BR Gallery closes year with four-artist show

BREC’s Baton Rouge Gallery, 1515 Dalrymple Drive, will share four bodies of work from artist members Jenny Authement, Mary Claire Delony, Paulo Steven Diniz and Theresa Herrera through Thursday, Dec. 27.

Hours are noon-6 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays. Admission is free.

Authement’s exhibit, Resting Place, uses the imagery of waterfalls to address personal cleansing. As she explains, “Plunging masses of water in speeding descent have a purging efficacy, yet a solemn expiation.”

This series of sculptural reliefs carved out of cypress wood are stained with color with some including glass.

Authement has exhibited extensively nationally and internationally. She has been a gallery artist member since 1996.

Delony’s recent body of work, The Farm, explores animal imagery via stories, paint and humor. This series not only asks audiences to rethink their conception of what a painting should be but asks them to simply enjoy the painted image itself.

Delony claims, “The images are about the experience of painting and the stories that can unfold if allowed.”

Delony has participated in juried exhibitions in New York State and Louisiana and has contributed to public art auctions. She is currently a talented visual art teacher with East Baton Rouge Parish, as well as an Adjunct Faculty member with the LSU School of Art.

Diniz’s latest exhibition, Urban Redux, sees the photographer return to the city street.

As he puts it, “the cities provide the palette from which I work while the diversity of people and places paint the picture.” Using black and white film, he attempts to blend in to crowds, festivals and public events unnoticed, allowing him the opportunity for honest and candid shots. Though Diniz enjoys cityscapes in the absence of people, he gravitates towards the addition of a human element because, he says, “people make the city.”

A gallery artist member since 2003, Diniz was born in Texas and raised in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He became obsessed with the black and white print while studying photography at LSU, and with avid travel, has sharpened his skills as a street photographer.

Herrera, a gallery artist member since 1992, continues to employ her paintings to express a socially conscious message from her own Christian perspective. Her exhibition, Speaking the Truth in Love, examines what she sees as the difficulty of hearing but not listening, looking but not seeing the common ground that peoples’ beliefs share.

The series sees the artist aspire to “speak with the boldness and passion” of her forefathers, the Mexican artists of the 1930s mural renaissance while striving for the simplicity and reverence of the 13th century cleric Fra Angelico.

In the summer of 2005, 10 students from the New Orleans Dryades YMCA Andrew Young Leadership Academy assisted her in designing and painting two murals for a public school in Bahia de Kino, Sonora, Mexico. Herrera has also worked as the lead artist in the creation of a 24-foot by 72-foot mural for the Bohn Ford Building in New Orleans.

For more information, call (225) 383-1470 or visit http://www.batonrougegallery.org.

Baton Rouge Gallery