spotlight turns to latest works from rosemary goodell, Amy james and craig Mccullen during octoBER exhibition
Baton Rouge Gallery (“BRG”) is proud to feature the latest works from three of its Artist Members - Rosemary Goodell, Craig McCullen and Amy James – during its October exhibition. The three-person exhibition will be on display at BRG through October 31, 2014 with no admission charges during normal gallery hours (12-6 p.m., Tuesday – Sunday).
A ‘First Wednesday’ Opening Reception will be held at the gallery, located inside BREC’s historic City Park (1515 Dalrymple Drive) to celebrate the exhibition on October 1, 2014 from 7 – 9 p.m. As always, ‘First Wednesday’ Opening Receptions are free and open to the public.
On Sunday, October 5, the gallery’s ARTiculate Artist Talk series will offer an intimate look at the inspirations, techniques and thoughts that led to the works featured in the gallery. Each of the three exhibiting artists will be on hand to discuss their work and answer questions from those in attendance. ARTiculate begins at 4 p.m. and is also free and open to the public.
Visitors to the exhibition will be treated to Rosemary Goodell's hopeful and unexpected monotypes, Craig McCullen's call to the imagination of his onlookers with his use of implied line and Amy James' candid black and white wedding photography, showing us what truly happens behind the ceremony.
Rosemary Goodell re-forms the familiar to craft a hopeful moment in her newest exhibition “Quirky Gardens.” Using monotyping as her outlet for hope and personal reflections, Goodell creates a one of a kind layered print that reflects a particular personal moment. The process of monotyping involves applying ink or paint to a copper, zinc or glass printing plate and then pressing the plate onto a final surface. Goodell constructs depth within her monotypes by layering the images, occasionally applying transparent layers to the surface to create ghost images that she can then manipulate by brushing, pouring or spraying ink. She incorporates identifiable objects such as plants, shoes or faces to symbolize life. While creating familiar works that provoke change in the observer’s outlook.
Rosemary Goodell has been a BRG Artist Member since 1982. A California native, Goodell studied at the Museum of Fine Arts School in Boston, at U.C.L.A., received her B.A., Phi Beta Kappa, in art and M.A. in Painting from University of California, Berkeley. In 2003, she was awarded a visual artist fellowship from the Louisiana Division of the Arts. She received a Fulbright Memorial Fund Fellowship to study and travel to Japan in 1998, completed a painting fellowship at Skidmore College in 1996 and a residency in painting at the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, VT in 2001 and in 2008. She has been awarded two mini-grants from the Louisiana Division of Arts (1998, 2000). Her paintings have been in multiple national and local shows and has appeared on the covers of Country Roads, Merci and the Boston Museum School magazines as well as being pictured and reviewed in Orleans, Morning Advocate, Times Picayune and School Arts. Her work is included in private and public collections.
In Craig McCullen's new exhibition "Some Assembly Required & Curious Glassworks," McCullen allows beauty to be created in the eye of the beholder. By grouping together abstract shapes, McCullen hopes to elicit the taste and creativity of the onlooker, in order to permit the viewer to complete the final image in their imagination. As the owner of Whoojoo Glass Studio and Art Gallery in Lafayette, Louisiana, McCullen observed that many of his visitors come to the gallery with their own tastes and expectations. With his newest work, McCullen opens a dialogue about artistic expression versus audience expectation. Aiming to bring to light the challenges artists face in pleasing many different tastes and preferences. Along with his drawings and paintings, McCullen will be displaying his contemporary stained glass.
Craig McCullen has been a BRG Artist Member since 1987. McCullen earned his M.F.A from Louisiana State University. He grew up across the street from City Park in Baton Rouge and he has had exhibitions locally, nationally and internationally as well as having his work on display in churches, schools, homes and offices. McCullen owns the Whoojoo Glass Studio and Art Gallery in Downtown Lafayette, Louisiana, which displays his art as well as the art of other Southwest Louisiana Artists.
In "Wed," Amy James gives us a peak behind the veil. Through black and white photography, Amy takes us past the posturing of wedding ceremonies, to reveal private moments of imperfection and vulnerability. Until recently, James was unmarried. As a photographer, she was a vital, active participant though standing outside the link of matrimony. But after her marriage this past year, when James married a master of ceremonies, she realized how their experiences were unique, as both active participants and yet as outsiders to the ceremonies. She then decided to share the journey she experiences behind the scenes, walking us through the private human moments people experience when they wed. James only shoots in black and white, using silver and film. She keeps to traditional developing methods by processing her photography in a darkroom.
Amy James has been a BRG Artist Member since 2003. She received her B.F.A at Louisiana State University with a minor in photography. James studied at LSU under Michael Crespo and Robert Hausey with Thomas Neff, her photography professor, perhaps being her greatest influence and mentor. James exhibits in many venues throughout the South with permanent exhibitions in Ruston, Baton Rouge, Birmingham and Dallas. Her writings and photography have been published regionally in magazines such as Louisiana Home & Garden, Country Roads and Delta Style, and nationally in Veranda and Ladies Home Journal.
For more information on Baton Rouge Gallery or this exhibition specifically, call 225-383-1470 or visit batonrougegallery.org.