Mary Lee Eggart, "Wood Ducks," colored pencil and watercolors, 16 x 16 in., 2018


OPENING RECEPTION: Thursday, 07/05, 6 - 9 P.M.


Mary Lee Eggart’s latest BRG exhibition, Disruptive Coloration, continues to find the artist focused – as she has been for roughly four decades - on the aesthetic qualities and characteristics of birds and their habitats. They have served as both design elements and metaphoric devices throughout her drawings. With this latest body of work, however, the artist returns to, as she puts it, “what visually delighted me about birds to begin with: their myriad forms, patterns, and colors.”

Mary Lee Eggart, "Yellow-Shafted Flickers," colored pencil and watercolors, 16 x 16 in., 2018

The exhibition’s title takes inspiration from a form of camouflage that works by breaking up the outlines of a bird with strongly contrasting patterns and colors, allowing it to avoid predation by blending into either its environment or the other members of its flock.

Eggart retired in 2011 from the Department of Geography and Anthropology at Louisiana State University, where she worked for over 30 years as a Research Associate in cartographic design and scientific illustration, as well as an instructor in cartographic design. She continues to work as a consulting cartographic designer.

She received both her Bachelor of Fine Arts and Master of Fine Arts degrees in printmaking from Louisiana State University and has been a BRG artist member since 1989.


This exhibition is presented alongside the latest works from Michael w. Howes and Amy James. All works from these three artists are on view, free of charge, during normal gallery hours (12 - 6 p.m., Tue - Sun) through July 26, 2018.