Baton Rouge Gallery (“BRG”) will once again host a “First Wednesday” Opening Reception beginning at 7 p.m. on May 2, sharing with visitors the latest works from four of its artist members: Rosemary Goodell, Brian Kelly, Kathleen Lemoine and Mary S. McBride. These new works will be on display at the gallery, located inside BREC’s historic City Park, from April 29 – May 31.
During the exhibition, gallery visitors will be treated to Goodell’s Japanese-inspired expressions on current events, family relationships and reflections on nature and personally-held beliefs, Kelly’s metaphorical narrative prints, Lemoine’s dramatic interpretation of the Gulf Coasst landscape and McBride’s esoteric series of brooches exploring the human need to measure everything around us, both physical and conceptual.
These featured artist members will also be on hand for May’s ARTiculate Artist Talk on Sunday, May 6 (4 p.m.). Here, the public will have the chance to hear directly from the artists themselves about the inspirations, techniques and processes behind the works featured in the gallery. As a part of BRG's Sundays@4 series, all ARTiculate Artist Talks are free and open to the public.
With her latest BRG exhibition, “TSUYUSHIBA,” Rosemary Goodell’s long-held affinity for Asian art leads her to return to the Japanese folk art pattern from which her exhibition takes its name. With this body of work, Goodell’s mixed-media works on paper are personal expressions on current events, family relationships, reflections on nature and personally-held beliefs.
While she was aware the characteristics of Japanese art—line, flat color, pattern and asymmetrical balance—were elements that inspired and complemented her work, she found that the constraints of Tsuyushiba acted like a funnel, drastically compressing and focusing her effort and energy. Goodell contends, “Constraints have traditionally been considered to bind, inhibit and restrict our creativity. For me, the constraints of the Tsuyushiba—and limited time associated with caring for two young precious new lives—served to unfetter my inhibitions, and release my creativity.”
A BRG artist member since 1982, Goodell was born in California and received Bachelor’s Degrees from the Museum of Fine Arts School in Boston and UCLA before receiving her Master of Fine Arts in Painting from the University of California, Berkeley. In 2003, she was awarded a visual artist fellowship from the Louisiana Division of the Arts. She also completed residencies in painting at the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, VT in 2001 and 2008. Her paintings have been in multiple national and local shows and have graced the covers of Country Roads Magazine, Merci and the Boston Museum School magazines as well as being pictured and reviewed in Orleans, Morning Advocate, Times Picayune and School Arts. Her work is included in both private and public collections.
With his latest BRG exhibition, Brian Kelly continues to draw influence from the relationship and awareness of one’s impact to another’s personal environment, creating roadmaps that document personal explorations located outside his studio in Lafayette, LA as well as others found in Utah, New Mexico, Montana and Colorado. According to Kelly, “image making is a journey into the unseen – never the unknown.” His prints are narratives that speak metaphorically about personal and social issues and are presented in a motionless state, as if they were specimens or glimpses of a world outside of, or removed from, the human realm.
A BRG artist member since 1996, Kelly received his Bachelors of Fine Art from Northern Illinois State University before completing his Masters of Fine Art studies at Louisiana State University in 1992. He studied non-toxic intaglio techniques at Frogman's Press at the University of South Dakota and plate, photoplate, and waterless lithography at the Tamarind Institute of Lithography at the University of New Mexico. Since 1999, Kelly has been head of the printmaking program at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette where he also serves as head of the Department of Visual Arts and is the UL Coca-Cola/BORSF Endowed Professor. He has published and been reviewed in over 27 publications, received numerous artistic and research grants in addition to curating and organizing numerous exhibitions throughout Louisiana and Canada.
“Cloudscapes,” Kathleen Lemoine’s first BRG exhibition since 2010, sees the artist continue to explore the dramatic landscape of the Louisiana Gulf Coast. Although these landscapes are based on the Louisiana Gulf Coast, they are not literal but invented, allowing the artist to play with intense value changes as well as the division of space in each painting. Each painting is presented on deep, cradled panels that seem to float out from the wall, as if a slice of the sky had been taken and placed on the gallery wall.
A BRG artist member since 1987, Lemoine lives and works in Baton Rouge but cites her birthplace, New Orleans, as a huge influence on her art and crediting the tropical, urban landscape of the city with some of her most powerful images. Her obsession with painting is one that came to her after becoming a young mother of three. Early on, Lemoine sought out every opportunity to exhibit her work, a process that served to only further entrench her own conviction that she wanted to process her life through art. Lemoine's work has been shown across the nation, from California to New Jersey. Last year, in addition to being a presenter and exhibiting artist at the Fifth International Encaustic Conference in Provincetown, MA, Lemoine’s work was selected by Joanne Mattera for inclusion in Encaustic Works 11 – An Biennial International Juried Exhibition in Print.
Mary S. McBride
With ‘Measure Meant,’ Mary S. McBride’s second BRG exhibition, the artist continues to concentrate her art-making practice on finely crafted jewelry and wearable objects. The esoteric works in this series address the human need to measure everything, whether it be physical (the thickness of paper, the space between lines, etc.) or conceptual (length of time, the depth of despair, etc.). McBride is a jeweler who works primarily in the format of brooches, which she views, because one chooses to wear them, as a personal and intentional form of public sculpture. This body of work includes a variety of traditional materials (silver, gold, enamels) and nontraditional materials (paper, rubber, felt).
A BRG artist member since 2010, McBride is a native of southwest Louisiana. She holds a Masters of Fine Arts in Printmaking from the University of New Mexico and two Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees from Louisiana State University, one in Painting and another in Printmaking. She has worked extensively as an instructor in jewelry at the John C. Campbell Folk School (Brasstown, N.C.), has been a studio assistant and guest artist at the renowned Penland School of Crafts (Penland, N.C.) and has taught jewelry workshops with the Florida Society of Goldsmiths at Wildacres, N.C. Her training in printmaking and painting enhances her stylized approach to the layering of materials, the application of texture and her use of color. Her work often involves the interrelation of materials and how they affect and change each other, visually or poetically, simply and eloquently, by their mere physical proximity.