Baton Rouge Gallery Showcasing the Latest Work from Finch, Humphris, Wade-Day and Zietz in August
Baton Rouge Gallery (“BRG”), a BREC facility, is proud to feature the latest works from four of its artist members – Scott David Finch, Margaret Humphris, Van Wade-Day and Reni Zietz – during its current exhibition. The exhibition will be on display at BRG through September 1 with no admission charges during normal gallery hours (12-6 p.m., Tuesday – Sunday).
On Sunday, August 7, 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.
Scott David Finch – The Guarded Encampment
With his latest exhibition, The Guarded Encampment, Scott David Finch looks at the process of soul searching, suggesting it is a three-stage journey and drawing inspiration from thinkers like Carl Jung, Sri Ramana Maharshi and Mircea Eliade, among others. Through a series of twelve scratchboard works, he looks at (1) the perceived loss of the soul, (2) the journey inward in search of it and (3) the recognition that it never was missing. As Finch points out, this realization is one that “lasts about a half a second before it starts to fade like a dream….”
A BRG artist member since 2002, Finch received his Masters of Fine Arts at Temple University’s Tyler School of Art. His work has been featured by the The Ogden Museum of Southern Art (New Orleans, LA), the Critic's Choice Exhibition at the Dallas Visual Art Center, and The Fleisher Art Challenge at the Fleisher Art Memorial in Philadelphia, PA. His professional experience includes stints as an educator at Southeastern Louisiana University, Baton Rouge Community College and the East Baton Rouge Parish School System, the Executive Director of the Texas Sculpture Association and his current role as the Director for Public Programming for Art at the Louisiana Art & Science Museum.
Margaret Humphris – Dreaming of Avalon
Dreaming of Avalon, Margaret Humphris’ first exhibition at BRG since 2012, is a self-described “exploration into the ineffable” that turns an eye to medieval mythology. The artist plays on the mysterious home of King Arthur and the associations with refuge, timelessness and healing that it conjures up.
Humphris says, “While pondering again the mystery of Avalon recently, I have been invited to revisit my own existential, alchemical and spiritual associations which have arisen out of the mist.”
A BRG artist member since 1993, Humphris' artistic vision calls upon everything from her own travel experiences to personal dreams, from dance to multi-cultural myths. Over the past twenty years, Humphris has evolved a method of layered painting that evokes a sense of multiplicity and produces associations which are unpredictable and powerful. Recently, her work has focused on the concept of spiritual wholeness and balancing ever-shifting dualities (such as masculine and feminine, light and dark, etc.).
Van Wade-Day – Between
With Between, BRG artist member Van Wade-Day continues to explore her interest in the visual world with a series of paintings spawned from things found in her own studio, ranging from a double negative photograph to a windowsill filled with small objects.
A BRG artist member since 1988, Wade-Day's work tends to vary from medium to medium depending on what stimulates her and seems appropriate to her vision at the time. She has been living and working in Baton Rouge since 1976 and has exhibited all over the United States from Detroit to Nashville to Baton Rouge. Wade-Day earned her Masters of Fine Arts from the University of Georgia and her Bachelors of Fine Arts from Middle Tennessee State University.
Reni Zietz – Sidelines
Photographer Reni Zietz explores the landscape between New Orleans and Baton Rouge from the passenger window in Sidelines. When first starting at Louisiana State University in the late 1960s, the New Orleans native found herself travelling down Airline Highway, leaning against the window of a Greyhound bus, on her weekend rides home. Remembering looking out as a bleak landscape of industrial sites and stretches of swamp went by, Zietz turns her lens out her car window “to find a little beauty in the bleak.”
A BRG artist member since 1992, Zietz's photographs capture her own interpretation of the world. She explores fragments of life in their stillest forms and modes, often exploring worlds of curious relationships with ever evolving subject matter and stories. Her photography has been shown throughout the state of Louisiana from Baton Rouge to New Orleans to Lake Charles. Zietz attributes the photographs she takes to her sweet father from Jeanerette, La., and her bittersweet mother from Hambach, Germany.
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.