Gallery One Ellleven's News


GALLERY ONE EIIIEVEN in the Historic District of Downtown Leesville, LA is currently hosting an exhibit of work by two artists that teach in the art program at Northwestern State University in Natchitoches. Clyde Downs and Matt DeFord are presenting an exhibit titled “EXPLORATIONS”, and is work that focuses on the exploration of new subject and new media by these two established artists.

Matt DeFord is an associate professor of Sculpture and Ceramics and the Coordinator for the Department of the Arts at NSU. His work in our exhibit stretches the concept of traditional sculpture by involving found, manipulated and repurposed items to create stand-alone pieces that many times involve viewer participation.  In these pieces Matt is exploring, through sculpture, how we as viewers address preconceptions and anticipations about what sculpture might be, and what we might bring away from the visual experience that is new to our art viewing vocabulary.

Clyde Downs is professor of Painting and Printmaking at NSU. Clyde was the juror at GALLERY ONE EIIIEVEN’S Competition Exhibit in September of 2014 and has held painting workshops in the gallery in the past.  Many in the region are familiar with Clyde’s work involving landscape shapes and colors from the American Southwest, as he has led several workshops in the New Mexico area. The paintings in this exhibit are a departure from the high key color representational landscapes of his previous work. He continues to explore the landscape genre in EXPLORATIONS, but in heavily textured abstract works. The pieces range from large paintings on canvas to smaller works on paper, all focusing on the idea of the landscape as a barrage of color, shape and texture, evoking specific moods and light conditions.

GALLERY ONE EIIIEVEN is using this exhibit to introduce potential high school art students (and adult art students) to the faculty and offerings of the Department of Fine Arts at NSU. This is the third exhibit that GALLERY ONE EIIIEVEN has sponsored over the years highlighting the NSU Art Department, as a part of their continuing program to infuse art education into the community.  At the reception for the artists on Saturday, November 22, prospective students and their parents will have the opportunity to meet the artists and discuss the program their work and the offerings at the NSU Art Department. In addition, handouts about the Art Department will be available.

GALLERY ONE EIIIEVEN is open Wednesday – Saturday from 11:00 – 3:00. The Artists’ Reception for EXPLORATIONS will be on Saturday, November 22 at 7:00 and is open to the public. More information can be obtained by messaging on FaceBook at Leesville LA Art or emailing to  GALLERY ONE EIIIEVEN is a Non-Profit organization dedicated to providing a space for visual art and art education in West Central Louisiana.

2014 was an exciting year for the group at GALLERY ONE EIIIEVEN. Some of the highlights included but were not limited to:
 Our national competition exhibit had more entries than ever before, our Group exhibit for MAYFEST had our largest attendance ever,
 we introduced the "Day of the Dead" exhibit that was well received and had great community participation, we sponsored a
 photo class for the Louisiana Lion's Crippled Children's Camp and we received our formal 501 C 3 Non Profi...t designation.

We will close out the year with two great exhibits:

 "Explorations", A two man show in November of paintings and sculpture by
Clyde Downs and Matt DeFord. Both are professors in the fine arts department at NSU. We want to use this exhibit to encourage
 any Vernon Parish students that feel they might want to go to college in an arts curriculum to attend the opening reception for
this exhibit and take the opportunity to speak to the artists. Mr. Downs has built a formidable printmaking department at NSU and we encourage all prospective students to take the time to see this show and visit the NSU art department in Natchitoches.

"Random Acts of Art" will be in December and will feature new work by
local artists and gallery artist members James Turner and Mary Louise Porter. Most of the work for this exhibit is new, and was done specifically for this show. Towards the end of the year, we will hold a public meeting inviting all artists, friends and supporters of
GALLERY ONE EIIIEVEN. The purpose of this meeting will be to create a more formal organization for the gallery setup (necessary now due to the non-profit status), set goals and plan events for 2015. If you are interested in being more involved in
GALLERY ONE EIIIEVEN, please plan on attending, and thanks to everyone for making 2014
 a great year for the arts and artists in our area.


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Gallery One Ellleven 5th Annual Competition Winners

The Claude "Buddy" Merit Award - Michael Elliott-Smith for "Joy Ride #3" The Barksdale Federal Credit Union Award - Mary Monk for "Old Dock #2"  

The Dr. Billie McRae
 Merit Award
- Maria Manemann
for "R...uth's Dragon"
The People's Choice Award - Jeremy Jaeger for "Untitled #1"

Exhibit Merit Award - Ron Koehler for "Stretched Tools"