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BRG Showcases the Work of Michael w. Howes, Phyllis Lear and Christy Diniz Liffmann in June



Baton Rouge Gallery (“BRG”) is proud to showcase the latest works from three of its artist members – Michael w. Howes, Phyllis Lear, and Christy Diniz Liffmann – during its June exhibition. The exhibition will be on display at BRG from June 4 through June 29, 2017 with free admission 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 kickoff the exhibition on June 7, 2017 from 7 – 9 p.m. As always, ‘First Wednesday’ Opening Receptions are free and open to the public. 

On Sunday, June 11, the gallery’s ARTiculate Artist Talk series will delve into the inspirations, techniques and thoughts behind the works featured in the gallery this month. Each of the three exhibiting artists will lead an intimate conversation, discussing their work and answering questions from those in attendance. ARTiculate begins at 4 p.m. and is also free and open to the public.


Michael w. Howes – Standing Rugas

With Standing Rugas, Michael w. Howes’ latest BRG exhibition, the most recent series of works known as the Lac Boeuf Assemblage Group™ (the L-BAG drawings and sculptures) takes the spotlight. Howes uses wood taken from a 200-year-old cypress tree, bamboo, fiber, and resin to create the sculptures. Depictions of the various Irds and Rugas represent the lighter and darker sides of the Lac Boeuf world respectively.

Howes is a native and resident of Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He received the B.F.A. from Louisiana State University and M.F.A. in sculpture from the University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa. Now retired, Howes dedicated 30 years of his life teaching art in Louisiana universities. Living and teaching in South Louisiana have had a profound effect on Howes’ art. The flora and fauna of South Louisiana are the sources of the “Irds™”, “Rugas™”, and “Sects™” that populate his drawings and sculpture. Using these creatures of his invention as metaphors, Howes expresses the vulnerability and the uniqueness of the people, animals, and the plants of the bayous and swamps of central Louisiana, highlighting the unpredictable and often dramatic changes that occur in their surroundings.


Phyllis Lear – Yo Yo

Phyllis Lear describes her work as encompassing who and what she comes into contact with on a daily basis. In her most recent works, Lear explores the textile art form known as “yo-yo” (Suffolk Puff) as an art form. Traditionally used as a quilting technique, she has appropriated the yo-yo as a module for building fine art pieces. Sewing since the age of eight, Lear has mastered clothing, embroidery, and quilting. Using her seamstress expertise, Lear shifts the focus of some pieces on display this June to be political in nature.

Lear currently teaches Art History at Northwestern State University and owns her own company, Art Jams, which manufactures art project kits including all materials to create a work of art all contained in a single Mason jar. Lear earned her Bachelor of Arts in Art and Industrial Arts Education from University of Louisiana in Lafayette. She then earned an M.A. in Visual Arts from Northwestern State University, an M.A. in Art History from Louisiana State University, and finally her M.F.A. in Visual Arts from Louisiana Tech University. 


Christy Diniz Liffmann – LANDWATERSKY: From the Gulf to the Amazon

Christy Diniz Liffmann’s exhibition, LAND WATER SKY: from the Gulf to the Amazon, depicts memorable images noted during recent visits to the Gulf of Mexico coast in Florida in the fall of 2016 and the Amazon region of Brazil in early 2017. Utilizing inspiration from her close observation of and interaction with the natural world, Liffmann’s paintings are about a place where light, color, and pattern combine and call to be recorded.

Liffmann received both her B.F.A and M.F.A in Painting and Drawing from Louisiana State University. As a professional artist, her body of work focuses on the artist’s appreciation of nature’s pattern, texture and nuances of color and form. Liffmann has completed residencies from Art Base, China and Auburn University in Italy and has exhibited from New Orleans to Houston to New Mexico.


If you would like more information on this exhibition or other programming and events at Baton Rouge Gallery, please contact us at 225.383.1470.