Zachary native artist Amber Rhyanne Bayham will have some of her paintings exhibited in Forms and Formalities, a new exhibition at Agora Gallery, featuring artists from all walks of life expressing their inner visions, personal stories and hopes and dreams for the future, according to a news release.

Beginning Friday, the exhibit will run through April 21 at New York City’s Agora Gallery in Chelsea. A reception for Bayham is planned from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. April 7 at the contemporary art gallery.

Bayham grew up on Bayou Grosse Tête in Iberville Parish, spending much of her time at her grandparents’ house, which she describes as a place filled with “laughter, love and life.”

It was in this environment that she began to draw, and even today, her childhood home has a profound impact on her work, the release states.

Of her early years, Bayham says, “Life was real but not always easy.”

At 14, she took a job at a nursing home to support her family, eventually pursuing a nursing degree, which she considers to be a twin calling alongside her art.

“Passion leads to purpose,” Bayham said. “At a young age, I had found my passion and my purpose: to love and express love by the touch of the heart.”

Bayham’s paintings are primarily created in acrylic, but occasionally she incorporates spray paint into her work, which is described by Agora Gallery as an amalgam of Louisiana, from her bayou paintings to depictions of the fleur-de-lis.

“The one perfect thing about doing what you love is feeling your purpose, discovering your imperfect perfection,” Bayham says.

For additional paintings by Bayham or to learn more about the gallery and exhibit, visit agora-gallery.com.