Art Exhibit Shares the Story of an Era

Oct 11, 2016

The Snyder Museum in Bastrop has a special exhibit of artwork from a private collection by the famous artist Clementine Hunter. 

Hunter grew up in the Natchitoches area of Louisiana in the late 1800's as the grandchild of a slave. Though the art is juvenile, Hunter's art  is valued because it shares a story of the era she grew up in, which is not often seen. Hunter learned from the artists that pasted through her home on Melrose Plantation. Her paintings, which can be sold for more than $4,000, were on display for 25 cents when she was still alive. / Matthew Paulson /

KEDM hosts Policy and a Pint today at 6:00 p.m.  The topic of discussion is public art.

Anne Bloxom Smith of the Monroe Garden District Alliance serves as a panelist in the discussion. Smith said the Garden District could be enhanced by public art projects but they must meet historical and community standards.  

Smith said the biggest problem with public art is upkeep. She says the care of public art must be thought about before art is installed.  

Policy and a Pint begins with a meet and greet at 5:30 p.m.  and discussion at 6:00 p.m.

Downtown Gallery Crawl Highlights Local Artists

Oct 4, 2016
Downtown Gallery Crawl

The Downtown Gallery Crawl is an art event that spans across the Ouachita River featuring eight local galleries in Monroe and West Monroe. The River Gallery, Rumo's, Garret House, The Palace, Arender Studio and Gallery, Upstairs Gallery, Sugar Gallery, and The Big Room are all participating in making this twin cities gallery crawl a possibility. 

Bill Ayres / The Downtown Arts Alliance

The Downtown Gallery Crawl connects the community with local artists and their work. The crawl returns Thursday, April 7. Eight galleries in Downtown Monroe and West Monroe open the doors to the public to enjoy works by many prominent artist. Food and live music from Code Blue and the Flatliners round out the evening.

"After what our community has been through we are just really excited just to get out and host an absolutely free event for both cities to enjoy," says Downtown Arts Alliance President Kelsea McCrary.

Peggy Wyman / Masur Museum

Art helps bring the world into focus. The Masur Museum helps with that quest with the 53rd Annual Juried Competition, on exhibit from March 9th through July 5th. The museum hosts a reception on Saturday, March 12th.

“The very first exhibit at the Masur Museum was a juried competition, and so once a year we kind of think about our own history as we put a call out to artist all over the country – asking them to submit their work to evaluated and judged by a juror,” says Curator of Collections at the Masur Ben Hickey.

ULM Hosts Annual Art Sale

Nov 23, 2015
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Art faculty, alumni and students of the University of Louisiana at Monroe present an annual art sale next week.

Sheila Floyd, a graduate of the ULM Art program, says the annual event brings a showcase of unique, original work.  "There are paintings, sculpture, prints, and pottery from a number of current and retired staff, as well as alumni and students," she said.

Floral Beauty In COUSINS Art Exhibition

Sep 24, 2015
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Two Mississippi cousins pair up for a presentation of delightful floral images in an art exhibit at the Old Post Office Museum in Winnsboro.

COUSINS contains the works of Ann Carruth Jackson and John Malta.  "Ann lives in Dixie Springs, Mississippi. She has been an artist for a number of years.  Her second cousin, John, is a younger, self-taught artist who currently resides in New Orleans," says museum curator Kay LaFrance.

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Four local artists share on the inspiration and creative thought behind their current exhibits at Masur Museum of Art.

Emily Caldwell's collection,  Naturally, give guests a unique view of the area's habitat.  Works from Tom Chloe, Frank Hamrick, and Cliff Tresner in Maker's Marks share a story by the pieces that make up the exhibit.

Masur Director Evie Stewart says the Caldwell presents an artist talk Thursday.  "Her work is beautiful.  She does nature scenes from memory and photos from trips and kayaking in area refuges."

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In examining over 600 photos she took of Hurricane Katrina's devastation to New Orleans homes, something began to stand out to Dr. Bette Kaufman.

"I was sitting at my dining room table shuffling the photos around.  I eventually lined a few up where the watermark was, and kept playing with it.  I made enlargements, mounted them on paper, and put them on the wall.  It just seemed to be the way to do it," says Kauffman, an associate professor of communication at the University of Louisiana at Monroe.

Community Art Exhibit Showcases Local Talent

Jul 9, 2015
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Starr Homeplace will be hosting its last Community Day of the summer on Saturday, July 11.

Starr Homeplace will be featuring artwork from the community's common folk this Saturday. The exhibit will showcase creative work from regional blacksmiths, wood smiths and seamstresses. Joe Rolphe of Starr Homeplace says the exhibit will host many creative people. Rolphe says he hopes to see people who have never been there before.