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Exhibitions and Events

Through Feb. 10

Baton Rouge LSU Museum of Art. “George Rodrigue: The Cajun Landscape.” Features early landscapes and paintings by Louisiana artist George Rodrigue. lsumoa.org Through Feb. 16

Alexandria Alexandria Museum of Art. “Hari & Deepti: Light by the Forest.” Husband and wife artists Hari and Deepti create intricate cut paper light boxes that delve into fairytales and other stories. This exhibition will transform the museum into a cut paper wonderland, including an installation piece that allows visitors to interact with the creation. themuseum.org jan. 13 – Feb. 23

Shreveport Artspace. Several Northwest Louisiana artists partner to paint large-scale artworks directly onto the walls of artspace in a fusion of different styles. artspaceshreveport.com feb. 6 – Feb. 28

Shreveport Southern University Museum of Art. “Annual Black History Month Exhibit.” Exhibition dedicated to the celebration of Black History month. sumashreveport.org

for the subject matter, for the materials, for the tools, for the extraordinary color, for my connection to places.” Gates explores that passion in her studio and outdoors in the natural landscape. In the studio, she paints from photographs that she takes as reference notes. She crops them, marks them up and sketches a concept before launching into the final painting. Though she paints mostly in her studio, she says painting outdoors on location is “exhilarating, frustrating, hard and great fun.” To Gates painting outdoors essentially is about capturing the “quality of light.” “In summer, the light might be hazy, and your skin will feel damp with the humidity,” she says, describing how the natural light varies in Louisiana with each season. “My favorite light is the late afternoon light in January and February, when the sun gets so low on the horizon and the deep shadows of trees and farm buildings stretch far across the land, and the cold goes deep in your bones.” Painting on location does present challenges, however. She describes one adventure crossing the Mississippi River near Baton Rouge. 18

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“One morning,” she says, “I was going to Baton Rouge and taking the old U.S. 190 Bridge across the Mississippi. The light was brilliant bouncing off the river and silhouetting the refineries along the river’s edge. Luckily I wasn’t driving, so I asked my friend so ease up on the gas a bit, and I rolled down the window and started clicking photo after photo. I used those 20 or so photos to capture the light, the essence of the place, and the feeling that I gathered up and painted. Let’s face it. No one in her right mind would set up an easel and paint on the U.S. 190 Bridge.” Whether Gates is crossing the Mississippi or simply driving along the back roads of Louisiana among flowering meadows, tilled fields or wooded glens, her eyes are constantly searching for that scene and moment that will find its way into her next painting. For more information about Gates, visit lauragatesart.com.n

Through March 10

New Orleans Ogden Museum of Southern Art. “New Southern Photography.” Exhibition features photography practiced in today’s American South. ogdenmuseum.org jan. 17 – March 29

Shreveport Meadows Museum of Art at Centenary College. “Global Contamination : A Gulf Project.” Artist Joan Hall creates sculpture from plastics collected from the Gulf of Mexico. Also, “Louisiana Landscapes.” Features artists’ renditions of Northwest Louisiana landscapes. themeadowsmuseum.com

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Louisiana Life January-February 2019  

Louisiana Life, the only statewide general interest publication in the Bayou State, is published six times a year and covers the lifestyles...

Louisiana Life January-February 2019  

Louisiana Life, the only statewide general interest publication in the Bayou State, is published six times a year and covers the lifestyles...