26 April 2016
Chatham Meade Kemp of Hattiesburg, MS, multi-dimensional visual artist and printmaker Martin Needom of St. Tammany’s Northshore, and glass artist Kyle Kraiter of Oregon. For Joni Noble, associate professor of art at University of Louisiana at Monroe, this will be her third time exhibiting her photography and paintings at The Big Easel. Noble says what attracts her to this particular show is connecting with so many wonderful art collectors and fellow artists. “The most provocative aspect of The Big Easel is that it is exclusively a show for fine artists, so the people who come are interested in fine art of a very high quality,” says Noble. For those of us who just can’t wait and want a sneak peek, The Big Easel Preview Show continues at Lounge Gallery during 2nd Saturday ArtWalk downtown on April 9, 402 South Buchanan St., from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. One piece from each of the participating artists will be exhibited and for sale during ArtWalk before the main event on the following weekend in River Ranch.
Photo Courtesy of Kyle Kraiter
Photo by Joni Noble Photography
For the past 10 years, The Big Easel art show in Lafayette has attracted art lovers and collectors to come out and enjoy an incredible selection of original fine art from various genres, mediums and price points during this one-day event. Now in its 11th year, the show will take place on April 16 in River Ranch Town Square from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., with a rain date of May 7. The Big Easel is an outdoor art festival with a juried art show, ensuring only the highest-quality artwork from both established and emerging artists from around the state and beyond. This year, 65 artists will exhibit oil and acrylic paintings, mixed-media paintings, photography, sculpture, jewelry, glass, ceramics, and pottery in tents throughout the square. In addition, art patrons will enjoy music from members of the Acadiana Symphony Orchestra, as well as from local guitarist and singer Aaron Paille. “As the event has grown over the years and become more selective in the jurying process, we’ve seen an increase in accomplished artists and art galleries from beyond our Acadiana region applying to be in the show,” says planning committee member Kelli Kaufman. New to The Big Easel this year is Baton Rouge’s Contemporain Bankston/Adams Gallery. Gallery owners Trey Bankston and John Adams will show the work of three artists: landscape painter
Photo by Danielle Ducrest
Fine Time for a Fine Arts Festival
These are free events for all who wish to attend. For more information, call 337-216-6566 or visit facebook.com/ TheBigEasel.
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