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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 

With his latest exhibition, Good Morning and Other Events, James Burke shares a grouping of “events” which bring together many visual themes used in his imagery over the past 50 years. He likens the groupings to “TV cast parties,” though the “shows” might be decades apart. The “characters” harken back to paintings and prints of Burke’s dating as far back as the late 1960s. Punctuating Burke’s exhibition is a large, 67 x 97” acrylic painting titled, “Good Morning.” The piece, pictured here, shows Burke’s unique take on landscape painting while capturing a beautiful sunrise. 

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

Eleanor Owen Kerr’s Conversations with the Cosmos represents a collection of images captured over the past eleven years representing what she calls, “the moments when the infinite is glimpsed in a microcosm.” Normally known for serene imagery of landscapes along the banks of the Mississippi or the hillsides of Ireland; with this collection, Kerr finds celestial qualities in decidedly earthly subjects. A field of milk weed pods is cast as a starry night sky while plums pose as planets. Through what she calls a “two-sided conversation” that begins with her wandering - armed with a high tolerance for uncertainty and ambiguity - and ends with her darkroom, Kerr listens for nature’s whisper of, “the mystery and power that surrounds us daily.” 

Kerr’s black and white photographs are her personal responses to the natural world. Those responses are shared via large format cameras and silver-based developing materials. For her, the contemplative stance stimulated by the tools of the darkroom is a vital part of the artistic process that builds an intimate connection between herself and the work. Kerr is the recipient of numerous national and international photography awards and her works are included in the permanent collections of the Louisiana State University Museum of Art and the U.S. State Department. She has been a BRG artist member since 2009.


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.