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Artist Marlen Waters Explores Spirit, Self-Discovery

Marlen Waters’ exhibition “Live, Love, Laugh, Letter, and Paint” is an exploration of color, spirit, paint and self-discovery using watermedia on paper and canvas.

Waters is the featured artist for the Ouachita River Art Gallery for April.

Former Executive Director of the Dixie Center for the Arts in Ruston, Waters has studied privately with renowned artists including M. Douglas Walton, Denys Taipale, and Anne Bergeron.

Waters is a master calligrapher and has studied the arts of calligraphy, papermaking, bookbinding, and paper conservation at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia College of Art, and the Chicago College of Art.

She has studied at the School of Art at Louisiana Tech University, and she has taught watermedia and calligraphy workshops through various venues including Ruston Parks and Recreation and the Continuing Education programs at Louisiana Tech University and Grambling State University.

Her work has been selected for inclusion in multiple juried and group exhibitions. She is an active member of the North Central Louisiana Arts Council and the River Gallery in West Monroe. She and her family live in Ruston. More information about Marlen Waters and her work is at

About the River Gallery:

The Ouachita River Art Gallery features art, jewelry and wood work by over 25 local and regional artists. The co-op gallery is the oldest and largest in the state of Louisiana and boasts work by award-winning artists in all media.

The River Gallery is at 308 Trenton Street in West Monroe, and is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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