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now on exhibition in the
Arts Council Community Room Gallery
New York, New York
Winston Willingham

We are currently taking submissions for the Community Room Gallery.
For more info,
email Rachel Bergeron or call 344--8558.

Shibori Dye Workshop
with Deborah Simeral

at the
Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge
Tuesday, July 25, 2006
Workshop 1 10:00am- 12:00pm or
Workshop 2 1:30pm - 3:30pm

Using Shibori traditonal/contemporary methods participants will experiment with the various methods of dyeing silk in a two-hour workshop. Workshop is $50.00 per person, and includes all materials and instruction for workshop to make two crepe de chene scarves. Instructor for workshop, Deborah Simeral, fiber artist and member of the Louisiana Crafts Guild. For more information or to make a reservation contact deborah@ddyedsilk.com or 337-662-3861.

Baton Rouge Arts Market
on August 6th
click here for more info

Calendars with local events:
Division of the Arts Cultural Assets

225 Magazine
Country Roads Magazine
Manship Theatre

Local Arts Organizations

Baton Rouge Gallery Center for Contemporary Art

Louisiana Art and Science Museum

Luminous Landscapes: Watercolors by Rob Erdle
July 14–September 3

Watercolor is a difficult and capricious medium, but in capable hands it can yield paintings of great beauty, power, elegance, and subtlety. Among today’s gifted practitioners is Rob Erdle.

After completing undergraduate work at California State University in Fresno, where he studied with Judy Chicago and Wayne Thiebaud, Erdle earned his master of fine arts degree from Bowling Green State University. He has chaired the watercolor painting program at the University of North Texas since l976. During his professional career, the artist has gained international recognition for his landscape paintings, which are drawn from his travels in the United States, Europe, and Asia. His work has been the subject of more than 30 solo exhibitions and is found in numerous private, public, and corporate collections.

Erdle’s treatment of the traditional subject of the landscape has evolved alongside his exploration of the expressive possibilities of the transparent watercolor medium. Luminous Landscapes: Watercolors by Rob Erdle includes large studio works and small sheets executed on-site. These selections, which date from 1988 to 2006, feature this master’s painterly approach, emotive and formal uses of color, and the nature of his representational and abstract compositions. Moreover, they reveal the defining role of light in Erdle’s watercolor world.

In the large studio works, Erdle is guided in part by his own photodocumentation. Characteristically, he makes loose pencil sketches followed by a gestural application of light washes and the building of the final image in successive stages of overpainting. In his exhaustive efforts to investigate new aesthetic avenues, he may exploit any of sundry techniques such as wet-on-wet, dry brush, or a judicious application of opaque gouache, as well as the effects of various types of paper

In pieces such as November 1st Walk (l993), Vertigo (l997), and Summer Haze (2002), the artist variously employs color, composition, and brushwork to elicit different responses. The first of these monumental watercolors, based on Erdle’s initial visit to Louisiana’s Barataria National Park, draws the viewer near to lush vegetation that both rises above and is reflected in gently rippled water. The central arch shape, plant forms, and intervals between them establish a measured horizontal rhythm. The artist’s dexterous brush strokes cause recognizable forms to shatter and reconstitute in the brilliant reflected light.

Vertigo, a view into the Grand Canyon, is an unambiguous, startling trompe l’oeil in which the play of intense red, sun-baked ridges against the cool violet shadows of the abyss emphasizes the canyon’s vastness. The luminous river snaking through the center draws the eye upward to the distant green mountain looming against an acid yellow sky. Summer Haze is a tour de force of bravura painterliness. Around and within a loosely defined blue central oval, Erdle applies great splashes, drips, pools, and strokes of rich pigment with large brushes and broad, vigorous gestures. Although no vestige of the landscape is readily identifiable, the dramatic vitality and scale of this image conjure the primal forces of nature. The artist’s painterly abandon and disregard for representational form recall the credo of the arch abstract expressionist Jackson Pollock, who proclaimed, “I am nature.”
Indeed, apart from Erdle’s masterfully bold brush strokes and intuitive grasp of color, his compelling images are suffused with a marvelous luminosity that underscores his unique and abiding reverence for the glory of nature.

The exhibition was organized by Daniel Piersol, deputy director of programs at the Mississippi Museum of Art, and LASM art curator Elizabeth Chubbuck Weinstein.

-Daniel Piersol
Deputy Director of Programs,
Mississippi Museum of Art

LASM docents will offer guided tours of the exhibition every Sunday from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.

Baton Rouge Little Theater

Music by Alan Menken

Lyrics by Howard Ashman & Tim Rice

Book by Linda Woolverton

Directed by Keith Dixon

Musical Direction by Richard Baker

Choreographed by Avery Wilson

July 7 - 30

Tickets $22

Imagine yourself in the enchanted world of Broadway's modern classic, Disney's Beauty and the Beast. Based on the Academy Award-winning animated feature, the stage version of Disney's Beauty and the Beast includes all of the wonderful songs from the film.

Follow this "tale as old as time" of a selfish prince who is changed into a beast by an enchantress. In order to break the spell he must learn to love-and be loved in return-before the last petal of a magic rose falls to the ground. But time is running out, and who could ever learn to love a beast?

Be our guest and bring someone you love to experience the enchantment of an unforgettable performance of Disney's classic musical!


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Friday July 7 at 7:30PM (OPENING NIGHT)

Wednesday July 19 and 26 at 7:30PM

Thursday July 13, 20, 27 at 7:30PM

Friday July 14, 21, 28 at 7:30PM

Saturday July 15, 22, 29 at 2PM

Saturday July 8, 15, 22, 29 at 7:30PM

Sunday July 9, 16, 23, 30 at 2PM

Sunday July 9, 16, 23, 30 at 6PM




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