The River Region Art Association held a reception May 4 at the association’s Depot Gallery for “Painting with Yarn,” a retrospective exhibition of work by Virginia Knight.

Attending the reception were members of the Knight family, including her son Tim Knight and his wife, Damien, of New Orleans.

Virginia Knight, along with Diane Tygier, operated the Tygier Knight Galleries at various locations in the French Quarter for 35 years. The last location was at 313 Royal St.

The two ladies met early in their careers while both were painters selling their work on the fence at Jackson Square in New Orleans, a news release from the association said.

There they discovered a mutual love of the arts and became business partners and lifelong friends. During the past 20 years of her life, Knight created hundreds of intricate yarn paintings, rugs and purses. Many are on display in the exhibit. Knight died in 2013.

Tygier, a resident of Gonzales for eight years, is gallery chairwoman of the Depot Gallery and the River Region Art Gallery in the Houmas House Plantation Gift Shop in Darrow.

She continues to paint and exhibit her work.

The “Painting with Yarn” exhibition will run until May 31.

The RRAA Depot Gallery, at 1008 W. La. 30, includes more than 300 pieces of art created by members of the association. It is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesdays through Sundays.

For information on the gallery or the exhibition, call (225) 644-8496.