Baton Rouge Gallery (“BRG”) is proud to feature the latest works from three of its artist members - Mary Ann Caffery, Sam Corso, David DuBose and Steve Schmidt – during its October exhibition. The four-person exhibition will be on display at BRG through October 29, 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 October 7, 2015 from 7 – 9 p.m. As always, ‘First Wednesday’ Opening Receptions are free and open to the public.
On Sunday, October 11, 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 the serene nature photography of Mary Ann Caffery, Sam Corso's vibrant lush landscapes, the quiet reflections of David Dubose and Steve Schmidt's jazzy abstractions.
Mary Ann Caffery - Surrounded by Water
In "Surrounded by Water" Mary Ann Caffery explores the transformative property of water. "Water has been a recurring archetypal theme in my art over the years," says Caffery. With a slight bent towards documentary work, Caffery feels drawn to photograph the waterscapes of Louisiana's coastline as well as the deceptive yet intriguing effects of fog. "Maybe it is because water behaves similar to my primary medium of glass in its reflection, transmission and absorption of light." Caffery photographs with digital in black and white.
Mary Ann Caffery became a BRG Artist Member in 1987. She earned her Bachelor of Science at Centenary College of Louisiana and a Master of Fine Arts in Studio Art with a concentration in Stained Glass Design form Louisiana State University. Caffery studied with prominent designers and artists in the United States, France, Germany and Canada. 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. Caffery is currently an Adjunct Faculty member in the Interior Design Department at Louisiana State University where she teaches Color Theory and Graphics.
Samuel J. Corso - Color Book
From the musings of his own backyard, Samuel J. Corso presents "Color Book," a vivid celebration of his newest sanctuary. A conservative choice maker by nature, Corso took a dare and moved out of his beloved home of over 30 years, for a new adventure that has both uprooted and inspired him. Vibrant, energetic colors smatter his canvases as he endeavored to embody the organic shapes and lush landscape of his fresh sanctuary. Corso paints in watermedia and draws with traditional pen and ink.
A BRG Artist Member since 1975, Corso received his B.F.A in Painting and Drawing and M.F.A. in Stained Glass Design from Louisiana State University. He has taught courses in Drawing, Design and Painting at Louisiana State University and conducted workshops in glass design and construction for Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Gatlingburg, Tennessee and for various conferences of the American Crafts Council. He was also invited to exhibit and teach a course and lecture on his work to the Society of Artists in Glass’s Conference in Wanganui, New Zealand. He has many successful commissions for public art including St. Joseph Catholic Church, Baton Rouge, St. Theresa Catholic Church, Delhi, Louisiana; and the St. Ignatius Residence, New Orleans, Louisiana.
He was selected for inclusion in New Glass Review IV, a selection of the "100 Best Glass Designers" in the world for 1982 by the Corning Museum of Glass. Corso is currently creating art full time.
David DuBose - Above and Below
David DuBose exposes the layers of personal experience in “Above and Below,” his recent collection of original prints, drawings and mixed media works. With careful crafting, DuBose meticulously combines photographic and hand-drawn imagery that explores issues of identity through personal, family and political histories.
DuBose, a BRG Artist Member since 2009 has exhibited in over 150 exhibitions around the world. He earned a BFA degree from Texas Tech University and an MFA degree from Louisiana State University. He lived in Northern Ireland for thirteen years, where he taught printmaking at the University of Ulster and later served as the Director of Seacourt Print Workshop. He returned to the United States in 2005 and is currently an Assistant Professor of Art at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. DuBose continues to exhibit regionally, nationally and internationally. His works belong to numerous public and private collections, including the AIB Collection of Modern Irish Art, The Orlando Museum of Art and the Artist Printmaker Research Collection.
Steve Schmidt - Superstitions
A collection of curious paintings comprises Steve Schmidt's works in "Superstitions." A die hard abstract painter, Schmidt draws out viewers’ inner detective by challenging the mind's desire to make sense of the odd jazzy paintings Schmidt formulates.
Schmidt became a BRG Artist Member in 1992. He earned his B.F.A at Washburn University and M.F.A. at Louisiana State University. Schmidt was an Art Instructor for the East Baton Rouge's Talented Art Program as an Art Instructor. In 1999, he began as an Adjunct Instructor at Baton Rouge Community College, where he now continues as an Associate Professor, teaching Painting, Drawing, Figure Drawing, as well as Art History. He has twice attended The Atlantic Center for the Arts, working with artists David Salle and Gregory Amenoff, who have influenced him greatly. Schmidt has also attended the Millay Colony in Austerlitz, NY, the Contemporary Arts Center in Pittsfield, Mass. and the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, VT.