Southeastern Louisiana University is again displaying paintings, sculpture, stained glass, ceramics and photography, hand-picked from thirty nine Louisiana artists. The exhibit is curated by Lily Brooks, Instructor of Photography, Department of Fine & Performing Arts. The exhibit opened on June 7, with a reception attended by artists, faculty and members of the exhibit jury. The exhibit will remain in SELU President John Crain’s residence until June 2018.
The images on loan are “Oak Alley,” upper left, “Lee’s Drive In,” “Pine Knot House” and “White Ibis,” below center.
The painting of Oak Alley, below left, was made by Dr. Crain’s aunt when he was a child. As we discussed my Oak Alley photo, he explained that his aunt offered to paint anything that her nieces and and nephews requested. Crain asked her to paint Oak Alley – and when he asked her to include more color in the painting, she added the blooming azaleas. This cherished painting is also on exhibit in his home.
Above right: Southeastern President Dr. John Crain and Phillip Colwart discuss the Oak Alley photo and his aunt’s Oak Alley painting during the exhibit’s opening reception.
The exhibit is dedicated to the memory of Gloria Ross (1924-2016). Her paintings have been exhibited in all of the eleven showcases.
The fine art selection committee were Dr. John Crain, Katherine Marquette, Roy Blackwood, Dr. Irene Nero and Wendy Lauderdale.
I am sincerely grateful to have been nominated for inclusion in this juried exhibit for a ninth time. It is a great honor to have four of my photographs selected for this exhibit. -Phillip Colwart