Mixed Media exhibit opens January 15 at Slidell Cultural Center
The works of artists from three states will soon be on display in the Slidell Cultural Center when the City of Slidell’s nineteenth annual Mixed Media juried exhibition opens on Saturday, January 15, 2011, with an artist’s reception from 7 to 9 p.m. Admission is free.
Mixed Media is open to artists from ten southeastern states. This year, a total of 80 entries were received from 31 artists from Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. A total of 29 works by 20 different artists were selected for the exhibit by this year’s juror, John Bullard, Director Emeritus of the New Orleans Museum of Art.
The artists whose works are on display include Donna Rose Barrere and Therese Knowles, Baton Rouge; Alicia Breaux, Covington; Rita Maduell, Mandeville; John Barrois and Mel Moncada, Lacombe; Betsy Williamson, Metairie; Angela Berry and Julia Kline, New Orleans; Priscilla Betz, Charlotte Lowry Collins, Mandie Manzano, Michael Reed, Rose Marie Sand, Diane St. Germain and Jeff Thibodeaux, Slidell; Elaine Walton, Calera, AL; Kelly Landrum-Hammell, Carriere, MS; Stephen Delatte, Jackson, MS; and Janet Akers, Vicksburg, MS.
“I was delighted to accept the invitation to serve as juror for the City of Slidell’s Mixed Media 2100 exhibition. I look forward to seeing the selected works on the walls at the Slidell Cultural Center,” Bullard wrote in his Juror’s Statement to the artists. “The show will demonstrate a great range of styles, from highly realistic to totally abstract, with variations in between. There is something here to appeal to every taste.”
The artworks featured in this exhibit are as varied as the media in which they are presented. To qualify as mixed media, each artist must use a minimum of two media to create their work. This year’s selections include traditional media including paints, pastels, clay, pen, paper, glass, wood, metals and fabrics and a wide assortment of other atypical media such as feathers, bee’s wax and spent bullets.
The Mixed Media opening reception and awards presentation will be held on Saturday, Jan. 15, from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Slidell Cultural Center, located at 2055 Second Street on the first floor of City Hall. A total of $600 in awards will be given to artists selected for first, second and third place. The city will also present a Purchase Award in conjunction with this event. The selected work will become part of the city’s collection of original artwork on display in municipal buildings.
The exhibit will be on display through Friday, February 11. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday, from 12 noon to 4 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 12 noon. Admission is free.
This Louisiana Cultural District and Main Street event is brought to you by the City of Slidell’s Department of Cultural & Public Affairs, its Commission on the Arts and the city’s 2010 – 2011 cultural season sponsors, including the East St. Tammany Chamber of Commerce; Living Magazine; Slidell Memorial Hospital; CLECO; Creative Picture Framing Inc. & Art Gallery; Northshore Conifer; Ronnie Kole Foundation; BP Oil; Candlewood Suites; DuBuisson Gallery; Lowry-Dunham, Case & Vivien; The Purple Armadillo; Silver Slipper Casino; The Slidell Independent; Bargains Plus!/Postal Plus; Baskin Robbins/Coy and Donna Faucheux; Chateau Bleu; Councilman Bill & Laura Borchert; Representative Greg Cromer; HMS Architects, APC; Kathryn & Company’s A Touch of Italy Café; Krewe of Bilge; Louisiana Lottery Corporation; Textron Marine and Land Systems; Times Grill and Dr. Russell & Nancy Westfall.
The event is supported by a grant from the Louisiana Division of the Arts, Office of Cultural Development, Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism in cooperation with the Louisiana State Arts Council as administered by the St. Tammany Commission on Cultural Affairs.
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