Tajreen Akter

Tajreen Akter's 'Messy Study Table'

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.