Tajreen Akter

Tajreen Akter's 'Messy Study Table'

PROVIDED PHOTO BY THE ARTS COUNCIL OF GREATER BATON ROUGE

The Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge is showing Tajreen Akter's exhibit, “Distractions…,” in its Firehouse Gallery through Jan. 31, with a reception from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday.

Regular hours at the gallery, 427 Laurel St., are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Admission is free. 

Akter describes herself as "an intimist" in her artist's statement.

"I mostly paint my surroundings," she writes. "With surroundings, there is always a story, a lifestyle that comes with it. When the object or a moment is chosen to paint, it gives not only the character of itself but also it brings all its history; sometimes it's related to a person or it comes with its own narrative."

Akter points out that though objects or moments are still, they become more like a person when closely observed.

Akter says she entered a new phase in her life after graduating LSU, having to deal with the bureaucratic process as an international student, "and I got distracted from my soul: painting."

She says this exhibit is all about those distractions.

For more information, call (225) 344-8558 or visit artsbr.org.