Not everyone loves abstract paintings. This much is true. For me, however, an abstract work is able to take on a life of its own and my imagination runs wild when I see one I love.
For this preview of the 2009 Big Easel Art Show (Saturday, May 16, River Ranch Town Square, Lafayette, LA), I am featuring five of my favorite abstract paintings that have come my way while getting sneak peeks of the work the artists will be showing in their "gallery" tents at The BIg Easel.
The first three, Erin Chance, Anne Mcleod,and Jill Tauzin Broussard are artists whose work I am very familiar with. I have attended the last two shows Erin had in Lafayette (I have my eyes on one of her paintings that I am desperate to get!). Anne Mcleod has shown in the past with Grand Contemporary gallery and I have purchased two of her paintings from Galerie Eclaireuse in Lafayette, LA, and Town Market in Arnaudville, LA, two of my favorite galleries. Anne will be showing at Rue du Pont Galerie et Studio in Breaux Bridge, LA, later this year. I have seen Jill Tauzin Broussard's work on display at the last two Acadiana Symphony Showhouses and featured a piece by Jill on my blog when I showcased the collection of Jimmy and Kim Mallia.
"Land Marks" by Erin Chance
A Lafayette, LA, native, Erin received a BFA in painting from LSU. For the last two years, Erin has lived in Houston and worked at McClain Gallery. Erin recently returned home to Lafayette and was featured in a show with Mallory Chastant at Darnall, Sikes, Gardes & Frederick.
I have found all of Erin's paintings very soothing and restful and this one is no exception.
Check out Erin Chance's work at www.erinchance.com
Abstract Landscape by Anne Mcleod
22" x 28"
Watercolor on paper
A native of Opelousas, LA, Anne Mcleod lives in Metairie, LA, and teaches art at a local school.
Anne graduated from University of Louisiana-Lafayette with a BFA and arts education certification.
Anne recently was named one of the top emerging Louisiana artists and her work was just on display at the Louisiana State Museum in Baton Rouge next week for the Louisiana Public Broadcasting Patrons Auction.
"Pieces" by Jill Tauzin Broussard
acrylic on canvas
A Lafayette, LA, native, Jill Tauzin Broussard (www.jillmariefineart.com) studied fine art at the Academy of Art in San Francisco and received her BFA from LSU. Jill's work is shown at Entre Nous in Lafayette but the majority of Jill's pieces are commissions from clients.
The last two artists I am featuring this week are artists I recently discovered and this will be the first time these two have shown at The Big Easel.
"Silver Lining" by Kathryn Crosby
24" x 30"
acrylic on canvas
Originally from New Orleans, Kathryn Crosby moved to Lafayette in 1998.
Kathryn grew up around artists but didn't start painting herself until a few years ago. Primarily "self taught", Kathryn is now studying with Gwen Voorhies (another Big Easel artist).
Kathryn mainly paints abstracts and considers Jackson Pollack and Willem deKooning huge influences on her work.
"City Scape" by Amber Haik
Oil on Canvas
18" x 24"
Although I have not seen this piece in person, I am in love with it and cannot wait to see it on display in Amber Haik's tent at the Big Easel.
A native of Philadelphia, PA, Amber lived in Baton Rouge, LA, where she attended LSU and majored in Interior Design. After living in New York and West Palm Beach, Amber recently moved to Lafayette, LA. Amber was part of the Whimsey Show in New Orleans in March and her next show after the Big Easel will be in Ocean City, NJ.
Don't forget...The Big Easel Art Show..Saturday, May 16th, Town Square-River Ranch, Lafayette, LA...10 am-5 pm
Sixty-two of Louisiana's finest artists all in one place for one day-
The BIg Easel is generously sponsored by:
The Village of River Ranch-Lead sponsor
Event Rentals- tent sponsor
Event Portables-portable restrooms sponsor
Impressions PDM-poster sponsor
Vinyl Modern Sign Concepts-post card sponsor
The Independent-Media Sponsor