environment through the used of three-dimensional materials, which also add depth to the composition and convey a sense of strength and pride in the bird."
Claude "Buddy" Leach Merit Award $300.00
Angelic Verk "Samson and Delilah" Metal foil collage
"The striking technical mastery of the painted gold leaf arranged in intricate detail combined with the composition and strategic use of pattern and color to reveal distinctions of character and of the social relationship between the two figures create a strong piece in both medium and story. The ornate and finely detailed pattern of Delilah’s attire and the linens of her boudoir convey a lavish dominance over the solid brown minimal rendering of Samson. The fact that he is depicted sleeping behind or underneath her, rather than asleep on her lap as often depicted, seems to foreshadow how his strength would be subdued as a result of his falling for her, and an allegorical warning of the pitfalls, or rather “entanglements” of love. His hair rendered in solid golf leaf further infers the extraordinary value of his hair, soon to be cut off by co-conspirators, but which would allow him to redeem his strength later."
Barksdale Federal Credit Union Merit Award $300.00
Leslie Elliott-Smith“Parvana” Photo Collage
People's Choice Award of $200.00
Sienna Haralson for her pencil drawing "Fragile"
2013 GALLERY ONE EIIIEVEN 4th Annual Competition Exhibition
Angelica Verk Sampson and Delilah
Angelica Verk Sarastro
Arthur McMiccar Off Center
Arthur McViccar The Island is Deserted, The Bugs are All Gone
Barry Owen Desert Dreams
Barry Owen Exposed
Casey Robbins Orion’s Wonders
Charlie Viers In Dire Straits
Charlie Viers Loopy Twisty Urn
David Holcombe Anatomy Lesson
Dona Lief Toxic
Dona Lief Cry Baby Cry
Donna Guidry Eiffel Eyefull
Ernie Fournet Shaman
Jamie Armbruster Stoltz Grocery
Keith Dellsperger My Little Friend
Lee Richard Encyclopedia Universica
Leslie Elliottsmith Parvana
Lisa Reed The Beach Dragon of Cameron
Mary Monk Before the Storm
Mary Monk Partly Cloudy
Mary Louise Porter Louisiana Slumber
Michael Elliottsmith A Day at the Beach
Melissa Moss Bird on a Lamp Shade
Nippy Blair Glo, Sammy Lee and Joyce
Patrick McMahan At King’s Valley
Rita Ford Brown Pelican
Rita Ford Summer
Sienna Haralson Fragile
Alyssa Fridgen :
2013 Competition Juror
The juror for the 2013 Competition Exhibit is Alyssa Fridgen, the Curator of the Alexandria Museum of Art in Alexandria, Louisiana.
Ms. Fridgen is responsible for researching and developing new exhibitions for the Museum, conducting scholarly research on the permanent collection, and overseeing the care, presentation, and interpretation AMoA’s permanent collection.
Prior to Alexandria Museum of Art, Alyssa lived and worked in New York City, where she had been curating art exhibitions for over seven years. Alyssa has curated exhibitions of international artists for Art for Change, Moti Hasson Gallery, and other major organizations. She also coordinated an annual public arts festival for Art for Change, consulted Artnet on development of a new art market index, and led the SIGHT unSEEN tour for SoHo20 Chelsea.
As Archivist and Auction Liaison at Spanierman Gallery, Alyssa coordinated major 19th-21st century American Art exhibitions, researched art for catalogue raisonnés, bid on art at Sotheby’s and Christie’s auctions, and catalogued Winslow Homer drawings at the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum. She has presented guest lectures and workshops on art and public policy at Yale University and New York University. Alyssa studied art history at Columbia University, received her Certificate in Fine Art Appraisal Studies at New York University, and graduated summa cum laude with a B.S. in Marketing and International Business from Arizona State University.
Gallery Is Looking For Volunteers
The gallery is putting in a call for volunteers for a gallery attendant. If anyone wants to help bring the Arts into our community and into your lives, then this is your passport.