Baton Rouge Gallery Center for Contemporary Arts, 1515 Dalrymple Drive, is showing exhibits of new work by three artist members - Amy James, Matt Morris and Phyllis Lear - through Aug. 25.

During their exhibition, visitors will be treated to James’ boldly serene monochromatic portraiture, Lear’s ephemeral tribute to Mark Rothko and Morris’ mixed media exploration of the relationship between nature and technology.

All three artist members also will be on hand for a special ARTiculate Gallery Tour at 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 7. 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.

James’ photography exhibit, Surface, explores “addiction and rehabilitation, illness and recovery, death and birth, endings and new beginnings.” She has been an artist member since 2003, and shoots primarily in black and white. James studied at LSU under Michael Crespo and Robert Hausey with Thomas Neff, her photography professor, perhaps being her greatest influence and mentor.

Lear’s exhibit, I Love Rothko, actually is a series of works recently uncovered by the artist that were first created more than 10 years ago. At the time, Lear created more than 30 small, mixed media works that were inspired by the work of famed Russian-born artist, Mark Rothko. These works are being exhibited for the first time.

Lear has a trio of master’s degrees from LSU, Northwestern State University in Natchitoches and Louisiana Tech University. She became an artist member of Baton Rouge Gallery in 2005.

Morris’ exhibit, Das Kr?hennest, sees the artist continue his focus on the relationship between nature and technology. However, with this series, Morris adds construction materials to his usual palette of paint and photography, creating installations and mixed media works that explore the concept of coexistence with images meant to engage and make an impression on their viewer.

Morris joined Baton Rouge Gallery’s artist member roster in 2009. He earned his master of fine arts degree in painting, printmaking and photography from San Diego State University in 1997 and serves as an adjunct professor at LSU.

Also, Baton Rouge Gallery’s Movies & Music on the Lawn, “Slapstickers” series will continue with the 1926 Harry Langdon comedy The Strong Man at 8 p.m. Aug. 27. Righteous Buddha will perform a never-before-heard score for the film.

From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 27, ChickenFilters will host a free Creativity Camp for all ages to encourage the filmmaker in everyone. There will be workshops in acting, cinematography, improvisation and editing to make silent films on the spot. That evening, short excerpts from the day’s creativity will debut on the big screen prior to the screening of Harry Langdon’s The Strong Man.

Movie admission is free for gallery members and $5 for nonmembers. Popcorn is included in the price of admission.

The gallery’s Sundays@4 series will feature author Leo Honeycutt with guest, former Gov. Edwin Edwards, at 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 14, for a presentation on Honeycutt’s book Edwin Edwards, Governor of Louisiana. A book signing will follow the presentation. Advance orders may be made by calling Cottonwood Books at (225) 343-1266.

The Sundays@4 series will continue with a performance by The Cangelosi Dance Project at 4 p.m. Aug. 21.

All events are free. For more information, call (225) 383-1470.


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