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Baton Rouge Gallery Spotlights Latest Works from Jenny Authement, Frankie Gould, Michael w. Howes and Margaret Humphris during December Exhibition


Baton Rouge Gallery (“BRG”) is proud to feature the latest works from four of its artist members – Jenny Authement, Frankie Gould, Michael w. Howes and Margaret Humphris – during its December exhibition. The four-person exhibition will be on display at BRG through December 23, 2014 with no admission charges during normal gallery hours (12-6 p.m., Tuesday – Sunday) as a part of P.3+BR: Notes Upriver, an extension of Prospect.3 New Orleans. 

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 December 3, 2014 from 7 – 9 p.m. As always, ‘First Wednesday’ Opening Receptions are free and open to the public. 

On Sunday, December 7, 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. Both Gould and Humphris 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 Authement’s sculptural wood carvings that aim to take the viewer on an introspective spiritual journey, Gould’s playful and colorful examination of the forms and appropriations of various species of fish, Howes’ multimedia creations which draw inspiration from the animals that surround Louisiana’s Lac Boeuf and Humphris’ large acrylic paintings which deal with the metaphysical and astrological. 


Jenny Authement – Conforming Reflection 

With her latest BRG exhibition, “Conforming Reflection,” Jenny Authement uses carved mahogany to take the viewer on a guided journey of spiritual awareness. A series of six wooden figures are presented, each with its own force and representing a different stage in the odyssey. With themes such as serenity, conformity and peace touched on, this series aims at providing the viewer with an opportunity for reflection.   

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. 




Frankie Gould – Fish Tales & Other Schools of Thought 

Frankie Gould’s exhibition, “Fish Tales & Other Schools of Thought,” presents a series of works that see the artist apply her signature colorful style to the forms of various species of fish. She found herself reconnecting with her fascination with fish during a visit to the Aquarium of Americas, captivated by the giant schools of fish moving in unison, changing color and dancing like animated sculptures. The ten works in this series draw attention to the seductive shapes, bold colors lines and textures of fish, while also allowing for an element of whimsy. 

A BRG Artist Member since 1985, Gould works in a variety of media, though she is perhaps best known for her work with colored pencils. Her work is in the collections of Buena Vista College, Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery and the University of Nebraska.  

In conjunction with her accomplished art career, Gould is the director and professor of Communications and Public Relations at the LSU AgCenter. In addition to administration and leadership, her professional experience has been in public relations, crisis communication, graphic design, multimedia, publications and Web development. 


Michael w. Howes – More Inhabs @ Lac Boeuf 

“More Inhabs @ Lac Boeuf,” Michael w. Howes’ most recent BRG exhibition, is a continuation of his signature fantastical take on the wildlife of southern Louisiana using various metals, wire and other media. This time, he returns to the shores of Lac Boeuf, located just east of Thibodaux, Louisiana. Using metal, wire, wood and more, Howes allows the viewer to experience a less-than-realistic look at the wildlife that make this area unique. Ultimately, it is a celebration of the southern Louisiana habitat and the artist’s ability to experience it in a new way. 

A BRG artist member since 1995, Michael w. Howes is a Baton Rouge native. After receiving his B.F.A. from Louisiana State University in 1971 and his M.F.A. in sculpture from the University of Alabama in 1974, he began teaching art in East Baton Rouge Parish. Beginning in 1977, Howes served as a sculpture instructor at Nicholls State University. Having recently retired from teaching, he now concentrates on his collage and sculptural work, including several public art commissions. 


Margaret Humphris – Illuminated Darkness 

Margaret Humphris’ latest series, “Illuminated Darkness,” makes up a sequential story presented on ten large stretched canvases. The works present a dream-like experience that is heightened by her use of underpaintings and both metaphysical and mythological iconography. Using acrylic paints, the artist employs doves and serpents, shackles and stars to welcome the viewer into the recesses of the mind while reflecting on dreams and spirituality.  

A BRG artist member since 1993, Humphris' artistic vision calls upon everything from her own travel experiences to personal dreams, from dance to multi-cultural myths. Over the past twenty years, Humphris has evolved a method of layered painting that evokes a sense of multiplicity and produces associations which are unpredictable and powerful. Recently, her work has focused on the concept of spiritual wholeness: balancing the ever-shifting dualities such as masculine and feminine, light and dark, etc.


For more information on Baton Rouge Gallery or this exhibition specifically, call 225-383-1470.