From Staff Reports
The Bossier Arts Council has announced an exhibition of artwork by regional artist Su Ashley Wachal.
Her artwork will be on display in the Emerging Artist Gallery from June 1-29 with a reception on June 8 from 3-6 p.m.
Ashley Wachal grew up in Bossier City, Louisiana in a loving, traditional southern home. She remembers discovering her true artistic talent in her middle school art class. Ashley pursued art throughout high school and was known for her artistic talent. Despite pursuing different fields of study while in college at Louisiana Tech University, she always remained devoted to what she was most passionate about: art. Ashley grew as an artist throughout her undergraduate career in Studio Art and continued to be successful. She continued to further her education in graduate school at Louisiana Tech University in Art Education. Ashley spent four years teaching high school art in Caddo Parish, but has now since dedicated her career to being a professional artist. As an artist, Ashley has created work using various forms of media; including sculpture, clay, printmaking, charcoal, pencil sketch, acrylic, and her preferred medium of choice, oil painting. Ashley resides in the Shreveport-Bossier area with her husband, Jason, and their three dogs.
“Throughout the years, I have always found myself drawn to certain aspects of beauty; these traits are what inspire my work. In the past, I have found such inspiration found in nature and in the art form of architecture. What currently inspires me is the uniqueness in the traditional shotgun house; more specifically, the shotgun houses found among the streets of New Orleans, Louisiana.”
The Emerging Artist Gallery is a project of the Bossier Arts Council is committed to promoting art work of regional artists. It is located in BAC headquarters at 630 Barksdale Blvd. in Bossier City. Gallery hours are Tuesday-Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. or by appointment.
BAC ‘s East Bank Gallery features Su Stella and Caroline Youngblood
The Bossier Arts Council is thrilled to announce an exhibition of artwork by regional artists Su Stella and Caroline Youngblood.
Their artwork will be on display in East Bank Gallery from now through June 29 with a reception on June 8 from 3-6 p.m.
Su Stella graduated from the Art Institute of Boston in 1988. She spent years traveling the world and making art. She lived in Biloxi when hurricane Katrina hit, after that she moved to Shreveport. From paintings, soap and jewelry the girl from Boston embraced her new home state and released her inner Cajun. Currently she is painting on canvas as well as glass. These projects range from jewelry to layered glass paintings as well as paintings on canvas. She has also been a writing a monthly column for Louisiana Road Trips since 2006.
“For several years I have been experimenting with different glass techniques and I have been painting on canvas too. It’s been great to have the space to be able to work whenever I want. This has opened my art vocabulary, and expanded my portfolio. My painting style has taken a big leap recently, whether I am working on multi-levels of painted and embellished glass or on flat canvases my art celebrates layers of Louisiana inspired images. My palette has brightened and I feel like I have been really finding my voice. This state is full of lively, spicy flavor and that is what I am trying to convey.”
Caroline Youngblood grew up surrounded by cotton fields on Breston Plantation, located in Riverton, Louisiana. She attended LSU where she received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Drawing and Painting, graduating Magna Cum Laude. Youngblood pursued graduate work at Syracuse University, New York, and received her Masters of Fine Arts degree from Louisiana Tech. Her series Riverton, 1937 will be on display for this exhibition.
“Riverton, 1937 is a series of drawings and paintings rendered from a 1937 family film. The monochromatic footage was shot 75 years ago on and around our farm in Riverton, Louisiana. I choose certain snapshots from the film for their haunting nature and painterly qualities, juggling reality and abstraction, to produce a story of the recorded past. These paintings were during a three month residency at the Centre d’Art Marnay-sur-Seine, France (CAMAC).”