latest works from mary ann caffery, randell henry and phyllis lear on display during july exhibition
Baton Rouge Gallery (“BRG”) is proud to feature the latest works from three of its artist members – Mary Ann Caffery, Randell Henry and Phyllis Lear – during its July exhibition. The exhibition will be on display at BRG beginning on June 29 and through July 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 July 2, 2014 from 7 – 9 p.m. As always, ‘First Wednesday’ Opening Receptions are free and open to the public.
On Sunday, July 6, 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. All three exhibiting artists will be on hand to discuss their work and answer questions from those in attendance.
Visitors to the exhibition will experience Caffery’s atmospheric photographs of the landscapes that make the south Louisiana landscape so entrancing; Henry’s lively and colorful abstractions that utilize both painting and printmaking techniques; and Lear’s mixed media works which employ small found objects to reflect experiences she has had and that many others may have shared.
Mary Ann Caffery – Heading South
With her latest BRG exhibition, “Heading South,” Mary Ann Caffery once again uses the camera to investigate the effects and behavior of light – and sometimes the lack thereof - in the southern Louisiana landscape. The atmospheric photography that makes up this exhibition includes works shot in the veiled shroud of fog while others find the viewer in bright, scorching sunlight. Visitors to the moments Caffery captures may find themselves contemplating the camera’s interaction with shadows, movement, motion and time in locations not terribly far from the gallery’s geographical location. The artists has been focused for the past four years on the south Louisiana landscape and its changing coastline, while an interest in light has been a major inspiration in her work in glass, mosaics, painting and photography.
A BRG artist member since 1987, Caffery has studied with prominent designers and artists in the United States, France, Germany and Canada. Her work has been included in the Corning Museum's annual New Glass Review three times and is owned by museums in Japan, Germany and the US. Her mosaic work can be seen in the Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport and the Lafayette Regional Airport. She has also completed numerous stained glass works for public and private clients, including art for the 2nd District Police Headquarters in New Orleans. She is also artistic director of Caffery Gallery in Baton Rouge.
Randell Henry – New Abstractions
Randell Henry has been a respected contributor to the local arts scene for decades and his latest body of work, “New Abstractions,” sees him continuing to find inventive ways to bring about images and forms. These colorful works began with fluid media (inks, gesso mixed with pigments, enamel and others) serving as the basis for underpaintings with acrylic paint and oil sticks being used to develop the forms and images. Creative patterns and textural effects were brought out in some of the works using monoprinting techniques. According to Henry, “My goal is to allow the forms to have a greater sense of depth through the use of shapes, lines and color.”
Henry decided to become an artist when he was in the sixth grade and has never looked back. While in junior high school, he spent much of his free time in the school library studying the paintings and sculptures of professional American and European artists. Henry went on to earn a Bachelor’s degree in art at Southern University in 1979 and a Master of Fine Arts in Painting from Louisiana State University in 1982. Henry has been a BRG artist member since 1985. Henry’s paintings have been on view in galleries and museums from New Orleans to Ghana including the Southern University Museum of Art, the Dallas Museum of African-American Art, the Museum of Arts and Science in Daytona Beach, Fla. and the National Museum of Ghana. Randell Henry currently serves as a professor of art at Southern University.
Phyllis Lear – Some One You May Know
Phyllis Lear’s exhibition, “Some One You May Know,” is something of a continuation of the artist’s infatuation with the found object. Leaves, scraps of paper, seashells, coins, postage stamps and safety pins all serve as possible implements and/or inspirations. Her fascination with these small, often discarded elements in her environment comes from each of these object’s unknown history and the idea that all things are interrelated. Lear finds herself often contemplating these objects histories and whether her interaction with them is a result of simple chance. Ultimately though, she views the works that are built with and inspired by these small objects as autobiographical reflections of, as she puts it, “what I have thought and experienced.”
Lear first joined the Baton Rouge Gallery artist membership in 2005, boasting a trio of Master’s Degrees from Louisiana State University, Northwestern State University of LA and Louisiana Tech University. Since then, she has exhibited her work in galleries across the southern United States while having her work included in private collections from Toronto to New Orleans. Each of Lear’s mixed media works tells a story related to her own life’s journey, stories that are somewhat ambiguous and invite interpretation and dialogue with the viewer.
For more information on Baton Rouge Gallery or this exhibition specifically, call 225-383-1470 or visit batonrougegallery.org.