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Latest Works from Judi Betts, Malaika Favorite, April Hammock and Michael w. Howes on Exhibit Through June 29 


Baton Rouge Gallery (“BRG”), a BREC facility, is proud to feature the latest works from four of its artist members – Judi Betts, Malaika Favorite, April Hammock and Michael w. Howes – during its June 2016 exhibition. The exhibition will be on display at BRG through June 29 with no admission charges during normal gallery hours (12-6 p.m., Tuesday – Sunday).   

A ‘First Wednesday’ Opening Reception will be held at the gallery (1515 Dalrymple Drive) to celebrate the exhibition on June 1 from 7 – 9 p.m.  As always, ‘First Wednesday’ Opening Receptions are free and open to the public.   

On Sunday, June 5, the gallery’s ARTiculate Artist Talk series will offer an intimate look at the inspirations, techniques and thoughts that led to the works featured in the gallery. Betts, Hammock and Howes will be on hand to discuss his work and answer questions from those in attendance. ARTiculate begins at 4 p.m. and is also free and open to the public.  


Judi Betts – Passionate about Palms 

With her latest exhibition, Passionate about Palms, Judi Betts takes gallery visitors to some of her favorite paradises by recreating tropical landscapes with her signature “creative realism” watercolor style. A sought after workshop instructor, she has travelled to all corners of the globe to share her expertise with others and has gained an appreciation for the shapes and sizes of tropical foliage in the process. 

“For me, [palm trees] are like fireworks,” said Betts. “I like the symemetry and irregularity in shapes. Also, I’m fascinated by the spaces in between.”

A BRG artist member since 1969, Betts is one of America’s most decorated watercolor artists. In 2012 she was recognized by the Watercolor USA Honor Society with their Lifetime Achievement Award, she’s received the Louisiana Governor’s Award and has presented more than 425 workshops across the world including in Norway, Puerto Rico, Bali and Canada. Her work can also be found in the permanent collections of the New Orleans Museum of Art and the Springfield (MO) Art Museum.


Malaika Favorite – Seven Ways of Seeing

A popular artist during her time as a BRG artist member in the 1980s, Malaika Favorite makes her return with Seven Ways of Seeing, her first exhibition since rejoining BRG last Fall. Within the works featured, Favorite offers viewers an alternative way of appreciating everyday possessions. For her, every object, subject and action offers multiple symbolic connotations. By asking herself what the conceivable reinterpretations of a specific thing might be, the resulting invention might offer multiple visual stories that inspire deeper insight into what possessions say about our culture and values. 

Favorite received her MFA in painting and drawing from Lousiana State University. After working for several years as a university-level instructor, she left academics in 1995 to focus on her art making. Today, she works in combining canvas, wood, metal and other media with an aim of creating an unexpected surprise within her work. In recent years, Favorite’s work has been exhibited at the Alexandria Museum of Art (Alexandria, LA), The Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia and The McKenna Museum of Art (New Orleans, LA). 


April Hammock – Mystic Shift

With her latest exhibition, Mystic Shift, April Hammock looks at the impact one’s environment can have on the mind, as well as the impact one’s mind might have on their environment. Using fragmented, cloaked, mutated figures – along with anthropomorphic imagery – she plays with interlocking spaces and forms, hinting at the interchangeability of time and space. In the past, Hammock was greatly influenced by prominent abstract artists (De Kooning, Kandinsky, etc.), but more recently she has turned a more critical eye towards their psychological connections to color and space. 

An artist member at BRG since 2001, Hammock received her Masters of Fine Arts in Painting and Drawing from Louisiana State University. Her work is often influenced by both metaphysics and a perceived ambiguity between exterior and interior spaces. She has exhibited work in national and local galleries from New York to California, as well as throughout her home state of Louisiana. Hammock has taught art at Louisiana State University, University of Louisiana at Lafayette and Southeastern Louisiana University. She currently is an instructor for Talented Visual Arts in the East Baton Rouge Gifted and Talented Program at Baton Rouge Magnet High School.


Michael w. Howes – Lac Boeuf Inhabs

With this exhibition, BRG artist member Michael w. Howes continues to explore the mythical world he has created in response to the beauty he finds in the Louisiana landscape. Beings known as “rugas,” irds” and more represent the frogs, birds and alligators found in an area of Louisiana special to Howes: Lake Boeuf (roughly 50 miles west of New Orleans). His sculptures consist of both fabricated metals, hand-carved wood, string and various other materials. 

A BRG Artist Member since 1995, Howes taught sculpture at Nicholls State University in Thibodaux, Louisiana before retiring in 2008. Howes’ work has participated in juried and invitational shows throughout the U.S., in addition to international exhibitions in New York and New Jersey, London and Florence, Italy. Howes has completed more than eighteen commissions for private residences and public settings. In collaboration with other sculptors and designers, he has also created public art works in the cities of Covington, Franklin, and Monroe, Louisiana.


If you would like more information on this exhibition or on any programming or events at Baton Rouge Gallery, please contact us at 225.383.1470.