A local artist and president of the Lacombe Art Guild is now artist-in-residence at Gallery Aubergine. The Mandeville gallery recently held an art opening that quickly became known as the “Friends of Ferris Show.”

Ferris Hotard said one of his plans for the gallery is to choose one artist each month for a special display. The first artist of the month is Shirley Doiron, who will have a wall to display her work beginning at noon on Friday at the gallery at 2013 Jefferson St.

Doiron, a retired elementary school teacher, said she used many of her art skills while teaching but now draws and paints for her own enjoyment. She describes her work as “eclectic.” Her pieces are quite stunning, and she has won several awards in painting, drawing, and in pen and ink.

Barbara Shaw loves the idea that Hotard actually will be painting in the gallery. She feels that it will be comforting to see an artist at work there and explained, “People who want to buy art want to talk to an actual artist rather than a salesman.”

Area fine artists like Len Heatherly, a consistent winner in competitions he enters, selected some of his work to include in the recent show. He is especially excellent at capturing peaceful scenery, landmarks and action.

Georgie Dussouy, an artist with a penchant for the color red, displayed the red petals of Anthurium as well as her red-striped zebra. Sitting on the couch, strategically placed for a view of the art as well as a view through the window, made the red in her paintings even warmer.

The ambient lighting in the gallery accentuated the lines of Billy Hammell’s “Son Cross” made of polished metal with a dome center. It was accented by the curvy shadows each limb of the art created.

On antique end tables across the room were several bowls created by wood turner Paul Robin, a retired nurse. He described his process, the types of wood he used and the source of the wood. One piece was created from a chunk of cypress root that floated up at a local marina. He acquired his first lathe six years ago when he swapped a lawn mower for it. Thus began more an obsession than a hobby.

On a console table, hand-painted porcelain art by Isabelle Moore includes trays, vases and pitchers with images of roosters, koi and trumpet flowers that demand admiration. The porcelain tray painted with blue water containing tremendous koi swimming was especially striking.

On the back wall, prominently displayed was Hotard’s own huge painting of water lilies. In the past four years, he has studied and practiced as well as gone larger and larger with his work. He feels that an artist can never learn enough. Consequently, his water lilies are quite striking and attractive.

Carol Ordoyne has included in the display an image she painted in plein air outside the gallery. It includes the white house and red truck next door to the gallery. It adds to the homey feeling in the ambiance of elegant pieces on display.

Gallery Aubergine is a fine addition to the Old Mandeville artistic scene. Several art appreciators shopped there last weekend, and even Mandeville Mayor Donald Villere was spotted browsing inside.

Kathleen DesHotel writes about the cultural arts in St. Tammany. To reach her, email kathleenfocused@gmail.com.