Baton Rouge Gallery's August Exhibition to Feature the Latest from Amy James, Linda Jeffers and Brian Kelly
Baton Rouge Gallery (“BRG”), a BREC facility, is proud to feature the latest works from three of its artist members - Amy James, Linda Jeffers and Brian Kelly – during its August exhibition. The three-person exhibition will be on display at BRG beginning on August 2 and through August 27, 2015 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 (1515 Dalrymple Drive) to celebrate the exhibition on August 5, 2014 from 7 – 9 p.m. As always, ‘First Wednesday’ Opening Receptions are free and open to the public.
On Sunday, August 9, 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 Amy James' heartwarming black and white photography, Linda Jeffers' witty assemblages and Brian Kelly's dramatic naturalistic prints.
Amy James - Kin
Family tugs at our heart and gives a feeling of belonging. It creates a deeper context to life. With “Kin,” Amy James’ latest BRG exhibition, she documents her family's life cycle as she watches her father, near the end of his life, lose his precious faculties to Parkinson's while still gaining so much through the expansion of his family. As she puts it, Parkinson's "has robbed him of everything, except family." James' collection of black and white photographs spans five generations of her family from great-grandchildren to her oldest family member, a great-great-great Aunt who at 90 years young, James says, "continues to dance, out drink and certainly outshine us all."
James as 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, but names Thomas Neff, her photography professor, as perhaps her greatest influence and mentor. James exhibits in many venues throughout the South with permanent exhibitions in Ruston, Baton Rouge, Birmingham and Dallas.
Linda Jeffers - What Ifs
Linda Jeffers’ latest BRG exhibition, "What Ifs” sees the artist reformulate familiar myths and legends using insightful wordplay and whimsy to turn common conceptions on their head. Over the past three years, Jeffers has created numerous assemblages constructed from repurposed found objects to create alternate versions of familiar stories and art. Aiming to reorder everyday experiences, she explores the randomness and deeper meaning of life.
Jeffers became a BRG Artist member in 1993. She has become renowned for compelling constructions, sculptures and assemblages which depict current events, pop culture and personal events. Jeffers earned her B.F.A. and M.F.A. at Louisiana State University, and has since exhibited both locally and nationally while winning numerous awards for recognition of excellence in her field. Many of her paintings and assemblages are found in Hospice of Acadiana’s Collection and Galleries in Terre Haute, Indiana. Jeffers’ has been a practicing artist for more than 30 years and has initiated several art programs in East Baton Rouge.
Her early years were spent working with Adelaide Brent, a renowned artist and mentor who helped shape her career. Jeffers is currently a full time artist residing in Baton Rouge.
Brian Kelly - Migrations
Drawing from travel and personal exploration, Brian Kelly presents “Migrations,” a chaotic and strong collection of prints depicting powerful landscapes of animals in eye-catching environments.
In my estimation,” the artist explains, “image making is a journey into the unseen – never the unknown. When I look down on a sheet of paper, or a freshly ground stone, I know there is a yet-to-be discovered image within the surface.” While Kelly begins with no specific agenda, an attitude of energy and a pure love of drawing drives the work through its evolution. The result is a puzzling assortment of figures and shapes that move through a structured – albeit irrational – world.
Brian Kelly, a BRG Artist Member since 1996, earned his B.F.A. in Printmaking from Northern Illinois University and his M.F.A in Printmaking at Louisiana State University. Following his graduate degree, Kelly continued his education by spending a summer in San Paulo, Brazil studying at the GLATT/MAGOS Atelier and at the Tamarind Institute of Lithography at the University of New Mexico learning Plate, Photoplate, and Waterless Lithography. Kelly’s prints have been included in over 400 exhibitions throughout the United States, Canada, Japan, China, Ireland, Australia, Brazil, Poland, and England and included in museum collections from Scotland to China.
Kelly is currently the Chair of the Department of Visual Arts at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, holding the University’s Coca-Cola/BORSF Endowed Professorship in Art. Kelly also serves as the Area Head for the printmaking program and Coordinator of Marais Press.
If you would like more information on this exhibition or on any programming or events at Baton Rouge Gallery, please contact us at 225.383.1470.