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Baton Rouge Gallery's May Exhibition to Feature Latest Works from James Burke, Rob Carpenter, Mary Lee Eggart and Eleanor Owen Kerr


Baton Rouge Gallery (“BRG”) is proud to feature the latest works from four of its Artist Members – James Burke, Rob Carpenter, Mary Lee Eggart and Eleanor Owen Kerr – during its May exhibition. The four-person exhibition will be on display at BRG through May 28, 2015 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, located inside BREC’s historic City Park (1515 Dalrymple Drive) to celebrate the exhibition on May 6, 2015 from 7 – 9 p.m. As always, ‘First Wednesday’ Opening Receptions are free and open to the public. 

On Saturday, May 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. Each of the four exhibiting artists will be on hand to discuss their work and answer questions from those in attendance. ARTiculate begins at 4 p.m. and is also free and open to the public. 

Visitors to the exhibition will be treated to James Burke’s unique perspective on nature, Rob Carpenter’s intricately crafted pen and ink drawings, Mary Lee Eggart’s vibrant birds and Eleanor Owen Kerr’s intimate photographs of the stars.  

James Burke - Good Morning and Other Events 

In James Burke's exhibition "Good Morning and Other Events," Burke debuts his newest paintings depicting natural landscapes from a variety of perspectives, breathing new life into common terrain. Burke's paintings are fresh, vibrant narratives of nature and its elements that encourage viewers to revisit the way they interpret the nature that surrounds them.   

James Burke has earned his spot as one of the most influential contemporary arts figures in South Louisiana. He is a founding artist member of BRG which was formed in 1966.  He is Professor Emeritus at Louisiana State University.  He earned his B.A. at St. John's University and his M.F.A. at the University of Iowa in printmaking. Burke is featured in several private and public collections including the Wichita Art Association, the Delgado Museum of Art in New Orleans, The Dulin Galleries in Knoxville, the Mint Museum in Charlotte, NC, New York University at Potsdam NY and the LSU Museum of Art in Baton Rouge.  

Rob Carpenter - Paths of Moving Points

 In his debut exhibition "Paths of Moving Points," Rob Carpenter plays with line to create calculated, eye-pleasing hand drawn tapestries. Deliberately and repetitiously, Carpenter draws each line by hand and layers them until they fuse together to become one surface. Upon the completion of each time consuming layer, he steps back and recalculates his next stratum. He adapts and reacts by adjusting line weight, color interaction and the new line's directional effect on texture. His process is monotonous and tedious but his finished work is expressive and impressively crafted. Carpenter draws using ink or pencil on paper.    

Carpenter joined BRG as an artist member in 2014, with this being his first exhibition at BRG since joining.  A Mississippi native, Carpenter earned his B.S. in History at Mississippi State University and M.F.A. in Painting and Drawing at Louisiana State University. He has been featured in Studio Visit Magazine and New American Paintings and has received two grants for outdoor sculpture and painting. His work has been featured nationally at the George Krevsky Gallery in San Francisco, the William Dale Gallery in New Orleans, The Medici Center for the Visual Arts in Philadelphia and The Metropolitan Gallery in Arlington, VA.   

Mary Lee Eggart - Canticle of the Sun

 In Mary Lee Eggart's "Canticle of the Sun" series, Eggart continues her celebration of flowers and fowl in her elegant ethereal scenery. Eggart draws inspiration from Saint Francis of Assisi's  Canticle of the Sun,  a song he wrote thanking God for creating the elements and animals to serve as brothers and sisters to the human race. She shares his love and admiration of nature and honors their creation through intricate colored pencil and watercolor designs.   

Mary Lee Eggart joined BRG as an artist member in 1989. She earned her B.F.A. and M.F.A. at Louisiana State University. Eggart's work can be found in the collections of the City of New Orleans and in Baton Rouge’s Claiborne Building. In 2011, she retired from the LSU Department of Geography and Anthropology  as an instructor and research associate in cartographic design and scientific illustration. She is currently a cartographic design and scientific illustration consultant.  

Eleanor Owen Kerr - Conversations with the Cosmos

Nighttime can be an opportunity for reflection and relaxation. For photographer Eleanor Owen Kerr, it's a time to capture the grandeur of the heavens. In Kerr's exhibition, "Conversations with the Cosmos," Kerr shares with us awe-inspiring night landscapes that elicit the solitude we feel when we contemplate the magnitude of the universe.  She  captures the mysterious quiet voice the night sky can reveal to us if we slow down and gaze at the stars. Kerr photographs in film and processes all of her photographs using silver-based materials in a darkroom.  

Eleanor Owen Kerr has been a BRG artist member since 2009. She received her B.A. in Literature and Art History from Vanderbilt University, an M.E. in British Literature from Vanderbilt University and her J.D. from Vanderbilt University School of Law. Kerr is the recipient of three 2008 LUCIE International Photography Awards and a 2006 finalist in the Black and White Spider International Photography Awards. Her work is exhibited annually in galleries in New York, Baton Rouge and New Orleans, as well as in juried shows around the country. Her photographs were on view by invitation to the U.S. State Department’s ART loan program from 2006-2009 to the U.S. Embassy in Pretoria, South Africa. In 2005, Eleanor completed a Professional Certificate in photography at Rockport College. She also studied privately with internationally renowned photographer, Paul Caponigro.


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.