Sierra Bowman, 7, cut out shapes from colorful construction paper, and thoughtfully planned her masterpiece.
“I’m making some trees,” Sierra said as she created a Kandinsky collage, a type of abstract art named after the Russian painter and art theorist Wassily Wassilyevich Kandinsky.
Sierra and her sister, Zofia Bowman, 5, along with their neighbor, Yvan Noel, 8, spent Saturday afternoon learning about and creating their own art works during Art in the Park.
The event was designed as an art-filled family fun day catering to both children and adults, organizer Jennifer Poulter, of BREC, said.
Artists demonstrated sculpture, pottery and the silkscreen press on the lawn in front of the Baton Rouge Gallery in City Park, while inside the gallery, 14 artists - all of whom are gallery members - sold their works for bargain-basement prices.
“I brought out the scraps from the studio and am selling them cheap,” said painter Mary Claire Delony, of Baton Rouge.
“This is our version of a garage sale,” Delony said.
Her collection offered new and old pieces, priced to sell fast, she said.
This was the first time the parish parks commission has hosted Art in the Park, at least for as far back as Baton Rouge Gallery Executive Director Jason Andreasen remembers.
“A long time ago, they used to do something like this,” Andreasen recalled. “This is the first one since I started here in 2007. This is something BREC has been talking about doing for a long time.”
After scheduling the artist portfolio sale for Saturday inside of the gallery, Andreasen worked with Poulter, who set up artist demonstrations outside.
“This is something family friendly but not geared only to kids,” Andreasen said.
Pat Abbott, who lives in the “neighborhood,” said she came to Art in the Park “because it’s a fun thing to do on a Saturday, and we want to support local artists.”
David Bowman agreed.
Bowman, who strolled from one artist demonstration to the next, said he enjoyed the day’s events, and brought his children to the event, “because they like art and it’s a good way to spend the day outside, and out of the house.”
Georgia Polkey, a Southeastern Louisiana University student, attended Art in the Park hoping to buy some art.
“I came out because I’ve seen Sarah’s work, I’ve envied it for a long time, and I’ve always wanted it, and I knew this opportunity would never come again,” Polkey said of artist Sarah Wiseman, who teaches art at SLU.
Wiseman, of New Orleans, said she brought her pieces - most of which are “scraps” or unfinished works - to the event to help the gallery.
“This is stuff I’ve been holding onto for awhile,” Wiseman said.
When tennis practice ended, Beatriz Carmona, 12, headed to Art in the Park with her family, and stopped by a tent with two clamshell letter presses.
One press dated back to the mid-1800s and the other to the early or mid-20th century, said Ross Jahnke, an artist and professor pf print making at Nicholls State University.
As Jahnke rolled ink onto the press, he instructed Beatriz to “push it shut.”
“It needs a little muscle,” Jahnke said, as he helped Beatriz complete her print.
“Every chance we have to bring the kids for art and culture, we’re very much interested in bringing them,” said Beatriz’s father, Jesus Carmona.
“Even though we were sweaty and tired from tennis, we had to see this,” Jesus Carmona said.