DENHAM SPRINGS—The Arts Council of Livingston Parish will showcase the creative talents of seven male artists for its June exhibit, which will open with a reception for the artists from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday.
Charlotte Reynolds, administrative assistant to the Arts Council, said the coming exhibit, dubbed “Gentlemen’s Art,” gives male artists the opportunity to show their considerable talents.
“We have had a women’s exhibit before, and we thought it was the right time to give the men a chance to show off their artistic efforts,” she said.
Mary Felder, president of the Arts Council of Livingston Parish, said she was excited about the latest exhibit planned for the Arts Council’s office and gallery at 133 N. Hummell St. near Historic Downtown Denham Springs and the Antique Village.
The artists chosen for the exhibit represent a wide range of talent, Felder said, adding that visitors to the center will “surely appreciate the efforts of our local artists who show considerable talent.”
The featured artists are Kerry Curtin, Kevin Paninski, Pierce Rainey, Robert Reynolds, Dody Sandifer, Michael Verret and Ken Wilson.
Curtin’s contributions will feature his paintings with acrylics. Wilson will show his photographs, which have won local acclaim. Paninski, a potter, will present his unusual creations, which always draw attention, Felder said.
Verret is a painter and illustrator who specializes in drawings for children’s books. Felder said Verret has illustrated 37 children’s books. Sandifer is noted for his paintings and metal sculptures, both of which will be on exhibit. Rainey is a recent high school graduate and his work in photography is quite interesting and shows his promise as an artist, according to Felder.
Robert Reynolds, an author, has written a book on veterans in Livingston Parish. As a musician and singer, he also was the council’s 2015 artist of the year.
Charlotte Reynolds said the artists began hanging their creations last week and the exhibit was expected to be ready Wednesday. The Arts Council Center is open from 10 a.m. to noon on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays and on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
“Gentlemen’s Art” is the latest in a series of exhibits and programs offered by the Arts Council. Felder said the mission of the Arts Council is to promote the diverse artistic and cultural resources of Livingston Parish and to support established and emerging artists and offer educational opportunities to young students.
In May, the Arts Council presented an exhibit titled “Abstracts.” The monthlong show featured paintings, bark and silk paintings, fabric art, paper art and fabric collages.
Felder said that the Arts Council sponsors numerous arts education classes and programs at parish schools, at the Arts Center and at summer art camps.
“Our organization is growing to meet the needs of the public and the artists in Livingston Parish,” Felder said. “We are excited about the promise the future holds for the arts in our parish. We are working hard to recruit volunteers who can help us grow our programs even more. We are excited about the progress we have made over the past several years and are looking forward to continuing our goal of bringing the arts to the people of Livingston Parish.”