Latest Works from Mary Ann Caffery, David Horton, Craig McCullen and Katherine Scherer on Exhibit in October
Baton Rouge Gallery (“BRG”), a BREC facility, is proud to feature the latest works from four of its artist members – Mary Ann Caffery, David Horton, Craig McCullen and Katherine Scherer – during its current exhibition. The exhibition will be on display at BRG through October 27 with no admission charges during normal gallery hours (12-6 p.m., Tuesday – Sunday).
On Sunday, October 9, 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. The exhibition’s featured artists 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.
Mary Ann Caffery – What I See
With her latest BRG exhibition, What I See, Mary Ann Caffery continues to focus her camera’s lens on the southern Louisiana landscape with two series of photographs. For the first, she boarded a small aircraft and followed the Mississippi River south from New Orleans to the Gulf of Mexico. Doing so allowed her to appreciate and document a new appreciation for the scale and breadth of the delta that was missed from the ground. She found where shorelines used to be and where the confluence of saltwater and freshwater resulted in color changes. She found herself intrigued, as she put it, “that from the air, as the scale changed, many landscapes began to look more like abstract paintings.”
Caffery’s second series focuses on the Isle de Jean Charles, where she has photographed the people and houses since 2011. She elevates the ordinary with her photographs, giving dignity and respect to homes on an island under duress and facing near extinction.
A BRG artist member since 1987, Caffery has studied with prominent designers and artists in the United States, France, Germany and Canada. Known primarily as a stained glass artist, her work has been included in the Corning Museum's annual New Glass Review three times and is owned by museums in Japan, Germany and the US. Her mosaic work can be seen in the Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport and the Lafayette Regional Airport. She has also completed numerous stained glass works for public and private clients, including art for the 2nd District Police Headquarters in New Orleans. She is also the owner and artistic director of Caffery Gallery in Baton Rouge.
David Horton – Desire
Desire, David Horton’s first exhibition at BRG since 2013, looks at how the titular subject plays a role in our lives well beyond its commonly applied use to describe sexual longing. With as much color as symbology, Horton’s paintings look at how the desire for food, love, security, recognition, advancement and meaning serve as the underlying motivation for our daily lives.
“As time passes, our desires mature along with our situations. Different needs come to the forefront of our existence,” Horton says. “We hold the shaft of the spear of desire to be more important than the point. We have more control of the spear rather than being randomly pricked by the point. The show is about gaining control and feeling a more peaceful understanding of our own desires. But even at this stage of understanding, the point of the spear can still draw emotional and psychological blood.”
A BRG artist member since 2003, Horton has taught art and design at Louisiana State University, Arizona State University, Mississippi State University and Nicholls State University over the past 27 years. In addition to keeping studios in southern Spain, Paris and Provence and having shown his work in many national and international venues, Horton’s work has been collected by Bonnie Raitt, Paloma Picasso, Morgan Guaranty Bank of Paris, the Delta Blues Museum and Scottsdale Center for the Arts. He has also received favorable reviews in The International Herald Tribune of Paris, L'Oeil International art magazine of Paris, The Times Picayune of New Orleans and many other national and international newspapers and magazines.
Craig McCullen – 2’s
With 2’s, BRG artist member Craig McCullen shows both drawings and stained glass works. The drawings are simple black and white works that capture a moment between two people with both drama and humor. While the paintings themselves are larger than life, they are also intimate. His stained glass works meanwhile each include two compositions framed together to make one statement, celebrating his love for abstract shapes and glass.
McCullen creates work that is both imaginative and whimsical. He owns Whoojoo Glass Studio and Art Gallery in downtown Lafayette, Louisiana and has completed works for New Iberia Catholic High School and Our Mother of Mercy Catholic Church in Rayne, Louisiana. He has had opportunities to work and study with leading glass artists from around the world and has taught at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and with the Acadiana Arts Council. He has been an artist member at Baton Rouge Gallery since 1987.
Katherine Scherer – Serenissima
Katherine Scherer’s newest body of street documentary photography is the result of travel to Venice, Italy in 2013 and 2014. The exhibition’s title, Serenissima, is taken from “Serenissima Repubblica di Venezia,” which translates to “The Most Serene Rebublic of Venice.” Drawing inspiration from Henri Cartier-Bresson’s concept of a “decisive moment” (which refers to the capturing of an event that is ephemeral and spontaneous, representing the essence of the event itself), Sherer followed her curiosity around the corners of Venice to document the city while creating a sense of place and a visual narrative that didn’t already exist.
As she puts it, “It’s a place where the city is on water and its people navigate the elements in a cadence that is only theirs.”
Scherer's work has been exhibited at the Naomi Silva Gallery in Atlanta, the Contemporary Art Center in New Orleans, Brunner Gallery at the Shaw Center for the Arts in Baton Rouge and the Louisiana State Archives. She has been a BRG artist member since 2002.
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.